Taking Stock – 2016

Another year over, 366 days done and dusted. What does one have to show for it? Accomplishments, failures, relationships, material things… And the essentials of personal growth: maturity, knowledge, experience. The human condition. Our bane and boon. Although the collective citizenship of our planet deemed 2016 to be a terrible year, one of the worst (to put it mildly); but as with every year, we’ve had some good days and some not so good ones. Yet,ย we persist. We push on. Sure, in the broader scheme of things, one might agree, our personal experience in our own little bubble may vastly differ; but our existence comprises similar thoughts and emotions. Here’s looking back at what the year 2016 has been for me and some aspirations and resolutions for 2017.

That soliloquy was begun on 01-January-2017, completed on the seventh and revisited a fortnight later on the 22nd ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m so conceited aren’t I? ๐Ÿ˜› Well let’s just pretend like nothing’s wrong and move right past this minor glitch in my plans for 2017!

I’m big on list making and 2016 saw me move from pen and paper to list making apps and I love it! In fact, I made a random little list of things I did and didn’t do in 2016. By far, my biggest accomplishments seem to be that I did not use the dog filter (Snapchat) or Retrica. Yup. That’s it. Thanks for coming. Have a good day. *walks off stage*

I’m just kidding, of course. I started my blog in 2016!!! No demonetization or Trump can make me resent it! No sir. Especially since I’ve been considering doing this (more accurately, Youtube) since 2014! I finally bit the bullet and there’s no looking back. Admittedly, it’s made my life a lot more complicated and has strained a lot of relationships, but a relationship that doesn’t endure one’s pursuit of happiness/dreams/ambition might not have been strong enough to last in any case. And anyone adding unnecessary subtext to that previous statement (I’m looking at you, relatives), no it’s not a boyfriend. I’m perennially single.

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It was also the year I lost 15 kgs, so those two endeavors make me feel like I’ve accomplished quite a lot, even though it’s only marginally an achievement. People have done some great things with their lives and careers and their time on earth, basically; but it’s best not to compare. I find, it’s very disparaging and often times unhealthy. I’m very peaceable/complacent/uncompetitive that way. You do you, I’ll do me. Let’s make this world a better place and if not directly impact another’s life, aspire to enrich one’s own.

Wasn’t easy though, nothing worthwhile ever is. The weight loss was a piece of cake (pun intended) in comparison. My life tends to take a very Murphy’s Law course of action and I’ve waded through shit storm after shit storm that came my way.ย On a lighter note, I got three haircuts last year. Which is an exorbitant amount for me; but they were all very anticlimactic. One, because my hair grows really fast, and two, because they were very simple cuts. Overall underwhelming. My hair is like a misbehaved, attention seeking baby with delinquent tendencies and a mind of it’s own. But I digress.

If you’ve followed me from the beginning, you would know that I used to post twice a week until I absconded for two months. Ever since, my rhythm hasn’t been quite the same. Of the 80 posts I could have made, I made an abysmal 30. IKR? I’m appalled (even though it’s my doing). I’ve also missed out on a lot of opportunities, as my listicle points out. I turned down a friend’s bridal makeup, a personal shoot for an acquaintance, collaboration with an e-company, judge a fashion show and didn’t participate in some contests that came my way. If I’m being 100% honest, I don’t regret any of it. No second thoughts. I’m noting them in a purely clinical way, just as acknowledgement of things that have, or rather haven’t, happened in 2016.

I do feel bad about not doing special looks for Eid, Diwali, Halloween and Christmas. The last one especially because, unlike the other three which I had no plans for, I did in fact have a look in mind for it. I did manage to squeeze in a Coachella look book, and a look each for Thanksgiving and new year’s eve, so that’s gotta count for something, right?

