Resolutions for a New Decade

January 3, 2010 / Daily Life / 14 Comments

I don’t really believe in new year resolutions. I mean, if you wanted to make something happen, it doesn’t matter when you make it, as long as you follow through. But I thought I should just write this entry for a future self. More importantly, for you since I want to spread this positive state of mind around. :)

In the new decade, I want to:

Keep learning

There are so many things in the world and I only got a few decades left to learn them all. So I hope I will never become a pompous fool and stop learning.

Share the love

I love being with people. I love meeting new people. I love forging stronger bonds with people. It brings meaning to my life. It brings meaning to people’s lives. Sure, there will be times when it will drain me but I still hope I will never stop believing in love.

After all, love is a powerful energy that can bring out the best in society.

Bring social back to social media

I’m no expert in the social media field, and I’m not sure anyone can call himself one since this is a field in a constant state of evolution.

Recently, I noticed that social media has recently become more about money. So I’d like to help bring the social back to social media. Sure, you can make money but let’s not forget that it’s also a great avenue to widen your social circle. And a happy life isn’t all about materialistic goals.

Sometimes it’s the immaterial ones that will bring you the greatest joy.

Balance work and life

This might be difficult since it’s not entirely in my control. Since I started working a little over a year ago, I realized I never really took a break from work. A lot of times I gave up my sanity, my friends or my family for work. I need to learn to set the boundaries and balance my life better.

Know and love myself

As a third culture kid, I’ve had a hard time to come to terms with my identity. I always felt like I lacked a sense of belonging and a sense of self.

And as a person, I shunned my body for my thyroid problems. I shunned the little girl in me for wanting to be loved. I shunned the pride in me for never wanting to look weak in front of others. I shunned the anger in me for being uh… angry.

But recently, I’ve come to accept myself for who I am. And I’ve never been happier! No, it doesn’t mean I should become an angry, sick egotistic bitch. It means taking responsibility for my body, my mind and my soul.

And I hope I never, ever forget that. :)

Dear readers, what would you like to achieve in the new decade? What are your hopes and dreams for the future? Feel free to share the link to your resolution entries as well!


  • http://dreamling.ca Aisling

    Well, if we’re looking more at a long term goal for the decade… I’m 21, and I think the obvious one is that I want to find love. I want to mesh up with that perfect person that I can just curl up and be content with (and yes, realistically, get into stupid fights with sometimes). Mushhyyyy, but yeah.

  • http://aigoo-chamna.net Tara

    Great resolutions for the decade. I haven’t really thought about much for myself except to get more education and a better job. XD I suppose that’s better than nothing! ^^

  • http://elizabethgohphotography.blogspot.com lixximajig

    I’m with you on the first resolution. Life is about learning. :) I should think about resolutions too, haha. :)

  • http://simply-precious.net Simply Precious

    Good resolutions! I agree with you on all of them, especially the work/life balance. That is SO hard to achieve!!!! Good luck with your resolutions! =)

  • http://twentyfourcarat.net Katy

    I don’t really believe in New Years resolutions either… I make them but they never really mean anything to me. This year I’m just going to keep them in my head and do them when I want to. =P Happy new year, Ivy!

  • http://brandnewbearings.blogspot.com/ Walter

    Those are nice resolutions : I hope you can keep working and succeeding at them. I wish you all the best for the new decade.

  • http://tokyokawaiietc.com kirin

    Good resolutions. I know work/life balance is very difficult. But I think it’s a good idea to write them down like this at the beginning of the new year. When I was a kid, I was asked what was my resolution for the new year at a breakfast of Jan. 1st. every year. So it’s a part of culture to me. I don’t have to say that to my parents any longer since I left their home, and I skip that but I like to have the image of what I want to achieve always. :)

    I was envious of it that you spent life in various places in the world, and so you can speak many different languages. But you had difficulties in finding your identity…such thing was never seen from me. I really want to see you someday and chat various things.

    I rarely have any chances to browse your blog lately but please stay in touch and if you have any chances to come to Japan, contact me. I’ll do so if I go there. :) I still remember that you were the first one who kindly contacted me thru comment when I started blogging to the world. I was afraid if I was doing OK, if my English made sense, etc. In that sense, Ivy, you are one of the most impressive persons in my blogging life.

    oh…getting too long, but happy new year! ^_^

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  • http://depictured.com Victoria

    Worthy resolutions Ivy :) Thanks for the sweet holiday card! I actually made it away from school for the holidays, so I just received it now.

  • http://nanyate.com Ivy

    @Aisling: All the best with that! And you’re not alone, all of us in our 20s are hoping for that love too. :)

    @Tara: Ooh, what are you thinking of studying?

    @lixximajig: Glad to hear that I’m not the only one.
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    @Simply Precious: Thanks babe. You too! We’ll see how that work-life resolution pans out for me πŸ˜€

    @Katy and @Walter: Thanks and happy 2010 to you too!

    @kirin: γ‚γ‘γΎγ—γ¦γŠγ‚γ§γ¨γ†γ”γ–γ„γΎγ™, Kirin-san! I would love to be able meet you in person one day. You’re one the hardest-working bloggers I’ve met and I’m truly happy to see how you’ve grown from a small blog on blogger.com to having many readers at your domain. I’ve been quite busy so I rarely have the time to leave comments but I enjoy reading your blog via RSS. Wish you all the best for the new year! :)

    @Victoria: Yay! Glad to hear you’ve finally received it. I was getting worried for a moment since I sent it a little over a month ago. πŸ˜€

  • http://sigg3.net Sigg3

    Got your postcard! Thanks!
    http://www.sigg3.net/entry/1411

  • http://www.tauhuayboy.wordpress.com Shawn Lim

    I don’t do resolutions too! Hahas. Here’s my post, http://bit.ly/90iVVO

  • http://silvercpu.com/blog Lissy

    Those are some positive goals. I’m kinda a go with the flow kinda gal. I don’t really set long term goals. My life is pretty good the way it is and I’d like to keep it that way :)

  • http://menelya.com Kelly

    Those are good resolutions! Different from the other’s I’ve seen around.