It’s been a while! I’m still doing my internship and I’ve really been enjoying the work so far. It’s completely different from culinary school, but I’m actually working on creative campaigns and coming up with articles and videos, which is more similar to blogging. Weird? Anyway, work has been picking up since February and I’m really excited about it, but I do miss blogging on my own blog!
So I have emerged from under the mountain of work to wish you all a very happy International Women’s Day!! I really love the idea of celebrating women everywhere and even though I won’t be attending any events or actively participate in marches or anything, I do want to post something today 🙂
Being a girl is so difficult! And we don’t need any extra pressure, thank you very much! But sometimes, I feel that some of the things that make being a woman so hard actually comes from ourselves. So I’ve decided to come up with several things that I want to do or apply just for my own self-improvement. Because with a theme like #PressForProgress, I really don’t have a choice but to try and be a better version of myself.
And if you guys find anything on this list useful, then all the better! Progress for everyone!
1. Do more things by myself
I actually really enjoy my alone time. I love spending time by myself, reading or watching something and not talking to people. I’ve never had a problem with going to the movies or eating at a restaurant by myself. But, I want to find more things to do on my own. Maybe go traveling by myself, or even go to karaoke!
2. Be better at managing money
I find that simply setting aside some money for my ‘savings’ is not really enough? I suffer from a disorder called ‘not-being-able-to-resist-buying-things-on-the-spot’, otherwise known as ‘impulse buying’ and I end up not using whatever I bought more often than not. I feel that if I really, really manage my money properly, like being an accountant for myself, I’ll be able to get rid of a lot of problems.
I’m also going to adopt the habit of delaying gratification. So if I see anything in the store that I really want, I’m going to NOT buy it and wait at home instead. If after 2 weeks I still want that item, then I’ll let myself buy it. If after 2 weeks I’ve forgotten all about it, then money well not spent!
3. Find more ‘self-improvement’ activities
I think I’ve been doing pretty well with this. I haven’t binge-watched anything in weeks! Since the New Year, actually. I unconsciously avoid using my laptop on weekend (even though I probably should so I could update this blog haha), and I’ve been doing other things instead. Like cleaning, cooking, drawing (not well, but I try), reading, etc, etc. And I feel much more accomplished than if I just spent the weekend sitting in front of my laptop, clicking ‘next episode’ on Netflix and munching on potato chips! Who knew?
So my goal is to learn new skills, maybe painting or music theory, or public speaking, pretty much anything that could benefit me in the long run.
4. Spend less time ‘overthinking’ and more time ‘on the doing’
How many times have I missed out on things because I spent too much time overthinking? I could’ve joined that yoga class, but I ended up not going because I was too worried about ‘if I join yoga, when will I do this or that?’, ‘who’s going to go with me?’ and ‘what if I can’t do it?’. So no more of that!
The goal is to constantly challenge myself with new things without being held back by my own brain. Life’s too short to spend it overthinking 😀
5. Stop criticising everything when looking in the mirror
Sometimes it’s unavoidable, I could be having a bad hair day, or I did my makeup wrong. But I’m ashamed to admit how much time I spend in front of the mirror, nitpicking every single thing that’s wrong with me.
So I’m going to try to stop doing that. Instead, I’m going to try to find one good thing to feel good about every day. It doesn’t have to be a big thing, but it’s something. The goal is to accept and be happy about the things I can’t change, but be motivated to work on the things that I can. Like losing weight. I’m still working on that 🙂
6. Be unapologetically myself
I’ve always been very outspoken and I don’t often sugarcoat things (depending on who I’m talking to). But sometimes I feel the need to tone down my personality or change the way I speak because of other people, and it doesn’t feel good. It makes me feel like I’m being fake and I don’t like it. So I’m going to try to stop doing that and continue to be my normal, sarcastic self 🙂
While we’re at it, I’m going to throw in the ‘wear whatever I want’ thing in here because I’m going to do that too 🙂 The goal is to be confident in myself, with what I wear, think and say without letting other people affect me.
7. Read up more on female role models
What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than to read about women’s accomplishments?
There are so many wonderful women out there, including the ones I know personally (Hi, Mom!) and I want to know their story. I want to find inspiration and draw strength from these women and try to apply their values in my life 😀
8. Improve time management skills
So to be able to do all of the above, get enough rest, go to work and maintain my sanity, I’m going to have to learn to manage my time. That means to avoid procrastination at all costs and to fill any blank chunks of time. It’s going to be a challenge, for sure, but I like to think I’m up for the challenge 😉
So those are my plans starting from today! I feel pretty good about my list, I think they’re doable and it won’t be something I’ll abandon after a week :).
What are your plans for International Women’s Day? Did anyone give you anything? I got some chocolates and a webcam cover (you know, to stop the FBI from spying on me) from my coworkers 😀