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Good Habits, Better Life, Self-development

20 Goals I Am Determined to Pursue in 2016

I was never a fan of holidays and New Year’s Eve was one of those days that used to drive me insane. I could never get why people felt so positive about the start of a new year.

Or rather, I never understood why they had to wait for the turn of the calendar to do – or just hope for – something better, when changes can happen at any time of the year.

After all, what is so different from one year to another? Won’t we have the same problems to face? The same hypocrisies to defeat?
The same failed resolutions by the end of the first month of that year?

Nowadays I have toned down my pessimism. I am starting to understand that perhaps the human mind does need to grasp at a particular fixed moment to motivate itself into action. It really needs that symbolic “new year, new me”, especially after surviving a bad year.

In my case, 2015 has been a year of changes and challenges. I moved in with Matt, I quit my job, I achieved a good grade in an exam for which I had to study in a record three months, and I finally returned to university.

I have learned not to be afraid of changes and now it motivates me to challenge myself even more in 2016. That is why I have decided to set 20 goals to achieve during the coming year.

Note that I have started all the 20 phrases with “I will“. It may sound presumptuous but later on you will understand my intention.


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Hobbies & Creativity, Self-development

Picture-Perfect: The Art (or Not) of Taking Photos

View over Marsaskala Harbour – edited with Google Auto-Awesome

I am not part of the “selfie” culture. I don’t spend entire minutes posing in front of the camera, trying to figure out the best angle. I also find it hard to understand the need to post a picture of oneself – always in the same postures and in the same room – on various social media websites on a daily basis.

Nevertheless, I do admit that my fingers are often in search of my smartphone, to capture diverse moments or scenes in my everyday life. Recently, my mania of snapping quick photos is increasing and it is leading to something bigger and better than simple pictures taken with a phone.

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