Tuesday, December 20, 2016 | By Rosie Chuong

Editor's Letter: Looking Back at 2016

Editor's Letter: Looking Back at 2016

BEFORE LAST MINUTE HOLIDAY MADNESS ensues and before the new year suddenly shows up, wanted to take a moment to reflect back on all that was planned for 2016…

MANAGE TO OBTAIN A GREEN THUMB (2016)

My mother had given me a pot of mixed succulents for my birthday earlier this year and am very proud to say that they are still alive! Additionally, I have recently brought home a ficus ginseng bonsai named after Pan Labyrinth’s main character, Ofelia, and am considering adding a pot of angel vine atop a marble column for the living room in 2017.

 

COMMIT AT LEAST 1 HOUR OF 3-4 NIGHTS PER WEEK TO HOBBIES (2016)

Developing this habit wasn’t entirely easy and concrete throughout the year, but since the re-launch of the website, I have devoted a lot of my extra time to pushing and developing original content. Also began painting more often in the winter and will be pursuing more of this in 2017.

 

RIDE MY BIKE AND EXPLORE MY CITY (2016)

I seldom did this throughout the year since receiving a cruiser for my birthday. With the convenience of my new studio, located in the southern portion of Pasadena, I imagine it will be easier to ride around considering there are beautiful nearby neighborhoods to explore and I now live closer than ever to The Huntington Library. For 2017, am committing to riding my bike once a month.

 

ACCOMPLISH 30 PUSH UPS IN ONE SET, INCREASE FLEXIBILITY AND BE ABLE TO DO 10 PULL UPS (2016)

I can now do 30 push ups in one set. Flexibility has greatly increased, am not able to independently do 10 pull ups but have managed to lower weight resistance using the assisted machine, which means there has been a lot of progress.

 

RE-ENGAGE MY PASSION FOR READING AND WRITING (2016)

As mentioned in the new series posted titled ‘BEHIND THE MASTERMIND’, I work in a profession where most of my creativity comes from observation, out-of-the-box thinking and trial and error. In order to maintain this, I must practice every day. One of the ways in which I challenge myself to write consistently is by maintaining the weekly Editor’s Letter column. Since I do not own TV or Internet at home, this allows me to resort to reading (by force, practically), which I have created a habit of doing every night right before bedtime.

 

RE-LAUNCH THE WEBSITE (2016)

In addition to slightly updating the look and feel of the website, it also had its name changed from what was first known as Soul Cal Love to simply my name. In order to provide more original content on the website, the following series and columns were introduced:

There are plans to add more and grow more from what has been established in this 2016 alone. Coming up in a later editor’s letter next month, will be announcing 2017 goals and so much more. Wishing you a wonderful rest of the year and hope you take a moment to reflect back on all that you’ve accomplished so far.

Eternally,
Rosie

Editor's Letter: Looking Back at 2016

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