2012 is coming to an end. Who’s going to be under the mistletoe with you?
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Kiss someone tonight :)
Have a blast!
4.82 mi run in 46:32 min (pace: 9’39″ / mi)
3.14 mi run in 30:45 min (pace: 9’47″ / mi)
4.55 mi run in 43:20 min (pace: 9’32″ / mi)
3.12 mi run in 31:30 min (pace:10’07″ / mi)
Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
As Hellen Keller once said, “Character cannot be developed in the ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”
My blog didn’t come as a blank slate when I signed up for the domain www.staciapriscilla.com in March 2011. In fact, up to this very day I’m still relocating valuable posts from previous blogs to this one (See FAQ). At the same time I frequently edit and update all of these posts to match my current format and style – just to get everything on site to feel more coherent. It’s quite recent that I began fully committing myself to blogging – and by blogging, I mean producing useful and/or helpful content regularly to you.
In the past, I complain a lot. I abused blogging by making it as an outlet to release my anger and even to intensify my outrage. Looking back now, it’s difficult for me to move on in peace, because all I see is disorganized thinking and loads of negativity.
I’m choosing to let go of these unresourceful thoughts and keep pressing forward to see the positive light.
Everything else can go. What remains is my character.
Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution
long after the excitement of the moment has passed.
- Cavett Robert
In order to make peace with my past, I feel the need to highlight the rights and evaluate the wrongs, see what changes I have to make, and better prepare for 2013 accordingly. At the same time I plan to improve my character based on the progress I’ve made in various aspects of my life. So I’m simultaneously setting achievable goals as I go along reviewing my 2012.
I encourage you to do the same. It may take a while to plan out everything, but NOW is the time to make the change – to become the person you’ve always wanted to be.
Make friends with your past, and you’ll move on to a better future.
Here’s my month-to-month overview of how I’ve spent 2012:
I also looked up the dictionary on the definition of “noodle”, and to “noodle up” means “to improvise; experiment; devise freely; think creatively”. Stanley and I challenged each other to exercise consistently and maintain our physical health. It’s also a test of persistence, perseverance, and patience.
Naturally I’ve been going to the gym and running more often than he does. But our performance on the road showed us who’s the real boss – him.
Love is a game that two can play and both win.
- Eva Gabor
I’ve also aimed to publish 10 dishes I’ve cooked throughout 2012, which should include a successful Salmon Burger. In the end, I’ve never actually made the second attempt at Salmon Burger. Instead, I’ve made more than 10 dishes this year that are worth publishing on this blog:
That’s 14 recipes, exceeding my 10-recipe goal :) So here’s what I’m aiming next year: I want to prepare 15 recipes that deserves to be published on this blog – including the Salmon Burger and the Blueberry Clafouti (see June).
And to keep sleeping.
And to keep reading. I want to read one book at a time, breaking my habit of reading multiple books simultaneously. Out of all the books I will read in 2013, I want to write 3 book reviews.
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1. A photo of yourself and a description of how your day was.
2. A photo of something you ate today.
3. Your favorite store.
4. Your favorite photograph of your best friend.
5. A photo of yourself two years ago.
6. A photo of an animal you’d love to keep as a pet.
7. Your dream wedding.
8. A song and a photo to match your mood.
9. A photo of the item you last purchased.
10. A photo of your favorite place to eat.
11. What’s in your makeup bag?
12. A photograph of the town you lived in.
13. Your favorite musician and why?
14. A TV show you’re currently addicted to.
15. Something you don’t leave the house without.
16. A photo of you and your family.
17. Your celebrity crush.
18. Something you crave a lot.
19. Another picture of yourself.
20. The meaning behind your blog name.
21. A photo of something that makes you happy.
22. Bullet your whole day.
23. 20 facts about you.
24. What’s in your purse?
25. Something that you miss.
26. Think back to how you were 5 years ago. How have you changed since then?
27. Put your iPod on shuffle and list the first 10 songs.
28. Your favorite movie.
29. Something you could never get tired of doing.
30. A photograph of yourself today + three good things that have happened in the past 30 days.
Why 33-day diet?
Day 1: Phone’s working, yay
Day 3: 2 days of making sleep as a luxurious experience
Day 8: Saying goodbye to sleep
Day 10: So far so good
Day 12: Daylight savings cost nighttime sleep, but great for long distance relationships
Day 15: Nothing much, really.
Day 18: Finally coming off
Day 24: Somebody’s coming over here
Day 25: Dang! | Dang! part 2
Day 26: Wasted calories on envy
Lesson learned: New update after MIA for over a week…
I also received a bouquet of pink flowers from Stanley :)
Flowers don’t worry about how they’re going to bloom.
They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful.
- Jim Carrey
PASSION to me: Proactivity, Assertiveness, Social, Spirited, Open-minded, Natural.
Proactive in seeking out opportunities.
Assertive in communicating with others about what you feel and standing up for yourself when others bring you down.
Social and influential, only with a mere glimpse of a smile and you’ve made an impact on a stranger’s day.
Spirited and energetic, because we know we can always learn something new everyday, being
Open-minded to all kinds of things.
Above all, a natural feeling toward that particular area your PASSION lies, not because of the money, is your answer to how you must spend the rest of your life, doing just that for a living.
As soon as I went out of the baggage claim, I saw Stanley’s face, and out of his hand appeared a bouquet of pink roses :)
You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.
- Scott Jurek
Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous.
Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
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Whew… What a year. I’m sure this post is something I’m going to keep looking back throughout 2013.
I hope you log your progress for the goals you’ve set in 2013 too, because looking forward requires you to face your past.
Ask yourself: How was 2012 for me? How can I make a better transition toward the year ahead?
Resolve to change for the better. And remember: Always be true to yourself, because it’s the only way your character can grow.
If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Every day is a gift. Today is no different: It’s a super gift, a day lovers and strangers alike celebrate the gift of giving and recognize the values of having one another.
Take a look at all the things you already have – cherish them, tell them you love them.
Spread the good news: A Savior is born, and no one will ever be the same again.
So do not be afraid, but seize today and the days ahead with boldness; become a doer by grace, encourage dreamers to act, and inspire others with your little acts of kindness – for if you will, you can make a difference.
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