31 December 2014

Year In Review 2014

We have come to the end of the calendar year 2014 and it is that time again when we take a look back at where we have been and what we have done thus far! The calendar year 2014 has been a rather long journey filled with great challenges and achievements, but there is also a fair share of downtime and losses that we have to accept with great humility.

Image: Photo Collage of Selected Activities in Calendar Year 2014

New Year Resolution(s) 2014 and the End Results

Image: Overview of New Year Resolution(s) 2014

At the beginning of every year, we follow a certain trend, fashion, culture, or tradition of setting New Year Resolutions only to realize that we have yet to achieve even a single objective. Over here at my side, I have been pursuing these objectives throughout the year as though it is my second nature.

Even though I did not meet the exact numbers as set in the resolution due to the increasing number of health-related matters across the span of this calendar year, at least I know that I have put in as much effort as I could to pursue these objectives and will not feel guilty about not even starting at all.

Have you achieved any of the New Year Resolution(s) which you have set for yourself at the beginning of this calendar year? If you did, congratulations on a good job well done! Keep up the good work, set new objectives, and become a much more resourceful person who makes the world a better place to live in for the upcoming calendar year!

If you did not, there is nothing to worry about as you did gain something valuable which is the knowledge of 'how' and 'why' things happened in a year that prevented you from achieving your objectives. Remember to reward yourself instead of plotting punishments. Punishments are counter-productive and could set you back to an even worse situation than the present.

JeForce Journal Series 2014

Image: Photo Collage of the JeForce Journal Series 2014

For the first time ever, I have launched a new series of feature articles on Project JeForceX known as the JeForce Journal. This is not an original idea on its own but was greatly inspired by Danny-sensei's Desk Diary series which I have enjoyed reading on his Culture Japan blog for many years.

Following this method of documenting my life and being critical about my own workspace has paid off with a rewarding experience of getting serious work done at an enjoyable and relaxing place. It is not just about the end results, but also about the journey and process of developing a lovely workspace for myself.

Character Figure Photography 2014

Image: Photo Collage of Character Figure Photography 2014

Ever since I discovered the awesome range of products available, reasonable price tags, and great customer service of the AmiAmi online shop, I have been buying my Character Figures from them and expanding my collection very quickly.

While these goodies cannot be eaten like hotcakes to fill up hungry stomachs, they can help beautify your workspace, and make it a much more enjoyable and relaxing place to get serious work done. Capturing photographs of these hobby products also helped hone my photography skills which could not be acquired in an enclosed classroom setting.

Popular Culture Events 2014

Image: Photo Collage of Popular Culture Events 2014

In view of health-related matters and to make sure that I do not die (from exhaustion) before achieving my life goals and fulfilling my dreams, I have been cutting down on the number of popular culture events that I attend in a calendar year. Everyone is born with different 'statuses' and I happened to fall onto the side of the not-so-tough folks. ^^;

Even though I have been cutting down on the number of popular culture events that I attend over a calendar year, I made sure to take good care of my health so that I can attend major events such as Anime Festival Asia, Singapore Toy Game & Comic Convention, EOY Cosplay Festival, and CosFest while still being able to fulfill my duties as a salaryman.

Round-up: Year in Review 2014

Photo: Character Figure Shrine with Smartphone Product Packagings

In a nutshell, the calendar year 2014 has been a challenging journey with somewhat an equivalent amount of gains and losses due to an increasing number of health-related matters. While healthcare has been one of the most frequently used buzzword in Singapore throughout these few years, its focus is actually on the aging population living on this island nation.

I am not that old yet nor am I diagnosed with a terminal illness and will be developing solutions to fix my health-related matters in the upcoming calendar year instead of curling up into a ball and hoping for a Deus Ex Machina to miraculously solve all of my life problems without putting in any effort to think of ideas and get things done.

One of the most important take-away from this Calendar Year 2014:

Health & Well-being over
Personal / Career / Business Development

There is always another day to develop your skills and portfolio but once you are down with an illness or state of exhaustion, the opportunity cost is a lot more than just simply taking a short 1-day break.

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