2014, here we go!

13th January 2014 14 comments

So far, 2014 hasn’t been too good for me. We’ve been having family problems as we always do, since my dad is an abusive alcoholic. For now though, it’s like the calm before the storm but I’m tired of tiptoeing around it.

Still, I can’t believe it’s 2014 already! While I might be a little late in getting my NY resolutions up and I’m sure everyone is sick of seeing them, I’ll share mine 😀

  • Study hard and become a pharmacist

Right now, I’m an intern, working at a pharmacy to complete my hours so I can take the Pharmacy Written and Oral Board exams. It’s been hard juggling working life as well as study…so far I haven’t been studying at all but I got to motivate myself to 🙂

  • Save money and buy an investment property

I’m only 21 (turning 22) and just started full-time work but my sister and I want to buy an investment property. Or really, just a property to move out so we can get away the aforementioned issue. Money’s quite tight at the moment as it is, so I’m going to try and budget myself.

  • Be happier and love myself

There is always something that I’ll wish that I could change about myself but slowly throughout the years, I’ve started to accept myself. This year will be no different 🙂 Slowly, but surely, I’m going to build my confidence!

  • Enjoy life

As I shift into full-time work, I have less time for myself. I don’t want it to just be: Wake up > Work > Go home. I want to be able to enjoy life to it’s fullest~

So instead of studying when I get home, I’ve actually been web-designing! Yeah, like I said, my first new year resolution isn’t going too well hehehe. The designs aren’t for any upcoming projects (that I know of yet ^^). I was considering of selling them for extra cash but I’m not sure~

Leafy Love

First design that I created in December – named ‘Leavy Love’ for now.

Chase the Sun

Second design I made yesterday 🙂 This is the one that I’m more fond of.

How’s everyone’s 2014 and New Year resolutions coming along? 🙂

The Comments

  • Jenny
    14th Jan, 2014 at 5:24 am

    Happy New Year Misaki! Those are some great NY Resolutions, and I hope you’ll be able to accomplish them all this year! Best of luck with everything 🙂


  • Susanne
    15th Jan, 2014 at 7:09 am

    I really like your designs!! Especially the first one. I have a weakness for graphics on blog designs.


  • Fiona
    17th Jan, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    I feel really sorry for you, I have had my fair share of problems regarding family members drinking, hope you get that property!
    Those designs look great by the way!
    Wish you all the best for your new years resolutions 🙂

    I don’t think you remember me, but I used to be hosted by you with darlingx.co.cc! it has been ages since haha


  • Veronica
    19th Jan, 2014 at 2:26 am

    I adore those designs! I’m jealous, because sometimes I can be awful at coming up with new layouts and I’m awfully picky and indecisive. 😛

    I also have family problems at the moment, keep your chin up. I know it’s tough, but you can get through it. Just remember that there are many things to smile about 🙂 Focus on your resolutions and I’m sure you’ll be a little distracted from the troublesome facts of life.


  • Amy
    22nd Jan, 2014 at 1:21 am

    Happy Belated New Year Misaki (oh I do love your name)!

    They seem like reasonable and achievable resolutions. I didn’t really make many this year for myself. I think I should and try to stick to them! It’s hard though >_<

    I would love to buy a property myself but it's so expensive and hard to find a place my brother and I can agree on… Let me know how that goes for you 😀

    Hope everything goes well for you this year!


  • Alice B
    22nd Jan, 2014 at 2:52 am

    Yikes. 2014 hasn’t been good either and I’m sort of groaning in distress here because puh-lease, it’s not even mid 2014 yet! It’s still freaking January and already this house’s mad button is turned on. I really can’t deal with the constant arguments etc and the people in my house either. not helping since depression is back to haunt me. -___- sigh.

