Back in July 2019, I was feeling miserable about life. I had graduated, and as an expat not so confident with her English, I wasn’t confident at all to get what you’d call a good job. I still had one more month of University work, but I’d need to do something to get me out of that hole. So I started a personal challenge after coming across a quote on Google Images “One day or Day one. You decide”. I had watched enough motivational YouTube videos but nothing had hit me as that quote. It came at the perfect time I guess. I then decided to use “One Day or Day 1. You choose” as the title of my challenge. “You choose” would resonate more with me than deciding. I’m quite an undecided person, but I knew I just had to do something.
At the time I was using Twitter and on the first day of the month starting after August, I would pin 4 to 6 short sentences stating what I wanted to achieve during that month. This could be “learning to make gnocchi”, “read one book”, “get a job”, “learn how to code”, etc. Incredibly, I had found this highly motivating, and from August to December, I had managed to achieve most of the quests, enrolled in a Code First: Girls workshop learning the basics of HTML and CSS, started painting, and even exercising. By December, I got my first “proper job” as society calls it, after spending the summer washing plates and collecting rubbish at stadiums employed by two agencies who would get me casual shifts for it. At night, I would paint, read or work on my portfolio.
As I'm learning to leave the past behind, let's just say by the end of 2019 I embarked on a crazy emotional rollercoaster till 2020. The pandemic didn't help much either, but by the spring of 2021, I re-started some of my hobbies and re-structured my online space.
All about my quests for each month used to be written online but I decided to delete them and rather keep them for myself. Starting January 2022, I’m making my goals public again.
As part of the “improving myself” challenge, I plan to record my journey under a “Glow Up Journal”.
Glow Up Journal
⏰ Habit Tracker : I’m currently using Gracia Kleijnen’s Google Sheets habit tracker template.