Week 4 of year 2014. Honestly, I don’t feel any difference compared to 2013. Just had some time off and did a good share of reminiscing. In short, 2013 was good.

Anyways, I asked my fiance on his new year post on social media. He’s much more of a writer than yours truly, you see.

So he wrote an amazing one (as always) on his facebook. I shall share his post here :)

It is another new year to begin with this time around.

Another complete circle around the sun. Another 365 days safely through. Another episode ended, and a new one begins.

We begin our new year with hopes and promises. Many look forward to change to the better; endless improvements in life, a continuation of efforts from the past years.

But often we see that our hopes and dreams faded after only months we celebrated new years. Same old routine resumed, same old habits remade. Our resolutions remain to be scribbles on paper, aged and consumed by time in none other than our sealed lockers.

When this happened, we only hoped for another incoming new year, so that our undone resolutions get renewed, carrying bright lights of promises for our futures.

I didn’t list much in my new year resolutions. Since long, my resolutions are generally to become a better person.

But if I am to specify them, they would mainly represent my hopes and dreams for a better life, a better community and a better nation.

I intend of completing my Doctor of Philosophy earlier than planned to make way for my PTD course starting this August. That means I am going to complete one study before beginning another.

I will be a husband in less than 3 months. Therefore, I will need to shape and prepare myself in sharing my otherwise shared to none elements in life with another significant person, for many years to come. I need to make and maintain a home for two. My time is now undergoing intense division. I am to be a good husband, and with luck, a good father too.

My works that involve community projects through government, non-government, profiting, non-profit, academical and political bodies need to be amplified for effects, and developed for their benefits shared altogether. I need to give more to benefit even more. More importantly, I want to rise above the clouds without stepping on anybody. I would want to double my output (and therefore my pay, because going ape and monkey all around about money doesn’t actually generate a single cent) and I would want to reduce my spending, and eventually, expand my savings and investments. I would want to dip a foot in the sea of business and try my luck out, as to create a diversity in income generation.

I need to improve my closeness with the Almighty. I need to amend a few characteristics that affect the people around my and myself in ugly ways. I need to tone down my smoking, and go easy on the coffee. I would want to love more.

I want to start writing again, and pursue back my photography hobby. Perhaps spending more time in traveling, running, golfing and meditation will improve my mortal body. Maybe taking Monty for a ride in the car in the evening would settle the dust after a chaotic day at work. Therapeutic effects, as Lelia would put it.

In conclusion, whatever it is, my hopes and dreams continue to be my only driving motive; better today than yesterday, and being even better tomorrow than today and yesterday combined. Don’t take only one day to represent the other 364 days that follow. Our lists don’t matter without us materializing them. Go wide on the resolutions. Without specifying in detail, we would be able to improve even the littlest flaw in and around us, therefore completing our general list of improvements, for a better future, a better life, and collectively, a better nation.

And with that, I wish you all a (belated) happy new year 2014. Have a big one.

*Gulp* I teared a lil bit alright. This paper heart syndrome of mine, as how he called it.

There’s a lot to be thankful for, 2013. You have thought me to be an even stronger lady, a compassionate human , full of patience (although I still have a lot to work on this area). It was not an easy ride, but thank you for not making me so lazy and at ease in my comfort zone.

What happened in 2013, some of the ups and down that colored my 2013.

  1. Fiance and I submitted our ideas for a better Malaysia and turns out one of the ideas was picked and we ended up in a 4-episode reality show  called The Big Dre1m, aired on TV3. Phew!485946_457672917637182_291399798_n
  2. I was in a car accident. Bruno was injured pretty badly and so was my bank account.IMG_1884
  3. I went into surgery to correct my carpal tunnel syndrome. Fiance and my best friend, Sakinah was there to help me.  Lost full usage of my right hand for a month and back on track after. IMG_2909
  4. I moved from Shah Alam to Kerinchi, nearer to the LRT and life is so much easier since then! No more early morning drive and late evening stuck in the traffic jam.
  5. I lost a dear friend, Nadia Zahari, after Aidilfitri 2013. It was so sudden that we, arwah’s friends all went into a deep shock. I miss her every single day. Al Fatihah. C360_2012-07-21-12-25-47
  6. I managed to drag my lazy ass and faced my fears and ran my first ever 10km in Putrajaya Night Marathon. I finished before the cutoff time! and my legs went jelly the next day, of course.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset
  7. I wanted to eat clean and healthy. It was a yoyo thing for me because I’m still trying to find my pace. I did completed a 2-week plan and felt great. I will continue on.
  8. I got engaged to the love of my life!!!! (see the amount of ! I got there?)
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hmmm, say whattt? 

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With each of the problems and challenges, I was beaten down but I got up and face each of them with strength and hopefulness. I could not have done it without my loved one and friends by my side. I was so far away but you brought me closer to Him. You brought the love of my life and myself together and off to our next phase soon.

It’s unbelievable how fast you came to end. Thank you, 2013 ; you have been awesome!

 

Towards the end of the year, we received another great news. My fiance passed the Pegawai Tadbir Diplomatik (PTD) exam! On top of his PhD, he now have another huge opportunity on his plate. Excited and nervous at the same time, but I’m very much just happy for him.

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The first quarter of 2014 will be an exciting and challenging one. Insha Allah, I will be changing my status from a fiance to a wife, soon. I will be moving into a new chapter of my life before my 26th birthday.

I want to continue being a supportive partner to my better half. Whatever it is that he finds beneficial and good to his liking, inshaAllah, I am all right behind him!

I want to try and experience new things too. Would love to go for adventure trips with my better half, and enjoy the nature and his photography skills. Fortunately, yours truly love being on camera :D

Quoting fiance’s new year’s post “Our lists don’t matter without us materializing them.”  I don’t have a proper  list this year but generally, I want to improve myself in a lot of aspects this year. Just want to be spontaneous this time with my activities. All in all, I want to be healthier, to love more , to learn more and to take good care of the people around me.

May Allah ease my journey, and yours too :)

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p/s: Please keep us in your prayers. Wedding prep is crazayhhh! Happy New Year 2014!

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