Words & Pictures by Joyce
My new year resolution officially starts now because Chinese New Year is coming
to an end. Didn't start on the 1st of Jan; starts now because I'm chinese.
(That's basically just my excuse for writing my resolutions late.)
Resolutions always seemed like such fluff because it's hard to keep yourself
accountable for it, unless you decide to write an entire post about it and put it on the internet... Like me.
2016 was good, lots of ups and downs. I did a heck load of things I never thought i would, joined a pageant,
trained hardcore, went to Indonesia, travelled to Korea, did a all-girls trip to Tasmania,
worked in a radio station, got into a relationship, etc. It was really memorable, I definitely went
out of my comfort zone quite a few times.
Here are my plans for 2017.
Cliche, but true.
I really believe travelling opens your eyes to lots of things,
not just the typical vacation kind of travelling. The kind
of travelling where you get to meet people outside of
Perhaps, a village thriving on edutourism; or an organic farm.
Volunteer, or take on more social organisation projects
in parts of the world that aren't always on TV.
Myanmar, India, Rural Sarawak...
But not forgetting to take time out to travel and enjoy
the little luxuries in life. Appreciating art, culture,
history, design. It's important to see what's out there,
a world beyond our little bubble.
I thought I'd just throw this in here. I'm finally gonna watch Coldplay this year,
so that's one thing off my bucket list. Plus, I'll be going to Armin only right after which technically
would be my first rave! I'm so excited, for the music and also the dressing up.
Big shout out to M Social singapore, looking forward to the stay!
The place looks so fancy.
I think it's normal to sort of give and take
when you first start out (business,work etc.) ,
there's been a lot more giving especially cos I'm
still fairly young in the industry.
However, sometimes when there is
a lack of appreciation of your work, you
tend to de-value your own self worth
This year I aim to continuously work at self-improvement. Read more, learn
from others. Explore, write, take more photos,make more videos.
Every opportunity is another step towards improvement.
There's also been a certain sense of 'I'm not good enough' thats been lingering
around. The pageant did a lot at teaching me how to properly groom myself,
dress up, apply makeup etc. I'll admit, I do feel more confident about the way I carry myself,
the way I look; but within that industry is a whole lot of nitpicking and criticism.
You stare in the mirror and think about all the flaws you wish you could fix,
there is a lot of self-worth buried in how you look.
It determines if you'll get the next job, or book more clients.
3. Be Social (without the media)
So, not a lot of people know but over the years I became sort of an introvert.
Maybe it's my work? butI enjoy being alone, I kinda like the silence.
Not that I don't like being around people, I do; it just takes a lot more effort but
once I'm out I do enjoy myself.
I think social media is one of the most useful tools ever, but it does have it
downside. I spend a lot of time on social media, trying to keep in touch with people
but at the end of the day...
I'm not being 'social' sitting in a room by myself scrolling through Instagram,
replying fb messages and DMs. I guess I want to actively take time out to catch up with people over
coffee, enjoy a moment without scrambling to find my phone to take another picture. It
becomes a habit after awhile.
I'm just going to leave it at that.
2017 will be great, I believe every year will be.
If you too share in some of my resolutions, I hope you find
some encouragement in this post and know that we're all in it together.
Life is a journey, it's better doing it together.