I got up at ridiculous o’clock with N this morning. He’s been going to the gym before work, and normally, I just go back to sleep once he leaves. But today, I was actually quite awake, and so I just got up. I didn’t feel too bad throughout the day, but I did have more caffeine than I normally would on a typical day 😳 Hopefully the caffeine won’t keep me up tonight because I’d like a good night’s sleep for the busy day that I have tomorrow! 🤞
I had my Chinese lesson today, and it actually wasn’t too bad! I didn’t stress out as much as I normally would, which allowed me to understand more of what she said. But my general problem is my lack of speaking and listening practice. I need to do more! Watch a little bit of a TV show or YouTube video each day. I need to incorporate that into my day somehow. I’ve made so many positive changes into my daily routine now, surely I can figure out how to incorporate this one thing??
Here are the new changes I’ve made recently:
I’ve started to review my Anki flashcards first thing in the morning, as soon as I wake up. It’s virtually the first thing I do once I wake up;
I’ve been doing my splits stretches on a daily basis, except on my one rest day a week;
I’ve been listening to podcasts in the morning while I’m getting changed;
I’ve been listening to an audiobook while getting ready for bed in the evenings.
How awesome is that?!? And I only introduced all of these new habits recently, possibly just in the last month. That’s pretty damn good! So surely I can figure out how to incorporate listening to a TV show or YouTube video in one of my target languages into my day?? 🤔
After listing that out, I’m quite proud of my effort! Well done, me! 😁 It’s amazing just how much you can achieve just by pairing activities today:
Anki flashcards – paired with getting up first thing in the morning;
Podcasts – paired with getting ready each day;
Audiobooks – paired with getting for bed.
Can I pair this TV show or YouTube video with something? Or maybe I can just set another 30-day challenge for myself? I just have to try and see what works for me.
Have I told you about my one-word theme for the year? Have I told you that I have been setting a one-word theme each year for the past few years?? Surely I have. But just in case I haven’t, it’s one word that I choose at the beginning of each year to give me something to focus on for that year. Last year, my word was ‘growth’. Growth in a number of ways: growth in my subscriber base on social media; growth in my student base; personal growth; and also in wealth. It was a great word, and it served me well last year 👍 And I think I did a good job keeping to that theme too 😊
This year, my word is ‘do’. I have a tendency to over-think things, and so this is my way of just stopping myself from over-analysing and to just actually bit the bullet and DO it.
That’s one time that I can tell myself to just DO something. The other time is when I’m procrastinating. And I procrastinate a LOT. So now, instead of um’ing and ah’ing about when I should do it, I stop myself from thinking about it and I just do it then and there.
And it has done wonders so far! I have done things like fold the laundry; soak dirty clothes; put groceries away; even sending an email that I’ve been putting off! 😱 Just these small things that niggle at you, and I tell myself that I’ll do them later but never do (or at least not until a few days have passed! 😒)
So here we are, a few days into the New Year and my theme is going strong already. LOVE IT! 👏
We went to Causeway Bay and Wan Chai to buy our Christmas presents for ourselves 😂 I say “for ourselves” because we bought technology, and we’re just going to share our new toys 😆 We would NEVER have done this in the past, since I wouldn’t have had any clue about what tech toys he would’ve wanted, and I never would’ve wanted anything techy for myself. A new phone would’ve been the most techy thing I would’ve ever wanted. But this year has changed me, and now it’s me wanting all this tech stuff! 😱
I said the other day, “I really like this guy’s videos (on YouTube). I just love the way he colour grades”. N turns to face me and says, “If I told you five years ago that in five years’ time, you would be saying a sentence like this, you would’ve just laughed in my face” 🤣 So true! I wasn’t appreciating cinematography and colour grading back then. Heck, even a year ago, I wouldn’t have even noticed these things! And I didn’t even know the concept of colour grading existed! Now, not only do I know about it, but I’m even trying to improve my own colour grading skills. Crazy stuff. Not that I want to go professional or anything, but if I can make nicer looking videos, on YouTube or otherwise, then I’m happy 😊
It’s amazing how one can change in such a short period of time, even at my age.
We walked past this Filo restaurant yesterday and so decided to try it out today. It was good! I’m glad we decided to try this place. It was one of those really tiny places with only 8 seats inside, and they had none of the social distancing measures in place 😂 And they only took cash. But whatevs, the food was good! And there was a ton of it too. We pretty much had to take half of it home!
Service was really nice and friendly too, unlike so many other places in HK. I’m sure I have mentioned the poor customer service in HK before, so this place was a pleasant surprise. I’d definitely go back 👍
And while we were there, I checked my YouTube stats: I reached 100 subscribers today! Woohoo! It’s not the largest number, but it’s my first big milestone, I’m sooo happyyy 😁
It’s the journey, I tell you. I’ve grown so much this year in so many ways, and I’m so happy about that. Like I’ve said before too, I’m so grateful for these first subscribers because they still found value in my videos, despite the crappy audio that I struggled to get right for sooo many videos! Despite the not-so-great quality of my videos; and despite my not-so-wonderful performances. Thanks to these guys for sitting through my dress rehearsals and still finding value in my videos 🙏