My Goals for 2021

I’ve been thinking about are my intentions for 2021 for few weeks now. I finally found the word


Consolidate what I learned in 2020: slow down, seek joy in ordinary days, appreciate our days as a family of 4.

Consolidate new habits: meditation, journaling, reading everyday.

Consolidate my life priorities: family, friendship, inspire others through actions, give back, do the right thing (no matter how hard), simple life.

Next, I want to focus one theme per month. I learned this idea from minafi (one of my favorite blog)

  • Time: have an objective view of how I spend my time. Do a time tracking exercise.
  • Focus: do one thing at the time, period.
  • Distance: view things from a distance, as a third person, maybe I’ll learn some new perspectives.
  • Compromise: when I don’t get what I want, I usually feel frustrated, but what if I can reach a higher goal by compromising a bit?
  • Discomfort: try something that makes me discomfort, be okay with discomfort feelings.
  • Listen: listen to my body closer, listen to others more carefully, listen.
  • Delegate: ask myself any task that I’m about to do if someone else can do it, if so, delegate.
  • Vision: while I love my life now, I also want to have a vision of my life in 5 and 10 years, and what steps I need to take to get there.
  • Explore: explore local culture, cuisine, music, movies. We’ve been living here over 3 years and I am embarrassed to say I haven’t really explored.
  • Deliberate: deliberate with my words in writing and talking. They are powerful.
  • Kindness: practice kindness everyday.
  • Value: focus on things that brings me value, do things for others that I can add value, forget the rest.

Personal goals:

  • Mediate daily
  • Write down gratitude daily
  • IF 16 hrs
  • No phone/work 5:30/6-8pm
  • Call my mom at least once a week
  • Read 1 classic per month
  • Read 1 work-related topic per quarter
  • Learn to write better
  • Read 60+ books

Family goals:

  • Family golfing outing once a month
  • Try 2 new recipes a week
  • Date outing once a month

How did we spend our last day of 2020? Just like any other wonderful ordinary day 🙂

I woke up at 4:30am. Enjoyed an hour of quiet time, followed by meditation, yoga and out for a run


then I went out for a morning walk with the girls, them with scooters, husband joined us a bit later as he picked up my package from Sephora. So excited to try new skincare!!! 

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then I started prepping for lunch as we invited Sofia’s playmate family over for lunch


made assorted simple dishes: chinese vegetable salad


family favorite garlic shrimp over vermicelli noodles

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corn egg soup


steam fish and few more veggie dishes


they left 3:30pm. I was quite tired for such a hosting event. I realised that when the hosted people is not my closest friends, I’m quite exhausted instead of rejuvenated. Good to know that so I will minimise this kind of hosting in 2021.

Then we had  Lizzy’s BFF for their first sleepover! Both girls were super excited. 

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they ended up sleeping in the same room, three of them. I turned the light off at 8:15pm, and I went to bed right after. Husband said they didn’t sleep until past 9pm. The next day, I found them having breakfast when I came back from my run. Sofia reported she didn’t sleep well because the chatty box, Lizzy, kept talking until late! hahah… 


happy new year!!! Excited for 2021. 

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