Based in Sydney, Australia, Foundry is a blog by Rebecca Thao. Her posts explore modern architecture through photos and quotes by influential architects, engineers, and artists.

15 Things for 2015

This post is a little late, but it is still mid-January, so I think it's ok. I just wanted to share a few resolutions I made for the year on my blog as a way to both share and have accountability for my goals.

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STAY PRESENT

This means unplugging more, mainly in social situations with my phone since that's always with me. So far, in this new year, I've done pretty well with that. The longest I've stayed attached to my phone was when I was at the DMV, and well, I'd say that's completely excusable. Haha.

Now, while I may spend time on my phone during my commute, I will do my best to limit it to work or blog-related things. Otherwise, I'll try to either knit or read. 

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APPRECIATE LIFE'S SIMPLE PLEASURES 

Like the beautiful gradient in the sky when the sun sets. Or that feeling you get when you step outside on a cold morning and inhale the fresh, brisk air. There is beauty in everything.

Life is in the small moments. Don’t miss it.

I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.
—L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

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KNOW WHEN TO SAY NO

 This one is always a struggle. I always say yes to projects, find out later that I bit off more than I could chew, and inevitably fall into a deep, dark hole of stress. Going to work on this one for sure. One definite project in the pipeline is doing one of my closest friend's wedding invitations, and I am so excited for that!

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GIVE HUGS

Hugs are stress relievers. Enough said.

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SOCIALIZE

Last year, the thought of socializing would’ve had me inching slowly back into my shell. While Im not saying I want to go out all the time or party or anything like that, I do want to spend more time with small groups of people that I enjoying just hanging out with. I recently hung out with my boyfriend and a few of his friends from college, and I realized that I was really enjoying myself. It wasn’t a surprise or anything, but it was a reminder to me that I need more moments like that in my life since I’ve been severely lacking in the social department.

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GO ON ADVENTURES

While I may not be going on any international trips this year, I do have a few trips planned, so that'll be fun. This adventuring thing also applies to local things like taking walks along trails or maneuvering our way through the city. There are all sorts of adventures to be had!

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SEND ENCOURAGEMENT

 For the most part, this goes without saying, but I should add that I want to not only provide verbal encouragement, but also hand-written letters of encouragement as well. Oh, and I’d love to continue sending encouragement through my blog, too. 

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READ

I read one novel last year. One. And that is pathetic. Granted, it was a great one, but still I need to do better. I’d take suggestions, but I have a few books on my shelves that I need to read first. Good news is... I started on one a couple of days ago and set a goal of 5 books for the year on Goodreads. I know reading 5 books in a year isn't much, but considering last year's record, I'm starting small.

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TAKE PICTURES

And not just with my phone. I want to take my camera out more often, which naturally requires going out more. In finding pictures for this post alone, I realized how much I haven't used my camera lately. That's going to change this year.

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TRY NEW RESTAURANTS

This one is slightly intimidating to me because of how much of a picky eater I am. I dislike celery, cilantro, basil, and mint (unless its in a mojito) unless they are finely mixed into the food (like pesto or something). I’m also not a fan of green onion or onions in general (unless caramelized or in an onion ring). Slim pickings, but it should be a fun little experiment.

I am also a creature of habit who orders the same things all the time, so I'll try to switch that up as well. Though, if I eat at some of my favorite restaurants, I WILL eat my favorite dish.

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CONTINUE LEARNING SPANISH

Last year, I purchased the Rosetta Stone Latin America Spanish course to learn Spanish so I could communicate with Melvin's family better. My commitment to learning the language slowed down and eventually stopped completely when things started getting busy at work, but I'd really like to pick that up again.

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TAKE MORE WALKS

I want to take more walks. but also literally means going to the gym. Now, before you laugh about the idea of me going to the gym, know that I am serious about this and that Melvin did not have to twist my arm to agree to this.

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SPEND LESS

Save more. That whole thing, you know.

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PRACTICE FORGIVENESS

Towards others, but also myself. You know that saying, “You are your own worst critic? So true. And I know many of you can relate. I need to learn how to let myself fall and be ok with that.

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THINK POSITIVELY

I know, I know. I’m already “Bright Side Jessica, but this one is even more targeted to me (if you can imagine that). I have this tendency to make jokes at my own expense. Like when people talk about going to the gym, I’ll respond with something like, “Whoa, what’s that?” Or if people talk about going out for drinks, I’ll joke about hating leaving the house and being around people. And, while some of it is true—I really do love being at home—I want to stop making these comments about myself since that is a version of putting myself down. And when you put yourself down in front of other people, you give them the right to do the same, and thats just not ok. This one might take a while since Ive already set the joking wheels in motion, but I’m hopeful that that can be undone.

QOTD: Childish Innocence

Another year has gone by

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