Monthly reflections

Year End Reflections 2017

 

2017 moving on to 2018

2017 moving on to 2018

We are now in the tail end of 2018. In exactly 27 more days we will be ringing in the new year. It’s time to welcome the new year again. It is the time for year end reflections and to look back to see how the year has been while at the same time planning and re- setting the goals for the next year.

2017 has been moving at breathtaking speed with non stop roller coaster action for me and the kids. This year my focus was slightly different from before. In January I listed out 20 Ideas to Make this the Best Year Ever. If you are lazy to click over to look at the post I’m posting it here again in this post to let you know my progress down that list.

  1. Make a conscious effort to de-clutter your surroundings.  ( I have been doing this on  quarterly basis)
  2. Visit new places  (I’ve been to a few new cafes/shops in Singapore that only opened this year)
  3. Make new friends ( I’m averaging about a totally new friend every month or so)
  4. Re-connect with old friends/ acquaintances  ( I’ve met up with friends I made 14yrs ago from the baby forum which I joined when Monkey boy was born. It had been nearly 10+ years since I met up with some of them and was really good to catch up with the gals)
  5. Take up a course ( I’ve taken up AED + CPR and now a certified First Aider)
  6. Learn a new language ( I’m started learning Korean online and am still going through the modules)
  7. Re-commit to a exercise regime ( This year I had my virgin appearance at a gym and have restarted my home gym exercises)
  8. Sleep better ( Still work in progress on this)
  9. Eat clean / healthy ( I’m eating salads on a daily basis and have upped my intake of vegetables and fruits)
  10. Focus on yourself before others ( My health and sanity is of the utmost importance  and I now say NO more often then before to things that will not be beneficial towards me)
  11. Learn from the past and DON’T repeat it.  ( I’m extremely clear what I want and don’t want now )
  12. Remove the bad apples and keep the good apples in your life (I’m now more careful and more stringent about the people that I want in the kids and my life. I do not want any toxic people to traumatize or spoil their childhood. )
  13. Stay away from unnecessary drama (from other people)  ( I refuse to get suck into useless feuds nor indulge in idle gossip. If they aren’t able to deal with their own issues it is their problem don’t throw it onto me as I won’t be picking up any of your trash on your behalf)
  14. Revamp your wardrobe  ( I’ve changed many pieces of clothing in my wardrobe this year as they have gotten too loose to wear. I’ve also updated it with more trendy pieces)
  15. Streamline your operations and optimize  (The household has been running more smoothly since I’ve done some amendments to everyone’s schedule. Now that the kids are bigger they are able to help out more therefore working as a team lesser time is needed to get the daily chores done)
  16. Spend more time  with family and love ones. ( I’m spending max time with the kids after school, bringing them out to have more varied and new experience and also doing more activities 1 on 1)
  17. Hug and Kiss more  ( The guys are getting more hugs from me now as they are not really into kisses since they are older)
  18. Create a Vision board ( I have been having one up in my room since last year and slowly everything is falling in place)
  19. Plan regular date nights  ( I do both afternoon dates and night date with the kids depending on their schedule) 
  20. Read more ( I’m exploring reading more varied genres that I have been previously reading to widen my knowledge)

Score: 19/20

Me in my CNY Outfit

Me in my CNY Outfit

In Feb I  finished my final post in the education series which I started off in 2015 entitled – Bridging the GAP  I initially aimed to do a series a year however family commitments grew heavier as the kids grew up therefore the series got sideline till I finally had the chance to pen the last post.

Having read and studied up about health I was more focus on working on achieving fat loss besides weight loss. This year I’ve tried two different programs and got to know more about how my body functions and what is the best way for me to keep up my energy levels and staying healthy. Even though I am still far from my personal weight goal I’m better equipped in my knowledge on health and nutrition . The main reason why it has been an extremely difficult journey to optimal weight/ fitness has to deal with the intense STRESS levels that I have been having this year.

I’ve yet to learn how to reduce my stress level when I get triggered by external circumstances or environment.  I guess when the main issue which I am facing this year gets resolved next year it will be a great load off my back.

