Tuesday, January 04, 2022

Goodbye 2021, Hello 2022.

Happy New Year! I've realised that it's been a while since I last wrote anything here, much less something else other than book reviews. I don't really believe in the term "new year, new me", but I guess that a new year means that you're open to try new things.

2021 was a year packed with so many feelings. I experienced one of the darkest times during the earlier parts of the year, but eventually I found many joys and things to love as well. I met with many new friends, spent time with my loved ones, and made peace with myself as I am. I can't say that 2021 was the best year that I went through, but it's certainly not the worst either. I appreciate every single soul that stayed with me, despite my shortcomings. All I can say is that I'm grateful that I survived till today, Alhamdulillah.

I haven't made any new year resolutions for several years already, because I tend to get disappointed whenever I failed to achieve something. But I realised that listing small goals and making an effort to achieve them will be quite helpful for my growth too. So here are some of my new year resolutions that I hope I can accomplish!

2022 New Year's Resolution

1. Find a job that I can enjoy.

I actually did land a job last year, albeit very brief. I worked at a café, which had been one of my dreams to try at least once in my life! Despite being happy working with the people around me, due to several unavoidable circumstances, the environment ended being toxic and I had to quit. I appreciate the experience, but I'm hoping that this year, I'll be able to find a job that can at least make my efforts worth it. Hopefully somewhere that involves books or writings!

2. Write down my first manuscript.

I've attempted to write a book many times since I was a teenager, but I never managed to complete a single one. I didn't write anything last year, and I am ashamed over myself for that. I'm going to try making more effort this year and start working on my goal to become a published author. A full manuscript would be wonderful, but even going through halfway of that is more than enough.

3. Create a dent in my TBR list.

Which also means "less spending on books & more reading". I recently counted the books that I have and they amounted to almost 410—and I haven't read 300 of that! I did not even include the ebooks that I have in my Kindle device and Google Books. My constant book buying spree in 2021 definitely helped me achieve my childhood dream of having a personal library, but I noticed that it's starting to become an unhealthy obsession. I became obsessed in getting the latest released books and books with gorgeous covers, but then I never and up reading them. 

So this year, I would like to limit myself on buying books (I need to set a budget on this soon; I'm also broke) and instead focus on reading what I currently already own.

4. Find other ways to be happy rather than spending money.

I spent an unhealthy amount of money on shopping last year (especially on books), so I'd like to try refraining myself from repeating it again. I need to stop my obsession of scrolling through online stores all the time.
  • Start drawing again. This is something that I wasn't able to do much last year, due to insecurities. I hated whatever I drew, but I failed to realise that constant practice on it is what I actually needed. I'm hoping I'll be able to work on new projects for Dear Duyung too this year.
  • Learn to play kalimba. I received the musical instrument for my birthday two years ago, but I hadn't touched it since then. It would be nice to be able to play my favourite song with it someday.
  • More macrame projects. I started selling macrame heart-shaped coasters last year, and I really enjoyed it. I'm hoping to do more projects and perhaps make it into a source of side-income.
  • Study Japanese again. I have no idea if I'll have time to pick up my Japanese lessons again, but watching animes and reading mangas recently made me wish I was more serious during my Japanese classes in university. No time to regret, I'll just find time to re-learn it!

5. Live a healthier life.

I'd like to start working out again. More plain water, less junk food. A better sleeping pattern. And prioritising my mental health over anything else. 


Well, these are mainly the things I hope to achieve this year. They're nothing big, but I know I will need to make a constant effort for them. It would be nice to read this again next year, and see if I did follow these goals or not.

If you read until this part, you have my whole heart. I'm aware that people rarely read blogs these days, but I'm still going to stick around as long as I can, and I hope you do too. Thank you for reading, and I wish that your new year resolutions (if you do have them) will be achieved!

Till next time ♡ Love, Aishah Humaira'

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