Stepping Up

So, how did your day go?
Mine, you ask?
Oh, it was the usual, except, I was the unusual one.
Why, you ask?
Because I'm stepping it up.

Since 2014 began, "change" has been playing on my mind, and by change, I mean a total overhaul. Think: the "used-to's" are done away with, and the "I'm-shy-so-I'll-stay-quiet-in-a-corner" are blown off.

I think it's time to step up my game and actually exert effort. Mediocrity played a part in my previous year, and I have no plans of extending its welcome. Look where it's got me! I'm still along mediocre lines!

I want to be proud of at least one major thing this year. Not just for myself, but for my family and for the various social groups I represent, especially my university. I want to be able to look back and see this year as the best among the previous five years. Why? It's because I'm tired of being lukewarm.

I want to ignite the inner catalyst in me. I want to represent the youth of today and stand up for what I believe in. I want to move the people around me. I yearn for change.

So today, I'm making all the choices I would have backed out from last 2013. I'm finally bold enough to reach for what I want, and what I think will make me a better person. I've targeted two events this half of the year that I want to become involved in: the ASEAN Youth Congress 2014, and the Ateneo LeaderShape Program. The former goal might be a little too far ahead, but I've communicated with people I think I should tap and am just waiting for a response. The latter, I've already acted on. The application forms are printed out and ready to be submitted tomorrow.

Apart from those two, I've also put my mind into being an aggressive student and learner. I'm studying lessons in advance, especially for my major subjects that require more attention. Reciting more in class is also another of my few targets this school year.

Well, what do you make of that? Am I making it happen or what? Hahaha. Although none of them are assured, I'm placing my faith in God, who I know will make things happen for me if it is His plan. If these things are meant for me, then they'll be mine.

It's time to be reborn.

More Than Just a Fresh Start

Happy New Year!

Yeah hahaha, this would've been posted better during the 1st of January, but hey, no one expected to be busy around that time, right?

Well anyway, I'm here to tell you a little about my plans - hopes - dreams - expectations for this year. But before that, I'd just like to say that I don't believe in New Year "Resolutions", to say the least. I think the concept of "new year" is just revolving (these days) around "fresh starts" or "new beginnings", which are all true, except that it's not just all about that. It's also about continuing whatever you've been doing the previous year and giving it a power-up.

Last year's new year was just like any other - full of promises to myself and goals I intended to do for the year. Funny thing is, is that a few of the resolutions I listed down in the previous years before were still on my list that year. That's why I say it's also for continuing the promises we made in the past, and [trying] to make sure we accomplish them this year. I guess that's the great thing about new years. We don't entirely expect to do a certain goal, and when we do, we feel awesome for it. Well, for me, at least.

Now, to some of my goals* for this year:

  • Fill all my old empty sketchbooks
  • Say no to over-spending
  • Lies? Psshhh... Flies!
  • Wake up earlier
  • Maintain my prayer journal (no matter what)
  • When tempted to sin, open the Bible
  • No to nonsensical jibber-jabber
  • Lose more weight (for more summer fun?)
  • Say no to losing my temper (read: patience)
*Goals = things I know I can accomplish in 2014

Some of my hopes for this year:
  • For dad to permanently stay home (that would be awesome!)
  • Stress-free year for all of us, especially mom and dad
  • Attend a concert of one of my favorite artists
  • Finally get into video blogging on Youtube
  • JP's passing Ateneo HS entrance Exam (or any quality school)
  • Learn the violin / advanced guitar

Of course, my dreams have stayed the same since forever. I haven't let go of the fact that I might one day own a large house  to give to my parents, and to spoil them with luxuries they couldn't afford as kids and adults. I want my little brother to experience the good things I went through as a child, and to give him everything he needs to be a better person, brother, son, Christian. Most of my dreams are that of my parents', but one dream of mine is to make it big in the Animation industry (as a storyboard artist?) or an Entertainer (singer/artist). I've looked into writing, but I'm not confident enough yet with my skills to pursue that sort of day-dream, although I am doing what I can to expand my skills.

Alright - that's it for now. 
I hope you have a wonderful 2014 ahead of you!