Happy New Year’s Eve! Hope you’re all doing well and celebrating the last day of 2017 with your loved ones! It feels just like yesterday I was writing my last post of 2016 on ninetyfour87, and after a short hiatus to blogging to focus on my job with the Blue Jays, summer of 2017 lead me to creating A Life She Loved.
A lot of things happened in 2017, both good and bad. I got to start the year off with my loved ones. In February, I was offered a position with the Toronto Blue Jays. Working with the Blue Jays has been an absolute honour and a privilege. To just be part of this first class, class act organization is truly an honour. Since working with the Blue Jays, I’ve gotten a better understanding of all the behind the scenes work leading up to before, during and after a Sporting Event. I got to meet new people and gained new friendships and gained a better understanding on life through different perspectives. I learned more about Baseball and how it’s just not one person, but an entire village of talented people in their respective departments to pull off a successful event. From marketing This Justin #SmoaktheVote, to the Lady Jay’s charity events to running with the bases, helping with the Jays Care foundation and meeting the talented athletes to walk into Rogers Centre, coming into work everyday will be something I will forever remember! I may or may not be tearing up at all the memories I have made with my Blue Jays Family, I have loved every minute of it!
Some of other favourite memories of 2017 include meeting my cousin’s daughter for the first time (she’s just the cutest little thing!), going up the CN Tower almost everyday this year (why? I still don’t know why we went almost everyday, but the view is beautiful!), actually going out to explore Toronto and visiting little shops and areas I don’t normally go to, trying out different cuisines, one of my best friend got engaged (YAY!!!!) and many more memories that I will forever cherish!
New Year‘s Resolution
● Go out more // I’m a big homebody and I’d rather stay in, cook and watch Netflix, play Video Games etc., than go out to party and drink, but I also want to go out with my friends more and see all that Toronto has to offer.
● Read more books // I used to read a lot in high school but ever since my Freshman year in University, I basically stopped and have probably read 1-5 books per year. I want to read at least 1-3 book per month and want to do a post about book recommendations. If you have any book recommendations yourself, please let me know!
● Get more sleep // I better catch up on my sleep now before Baseball season starts, but it’s all worth it at the end! I want to aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep on non-game days and at least 5-6 hours of sleep on game days.
● Go to sleep earlier // Since it’s still the off season, I think I can stick to this routine and go to bed before 11:30 PM. But come Baseball season where games end 10-11+PM, I don’t see this happening.
● Drink more water and green tea // Right now I’m drinking about 3-5 cups of green tea every day and about 2-4 cups of water every day. I think I’m gonna follow through with this resolution and since drinking healthier, I’ve already noticed a difference. I actually stopped drinking coffee on October 1, 2017, after the Blue Jays last game against the Yankees. Haven’t had one drop of coffee ever since and I’m kinda proud of myself! I’ll probably start drinking coffee again once Baseball season starts, but limit myself to 1 coffee a day (not like last season where we went 3-4 times a day!)
● Wash my hair every other day // I have very long hair and if I don’t wash it, it’s gross and it gets greasy. I’m a
bit of a germaphobe, so this is actually hard for me to do. My Mom pointed out in mid December that I should try washing my hair every other day, since washing your hair is not good for your hair. While I know and understand that (I’ve known this for a while now), I’m just someone who does not feel comfortable sleeping with unwashed hair in my clean bed. Seriously, I don’t get into bed unless I’ve showered, I wear socks to bed, nothing/no one touches my bed unless it’s “100% Christina clean” (you get the point), so getting into bed with a clean showered body, but unwashed hair actually gives me anxiety. I tried this a couple times in the last couple of weeks of 2017 and I was so stressed that I cried just thinking about it and on my first night doing this, I’m pretty sure I cried myself to sleep, and washed everything the next morning. It’s a struggle. Real struggle.
● Cook more // I want to cook more and eat out less. It’s more about what I’m putting into my body than anything and eating healthier. After multiple health scares two years ago due to not taking care of body and missing meals, focusing on my health is my top priority in 2018.
● Stick to a Fitness Routine // This year I promised myself to love and care for my body more. While I love Pizza and Chipotle very much, I know I have to cut back and eat healthier and sweat it out more! I plan to do at least 10-15,000 steps a day on non-game days and follow through with 20-30,000 steps a day on game days (on game days last season I actually did about 25-30,000 steps a day), try out Kayla Itsine’s BBG program, go to Barre Class at least 2-3 times a week or do at least an hour at home everyday thanks to the app, go to Soul Cycle at least 1-2 times a week, Pilates 2-3 times a week, do Yoga every other day, kickboxing at least once a week etc. From past experience, sticking to a fitness routine has been very hard for me. I just bored really easily (ah, spoken like a true Gemini). Honestly, most of my workouts in 2017 was mostly at work. In late 2016-early 2017, I was introduced to Barre3 and started to love the program. Life got busy and I didn’t go again till the end of the season. I have fitness apps on my iPhone, iPad and iPod that I have downloaded in the past, but have never used. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve recently started getting back into a routine. I purchased the Barre app earlier this year and have an online subscription and the BBG program that I purchased earlier this year as well that I will be putting to good use. I can do workouts just about anywhere now, so no more excuses! I’m still finalizing my work out schedule for the month of January to help me stick to a routine and I can’t wait to see the results!!!!
● Spend less time on Social Media // I want to be on my phone less this year and focus on the people I have in my life instead. I definitely think it will be good for my health, eyes and over all well being.
● Learn how to defend myself // This is both mentally and physically defending myself. After all the horrible stories and experiences girls have had, I want to be prepared. Better safe than sorry. I want to sign up for a Krav Maga class or something related to that. I also think defending myself mentally and emotionally is something everyone should try and to not worry about what other’s think or say about you. Live your life how you want to live it.
● Write down all the good memories and put it in a box to read New Year’s Eve 2018 // A friend of mine does this every year and she’s gotten a good laugh NYE. I want to remember all the fun memories I’ve experienced in 2018.
● Learn and understand that not everyone will like you and that’s okay, but also know you don’t need any negative vibes in your life and that you don’t deserve to be mistreated // 2017 was…. interesting. If I learned anything in the later months of 2017, it’s to ignore people who give out negative vibes. Seriously none of that in 2018. 2018 is a year of growth, kindness, loving and focusing on my health and no negative vibes are allowed.
2018 and A Life She Loved
Earlier this week, I started working on my Editorial and Social Content Calendars. I’ll try to post at least 3-4 times per week. Every week, I’ll do one post about influential people, empowering, encouraging or inspirational related posts. The other posts will range from lifestyle (fashion, beauty, cooking etc.) to business and careers and a bonus post on the last day of every month. I’m very excited to share the new projects I’ve been working on!
I did a lot this year. I was able to see and experience new places. I was able to meet a lot of amazing people. I grew a lot – emotionally and mentally. 2017 wasn’t a perfect year, but I don’t need perfect. There’s no such thing as perfect. 2017 was full of productivity, growth, happiness, love and experience. While everybody has a different idea of happiness, I measure mine in love, laughs, challenges overcome and lessons learned and I got all that and much more in 2017.
To conclude, I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year! I hope 2018 is good to you all and all your hopes and dreams come true!!!!