I am so happy to say that I have pretty much checked off every resolution off of last year's list. This year, though, it's going to be much harder.
1. Be more polite. Not just "thank you, sorry, please and you're welcome." I want to get better with my conversational skills and be more inviting to talk to. I've recently picked up the habit of having a bit of a potty mouth. Oops. It's not very lady-like, so I want to cut down a bit on the swearing, or at least just in public.
2. A better handwriting. This is vital. I can not write a paragraph without changing my handwriting 10 times. I have so many "fonts," if you will. I'm not saying they look bad, but I'd appreciate it if I actually kept on with the same handwriting.
3. Now this might shock you all a bit as I am a fashion blogger. However, I would like to dress more conservatively this year. This doesn't just include skin-bearing outfits, but it also means that I want to stay away from tight-fitting clothes.
4. This one is a school-y one. You'd expect a nerd like me to have a countless studious goals, right? Wrong. I only have one! I want to start revising the work as soon as I get it so I wouldn't have the load and pressure a day before a test or quiz. I used to ignore my teacher whenever they would bring up a topic like that. Not long ago, however, I found some research stating that long-term memory benefits students more.
5. No more binge-eating. This is quite a touchy subject to talk about. I might do a whole post on this, but recently I've been eating way more than my stomach capacity can handle. I then complain about how I should watch my eating. What most people don't know is that I have digestion problems.
6. Manage two very important factors in life: money and time. A) I'm so bad with money, I have to spend it as soon as I get it. I never look for promotion codes, coupons or any good deals. I own a business and I have a list of people who haven't paid yet. I let them go because, to be honest, I'm too shy to ask them for the money. B) You know what they say: "Time is key." I don't procrastinate as much as others, but when I do -- I DO.
7. Now that I'm nearly 16, (eeek!) I need to start becoming more independent and responsible. I have to stop relying on my mom to talk to the doctor or the salesperson. I want to take my own professional phone calls and distribute my business cards. I want to know my way around town and be more mature in that sense.
8. Get in the kitchen more. I can hardly make eggs and I can't use measuring spoons and cups properly. Such a shame, since I graduated my Culinary Arts class with an A.
9. Filter what I say. Words literally flow out of my mouth without me noticing it. Think before you speak, Alia.
10. Be more patient. Time actually does heal everything. I just need to sit my arse down and listen to whoever is in front of me.
11. Do favors and expect nothing in return. This one is self-explanatory.
12. Don't lower your standards and pride, but never make anyone feel as if they were inferior to you. In the long run, you are not completely better or worse than anyone.
13. Try, for the love of God, not to judge. Or I should just keep my judgements to myself. Who cares if the girl in the grocery store looks like she is about to walk a red carpet? Maybe she needs to pick up some sweets for a party? Let it be, my friends, let it be.
14. Grow thick skin. You will never satisfy the entire human race. People you consider close to you will talk behind your back. Follow your instincts and do what you think is right.
Sorry if any of this sounds cheesy. Nonetheless, I do wish you all a happy new year! If you don't celebrate it, though, I hope you have a lovely day.
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