    No.3! wow that’s one….um, nice and beneficial resolution. too bad i just can’t think like that, be positive and stuff. it’s 2014 but i still can’t do it. my mood swing is horrifying like i’m bipolar for real and well yeah, depression sucks. nottomentionthecuttinganddisordersuckstoo. i’ve never made resolution either, always think it’s worthless lol

    I love your design so much ;___; your layouts are always so…colorful…and just, i don’t know, they always scream kid-friendly and playful fun >w< I really can't choose between those two layouts! haha
    I've been designing too lately…web design, yes…since it's a final project thing for this interactive media class. just having a hard time to make the layout be responsive… css media query is annoying! TT-TT

    anyway, good luck for you! and hopefully them new year resolutions work fine 🙂


  • Melissa
    24th Jan, 2014 at 5:04 am

    Those are some great new year resolutions, and I hope you’ll be able to accomplish them all this year! Wish you good luck with it!

    I do love your layouts, they all look so pretty!


  • Agent Q
    25th Jan, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Good luck with your resolutions! Investing on a property can be pretty daunting, but working within your limits will take you pretty far. 🙂 As one of my friends stated, “mortgage debts are good debts because you can easily build credit.” I hope I’m understanding your situation correctly here…>.<

    Love those designs! 🙂


  • Sue
    27th Jan, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I hope you and your family work out those problems. It sucks to have an alcoholic dad, though I don’t know what it’s like myself. Those are good resolutions to have. You work so hard and still make time for your hostees.

    I love your current painterly layout by the way. It’s my favorite actually, though I can’t tell if it’s meant to be responsive or not since when I shrink the screen, some text overflows. Your two designs you worked on are great too.


  • Georgie
    27th Jan, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about your family problems. 🙁 I think everyone has their fair share, even though it’s about different things, and it’s terrible to hear about them from anyone. I can’t say my family have been getting on very well in the past year. Hopefully that starts looking up for you though <3

    I am really impressed that you and your sister mean to get an investment property. It sounds very exciting and will definitely roll in the extra cash. My parents have been meaning to buy one for a while but haven’t yet.

    Your designs are gorgeous and I don’t see why people wouldn’t pay for them. You should definitely consider some commissioning. I did the same, but I found a lot less time when I had full time work and study. I really hope you do well in your studies and at work. I stressed myself out for the better part of two years, because I chose to study full-time as well. I didn’t like coming home from work just to do homework. Now that I have finished my Masters degree I have a lot more time and I look forward to that kind of relaxation I should have given myself when I was studying, and what you are doing now XD


  • Jen
    1st Feb, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Hopefully things simmer down w/ the fam situation. Around my birthday, I had some major fam drama and it made me bonkers for about a week afterward. Not fun!!!!! I sincerely wish you the best of luck with your resolutions. As I’ve grown older and older and still more older…I’ve realized that it’s ok to be every aspect of who I am; the freedom with aging is something that people don’t always talk about specifically…but it feels soooo wonderful! I wish you continued success for that specific resolution. It can be hard at times, but the payoff is pretty spiffy!

    Misaki…you always make WONDERFUL web designs. If I had money, I’d definitely buy some! I suck at (and secretly hate but kinda like the challenge of) coding 🙁


  • Sarah
    1st Feb, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    So sorry to hear about those problems 🙁 It’s great you’re interning though, definitely would help to get your mind off things. It can be so tiring though especially adjusting to a 9-5 schedule!

    Loving those themes! Webdesigning > Studying any day 😉


  • Kate
    6th Feb, 2014 at 4:28 am

    I hope your family problems are a bit better, having been in that situation myself I understand how stressful it can be. *hugs*

    Your designs are wonderful! So pretty, clean and bright. 🙂 I think you should sell them, for sure! ^^


  • amano
    9th Feb, 2014 at 1:55 am

    As Chinese said: every house has their own issue. Uhm, something like that. My dad gave us a hard time before too, and it left me a “scar” in my heart forever. :\ He is alright now anyway. Well, I hope that it will get better for you and your family. *prays*

    I want to buy a property too. T.T Things are getting tougher, aren’t they? Let’s work hard together!

    I think that you can try to sell out your designs. It’s a good try. 🙂 I know people love free things, but maybe you can give it a try? *winks*


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