On April 28, 2011, I posted an article on my old blog about The 7 Deadly Sins Challenge, where each one has a few questions you'll need to answer as a sort of reflection on your life and goals. I got to read it again a few minutes ago and realized I've changed quite a lot as a person. So, let this serve as a little updating and remembering of who I used to be and who I'm turning out to be, haha. (My new answers are in bold, just for reference.)
If you wanna do the same, feel free to do the 7 Deadly Sins Challenge with me! Just post it on your blog and link back to this post. :)
SEVEN DEADLY SINS CHALLENGE
Day 1 - Pride. (Seven great things about yourself.)
#1: My voice. I can sing pretty well, and I can reach most high notes that “average” folks can’t belt out comfortably.
#2: I can draw more than stick people. Think: 3D, Manga, Anime, Landscapes.
#3: I’m a great writer, may it be Fiction, Features, Editorials, Columns – you name it.
#4: I’m a fast learner, especially when I like what I’m being taught.
#5: I can read people within minutes of meeting them. I don't judge, but I do base my impression on how they conduct themselves and what their mouths aren't saying (non-verbals).
#6: I can design clothes that are wearable outside the runway, unlike most outfits I see on fashion shows these days.
#7: I'm not emotional like most people. It'll take something really grave and huge for me to start bawling. These occasions are super rare.
Day 2 - Envy. (Seven things you lack and covet.)
#1: Popularity. Doesn't everything seem so easy when you're famous? You get all these brand deals and special treatment just because you're someone everybody knows. Life.
#2: A better body. God wants us to be content with what we have right? Well, sometimes, I have problems accepting the fact that I have extra baggage. And with the fashion trends today (shorts, minis) it doesn’t make it easier.
#3: A fair complexion. As much as I love my morena skin, a LOT of the colors i want to wear don't compliment my skin tone. Besides, white people look great in anything. SMH.
#4: More money. They say money can't buy happiness, but given my circumstances, it'll be enough to get me closer to that sweet spot of life. Imagine having the funds to take your family places and treat them to special things every now and then!
#5: Being enemies with procrastination. MAN! When I really feel like not doing anything... ugh. It's only when the deadlines loom that I realize I've wasted too much time thinking of what to not to do.
#6: Charm. I've been going to a lot of meetings lately, and though I can usually gauge how to move around certain types of people, having instant likeability would be amazing. The sort of charm that when people see you, the are immediately drawn or interested in you, you know?
#7: Independence. I consider myself dependent, mostly on people. I want to stand on my own and not get scared of what will happen. I want to try living truly alone for once and not feeling homesick at all.
Day 3 - Wrath. (Seven things that piss you off.)
#1: Crowded, smelly places. Think: Jeepneys, MRTs, and the market place. I hate being squished and being deprived of clean oxygen & personal space.
#2: Ignorance. That’s putting it bluntly. I am not fond of people who ask questions when the answer is right under their noses! I just want to tear my hair out, whenever this happens.
#3: Backstabbers. Those sweet-faced cupcakes who talk to you like you’re their best friend and then talk trash when you’re out of hearing range.
#4: People who think they know everything. In short, Know-it-all’s. What’s terrible about these brats is that they don’t take your advice, much less listen to you.
#5: Malls with hovering sales people. I hate it when they follow me around when I just want to be left alone and shop. I know they just want to help, but can’t they wait until they’re called for?
#6: People who take too long to order, thus causing long lines. My time is precious, and every minute I spend behind two people who have no clue about what they want is SUCH a drag.
#7: People who don't follow traffic rules. My ultimate pet peeve. If I had a dollar for every tricycle driver or human that doesn't observe road regulations, I'd have enough to buy myself a planet.
Day 4 - Sloth. (Seven things you neglect to do.)
#1: Keep my promises 100% of the time. It’s a trait I most detest, but sadly, my now degrading memory (thanks to stress) isn’t as great a secretary as it previously was. Work load has me tied up until the end of the year too.
#2: Stick to my "to do" lists. In my mind, my day has been planned by the hour, and it feels like it would be a productive day. I write it down and take things off from there. By 3PM, I still haven't done half.
#3: Drink 8 glasses of water everyday. It’s a health must, but my normal day consists of less than 5 glasses.
#4: Be honest about my relationships. I tend to lie to friends and sometimes even my parents about the relationships I have, something which will surely get me into trouble in the future.