You can say that I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting this year and getting to know myself better. I now am more certain of what I want and set my boundaries even more clearly then before. My level of tolerance for certain people and situations have greatly plummeted as I no longer put up with Toxic individuals who are only doing things on their own agenda for their own benefit.  I have redefined who constitutes as family members to me and you can be certain that blood relations that are tainted are not even considered within the definition.

Me in a floral dress

Me in a floral dress

I’m more determined then ever to achieve my goals and get to where I project myself to be come 2018.

How has 2017 been for you?

 

Highlights of September 2014

Tiger girl with her My Little Pony playset

Tiger girl with her My Little Pony playset

September was a celebration month for Tiger girl as she celebrated her 4th birthday. My little girl is growing up and will be in Kindergarten soon.  It has been lots of fun and play this month for her as she received so many new toys for her birthday from  the family and friends.

Here are 10 fun things that happened this September for us.

The beach at Angsana Bintan Resort in Bintan, Indonesia

The beach at Angsana Bintan Resort in Bintan, Indonesia

1. We had a weekend of fun for everyone at Bintan. It was the first time that we visited that Indonesian island and the kids were thrilled with the activities that the resort had planned for them. They didn’t want the day to end!!( Blog more about it in an upcoming post)

On the ATV and Jet Ski

On the ATV and Jet Ski

2. It has been an extremely long time since R and I were able to sport activities as a couple. It was great that the kids were occupied at kids club and the adventure camp that weekend so we could go off and try out the jet ski and  ATV. It was the first time that I  tried out handling the jet ski . I was rather nervous initially as  there isn’t any brake on the jet ski and the speed was controlled by squeezing on the throttle instead. It took some time getting use to the machine and after 3 or 4 rounds I was brave enough to travel much faster on the jet ski across the water.   We tried out the ATV after jet skiing and listening to the instructions on how to operate that machine was mind boggling to me. In the end I took the easier option of riding as a passenger instead while R took control of the vehicle.

 

Tiger girl with her playsets

Tiger girl with her playsets

3. Tiger girl had her wish come true when she was given two my little pony play sets for her birthday. Her brothers gave her the Canterlot Castle while Hasbro sponsored her a Princess Twilight Sparkle Rainbow Kingdom Set. She can spend hours playing with them at home.

 

Tiger girl and me

Tiger girl and me

4. Focusing on goals and seeing them through is what I have been doing the past month as I realign my plans and assess how certain procedures that I have put in place have been fairing. There is still 3 more months till the end of 2014 and enough time to buck up on areas which have yet to meet my expectations.

 

A present given by granny to Tiger girl for her birthday

A  Hello Kitty Car  given by granny to Tiger girl for her birthday

5. We have been travelling a lot these few years and this year alone we have been to Hong Kong , China and Indonesia so far.  The kids and me really enjoy visiting new places and soaking in the different experiences that are unique to the countries we visit.  (The kids don’t know it yet but I’m planning for another trip for them in the upcoming Nov/Dec school holidays. )

 

Homemade Strawberry Soya Milk

Homemade Strawberry Soya Milk

6.  Serving healthy food and drinks to the kids has always been my priority. These few months I’ve started to make homemade soya milk  for the kids to drink as it’s certainly healthier and also cheaper.

Homemade carrot soup, garlic bread and chicken salad

Homemade carrot soup, garlic bread and chicken salad

7. If you are wondering what we serve for dinner at home here is a sneak peak into my kitchen. I give the kids lots of greens and a variety of foods at each meal as I love a lot of color in my food.

Orange salad and breaded chicken

Orange salad and breaded chicken

8. Besides focusing on filling them up with food I am also taking note that they do sufficient exercise.  Mama Yoga and the  Story of Namaste is a children’s book which I recently read to the kids about how they could incorporate Yoga into their daily exercise routine. They had lots of fun trying out the different poses that they were shown in the book.

 

Saw this on my facebook feed this week.

A Inspirational Quote I saw on my face book feed.

9. Quotations can really be very powerful and the above quote inspired me to write a post on how I picture life so far and how it has been for me living out the quote – There is no need to have it all..Make the best of all you have. 

10. I  finally managed to complete the post – You and Me Equals Us – Love (Part 2) where I share my thoughts on friendship and kinship.

How was your September for you?

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