FOREWORD: I wrote this entry and its skeletal contents a few days ago as a draft, after putting off my yearly goal entry for the longest time. Lo and behold, our blogging challenge for this week is "5 things I dare myself to do in 2013!"
Everybody approaches the coming of a new year with different levels of enthusiasm and effort. There are some people who make the standard goals like "lose more weight" or "travel more" just to say that they made a goal. Some people forego the resolution-making all together under the excuse of "Resolutions are meant to be broken anyway." And some people tackle this goal-setting process with an ardor rivaled by the determination of people lining up the Apple store to get an iPhone 5.
I used to be a lazy goal setter. I set random goals that (1) are super generic and make no sense, (2) have no means of measure and (3) don't get fulfilled at all in the span of 365 days. Disappointment ensues and more halfhearted goals followed.
Thankfully, I've changed my goal-setting personality by making goals that are actually tangible and quantifiable. Now I look forward to listing my goals for the coming year!
It took me a while to write this entry because I wanted to make my goals a bit more cohesive and thematic, and also wanted to avoid pitfalls like having way too many goals that don't get at all fulfilled (it happened last year, cue my cringing!). So this year, I decided to unify my goals with the theme NOUVEAU.
Onward to le goals!
5 Things I Dare Myself to do this 2013
Dye my hair orange/red/brownish pink OR have it digi-permedI am a super boring person when it comes to my hair! My mother really hates my hair and it's my form of mini-rebellion maintaining it super dry, long, and tangled. But this year, my cousin bought me a bottle of Etude House's hair dye in gold, and now my hair is a light-ish brown! It's been a strange yet welcome change, and it's inspired me to be a bit more crazy with my hair. Cause hey, if I have crazy hair, maybe I'll be inspired to do crazy (yet legal) things.
Another dilemma with my hair is that it's super straight and limp. A lot of people have actually asked me if I rebond my hair (the answer is never). I want to try curling it so that it'd look interesting and have a bit of volume. Digiperms are just so expensive though! We'll see which one I do first.
Go to three new provinces and one South East Asian countryCall me a loser, whatever -- but I've never been out of the country. NEVER. And I mean NEVER. NEVEEEEEEEEER (ok enough emphasis). Hopefully this year I get to travel overseas! I'm aiming for somewhere in South East Asia (Singapore, Vietnam, etc.) Another reason why I need to do this is because my aunt is potentially taking me with her family to Japan (JAPAN THE LAND OF MY DREAMS) and it'll be difficult to be granted a visa without any prior stamps on my passport.
Take up yoga or ballet barreI've been a walking mass of lard since last year, because I keep losing my motivation to exercise. I'm thinking that if I get into an actual regimen, I might actually be motivated to keep up with it and possibly lose all this excess fat around my tummy. I saw a yoga DVD lying around, and ballet barre is something I've always wanted to try! The goal is not to lose weight but to be less sedentary.
Learn the basics of the Italian languageHA! Why the heck am I even making this goal when it's been proven that I suck at keeping up with languages? I already have a tiny background in French and Korean, and mind you, they're not expanding. But I still want to try and learn some Italian, mainly because it's pretty close to French and I want to add to my measly vocabulary. Grazie, ti amo and fettucine need companions. Also, there was a point in time where I was obsessed with Gunslinger Girl and actually said one time "Oh look it's the polizia."
Buy a cheap camera and practice photography. Make a weekly photodiaryI've always loved taking pictures. Even with the crappiest of phone cameras, I always took pictures of random but interesting things. However, I've yet to actually compile good pictures I've taken and I don't have even a camera to take photos with. I'm going to buy a relatively cheap camera and use it for a random weekly photodiary. I'm actually thinking of making a cat-themed blog 'cause I love taking pictures of stray cats (see above!).
BONUS! Get commissions for web and graphic designIt's a bonus because it's something new but it's not so much a dare as the other things. If I really want to be a graphic designer/web designer extraordinaire, I'm going to need practice. And aside from practicing on dummy sites and graphics, it'll be good practice to take on actual "clients". Last year I began with revamping my cousin's mess of a resume and helped construct a friend's online arts and crafts store. This year I may badger other people for commissions too.
Confession: I'm actually a bit scared of putting my work out there because I'm always critiquing myself on not being good enough. Well this year I'm going to throw that doubt out the window and accept work. 'Cause yeah, I may not be good, but at least the clients can tell me why.
BONUS BONUS! Write a short story compilationElle, my wonderful blogging partner, said she was going to write a novel or a short story this year. And my subconscious nudged me and said, "That was your goal a few years ago, one that you never did fulfill." THE SHAME. So thanks to Elle, I was reminded of this goal and I'm now finally going to take steps in accomplishing it.
A few years ago I was making rough sketches for a series of illustrations I was planning, based on J-rock/visual kei songs. I began with this illustration (2 years ago!!) and just like I predicted, it didn't get continued. In order to improve both my writing and my illustrative capabilities, I've decided to make it a story/illustration compilation! How's that for a challenge? Now I just hope this doesn't bite me in the behind again.
And those are my not-so-daring dares for 2013! They're not very extreme but like I said, baby steps!
Part 2 will be about my standard New Year goals and a few notes to myself, so stay tuned!
Check out my partner Elle's entry over here! She's got some kick-ass goals that she wants to accomplish!
This post is part of a blogging challenge by Wanderrgirl.