2015 Resolutions

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I’m trying to pace myself a little bit this year, so here goes:

  1. Research and donate to a different charity each month.
  2. Learn to properly get into various yoga postures, and focus on the yoga headstand again.
  3. Learn to make HD microvideos for Instagram, Vine and Vimeo.
  4. Stop fearing the kitchen! Make a savory dish, bake something sweet, become a bar tender, actually buy a recipe book…anything—just get in there!
  5. Adopt a dog.
  6. Explore Houston and Texas more.

2015 Goal: I need to learn how to work hard and be smart, without beating myself up.

That’s it, let’s see if I can make it the best year yet!

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If you’re interested in learning (or bored) and want to know more about the above 6 resolutions, continue reading. Or you can just skip it, and enjoy your first day back after the holidays. I won’t be offended. 

1. I want to spend time researching various charities and missions around the world. Based on my findings, I’ll pick one to donate to. Then write up a short blurb about my findings for the blog, in case anyone else is interested.

2. I’ve been practicing yoga on and off for quite a few years. My problem is that I want to rush into more advanced postures without focusing on the basics or foundation of it. Therefore, I end up straining myself, not properly aligning my body, quit focusing on my breathing and every now and then…hurt myself. I want to try and slow it down a little and get it right. Also, my goal in 2013 was to learn to do a forearm headstand. I can kinda-sorta do it, but I need the help of a wall. With some more practice and proper positioning, I want to say bye-bye to the wall.

3. Every now and then, I post 15-second microvideos. They help keep me creative and I absolutely love doing them. I have to admit, I like them a bit more than doing outfit posts. My goal is to create better ones, in high-definition, and hopefully get enough to post on my website, Design Bash. Which is hidden, but I want to resurrect again.

4. The kitchen. Ugh. I’m the worst. I don’t even know how to explain it, so I’m just going to try it out and see what happens!

5. I love dogs and begged my parents for one when I was little (I may or may not still do that). Of course, all Indian parents ever say is “I like dogs. I just don’t like them in my house.” Now, I have my own place (kind-of), and am finally in a place where I really want one. So, the dog-hunt will begin!

6. I’ve been living here for a very long time. Since moving into the inner-loop of Houston, I’ve noticed how much the city has to offer. However, you have to look for it and make the commitment to take some time out of your day to go explore it. I also want to venture out into Texas – go hiking, visit small towns, take road trips – just be more active. Texas is huge (this is kind of an understatement), and just like with Houston, you have to carve out time to do these things. Stuff is far here, so you actually have to drive quite a few hours to get to it. Hopefully I can do that, but I do want to focus on Houston first.

Images via my Instagram: jyoti_patel.

First image: “Les Femmes” desk calendar – Anthropologie (sold out); available at PaperSource, 2015 Monthly/Weekly Planner – Office Max/Office Depot, Hot pink desk calendar – Homegoods. 

Second image: Bruce Munro’s “Field of Light” at Discovery Green (Houston). On view through February 22, 2015. 

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