At the beginning of the year, I shared my 2019 New Years Resolutions because I wanted to be held accountable. Here is a review of how I did during the first quarter of the year. I think I did pretty good on 2/3 resolutions and excelling on the 4th resolution I added!


I had good intentions of starting a workout routine and going to my local gym but with my daughter starting swimming lessons two times a week on Mondays and Wednesdays after work, it was already too much for me physically and mentally. I couldn’t imagine going back to the gym on the other days of the week in minus 37 degree weather. It sounds like an excuse but if you were living in Calgary, Alberta, you know we were under extreme cold warnings for a couple of months. I did, however, do to 30 day ab challenge and incorporated some squats and weights almost daily after my daughter went to bed. In summary, I didn’t meet my ideal workout goal but I listened to my body and mind, and made adjustments accordingly. That’s something positive!


To help Grace learn more Chinese, the last couple of months I did the following:

  1. I created a series of un-fun games for her to “play” but mostly to keep reminding her of various Chinese words.

  2. I started writing Chinese words on a white board in the kitchen and would ask her randomly what the words were. Huge inconvenience to her when I would stop her to ask as she was bee-lining to her bedroom to grab a toy.

  3. On Thursdays, we do her Chinese school homework and try to learn the new words the upcoming week. Hopefully, already knowing or recognizing the words will put her at ease in class.

  4. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, while she eats her breakfast, she gets to watch Peppa Pig, but in Chinese. Initially, this was a huge bummer for her but slowly she is picking up certain words and asking me what certain words mean.

  5. At bedtime, after reading her a book, I give her a hug and kiss, and sing her a lullaby…in Chinese too.


For the past few months, I have been packing all of our meals and snacks in reusable containers even if a plastic bag is easier for storage and transportation or saran wrap is easier for leftovers. At home, it meant more dishes because I would have to transfer food into a glass container with a lid but made my fridge super organized because everything was stackable. For lunches and snacks, I was faced with a dilemma, although I use mostly glass containers, I was also using a good number of plastic ones. It made sense to pack my daughter’s snacks in plastic containers, because they were lighter. However, with our work lunches, I cringed at the thought of using plastic containers. My spouse said at least we are using existing containers and not buying new ones. I accepted that as my compromise. I will use the existing plastic containers until they need to be replaced with glass or stainless steel ones.

Moving onto future container replacements, I haven’t found the perfect container I can bring and use when I buy takeout for lunch. If you have a suggestion, please let me know!



A couple of years ago, I made the new years resolution of meeting one new person or reconnecting with one person every month. It was a very attainable resolution and kept me reconnected and I met a few new friends along the way too. I decided to add this resolution to my 2019 resolutions because I found myself getting more and more disconnected and isolated. Happy to report that I made 17 connections the past few months and three of the friends I reconnected with, I hadn’t seen them in 5-10 years!

Honestly, I am pretty happy with how much progress I made with my resolutions so far. Hoping to amp them up the next couple of months. Especially with the first one! Wish me luck!