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Hello 2015!

Wow – I had thought that I would be posting my first post of the year within the first week of the year. I guess I need to be more disciplined around writing here…

In any case – I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and is gearing up for the new year. I started the new year with some work related travel to Shanghai, China. It involved very long hours – and hence I did not have the time to write a post.

I have restrained myself from creating new year’s resolutions this year – I figure it is arbitrary to just start something because a new year has begun. In fact, late last year I started doing a lot of the things that I would have set up as resolutions. Some of these include regular exercise (I broadened my scope from running – to exercise), staying in touch more with family & friends (I now just schedule calls on my calendar), maintaining a journal (see my post about DayOne and DO Journal) and reading more (got myself a new iPad – which should help)…

I am going to work on just organically creating and sticking to new habits – and not beat myself up if I do not achieve all of the goals I set for myself. Keeping at it until it forms a habit is what’s important. Where possible I use technology to help – Lift (or as is its new name – Coach.me) for habits, DayOne and DO Journal for journaling, iSmoothRun to track my runs, MyFitnessPal to track my food habits and so on. I will post more related to these tools and apps in later posts.

What are some of your new year’s resolutions? How are you developing new habits to keep them going?

Goodbye 2014.

This shall be my last post for 2014. I hope you, as I, shall take some time to reflect on the year that has passed (all too quickly it seems). Think about the events that transpired. Relive the joyous highlights and learn from the despondent lowlights.

I have had a very eventful year. My blog does not reflect that – as this habit has been newly formed in the later part of the year – but it has been a doozie as years go. I will share these events – as a narrative – in future blog posts. Just as a teaser – it involves me getting fired from my job. As the adventure that transpired next will attest – that was a happy ending!

I spend this time of the year in deep and critical introspection. What did I do – what could I have done differently? Who were the people who made a difference in my life? What events – good or bad – occurred, and why – and what have they taught me? Where have I come from – and where am I headed? I find that this is a useful exercise in gratitude and self-improvement.

I generally make resolutions, and I will no doubt make some this year. But my resolutions this year will be a little different in light of the year gone by. If you are looking to make resolutions, try to make them specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time bound (SMART). Here’s some more reading around the science of goal setting.

Everything happens for the best. This may not always be obvious, or apparent, but I have found it to be generally true. If you have had a tough year, I hope you will think about it in this light. If you find yourself in especially dark and trying times, all I can tell you is to be strong – for the tough times do pass – and leave you with an appreciation of a deep inner strength that you never knew you possessed – and the recognition of those that truly love you – for they are the ones that will have stood by you.

I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for me. I wish you, dear reader, the very best that life has to offer. Talk soon…