Similar to previous years, I always go through a mini depressive episode at like 3am after all the excitement of the clock striking midnight and watching the fireworks withers away. My sugar-rush gone. I’m lying in bed feeling like shit because I feel that I’ve wasted yet another year. However, this reflective episode of mine went a little differently this year when I decided to go on tumblr to find anything to distract myself when I found a blogger’s reflection post of her year. Not only did she have such an amazing and productive year but she made me realize that I had forgotten to count the little accomplishments I did last year or any of the previous years for that matter. Frankly, my memory sucks so that doesn’t help much. So during the first few hours of the new year, I was going through my pictures and came up with a list of ten things that I did in 2014 that made me proud and happy.
- I started this blog. Its birthday is on August 18 (try and remember that oh lovable brain)
- I went to my first concert, London Grammar. I love them!
- I started living on my own at the age of 17. That was an unexpected turn of events but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
- I started teaching myself how to cook. I’m living alone. What do you expect me to do when I get hungry at night and I’m too anxious to order delivery because my Arabic is horrible?
My survival instincts kicked in and I thought, “How bad could it be?”
I texted my mom asking her for a simple sauce recipe. I only needed three ingredients: onion, tomato, and chilli pepper. Add salt and four different types of spices. I followed the instructions word by word…
In the end, I made some weird, half burnt sauce to go with my slightly still raw boiled potatoes. You should see the first pancake I made without any guidance…my friend’s thought it was an omelet at first…
There are many more little accomplishments but I don’t want to bore you. I’ll skip to the blog relevant one.
I read the following novels:
- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
- 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
- Stealing Buddha’s Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
- Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
- Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Aya by Maguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie
- Efuru by Flora Nwapa
- Second-Class Citizen by Buchi Emecheta
- Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
I might have missed one or two but I’m still amazed at myself considering what a slow reader I am. *Pats self on the back. Honestly if 2014 was the year you read your first novel or the year you finally reached your ultimate goal of completely a book challenge then I’m applauding you. Good Job! (Other achievements matter but I want to stay in context).
From me to you: 50 Books to Read Before You Die.
Regardless of the size of the goals you have set out for this year, I hope you accomplish them. And even if you don’t get to accomplish that one big goal, take notice of your little accomplishments.
Have a wonderful year!
London Grammar songs recommendations:
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