01 January 2014

2014. It's on. It's so on.

Well first of all, Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great start to 2014 either at a party or peacefully at home. I had a gig last night which was a fun way to end 2013 for me :)
I must say, I was expecting the weather to be much, much colder than it was, but heck, I'd hate to wake up on 1 Jan 2014 sick though.

So here we are, 2014. 2013 was a year of ups and downs as expected and I'm looking forward to a very bumpy 2014 as well. Just the way I like it and expect it.

I recently went to Taiwan for a few days (for a vacation, not work) and basically went with the mindset of going with the flow. The special lady friend did a bunch of research about places to visit and things to see/eat (keyword is eat). It was definitely a breath of fresh air (not literally) in Taiwan as I discovered how American the place is. They even value individualism there. I must say, I was very impressed with how many small businesses there were or mini-entrepreneurs there were. From the guy on the street selling chicken fillets with his own custom sauce, to the alley of nothing but street-fashion. I was blown away with the fact that there is a strong culture of aesthetics there. Compared to Hong Kong, Taiwan completely wins when it comes to being yourself. I barely even found any luxury brand stores (eg. Gucci, etc.). Also, I have to admit, it was refreshing to take a train that wasn't super bright and super noisy. I mean, granted, while I'm on the train in HK, I'm usually listening to my audiobooks or watching a movie on my phone (or replying emails :P), but as I've said before, I absolutely love a space with good lighting because it definitely affects my mood in general.

So my goals in 2014 are improving on what I have been doing so far. Getting my fitness back to the level it should be and then surpassing anywhere I've been at. Now with my Fitbit Flex, I can keep better track of my life. Turns out I walk an average of 13,000 steps a day! Ahaha and so far since 5 Dec 2013, I've walked just over 250km! That's almost 10km/day in the last month! Ahaha nice!
So far, my workouts have been quite a mix-up of everything. I do try to follow my mood because I've gotten bored/tired of a rigid workout plan where I'm lifting the same weight routine for weeks. Sure this means it's harder for me to keep track of my improvements, but what I've found is I enjoy the mix-up of exercises because it's constantly challenging me in new ways (and keeping things fresh which is key).

Oh and if you need some good music to get pumped up for a workout, I've got the perfect song for you:

I don't know about you, but 00:00 - 00:40 is all I need to get ready to kill it at the gym (which I'll be doing later on today).

So every year I aim at getting my email inbox to zero and my to do list at zero and well looks like every year I fail at that. But the good thing is, I'm usually pumped on 1 Jan of the new year to tackle everything so I have a head start of all things. On the other hand, I'm considering changing my to do list from Remember The Milk to ToDoist. So let's see what happens by the end of 2014.

Lastly, looking back at both my web design and comedy career in the past year, it looks like everything has grown a lot. My web design business slightly surpassed my comedy last year in terms of income and new ventures. But 2014 is the year of touring for me and comedy. It's just a matter of where and when.

So to that, I say let's make 2014 the best year yet! All those ideas/dreams you had, it's time to take them out, give them a good look and either do it this year or get them ready to happen in 2015. You have 365 days (it's not a leap year, I checked :P)!


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