Changes in my daily routine

I got up at ridiculous oโ€™clock with N this morning. Heโ€™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 didnโ€™t feel too bad throughout the day, but I did have more caffeine than I normally would on a typical day ๐Ÿ˜ณ Hopefully the caffeine wonโ€™t keep me up tonight because Iโ€™d like a good nightโ€™s sleep for the busy day that I have tomorrow! ๐Ÿคž

I had my Chinese lesson today, and it actually wasnโ€™t too bad! I didnโ€™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. Iโ€™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 Iโ€™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?? ๐Ÿค”

After listing that out, I’m quite proud of my effort! Well done, me! ๐Ÿ˜ 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.

My one-word theme for 2021

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 ๐Ÿ‘ And I think I did a good job keeping to that theme too ๐Ÿ˜Š

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! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ 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! ๐Ÿ˜’)

So here we are, a few days into the New Year and my theme is going strong already. LOVE IT! ๐Ÿ‘

One can change

We went to Causeway Bay and Wan Chai to buy our Christmas presents for ourselves ๐Ÿ˜‚ I say “for ourselves” because we bought technology, and we’re just going to share our new toys ๐Ÿ˜† 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! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

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” ๐Ÿคฃ 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 ๐Ÿ˜Š

It’s amazing how one can change in such a short period of time, even at my age.

100 subscribers!

We walked past this Filo restaurant yesterday and so decided to try it out today. It was good! Iโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜‚ 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. Iโ€™m sure I have mentioned the poor customer service in HK before, so this place was a pleasant surprise. Iโ€™d definitely go back ๐Ÿ‘

Filo food! ๐Ÿ˜‹

And while we were there, I checked my YouTube stats: I reached 100 subscribers today! Woohoo! Itโ€™s not the largest number, but itโ€™s my first big milestone, Iโ€™m sooo happyyy ๐Ÿ˜

Itโ€™s the journey, I tell you. Iโ€™ve grown so much this year in so many ways, and Iโ€™m so happy about that. Like Iโ€™ve said before too, Iโ€™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 ๐Ÿ™