There is absolutely nothing worse than new year parties. The music is too loud and no one can hear anyone. I really don't understand the whole craze and anticipation for a clumsy scene that most of these offer. Year after year, I have tried to engage in the festivities as little as I can and somehow even the few gatherings that I do attend, make me feel like all the energy is sucked out of me with a really powerful vacuum cleaner.
I dread the over-indulgence that I have previously got myself deeply immersed into — whether I like it or not — because I am never able to catch up on something that is most important to me —me.
Don’t get me wrong, though. I love having fun, but it gets a bit much around the new year's eve, don't you think? The constant small talk with a bunch of strangers or friends of friends, gyrating to loud/shrill music, kind of defeats the whole purpose. No one seems to have time for one-on-one meaningful conversations with their loved ones or people who matter. I crave for time that uplifts me and makes me feel free. I feel completely myself when I am alone.
Hence, this year I have decided to take my desires a step ahead. I am making a list of things that I'd rather do on this new year’s eve.
It may sound banal, but yes, breakfast seems like a luxury now. Living a hectic lifestyle, I can't recollect a time, when I actually made and ate a proper meal in the morning. So yes, I intend to ring in the new year by keeping my tummy happy, and cook myself a nice scrumptious breakfast.
Ah, poached eggs and toast. The one time that I did it in 2018, it was the most fulfilling experience one can have when you're full and ready to take on the day.
It will be safe to say that 2018 was also a year when I splurged a lot, like a lot. Shopping helped me overcome many work debacles and heartaches. While I kept hoarding to my heart's content, I did not find enough time to clean up that mess. My closet is a mess and I need to fix it.
So, after getting charged with a healthy breakfast, I am going to indulge in thorough cleaning. I vow to clean my space. My bathroom, bedroom and almirah. I am going to get rid of all the clutter and get ready to face 2019 in full form.
And once I am done cleaning my space, I intend to pamper myself rotten.
Hmm, not rotten, but yes, a little vanity doesn't hurt. I will indulge in some Do-It-Yourself pedicure, manicure. Maybe, craft a funky nail art, if I am up to it (did I mention, I am super lazy?).
There's one thing that I have been postponing, but not anymore. I will sign up for that gym membership.
Yes. It is a promise I made to myself ages ago, but since no one is getting any younger, it is time we gave our bodies due attention, and yearned for a healthier lifestyle. So my new year's eve, will definitely be spent, finding myself a good work out regime or a fitness center to kickstart my dreams of a healthy body and mind in 2019. Sounds like a plan, innit?
2018 was also the year when I moved into a new apartment. And while I knew it boasted of a gorgeous terrace, I have hardly had the time to enjoy it. So this new year's eve, I shall finally step into my beautiful terrace and bathe in the sun.
Probably, roll myself a nice doobie and listen to my favourite music near the sun-lit plants on my terrace. (So much better than cranking up music too loud in a pub, right?)
Another thing that I would want to accomplish is designing my dream board for 2019.
Create a pretty template to point out my goals and dreams for 2019 and pin them all on board.
^ Something like this.
Being an introvert does not mean we don't like meeting people. We like meeting people that matter, in intimate gatherings. Like a quiet bonfire with loved ones.
To add to the ambience, I'd add some pretty decoration and pair it with some yummy home-cooked food.
Time passes you by, quite literally. It has been almost two years since I adopted my dog from shelter care and it seems like I haven't spent enough time with him.
And, hoping that 2019 will be different for him and I, I plan to take him to a local pet grooming centre before we hop to a nearby cafe and reconnect. This date will be paw-sibly the best date ever.
I am going to end my day by binge-watching a couple of good movies of 2018.
Nothing sounds better than cuddling up in a super cozy blanket and falling deep into the characters in the movies, doesn't it?
So for all you like-minded people, here are a few ideas to kickstart your new year. Any novel ideas are much appreciated in the comments section below.