Oh hello, more 2017 resolutions!
As I said in my New Year post, I want 2017 to be a year when I work on balancing work, fun and self-care. I want to surround myself with beautiful things, I want to go out more and form friendships with nice people.
I also want to stop obsessing over what people think of me. I don't even know how many times I came home in 2016 feeling socially exhausted because I tried way too hard to put up a facade of the best version of myself. Some of it was genuine, like smiling at people. But some wasn't.
But on the bright side, I realized some time ago that I need to fill my life with, well, life. Since this year's focus is balancing work and fun, I want to engage in more and more life-enriching activities.☻
Explore Toronto's cultural scene.
Toronto is incredibly art-oriented. There're various exhibitions and shows going on, but last year I missed out on most of it. Then when we went to Ottawa in November we got a chance to visit the National Gallery and I felt my interest in arts and culture sparkle again. I'm by no means a great art expert but I do enjoy beautiful things. So when I learned about this exhibition in the Art Gallery of Ontario, I couldn't wait to see it, even if the admission was like $25 (but it doesn't seem like much if you think of all these real works by people like Monet, Gauguin, and even Van Gogh's Starry Night). I'd go see it again in a blink of an eye. So in 2017 I really want to go out culturally, meaning exhibitions and theatre (Cabaret will be in Toronto in February!). I also want to watch movies in a real theatre more often (providing they release some good ones).
I am by no means an incredible singer, but I have some voice and this is something I want to so just for myself. I like music and used to record covers when my boyfriend was at school, but since he graduated and spends most of his time at home, I don't have any opportunity to do it, and I miss it. Music is such a powerful tool of self-expression and conveys so much beauty, and beauty is something I strive to surround myself this year.
See and try all things new.
I feel like traveling doesn't necessarily have to include luxurious destinations since seeing and experiencing new is, well, still seeing and experiencing new, even if it's just a few hours bus drive. I really want to enrich my life with everyday adventures this year. As someone who doesn't drive, Parkbus is a dream service when it comes to getting out of town. Look at these winter destinations (heart eyes). Skiing, skating and winter hiking, here I come (my only hope is there's more snow than in Toronto lol)!
What do you want to do in 2017? ♡