One thing I’m extremely pleased about is that I started my own personal mini-library! Iย missed reading while I was in college so I set out to read the literature I alwaysย wanted to. I’ve always loved to read but the curriculum was too intensive and also books weren’t as easily accessible to me. Sure there are libraries and second hand bookshops and stuff, (first hand was out of the question, I could never afford books from my pocket money) but no libraries were nearby (the two Just Books near my place weren’t well stocked) and I don’t like the idea of second hand books somehow (unless it’s a hardbound first edition, of course). But my god, Amazon has been the best thing for me since, I dunno, sliced bread? LOL.

Books! That’s pretty much all I buy from Amazon. I’ve got quite an extensive reading list, but I only set out to read a book a month (slow and steady) and I actually did! Although, I cheated. A LOT. For instance, I started with To Kill A Mockingbird in late 2015, read The Alchemist for like four months and the twelfth book, Slaughterhouse 5, I read well into 2017. In fact, that’s the reason I’d been putting off doing this post; wanted to be able to brag about my 12 months, 12 books accomplishment. I also kinda read short novels mostly, so I could accommodate them into my time frame. Anyway, I did it. Yey me!

2017

I want to make some resolutions for 2017 and while by putting them out there, I’m going to benefit from the accountability, I hope I don’t fail too hard. I resolve to continue with my 12 months, 12 books goal. I’m going to additionally challenge myself to read at least 6 more. Maybe 12 random ones and 6 Shakespeare? Let’s see. I also want to watch more movies. So twelve of those should be easy. Some of you might think, damn this girl REALLY sets the bar high, but I’ll have you mockers know, I’m a slow reader and for the most part, I inexplicably miss out on all the movies I intend to watch (still haven’t watched Inside Out, can you believe it?). Not this year! 12 movies, at a theatre near me! Maybe also binge on all the Bond movies? Or some b/w classics? Let’s see.

I also want to continue my quest of losing weight which seems to have concluded a couple months ago, but a girl can dream ๐Ÿ˜› Maybe a gym membership? I don’t wanna get ahead of myself, so let’s see. Also, 2017 will be all about skin, hair and oral health for me. I discovered flossing very late in life, but I love it. It’s almost therapeutic. I’ve also started to brush my teeth before bed, which I literally never thought I’d do, but here we are. I do skip it every now and again (I mean, you can’t eat after that, and that’s too much of a commitment), but I’m gonna try and make the habit stick. I’m also considering getting some dental work done, let’s see. For skin and hair, cleaning and moisturizing will be of the essence. Maybe invest on high end products? Get treatments done? Start on dietary supplements? Let’s see.

Another hilarious resolution of mine is to wish folks on Facebook for their birthdays! ๐Ÿ˜› I know it’s random but I’m one of those people that only wishes those I know well enough to call or message directly and the rest I can’t be bothered about. Just seems so superficial and needy to me, but none the less I’m gonna give it a go! Gonna be more social and approachable in life. I’ll also try and be more active on social media and kick start my Roposo account, which I’ve had since the beginning but never posted on.

Moving on to the most relevant of matters, something I’ve failed at already: resolving to post 6 times a month. Once a week, without fail, and additional 2-4 posts every now and again. That was the original plan. The biggest, most important one. I’m gonna try and post back to back this month, so let’s see how far I get. I’ve also got a list of events in 2017 (holidays, festivals, events and such) for which hopefully, unlike last year, I manage to make relevant posts in a timely fashion.

I’m also considering advertising and monetizing the blog. Maybe reach out to others in my community. Collaborate with kindred spirits. Make new friends. Actually, that will be the most unnerving partย for me. Making friends. Think about it. It’s easier to walk up to a guy and say “hey, I like you; wanna be friends?” but to do the exact same thing with a person of the same sex: mortifying. How do you even say that to a girl without her thinking you’re a complete tool? Gotta work on some social skills, man. Let’s see.

That’s about it guys. Any resolutions you have that you wanna share? Comment below! I hope, with the deepest sincerity that you have a great 2017. Take charge of your life. Do You.

Happy new year! ๐Ÿ™‚

– Za )x(

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