Xin Nian Kuai Le (新年快乐)!

Happy Lunar New Year everyone! ☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆

I know I’m late (it’s the third day since the actual celebration) in greeting all of you but here I am now. I hope you all had a fun lunar new year celebration (if you actually celebrate this holiday) and that you’ve been having an awesome year so far.

That’s all for now. I’ve really got to go. Until next time dear readers. (^^)/~~

♥ Niece

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
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Happy New Year dearest readers! ☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆

It was a fun 2012 for sure, despite the problems that I encountered along the way. I think that the year 2012 was a good start on my road to self-discovery (not that I was even aware I started embarking on such a journey. :P) and I’ve been learning more about myself and my strengths and weaknesses. In my heart, I just know that 2013 will be more awesome that 2012 was. 🙂

I was deciding whether to include this year’s New Year’s resolutions in this entry but I think that I should reflect on what I really want to accomplish for this year. This year, I don’t want to make resolutions just willy-nilly. I want to be able to measure the success of this year’s resolutions so that I can gauge accurately whether or not I’m making progress. And it would be easy to determine what steps to take to be able to achieve that goal in case I’m behind.

For example, one of my goals for this year is to lose weight (as if it isn’t every year). But now I know that if I don’t include how many pounds I want (need?) to lose and by when I want to lose them, I’ll probably end up not fulfilling that resolution (again). I want my New Year’s resolutions to be like goals we set at work. I know that if I do that, the probability of me actually completing my goals are higher.

(Image borrowed from Pretty Presets for Lightroom's Facebook Page)

(Image borrowed from Pretty Presets for Lightroom’s Facebook Page)

I want to start 2013 right. And what better way to start it than by making sure this year’s resolutions are well thought of, right? Hopefully, with this kind of preparation and mindset, I’ll be able to fulfill most, if not all, of the goals I’ll be setting this year. 🙂 Yes to positivity and no to passivity. 😀

I’ve quite a bit of reflecting to do so I’ll take my leave now. Until next time dear readers. (^^)/~~

HAPPY NEW YEAR! o((*^▽^*))o

♥ Niece

Three Lessons from the Wise Men for the New Year

The Magi / Wise Men

The Magi / The Wise Men following the star to Jesus.

Tomorrow, January 2, 2011, is the Feast of the Epiphany in the Catholic Liturgical calendar. It is during this Sunday that the story of the wise men or the magi is recounted for the assembly. The priest presider for the anticipated mass we attended tonight, Father Japs, gave a wonderful homily about the wise men.

The story of the wise men have three lessons which can be used for the New Year.

  1. The wise men lost track of the star and instead of going to Bethlehem, where the baby Jesus was, they ended up in Jerusalem. Despite this, they did not give up or lose hope.
  2. Although they are known as wise men, they were humble enough to ask for help or assistance from King Herod when they required assistance in locating the star.
  3. After meeting the baby Jesus, they went back home through a different way.

The qualities of the wise men are qualities that we should take into the New Year.

  1. Despite problems and trials, we should learn to never give up or lose hope. Giving up does not accomplish anything. We allow ourselves to lose.
  2. We should humble ourselves and ask for help when we need it. Throw away pride. It will just hinder us from easily achieving our goals.
  3. As we put down the Christmas decorations and keep them in the boxes for use again the next Christmas, let us remember thatwe should not go back to who we were before the Christmas season. We should change what needs to be changed not because Christmas is the time for giving, for loving, for forgiving, but because we have met Jesus.

I hope that I’ll be able to apply all these in the New Year.

Happy New Year! *(^^)*

Eceiened