24 New (and not-so-new) Habits

As I’ve mentioned in my post, Decluttering, I’ll be turning 24 next month (specifically on the 7th). I want to improve myself and my life now that I’m becoming a fully bloomed adult. I want to be proud of myself and inspire others too. For me, that’s my main goal in life – to be of inspiration in any positive way.

To achieve my goal, I’ve decided to pledge to observe 24 new and not-so-new good habits. This is also my way of becoming aware of the things that I do wrong and then ultimately stop myself from doing them.

I want to share to you these 24 habits. You can borrow some or you can also create your very own established habits. I think the last one is the most important of all.

1. Be Less Digital

I will be honest, every single day, I’m in my phone the most. And I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. I’m pretty sure there are a lot of us who prioritize social media. It’s like missing out on a news about our idol or about the person we care about is the greatest sin of life. In my case, it’s getting out of hand. All I want to do is be on social media all-day everyday. It’s such a bad habit.

From now on, I will only go on social media whenever I’m in my desk. I will also try my best to not be on my desk all-day everyday. This is only the first step.

2. Stop being lazy for myself.

I take a bath twice daily since I’m living in the hot and humid Philippines. But I know, that’s not enough self-care. I really get lazy to put on mask, to clean my nails, and the likes. This time, I’d be more industrious and willing to be more physically pleasing. I will tend to my nails once every two days and I will do mask twice a week. I’ll do other hygiene tasks more often.

3. Eat clean.

No more junk food. No more fast food. I’ll eat more vegetables. I will stay away from fatty and salty food. I will also drink lots and lots of water daily.

4. Be fit and physically confident.

I will workout even if I don’t feel like it. I’ll get back to my morning walks. My body clock has quite been messed up for a couple of weeks and so I wasn’t able to get up early. I’ve forgotten the day I last did a morning walk. But, I’ll get back to it. I really would.

I will make my body stronger through strength training and yoga and then, I’m certain that I could be confident with it. I will also be able to maintain my blood sugar at normal level.

5. Stop making excuses.

For the longest time, I’m not making any progress in my life due to excuses that I’m making up. I always say I can’t because of this and because of that. This time, no more excuses. I will be a doer now.

6. Stop complaining.

I don’t know why but I always find time and reasons to complain. I complain about my life the most and complaining does not benefit me. So, I would stop. I will also stop comparing my life to others’.

7. Use my time efficiently.

I will find new things to do that will make me more productive. I need to find something that I will enjoy so that whenever I feel bored, I will not resort to using my phone. Hopefully, I could find something profitable.

8. Read more.

I really want to gain more knowledge about anything, but mostly those I could use practically. I also want to enter new worlds and meet new awesome people by reading fictional stories.

9. Write more.

Well… 🙂 I also want to create new worlds and new people.

10. Listen more.

This is another way for me to obtain useful information. I also want to understand other people better. And maybe, just maybe, by listening more to other people, I’d be able to understand myself better. Listening, I know, is also a way of doing someone a favor. Let’s admit it, we are all longing for a person who’s willing to listen to us.

11. Talk more.

Since I am an introvert, I tend to be really quiet. This is why people label me as weird and why they cannot understand my personality. I need to talk more. I need to adjust to them so that we can understand each other. I need to do this for myself. I need to learn how to express myself, how to translate my thoughts and emotions into spoken words. I need to finally speak up.

12. Be more open.

Another strong characteristic that I have is being sensitive. It hinders me from growing because I tend to close my ears than listen to criticisms. Let’s be honest, some criticisms are important. They’re our push to improve. I will now be more open to hear out what people have to say about me and think about them rationally.

13. Say “yes” more.

I will also become more open to opportunities. I will explore the world. I will explore my potentials. I will be willing to try on new things. I will no longer let myself regret not doing this and not doing that.

14. Be more myself.

Most people who know me think I’m serious. I’m really not. Although I’m quite temperamental, I also have a goofy side. I believe I can also pull of a good sense of humor. I can be a little cray in public doing unexpected things for fun. People see me as a complicated person but I’m just really a simple human being. I get happy over the simplest things and get sad over the silliest things. I’m just like everybody else. 

15. Take care of my inner self.

I will continue my habit of meditating daily and doing yoga. I will also pamper myself every once in a while for utmost relaxation. I will also attend to my inner child by playing with my nephews and cousins, by watching cartoons, and many other ways.

16. Always be joyful and thankful.

A grateful heart is a happy heart. Instead of focusing on the things that I don’t have, I will always put in mind how fortunate I am for having everything that I have. Everyday, I will take time to thank God.

17. Be thoughtfully honest.

I am honest, sometimes too painfully honest that I already hurt other people. It’s time I change my ways. I’ll find the right words to say before ending up saying the wrong words. I will always consider other’s feelings. I now realize that it’s not enough to be logical, we also need to be compassionate. We cannot straighten a mistake with another mistake. And the reality is, people will only appreciate honesty if it’s kind.

18. Be optimistic.

Despite being an idealist, I admit I’m extremely pessimistic. I worry about the silliest things and did it help me? Absolutely not. From now on, I’d be more positive. I’ll let myself think more of the positive results of whatever that I want to do and be excited about it than of the negative results and just be discouraged.

19. Help more.

Whenever I can, I’ll extend my hand to anyone who’s in need. I’ll make it a part of my nature to help. And I will help without asking for any repayment.

