Curating Life

4 Jan

Happy New Year everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚ I may be a few days late with my entry on the Year-End essay writing contest, but as they say it is better late than never. ๐Ÿ™‚ As most of the people on this planet, I am also one that writes down New Year’s Resolutions every start of each year. But throughout the years, I’ve learned to do away with a long list of to-dos, and instead focus on just one goal. I find that it has much more impact if I try to accomplish one big, meaningful thing within the year instead of trying to complete 5, 10, 20 small, usually shallow items and end up disappointed for not achieving everything.

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They say that the first step in crafting the life you love is to get rid of everything you don’t, and so I am deciding to focus on that goal for this new year.

So this is my 2018 Resolution:

To mindfully curate my life – to edit, edit and edit. To declutter, discard and minimize: From the contents of my closet to the people I decide to have in my life. To only keep the high quality ones and throw away those that are stopping me or slowing me down from being the best version of myself. I want to make sure that the things that will take up my time and attention are only the things that I actually love.

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I’ve already started taking action in pursuit of my 2018 goal. Before December of 2017, ended I made sure to fill my mental planner with activities I truly find enjoyable and meaningful even if that meant dropping a couple (a lot?) of other things I’ve been accustomed to doing.

1. I hurriedly enrolled in a social dance class which I’ve put off for the longest time. I’ve been wanting to dance again since like two years ago but I kept holding back for one too many reasons. Well, I finally did it before 2017 ended! AND DAMN WAS I HAPPY ABOUT IT! Every chance I get to dance is always euphoria.

2. I decided to declutter my house, repaint the bathroom, the kitchen and then my room. I threw away A LOOOOOOT OF STUFF from my bedroom, and WAYYYY LOOOOOTS MOREEEEE from other parts of the house, and to be honest i’m not even done yet with the decluttering until now! We have too muuuuch things at home it is crazy! :O

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3. I gave away five big black plastic bags of clothes, and kept only the ones that make me feel fabulous, expensive, happy, and confident. Emphasis on the ‘AND’,ย  because if a dress fails to satisfy at least one of the criteria, they automatically go to my “donate” bags.

4. I decided to take a break from Tinder haha. It can get addictive I tell you. I had dedicated considerable amount of time, energy, feelings and money even, as I allow myself to be lost in the craze. I just thank the heavens that I finally reached the saturation point. Really, it was the most meaningless “hobby” I ever got obsessed with.ย  Now that I am done with it, I am surprised by how much free time I have in my hands!ย  It’s like i’ve taken this one thing off my list of to-dos and now I actually have time to accomplish and enjoy 10 more things! :O HAHA.

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5. I made a conscious effort to see and reconnect with friends and social groups I onced belonged with (well, I still belong to them but being the loner that I am, I feel like I am not close to them anymore now). I said yes to all invites to christmas parties, christmas dinners, reunions and whatnot. I rarely say no to coffee dates with my girl friends too. Friends – not men – are our real soulmates according to the Sex and the City girls. Hehe. They remain in our lives for a lifetime regardless of place, time and distance. And so, I’ll make more effort to choose them before other temporary people.

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In order to succeed in this life project of CURATING LIFE, we must discard the unnecessary activities or things that fill up our closets and schedules without hesitation. AND SO THAT’S WHAT I DID. AND SO FAR SO GOOD. So for this new year, that is what I still intend to do. I want to carry on this habit of decluttering and curating that I’ve started rather belatedly last year.

white shirt1mint-colored top from Forever 21, white pants from Banana Republic

So I am slowly but surely starting to stylize everything about me, making sure that what I own and keep are all useful to me and my vision.ย I’ve been guilty of hoarding and obsessing over things which quickly catch my attention for the past yearssss, without evaluating much if these things actually serve me well. Now it is time to ACTUALLY let them go. I still have a lot of work to do, but already it is starting to feel lighter for my spirit to see a lot of gibberish go out the window. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Christian Siriano bag

So yea I guess I can label 2018ย  as my “General Cleaning Year”. I resolve to spend each of my 365 days consciously choosing what to buy, entertain and let in, and also what to throw away, ignore and let go.

I really want a classy life — classy not in the materialistic sense of the word, but in its more practical and philosophical concept. Quality over quantity, so to speak.ย  I want to master the art of waiting, and saving, and working hard to have something of real value and meaning to me… instead of settling for (and hoarding!) easily accessible and available but useless things.

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Well, I think I am off to a good start.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m happy, I’m content and I’m busy for the right reasons now.ย  I feel accomplished everytime I get to finish the tasks I’ve set for the day and for the week. Ah but of course… Fulfillmentย  comes in easy when the things that we have to do are the same things that we love to do.

That’d be all for now! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy New Year! ๐Ÿ˜€

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4 Responses to “Curating Life”

  1. batangmaynila January 5, 2018 at 2:34 am #

    Happy new year, Janica! See you more often this year ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. linmaven January 5, 2018 at 7:08 pm #

    I agree! Curate rather than collect. ๐Ÿ™‚

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