Introspection is surely is another year ender for me. It helps me learn so much more about myself and know the what and where in my life. After a meticulous process of reviewing my whole life last year - what went well, what didn’t do well, and all of my smallest and biggest take-aways or lessons learned, I realised that for the latter of 2017 and for most of 2018, I should be doing a lot of “recovery” efforts to regain my lost self.

I choose to be positive about life, my life, despite all the hurdles. I thought that instead of waywardly going nowhere, why not start listing down new life goals and start crossing them off. I also thought of this because I’ve realised how God had been responding to my prayers in His own perfect time. So, I am writing down all the new life goals I have for the 2018 and the next 3 years, or those things I can achieve before I turn 35 years old. Sharing with you for your inspiration.

  1. I want to finish my Masters in Communication. Finish it and get a work/business out of it. Sure this will help me recover my lost appetite to pursue my education.

  2. I want to study the Japanese language, culture and history. I pray also for a scholarship grant to make this possible. I would like to be conversant enough that I will be able to travel across Japan and help my sister find her Dad. I should also learn how to read Kanji very well so that I could land a good paying job. I thought this is one way to recover lost opportunities because I can’t communicate with local people properly. I trust that this will not only bring in opportunities, and adventures. But also, I could use it to profess my faith in God.

  3. I aspire to be in good shape. Now that I am in my 30s. I’d like to be in the best of health. I particularly want to be able to dress up quite well. It is by necessity that I recover my health. I owe it to myself to be healthy and wise.

  4. Even if I will be busy building my own life, I should be able to spend a good quality time for mom. I pray that I would be able to bring her to many beautiful places in the world. I deeply pray that we would be able to visit the places she’d been to as a family. I need to recover the lost time with mom and family. As we have been given this chance, I should make the most out of it.

  5. I want to put up my own online business. I would like to remain anonymous and be the CEO of my own company. I wouldn’t want to only rekindle my younger years’ wishes. I would like to recover that fire and unparalleled desire to succeed in life, no matter what.

  6. I sure want to be financially independent in the near future. First, I would like to have savings. Then, I’d like to have much extra for investment. I should be active searching for investment opportunities. I pray for opportunities to come my way and that I would be able to discern of which is good and bad. I should begin by crossing out all of my debts soon. I should strive not to borrow money from anyone beginning today. I’ve lost so much last year as well as in the past years, but I know that gain could also be very much. It’s a must that I recover from my past losses and unwise spending. It is the only way that I could be wise about my future and that of my family.

  7. I’d like to have new DSLR camera. I’d really want to attend a crash course in Photography. Enough that I will be able to collect different photos and start my own online portfolio out of it. I would quickly want to recover my robbed chances of pursuing another passion. I know this may not be a practical priority for some but I trust that it can lead me to seeing great finds.

  8. I guess I should start early in saving a little money for my nephew. I love this boy so dearly that I want to take part in ensuring a more comfortable future for him. God as my guide, I trust that I will be able to give him a little something to look forward in life. I need divine intervention on this. I trust that nothing is impossible with God. I thought of this to recover my not being able to provide for my sister as the big brother. I hope this will be done for my own satisfaction, more so, to somehow improve the path of the next generation in our family.

  9. I should be able to write my book by now. Any book - children’s, fiction, journal - I just have to begin with something. #recoverlostdreams

  10. I’d like to come up with something that would contribute to my being a Christian. Something that would help others to get closer to the Lord. It could be an app, a blog, a book. Anything that would become my equal share of making people draw closer to God. #recoverlostfaith

  11. I have reflected on what life awaits us here in Japan and it’s pretty looking like we will stay here for most of our lives. With this, I thought we should start thinking of getting a house in order to settle properly. I will definitely start praying for it but it will require us to also prepare at this early -- we should be good citizen, paying taxes, paying insurances. We should have enough savings. To get this done, we should have jobs -- when at all possible a good paying job. I thought I should make use of my youthful years that not only my future self would thank it for but the family members I will leave behind when I go. #recoveryfromthepast

  12. BLOG!!! It is by necessity that I begin my blogs. I will pitch articles about “struggling on purpose”. I could talk about anything under the sun. I should begin with a concrete plan then . I will start praying about it. #recoverlostdreams

All these with faith and action will be done. This is a declaration of my journey! To God be the Glory.

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