Friday, December 31, 2010

Newyearsresolutionsfortwentyeleven....

Wow.
I am truly stunned that the last day of 2010 has arrived and what a wonderful year this has been!!!!
There have been many highlights......

living in asia for a year. discovering my passion for teaching. making awesome new friends. growing closer to God. skype dates with chris. tea ceremonies. cherry blossoms. my awesome two cousins coming to visit me in korea and a very, very awesome weekend in seoul which included lots of paris baguette coffee and pastries. a very pink birthday. falling in love with my kiddos at school. my first thanksgiving. my first halloween. china. wearing a hambok. learning how to cook korean food. wednesday's tea for three. breakfast in bed with bongi every saturday. volunteering at the local library. seeing rodin's work in real life. climbing the steps of the great wall. the 2010 soccer world cup which was hosted in south africa but proudly celebrated in korea. letters in the mail. thrift shopping in nampadong with jill. putting foot on north korean soil. temple stay. throwing a snowball for the very first time. baskin robins. being able to view monet, cezanne, and picasso's work live. pancake day with the kiddos. discovering busan. daily e-mails from my mommy. lots and lots of class parties. too much shopping. blogging

                                                             ........to name but a few!

But now it's time to kiss 2010 bye-bye and as we are about to embrace 2011, I would like to:

Read the Bible from front to back.
I always wanted to do this but didn't really know how (I know, it's a lame excuse but true) so when I recently discovered a "reading plan" printed in the back of my Bible, I decided that reading the complete Bible is something I'm going to do this coming year!!!

Do a photography course
If I have one regret about this year in Korea, it is that I didn't do a photography course before I got on that airplane . I love taking photographs and there is so much beauty in this world which I would love to capture, but my photos never do any justice to the prettiness of reality. This coming year, I would like to change that.

Read (at the very least) 10 books from my "Must Read" list
I am an avid reader and rarely a day goes by without me reading something. The problem is that whenever I am in  a library or bookshop, I get totally overwhelmed and don't know what books to get. I found a solution to this problem by keeping a little journal in my purse and whenever a friend would suggest a book or I hear of a book that tickle my fancy, I would  jot it  down. Lately, however, the reading list  itself is becoming a bit "overwhelming" so I hope to cross (at the very least) 10 books of it.

Stop worrying so much.
I am a terrible worry wart, always worrying about "what if" and 5 years from now. I am going to stop that and just enjoy this coming year.....and most importantly trust God and the promise He made me:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and he will make your path straight - Prov.3:5 -6

Travel some more
I got bitten by mr. travel bug and it's real bad ...so next year I would like to see at least one or two  or three of these countries (I plan to see all of them in this life time;-)

Vietnam, Bali, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong India, Greece, France, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, England, Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy, Norway,  Egypt, Israel , South America and some of my favorite African countries (Mozambique, Namibia, Morocco, Zanzibar)

All my bets are on Vietnam and Hong Kong.....as I already booked my plane ticket for this coming January -YAY!!!!

Finish my Interior Decorating Diploma
After graduating, I worked in the Interior decorating industry for almost two years before I decided to switch to teaching. I still love decor though and I doubt if that would ever change. Before being a teacher, I also did a course on Interior Decorating and Design ......but never completed it. One of my aims for 2011 is to complete those last 4 modules and bag that little piece of precious paper. Why? Because I don't like to start something and not finish it!

Learn something new about a subject I've never shown interest in before.
It's no secret that Chris and I are complete opposites. It's true, opposites attract but sometimes I worry (again with the worry) that we might end up not having anything in common. After some chatting about our  resolutions for 2011, we decided that it might be a good idea for us to learn something new from each other's field of interest. This is why Chris will acompany me to several art galleries and movie dates at the
Labia whilst I will learn how a car's insides work (Mister is a mechanical engineer :-).....eeeeek. We also thought it would be fun to do a wine course together and I seriously need to learn how to couple-dance!!!!!!

But before all this "hard work" starts, I am off to celebrate the arrival of the new year!

I wish you all a happy, happy 2011 my dearest blogger friends!!
I would also like to thank you for reading my little input in cyberspace and words can't describe the joy and warmth your comments give me! See you next year :-)

9 comments:

danielle @ take heart said...

i love this list. the things you are hoping to accomplish in 2011 are wonderful, and some of the same things i would like to do as well.

happy new year, friend!

Mackenzie said...

such a beautiful list!!! both of the things experienced and those to experience! love love love it!
hope you get to go on all of these adventures and more in 2011, girl! :)

Love and Stuff said...

happy New year!

Simply-Mel said...

I love your list! I think all those resolutions are epic - and I have a feeling you will comfortably tick them all off.

I am amazed at how you travel all over the world and adventure to new places on your own - you are a far braver soul than me.

I am with you on the reading thing - i was also an avid reader til I started cybercrawling - I want to read more BOOKS this year. And we also want to learn to couple dance!

Travelling is in our frame too but on a much more modest basis than you as we will be carrying a few extra littlies with us!

We are off cruising on the MSC Melody next week for 4 nights and can NOT wait!

Happy happy to you Miss Jasmin - i look forward to following on your exciting travels this year!

Kirra Sue said...

great resolutions girlie! hope it's an amazing year!!!

Michelle said...

This is such a great list! Can't wait to hear how it goes!!

Jasmin said...

A happy new 2011 to you too my dear blogger friends!

FarmGirl said...

Hope you have an awesome 2011 and may all your dreams come true.xxx

Monique @Oh Darling Bride said...

What a lovely list for 2011! I think I'll borrow a few :)