My Happiness Project

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

The first day of the year just passed by with a blur that I feel like it is January 1st today. I guess everyone was still entitled to relax, whether it be festive, be lazy, take a break and embrace the overwhelming feeling of the new year. That's what I did and spent the whole day with the family.

Nostalgia from the past year still haunts us. We reminisce the memories we have made with our love ones and the achievements we conquered during the year. Of course the good coexist with the bad that we sometimes think of what might have been, what could have been, and the what ifs. These will all boil down to the changes and resolutions we all want to do.

But since resolutions are overrated and usually just words that we thought are good to do to make ourselves better for the new year. At times, it's just a list that we make just to say that we have one. That's why I am making a bucketlist!

My bucketlist is composed of the things I want to attain this year (and the coming years), things that are rewarding and will give me the satisfaction of self-fulfillment. Maximizing my full potential to achieve true happiness, I remember this lesson in my Philosophy class which I think is appropriate to state here. Anyhow, I am calling it MY HAPPINESS PROJECT.

Here we go:
1. Create an instagram account. -- JANUARY 1, 2013
(1st photo of my 365 day project)
Despite not blogging on the first day of 2013, at least I have achieved something of my list. I've been wanting to have one but my android phone won't allow it but since I was persuaded to get myself an account, I'll be figuring things out (maintaining and posting) now that I have one.

**This account was actually deleted when Instagram had an error. So I had to create a new one. Dang it. Please see below!

Follow the daily snippets of my life here: http://instagram.com/arranabella

2. Blog better and write better.
I got this from Rovie of The Bargain Doll. I even retweeted this because I know I should do this as well. Consistency is key which I am practicing in the last few months of 2012 and still applying to my everday blogging life. I would write to inspire and share my thoughts, experiences and interests.

3. Finish writing a story (a novel perhaps?)
I started writing when I was in 5th grade and I love it. I've been doing it with the help of my best friend. We wrote a lot of stories together but we never finished them. But a friend, Natasha of Girl in the Lens, told me to turn this dream into reality. She is the perfect inspiration because not only does she blog, but she is also a young adult author, which is the genre that I love.

4. Go to Japan
Something that I might be jinxing because I wrote it but yeah, I've been dreaming of going there. I will not elaborate on it much due to the belief aforementioned.

5. Live healthy.
2012 was full of sinful cravings that I was not able to stop. I indulged myself on food coma that haunted me with guilt. I've been always conscious with my body and what I'm eating but I felt that I forgot that part of me. But this year, I'll have my crunch time by eating healthy and work out as much as I can which will make me feel good about myself. Even better.

6. New work, new sidelines (e.g. Writing gigs)

7. READ
I'm always reading and this will always be a part of my list. But I'm trimming my goal to 50 books.

8. More "Frog Hop"
As you know, this is where I list my book reviews and I hope to share more of it soon.

9. Meet new people.
Expanding my horizon by meeting and even making new friends this year.

10. Closet & Bedroom
Fix my closet and give the stuff I don't need to those who needed it more. With my bedroom, I hope to redecorate it. Give new life and ambiance to it.

11. Make a dance video.
I know gangnam is overrated but I still want to do it in places you don't expect to do it and of course, the better way to do it is in one of my travels.

12. Attend a fashion show.
I would love to do it again.

13. Go/Host a costume party.
I love the drama and since I wasn't able to wear one last year, I told myself that I will this year. Whatever it takes.

14. Study Japanese (again!!)
I'm rusty in speaking, in forming a sentence and even writing so I told myself, 今年は日本語を勉強 します (Kotoshi wa Nihongo o benkyõ shimasu. -- I will study Japanese this year.)

15. Complete a 365 day photo challenge.
Down with 1. (see first on the list)

16. Run a marathon.
I would love to try it but first, I should get myself some rubber shoes.

17. Create more DIYs.

18. Road trip!

19. Travel with my friends.

20. Discover and catch-up with TV series.

21. Check-in to Book Hospital 
Repair and cover all the books I can see here at home.


22. Make the Cut.
Repair all my abuelita's clothes and modernize it.

23. Learn how to drive.

24. Learn how to ride a bike.
Don't judge.

25. Create more mixtapes.

26. Be a make-up pro. (at least for myself)

27. Be patriotic.
Read more about my country's history.

28. LEARN MORE
This will be the longest goal I will ever have.

29. Dip-dye my hair.
Even just streaks of color or temporary just for fun.

30. Give gifts.

31. Read the whole bible.
I remember reading it when I was a kid but stopped when I was about to reach Exodus.

I'll add more soon!

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