The 2015 Manifesto: This year, I vow to......

Whoa. Where did 2014 go? I know people say it all the time, but seriously whatever happened to the past 365 days? Personally, I think the entire year went too quickly. But, that said, although I'm quite sad to wave 2014 goodbye, I'm ready to welcome and embrace 2015 with open arms. The past year taught me a lot of things and while I didn't accomplish every goal I set for myself, it was a pretty damn good year. As I leave the past year behind, I'm taking away several significant lessons. One being the importance of enjoying life. It's all too easy to get worked up about things and in pursuit of success, we tend to forget the importance of enjoying life while we are at it. I made this mistake too many times in the past.

I've always been an introvert. Always have been, always will be. I like my own company. I'm always going to prefer a quiet night in over a  night out on the tiles, But, one of my resolutions last year was to say yes more often to going out and I'm happy to report that I managed to stick to it. When I say going out, I'm not just referring to nightclubs, but impromptu lunch/dinner/other activities with friends. I'm no social butterfly (just yet) , but I'm slowly coming out of my shell and you know what? It feels so liberating. I'm no longer a slave to my shyness and awkwardness. Instead of solely being part of the quiet audience, observing the lives of those people around me, I started to participate and create my own memories. I can only hope that in 2015, my new found carefree attitude towards life stays with me. Along with creating more beautiful memories, living my life to the fullest and finally having the strength to part ways with self-doubt , here are my other goals for 2015.

This year, I vow to:

Make it simple and free my mind: Life is already one big roller coaster ride. I don't need to further complicate it with my ongoing battle with self-doubt. I already learned how to silence it this year, so here's to a year of only entertaining positive thoughts. Always.

Create my own sunshine: Happiness is around us, but of course there are days when it's a lot more difficult to find. On those days when I'm surrounded by darkness, I promise to be that ray of sunlight that brightens up the day. We all have bad days. You know those days when nothing ever seems to go right and everything is going wrong? One negative thing is blown out of proportion (as per usual) and then you find yourself facing a bad day. Typical. But this year, instead of letting a bad day get the better of me, I vow to smile. And smile often. Smiling at a complete stranger seems such an alien concept to me. I mean, what if they think I'm a lunatic? But, in pursuit of making the world a happier place to live in, I'm going to try radiate some positivity. A smile, a tiny gesture of happiness costs nothing. So why aren't we all doing it on a regular basis? It serves as an important reminder that our lives are more than an accumulation of bad days. If I have the opportunity to spread happiness then I will grab it. In fact, I shall start now :)

Be the best version of myself: During the latter part of 2014, I had my fitness groove on. I turned into a fitness addict almost overnight. I went to the gym at least 3-4 times a week, in the morning before attending my lectures. I actually woke up at at 6 am just to hit the gym (if that's not dedication, I don't know what is). I joined the UCD karate club (yes really. Even I surprised myself) and ate healthily. But that only lasted for a few weeks. *hangs my head in shame* Let's just say that when you find yourself juggling a billion and one things, my dream of becoming the next Victoria's Secret Angel became the least of my priorities. But, in 2015, I vow to resume what I have started. I bought a yoga mat and my gym clothes misses me. I have no more excuses not to get my body in shape. I loved the feeling that follows a tough workout and I miss it terribly so I think it's about time I rediscover it. Candice Swanepoel and co, you gals better watch out. You've got some serious competition. Lol.  #asif My fitness motto? Train like a beast, look like a beauty. Thanks, Cassey Ho.

Whilst getting fitter is placed at the top of my priority list, my desire to improve myself extends beyond addressing the  physical aspect. I want to improve all areas of my life. And that involves becoming a lot more kinder, appreciative, generous, patient. A better daughter, sister, friend and colleague. Ditching old terrible habits such as proscrastination for better habits such as being more organised. Seriously, leaving things to the last minute is never good for the soul.

Not worry: I worry. And I worry a lot. I've spent the majority of my 22 years on earth, worrying about everything that could go wrong. I don't exactly know why  because 95% of the time, those things I worried about? Never happened. It was all in my head. Instead of wasting all that time and energy imagining the worst case scenario, I intend to channel my energy into meeting my goal above.

Live a creative life: A couple of years ago, I used to write poems on a regular basis, but as I grew older, I lost that creative side of me. I can't draw to save my life, but I've always had a passion for writing and reading. In 2015, I vow to reignite that passion. I know 2015 is going to a busy year for me, but I want to start writing posts regularly. I have so many plans for Slave to Vanity. So many post ideas, new features I want to start and I'm even planning a makeover. Expect to see a variety of posts popping up here. Slave to Vanity started as a beauty blog and while I will continue to write about my love for lipsticks, blushes and the likes, lifestyle posts will be incorporated. As they say, variety is the spice of life.

2015 is going to be a tough year. I just know it. What with my upcoming continuous 36 week internship of clinical placement and literature review. But as the saying goes ''nobody said it would be easy. They only said it would be worth it.'' So 2015, let's do this.