20. Be kinder.

I feel like we all need kindness. Since we’re all going through some tough times in our lives, an act of kindness these days is much appreciated. I will smile to strangers more. I will be more polite and respectful.

21. Be more patient.

I know I need more patience in dealing with difficult people and difficult situations. I also need the longest patience to wait for my destiny to unfold before me.

22. Spread more love.

The world needs more love. We need more love. I want to share more of the amazing love God has for all of us. I also want others, especially those who feel alone, to feel that they are loved. We all are loved.

23. Love more.

I’m scared to love because I’m scared of pain. But maybe if I love, if I only love without expecting anything in return, there’ll be no more pain. I’ll love more without any inhibitions, I believe all of us should.

24. Be committed.

This is the most important because if I’m not committed, I won’t do all the other 23 habits and I wouldn’t be able to reach my many dreams. 🙂

My Morning Routine

I’ve been wanting to share this here because mornings are my fav part of the day and also my most productive time. But I wasn’t able to establish a consistent routine until recently. So, here it goes. My morning routine…

4:30 am. I wake up really early. My alarm is set at 4:50 am but obviously, I wake up before it. The first thing I do is check my current state or what I’m feeling. Unfortunately, I always find myself being anxious and so, the next thing I do is pray.

4:50 am. I am inside the bathroom, brushing my teeth and washing my face. Also, doing my personal businesses.

4:55 am. I am inside my room, combing my hair. After that, I put on my socks and head downstairs.

5:00 am. I am drinking my first glass of water of the day. Oh, before that, I was putting on my shoes.

5:05 am. I am outside walking and then jogging.

5:30 am. I am back home. I head back to my room.

5:35 am. I am sitting on my floor, meditating.

5:45 am. I am seated in front of my desk, reading my daily devotional books namely:

  • Bible (Today’s English Version)
  • Healing Presence
  • Good morning… God
  • Our Daily Journey

6:00 am. My downtime. I am on my phone.

6:15 am. I am back downstairs to do my workout.

6:45 am. I am cooking breakfast.

7:15 am. I am eating my breakfast, which always consist of fried rice. I won’t have enough energy for the day if I don’t eat rice for breakfast.

7:30 am. I am washing the dishes.

8:00 am. I am cleaning the house.

9:00 am. I am resting, usually with my phone again.

After that, the rest actually varies. Sometimes, I’m the one who cook lunch. Other times, I’m cleaning upstairs. At certain times, I am cleaning the bathroom. And there are also times when I am helping my mom with her job.

That’s it. Good morning, everyone!

So uninspired.

Where did January and February go?? I am a bit disappointed with myself for letting time pass me by. I’m still very unproductive. My world still consists of endless YouTube videos, a few TV shows, countless daydreamings, and doing nothing at all but staring at nothing at all. Oh, what have I become? I became a monster! Really. My very own monster. I need to come back as a person.

Yes, I need to be a person again ASAP.

I’m on my third day of my 6-day cardio challenge. To tell the truth, I’ve gained weight and I am blaming my laziness and junk food and fast food. I’ve lost my self-control a bit-no, not just a bit. I’ve succumbed to the sedentary type of life again. Come closer, I’ll whisper something. I haven’t done any morning jog or even walk for a week! A week! Okay, sorry, I shouted at your ear.

Ugh! I wanna spank myself or probably, slap me hard on both-BOTH-cheeks to wake my senses up.

So, I really need to finish my cardio challenge and get back to morning walks. I’ll cut my rice consumption too and junk food. Confession: I’ve brought junk foods yesterday when we went grocery shopping. Anyone want them?

This is it. I got to shake myself up right now and realize that I’m creating possible future problems. I’ll be back on track. Do morning walks, workout at least 30 mins. daily except Sundays, and eat just enough and just what my body needed. No more lounging at the bed from mornings to late afternoons.

I got this!

And while I’m at it, I’ll also start with my project which I posted here. I haven’t yet started ’cause my short story, “A Love Project” took all my attention. I’m also planning to do a compilation of poems, but I’m still 200 poems away from that. 200?! Yes, 200! More or less.


A Commitment to Healthy Eating

18th fact about me: I have always been fat. What do we do to all those delicious food? Eat them, right? Lol. If you’re interested about the other 17 random facts about me, refer to my previous post.

I had never really cared about the food I take until I became diabetic. Before, as long as it’s edible, it’ll be in my mouth and inside my body. Although I’m aware now of the things my body need, doesn’t need, shouldn’t need, I still eat unhealthy food. It’s just hard to stop.

I can jot down reasons why it’s hard to stop eating unhealthy food, personally. But I don’t want to. I don’t want to have an excuse to not eat healthy food all the time.

I’ve recently realized that caring for your body, for your well-being doesn’t just include regular exercise and meditation; it also includes taking in nutrients you need and not taking in things you don’t need (e.g., junk food, processed food).

Eat more foods that grow from trees and plants and eat less foods that are manufactured from plants. (from Tumblr)

So if you are like me who find it difficult to stay away from unhealthy food, make a commitment now. Let us make a commitment to love our bodies more by choosing to eat healthy foods all the time. Let us not deprive ourselves of the nutrients we needed.

I’ll always tell myself this: Eat because you need to, not because you want to.

A healthier year to all of us!