Wow, I can’t believe another year just went by, again. On every New Year’s day, I like to do some self-reflection and come up with my New Year’s resolutions. It feels like it was only yesterday that I was sitting at my desk and typing out my 2016 year in review.

The year went by so quickly, with so many events, both good and bad. Donald Trump is still President of the United States, North Korea is testing out new nuclear weapons, polar bears are going extinct, California was on fire, Puerto Rico is still out of power, Apple came out with two new phones. It has been a hectic year for everyone.

For me, personally, 2017 was my “off” year. I wanted to take a breather and enjoy my life as it is. I’ve always been quite adventurous and outgoing, over-achieving and constantly doing too many things at the same time. So when the year began, I decided I wanted to take a little break from the havoc that is my life and just relax. Reconnect, not only with myself but with my loved ones; friends and family. I wanted to improve the quality of my life by picking up good habits, losing bad habits and other tiny but impactful steps. Despite so, I still think I achieved a lot this year. I was in a limbo for a bit since I completed my Diploma programme but things fell into place one by one and now that I think back, 2017 was one heck of a year.

  1. In February, I stayed with my grandparents in Melaka and as frustrating as it was for me to be away from Kuching, it was a good experience. I bonded a lot with my grandparents and I got to practice my driving. Driving in Kuching is a lot different than driving in West Malaysia, especially Kuala Lumpur. In Kuching, we drive 60-80 km/h and there’s no rush, most of the time. And the roads are smaller, super easy to navigate around. I got to drive from Kuala Lumpur to Melaka a couple of times and that was cool and for me, pretty adventurous. I remember getting lost while trying to find my way to Pedas-Linggi, and I bawled my eyes out in the car because I was so scared. But I quickly got over it and am now a pro.
  2. Oh, in the same month, I got to meet my favourite Korean American Youtuber, which was really nice. I’ve never gotten to meet any of my favourite celebrities/online personalities before so it was so cool that I got to meet her and talk over coffee.
  3. In May, I turned 21 years old and am finally able to vote in the coming elections. The political climate has been pretty crazy lately, especially for the past month. I’m not actively involved in politics or anything like that, but I do think it’s important that I have a stand and a say in what happens to my country. I’ve been waiting to step foot at a voting poll since I was 16 years old so I’m happy that the time is coming soon.
  4. In June, I decided to reconnect with my high school friends and it was one of the best decisions I made this year. I have this bad tendency of losing touch with people, I always wait to be approached instead of making the approach so this year, I decided I want to be better at that. I want to be better at maintaining my relationships with people and it has been amazing. My friends are my rock, they are my support system and I don’t know what I would do without them. I’m so thankful.
  5. Earlier this year, I told myself that if Ariana Grande ever steps foot onto Southeast Asian soil, I would do whatever it takes to go and see her. In August, she announced the dates for her Dangerous Woman Asia Tour and Singapore was on that list. As soon as I saw her announcement, I bought a ticket for one person. I didn’t care who I was going with or how I was going, all I knew was I needed to go. And I went. I went to see her perform at the Formula One Grand Prix music event and she was absolutely amazing. It was my first time in Singapore too. Singapore is so beautiful. I need to go back because my visit was too short.
  6. In November, I decided it was time I took control of my life and get it together. My life has been an absolute trainwreck lately. I haven’t been sleeping well, I felt like my healthΒ  was deteriorating, my time management was horrendous. One of the things I pushed myself into doing, is joining the yoga studio right by my office. I started with joining one class per week, then I slowly made progress to joining two classes per week and now I’m trying to join three classes per week. I’ve done Piloxing, Zumba, Pound Fitness and recently, yoga. I feel a lot better about myself now. I don’t get lethargic as often as I used to, my body feels tighter and healthier, I’m eating better. It has been amazing.
  7. Finally, the biggest highlight of the year is getting rid of my acne. My skin has improved so much over the past few months. I don’t get huge adult acne anymore. My skin does get quite congested sometimes so I would get the occasional whiteheads but other than that, my skin has been doing terrific and I cannot be happier. I’m so so so thankful. Acne is something I’ve been battling since I was 16 years old so I’m happy that my skin finally cleared up.


Here are my 2018 New Year’s Resolutions :

  1. Read more books and the news
  2. Be more proactive – join social events, do voluntary/charity work
  3. Read the Quran more
  4. Be better about spending and saving money – I haven’t been the most thrifty
  5. Travel travel travel!!!

And, that’s it, I guess? The list isn’t too long because I’ve done almost anything I want this year. I have a job, I have amazing friends, I’m eating healthy, I’ve been working out and my skin is healthy. To be honest, this year has been very mundane but it’s also the year I was able to focus on myself and made major life improvements. Alhamdulillah.

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Share them! I would love to know.

Talk again soon,
Hani Lutfi

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