It’s nearly midday already on the first day of 2014 and I’m yet to have my shower. 🙂 I only slept at 3am last night so I thought I’d give myself the permission to be lazy. As I’m typing 2013, the year seems so old already and I’m getting used to seeing 2014. I look back at 2013 with fondness – it’s a year full of subtle achievements and pleasant surprises, of study, hard work, late nights and weekends filled with friends. 2013 was also a year of rediscovery – that was why I started my #13GRAM one-picture-a-day Instagram project. I wanted to capture everything through a different lens and look at every little mundane thing, which beauty that I would pass in the past (of course, if I ended up not taking any pictures, Indy was there to be my unwilling model!). 🙂
Last night, Yani and I went to the city to see the fireworks at Elder Park. Being with thousands of people on a hot sweaty night isn’t my idea of fun nor it is my preferred way of celebrating the passing of another year. However, Yani said that she wanted to see the fireworks because she’d rather be surrounded by people. I’m more of an introvert, so I’d rather have an intimate group of friends or even have a quiet moment at home. However, I gave in – it was great that we found a parking spot near the Uni at City West, so at least Yani didn’t have to deal with me grumbling and hearing, “See? I told you so” 😀 Perhaps she was praying very hard as we were driving towards town. Haha.
We caught up with dear friends Ricky and Isabella as well as Ricky’s parents who are in town – we deliberately timed it closer to midnight so we didn’t have to stand around for too long. It was a warm night, with the temperature still hovering around 31C around midnight. The fireworks were good, especially with the new Adelaide Oval across the River Torrens. It was also funny looking at people around me with their mobile phones out, lifting them and shifting left and right with their body – like meerkats playing phone ping-pong. 🙂
We went home directly – and after a shower, I went to work in the kitchen at 2am. We’re invited for a barbie today and I have promised the host that I would make my Chocolate Lasagna. It has become quite a favourite with my friends lately – and so for this occasion, I have made it a tad more adult with healthy dashes of rum and kahlua *grin*.
I guess I should get ready now – I am excited for 2014. Yes, some people may get a tad intimidated by the great unknown – the world is facing a lot of issues at the moment but somehow I thank God for the faith that He has instilled in me. It’s a childlike faith without the toddler tantrums. I’ve learned (and continued to learn) to discern and pick my battles. I have learned to let go of the things that I can’t control and continue walking with God. He has given me my vision for the year – I’m going to hold on to Matthew 5:14-16, “You are the light of the world — like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” as my verse this year – 2014 will be my year of true colours. I’m going to continue my project of daily discoveries by having #14GRAM tag in my Instagram account. You’re more than welcome to follow me! 🙂
Have a great 2014 friends – may this be a year that you find the answers to your prayers, a year of growth and fulfillment, strength and wisdom, and the successes in your study, work and family.