I heard a voice, a distance away; behind me, as I was walking quickly towards the lift.
I ignored the voice. That voice seemed to come from a teenager-of-sorts or an army boy.
Of course, I ignored it.
The only “Auntie” I response to come from little children of my own kids’ age group.
The childish and innocent voices. “Auntieeee……” ; so cute lah!
Of course, I will stop my tracks to help a young little one.
“Auntie! Auntie! Xcuse me, Auntie!” the voice loomed nearer.
I walked a little faster (maybe too deliberately).
Wrong move, THE VOICE chased up with me.
I had to stop my pace unwillingly, turned around and quizzed at THE VOICE.
It turned out to be as I have expected : a teen boy who is probably 18 to 19 years old.
“Auntie ah, xcuse me ah, where is Blk 5?”
“I am not telling you.” haha!; his face is a concoction of panic and puzzlement; unsure of what he did wrongly.
“I am not telling you because you called me Auntie.” I retorted; looking annoyed but more teasingly.
“It’s over there, little boy. Next time try using Miss when you need help” I stopped myself from pointing to a different block! 😛
“Oh…sorrie sorrie ah, Thank you.”
That was my story. I hit past mid 30s this 2015.
Time and tide waits for no man. Wrinkles and eye bags wait impatiently for all (most) women. They come in waves; oh so subtly sometimes. At least that’s true for me!
Admittedly I have aged; matured and it’s perhaps time to live my life a little different from past years.
So I purposed myself to join this blog train hosted by a fellow Mommy blogger – Rachel – to list down 5 (or 15) things that I will do differently in 2015. I couldn’t list 15 ‘cos I am not sure if I can keep to even 5!!
I seldom do New Year Resolutions. Simply because it never worked for me! The husband said it’s no discipline. I choose to think of myself as free-spirited; spontaneous! 😀
But here are 5 little things I will commit to doing differently this year in a bid for some form of improvements in my life.
Commit to exercising at least once a week. This is A LOT coming from one who don her short shoes possibly only once a year? Truly not ambitious in this area; but now that I said it – I will endeavour to do it. 😀
First step to “un-auntify” myself. Some say the glow from exercising makes you look and feel younger too!
Just to share – there are a few places providing FREE mass lessons in open areas if you are keen to try out a new sports/activity (such as badminton, yoga, zumba etc) for yourself or your children. One of them is the not-so-new Sports Hub. Check their website for more details.
2) Healthier Eating habits
Most friends who know me well know that I can almost be bribed with (good) food. But with age catching up and metabolism losing steam, I am trying to be more selective; i.e. less processed, less salt, less oil, more vegetables, fruits. Actually eating less food will work in my case. haha..
As I am still managing medication for hyperthyroidism since the 2nd pregnancy, it is a gentle reminder that health is wealthier than wealth. So yes, if you must treat me, bring me healthier food options ya. 😛
3) Spiritual Food
After becoming a Mummy, my permanent place in church is the nursery room. It is all so good that the church caters to us, Mummies’ needs, and provide a live telecast so we can catch bits and pieces of the service while we chase after the toddler/s. But it is still so different when you can bask in whole praise/worship and etc. Then again, it doesn’t help that I am one who finds it hard to let go. Truth to be told, I just don’t trust anyone with my boys. They have to have only Mummy around with them. My mind would be travelling a thousand miles to the nursery room even if I get to sit in the main service.
But I know I have been far for a while. So, I will do it a little different this 2015. Read a different translation of the Bible, rely less on my own strength (and more of God’s) and remember my first love.
4) Slow to speak, quick to listen
Now’s what that? My long-time friends will know me as a sharp shooter, in words. But over the years, I have mellowed down (seriously yes!). Nevertheless, sometimes I still shoot myself for saying something totally wrong or sensitive without putting my pea-sized brain to work. It can be in the form of digital/print or verbal words. Often, it became more tedious trying to take the words back and mend the relationships or change the image that was being portrayed. The intent can be benign but the outcome deemed as malicious if the words and actions came out totally wrong.
This 2015, I will bite my tongue tighter and grow my ears that longer to listen well.
“Therefore, my dear brothers, let every person be quick to listen but slow to speak, slow to get angry;” James 1:19
5) Dating the husband
Last but not the least! I list it as the last of the 5 things because some might just scroll down to the bottom of the blog post to get the whole story without reading the body! hahaaa..
After 2 children, the couple dates are getting rarer if any to start with. I wrote this blog post on my sons’ future girlfriends and the husband always remind me that when the boys are all grown up, he will be the one still walking next to me! The hint is loud and clear. I better sow the seeds now!
And so my dear husband, this is for you. Let’s date more.. at least once a month? 😛
There goes my simple fiver list for 2015. Do you hope to do something differently in 2015 as well? Journey with the rest of the mommy bloggers in this blog train for some inspiration!
Next up on this blog train is:
A homeschooling mama of two. She aspires to nourish the heart, mind body and soul of her family. “The world is our school” is her mantra so be it a stroll to the market nearby or a vacation to Europe, she encourages curiosity and inquiry from her children. Her passion for cooking and healthy living drives her to churn out nutritious but easy-to-prepare meals so you can expect to see some healthy recipes on her blog. She also shares her parenting thoughts and learning activities as she goes about her journey and discovery as a homeschooling mama of Princess and The Rock.