#5: Be serious about being an "artist". Singing isn’t a problem, but I get lazy when it comes to drawing, especially if I have to do sceneries and landscapes.
#6: Learn how to cook. And I don’t mean boil an egg or cook rice – those are the easy stuff. I want to cook Chicken Curry, or maybe Chicken Alfredo, make a 3-layered cake – those complicated stuff. My specialty is canned corned beef, with lots and lots of onions.
#7: Tell my parents that I love them every day. I find it hard to express my feelings out loud, and the only way I can do that is by writing. But I can’t write every night when I want to tell them I love them right? When I do say it, it feels sort of... awkward.
Day 5 - Greed. (Seven worldly material desires.)
#1: A palace named after me. I may not be a princess officially, but living like one has its perks for sure. Imagine having rooms all to yourself and getting to do with them as you please!
#2: A private jet. Again, the luxury of traveling anywhere and being able to feel at home while doing that is a HUGE thing for me. The amount of Lettering I could do in that. Dang.
#3: A closet full of shoes, all arranged by type, colour, and casualness. All the heels go together, all the boots, and all the flats. Sports footwear should have a separate cabinet, arranged by Brand. The dominating colours should be black, pink, and white.
#4: An Autumn/Winter wardrobe. YASS.
#5: A complete collection of all the animation, drawing, and illustration software, books and other materials available. I should have every resource available for my art.
#6: My own recording studio, with people to operate them when I please and a band who can help me compose songs and make music. I only want THE BEST in the recording, audio mixing, and marketing industries.
#7: An endless supply of money I could use to buy my brother whatever he wants, to build my mom’s dream house, to travel the world with my dad and share in his goal to spread God’s word, and to help people in great need. I want to use this money to erase the word “poverty” from life’s dictionary and provide jobs/teach skills to those who lack livelihood.
Day 6 - Gluttony. (Seven guilty pleasures.)
#1: When I find myself alone at home, I tend to pretend I'm inside a movie (as the lead character) and I make up dialogues, characters, storylines, and others as I go along. My character always has a British accent for some reason.
#2: I totally binge on Starbucks during weekends. It's an addiction to say the least. Our local Starbucks place knows me so much now because of how frequent I visit the establishment.
#3: Stressed? I cure it with an hour of singing karaoke and belting out songs that require vocal power. (P.S. I use my hairbrush and pretend it's a microphone and that I'm performing in front of an intimate crowd.)
#4: Audible. OMG.
#5: Browsing IG all day and just getting inspired.
#6: Cursing in multiple languages. My all-time faves are French and German expletives.
#7: I read a lot of books. A LOT. Most of them are books most people don’t even understand. LOL joke. Seriously, I read books that are as thick as three Harry Potter books put together.
Day 7 - Lust. (Seven love secrets.)
#1: I had a crush on one of my classmates back in elementary in Australia. He was funny and had brown, ruffled hair and was very athletic. I don’t think he knew I had a crush on him, but if he did, he must’ve teased me, because whenever my girls and I hung out or played games, he’d come to us and join in on the fun. I still remember how my best friend would look at me when my crush lay beside me on the ground for the Chinese Garters game. I think he was my first puppy love.
#2: I know more than I let on. In conversations involving intimacy, I may be holding back stock knowledge, haha.
#3: The Aussie boyfie. It was my choice to keep us in the down-low for now. Prep time is crucial and very much needed, especially with what's happened the past weeks.
#4: I've fallen in love with a fictional character before. I even wrote the guy a love letter in hopes of kicking out whatever attraction I had for him. It's weird because while I knew he was fiction, he seemed so real in my imagination.
#5: When I was around 3rd Grade, a friend and I discovered a movie that displayed a clip where we were taught how to practice kissing (with our hands). Well, we got really curious and did what the movie instructed.
#6: A man's idea of pleasure is very different from that of a woman's. Ladies, we gotta get our stuff together. Gents, please stop being total ass-butts. Communicate.
#7: I don’t believe in love at first sight. It may be admiration or lust, because you only get feelings for a person because of his/her looks. I believe in a deeper sort of love. One where you might be the ugliest girl in the room, yet he tells you you’re the only girl he sees and still loves.
Hope you found this post interesting! Want to do the 7 Deadly Sins Challenge too? Please, by all means! I'd love to read yours too!