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What are some of the "New Year Resolutions" that you have made in the past that you have managed to keep, and how did you make sure you achieve them?

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  • Gabriel Lee
    Gabriel Lee
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    Answered on 31 Dec 2018

    As far as I can remember,

    1) Fitness

    I was never a gym addict nor fitness enthusiast, but I always wanted to become fitter and stronger all these years. Needless to say, I failed to achieve this New Year Resolution for many years until 2018 when I was due to enlist for NS. In an attempt to reduce my NS by 2 months, I started exercising a few weeks before my pre-enlistment IPPT at Toa Payoh Stadium and as you might have guessed, I failed miserably (17 points) and had to enlist 2 months earlier and serve the full 2 years.

    After months of physical training, I finally managed to attain a Silver for my IPPT and also received the monetary incentive of $200! Now, I also lift weights regularly to build both my strength and muscles.

    On a side note, 495 days more to ORD!

    2) Finances

    I have also always wanted to better manage my finances and make smarter financial and lifestyle decisions. Thus, I am very grateful to have found both Seedly and Shopback (Seedly Personal Finance Community & ShopBack Smarter Way Community) as I have acquired lots of valuable knowledge and learnt so much from the fellow community members which I have put to good use!

    I also began taking control of my finances this year where I made some changes to my portfolio and embarked on my investment journey as compared to the past where I just left my funds in a 0.05% p.a savings account. Currentlly taking baby steps and slowly gaining exposure as I'm more of a conservative and risk-averse person. Hopefully, I'll get more comfortable with taking on higher risks in 2019!

    In a nutshell, 2018 has been a fruitful year and I look forward to 2019!

    Here's wishing everyone a Happy, Blessed & Prosperous New Year ahead!

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