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2.1.15

Resolutions 2015.

Hello again, blog!
Have not been good with blogging lately, but hey,
at least I've been coming here every now and then to wipe the dust off.
Hehe.

Was about to start with gasping about how fast the year has zoomed past.
But recently,
I realised that only people who are no longer young do that.
So I shall try my best to not do it.

Already posted my reflections for 2014 and resolutions for 2015 on my Dayre but I think I'll do another set for the blog!
Easier to search for posts on the blog and I think I would want to revisit my resolutions when 2016 finally rolls around.

I vaguely recall making resolutions for 2014 so I ran a search on my blog and voila!
Here are my resolutions for 2014,
let's see how many of them I have managed to remotely achieve..
Or not.
Hahaha.


2014 resolutions

- Stick to a budget every week and DO NOT OVERSPEND. 
I chose to determine my budget according to weeks because some weeks require more spending, such as special occasions etc. I really need to start saving up for the flat which is coming our way in 2017, renovations and furniture are no joke. BOO. 

 - Exercise at least once a week and stop indulging in so much junk food. Healthy body, healthy mind, positive mindset! 

 - Stop being so short tempered and negative and give out more positive vibes. 

 - Update my blog at least once every week. I think I've achieved this for most of 2013 and so I'm going to try not to break the streak! 

 - Make sure that I have savings of at least $__________ by the end of 2014. MAKE SURE MAKE SURE!!! 

 - Be a better person to everyone around me.


Okay...
Evidently, I have not stuck to my resolutions last year at all.
In fact, I failed pretty terribly at the "update my blog at least once every week" part.
Geez.
Does this mean that I should stop making resolutions?

Read somewhere that we should print out our resolutions, frame them up and put them somewhere we can see on a daily basis.
To constantly remind ourselves of what has yet to be achieved for the year and to push ourselves to work towards them.
That's a good idea actually, makes it more like a to-do-list instead of something we only look at after the entire year has passed us by.
Maybe then I will finally start to see my resolutions come to fruition after a year.


So anyway,
here're my wishes/resolutions/goals for this year!


To be more driven and self motivated at work. And also to motivate others! 

 Better lifestyle habits - exercise more, drink more water and retire to bed earlier than 4am. 

 Things to stop doing - overthinking, saying 'yes' and 'ok' all the time, being negative in situations that I cannot help. 

 SAVE MORE MONEY! 

 Read more.

Also, importantly, I need to stop procrastinating so damn much.
Forgot to include this in my Dayre post but it is seriously the bane of my life.
I need to be more on the ball, start moving and stop waiting.
The fact that I have not even unpacked my luggages from my BKK trip (came back on 21 Dec) speaks volumes about how much I can procrastinate.


Okay,
I think that's all to my resolutions for 2015!
Think they are all pretty achievable as long as I keep them in mind.

For a start,
I've already signed up for gym membership with Yoko and have been running twice a week for the past 2 weeks.
My "Better lifestyle habits" resolution looks well on it's way to being achieved.
HAHAH.
Alright, better not say too early!
Else I might have to eat my words when I do my review for 2015 resolutions.


Have you done your resolutions yet?
What do you hope to achieve for 2015?

3.12.14

SKM - #nationofkindness

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"Whenever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference."

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One fine Saturday,
I woke up earlier than usual (was reallyyy tough because I always sleep in on the weekends) to do my part for a meaningful campaign organised by Singapore Kindness Movement and Project Awareness.

Honestly,
it has been ages since I last did any volunteering.
Ever since I left school,
I have not had to chance to participate in volunteer acts or giving back to society.
Really grateful for the chance to get back into volunteering again - through this event.

We were supposed to distribute these Gardenia sponsored bread loaves to families who are under-privileged in the Lavender area.
These families are mostly old folks leaving on their own in one room flats.
We also met some families with a lot of young children,
all cramped up in a small and crowded area.


But first,
we had to finish tagging the loaves with the SKM tags!

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With the pretty Sheila!

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Ohai Spiderboy,
you want to help out too?
;)

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There were so many families who volunteered at the event.
Many kids running around and trying to help by doing whatever they could.
So cute!

I personally think kindness is a valuable trait which every parent should inculcate in their kids from young.
This is how we can build up a nation of kindness slowly but surely.
It is really admirable of them to bring their kids along despite some of them throwing little tantrums due to the heat and tiredness from walking around.

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My partner-in-kindness of the day!
:)

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Also got to meet Geck Geck in real life for this first time!
Volunteering was really fun with these girls.
:)

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And a picture with my fellow Nuffnang bloggers before we proceed with the distribution of bread loaves!

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Elson Soh, founder of Project Awareness briefing everyone on the do's and don'ts while going about our rounds.

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Return of the Spiderboy.

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Oh, look!
We have Superman too, apparently.
Hahaha.

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All the volunteers saying HI before we got started!

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We were a little shy at first,
having to knock loudly and calling out to check if anyone was home.
But soon enough,
we got the hang of it and was knocking door-to-door like we did this on a regular basis.
Heh.

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That's me, your Agent Of Kindness in action!
Wahaha.

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We also got to give these pamphlets out to the elderly,
explaining and informing them of some dental care benefits they are entitled to.

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Some of the residents were really shy,
which explains which we did not get many photos of them.

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"No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted."

I actually think it is a good idea to step out of your comfort zone once in a while,
make some extra effort to spread the act of kindness to people around you,
or even people you don't know personally.

Living in comfort might have made us oblivious to the sufferings of certain groups in society.
I was glad that I got the chance to be part of this Singapore Kindness Movement event,
not only because it made me better appreciate the comforts of life that I am enjoying,
but also to reflect upon how little I have been giving to society and how much more I can give.

Now,
I do too understand that it takes real effort and commitment to participate in the event which I did.


But no more excuses!

Singapore Kindness Movement is bringing forth a new digital initiative which makes it almost effortless to perform the act of kindness.

I'm sure that social media is something which most of us (especially if you're reading my blog!) are extremely savvy with.
Actually,
you don't even have to be really THAT savvy to be part of the initiative.
You can easily spread more good vibes and positivity the online way!


BE ONE GENEROUS HASHTAGGER

Singapore Kindness Movement has partnered up with some companies to pledge food items for every one who contributes to the hashtag #nationofkindness!

You don't even have to worry about whether it is a hassle or if it is difficult to do this.

It can be something as simple as you sharing your umbrella with a random stranger across the road today,
or you leaving little encouraging notes to your schoolmates in the library during examination period.
The list is non exhaustive,
really.

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I've done my part,
now it's your turn.

Visit  http://makesomeonesday.sg/#!/nation_of_kindness to find out more!