2016 review

2016 flies fast. I don’t feel I have achieved as many as I expected in work. However, I learned the complexity of working process. Life isn’t only about work, but about living. I’m glad that at least I have achieved a goal that I was working on for a few years.

* Although I read a lot online nowadays, I still read hard-copy books. This year 3 non-academic books as I can recall.
* Visited 8 new places in the UK and 15 new places abroad.
* Achieved 1 thing that has been on my to-do list for years.

A poem for my 2016 and George Bernard Shaw’s quote for my 2017:

Letting go 
by author unknown (from this website)

To “let go” does not mean to stop caring,
it means I can’t do it for someone else.

To “let go” is not to cut myself off,
it is the realisation I can’t control another.

To “let go” is not to enable,
but to allow learning from natural consequences.

To “let go” is to admit powerlessness,
which means that the outcome is not in my hands.

To “let go” is not to try to change or blame another,
it is to make the most of myself.

To “let go” is not to care for,
but to care about.

To “let go” is not to fix,
but to be supportive.

To “let go” is not to judge,
but to allow another to be a human being.

To “let go” is not to be in the middle, arranging the outcomes,
but to allow others to affect their own destinies,

To “let go” is not to be protective,
but to permit another to face reality.

To “let go” is not to deny,
but to accept.

To “let go” is not to nag, scold, or argue,
but to search out my own shortcomings and to correct them.

To “let go” is not to adjust everything to my desires,
but to take every day as it comes, and to cherish myself in it.

To “let go” is not to criticize and regulate anybody,
but to try to become what I dream I can be.

To “let go” is not to regret the past,
but to grow and live for the future.

To “let go” is to fear less and love more.



2015 review

It was a sad year though I lived as happy as I can, but deeply in my heart I fear of thinking about it. My beloved grandpa left us. I don’t have grandparents who I can go to visit and listen to their stories any more. Plus, sad things happened on my good friends too. Bye 2015.

* Read 4 non-academic books.
* Visited 4 new places in the UK and 2 new places abroad.
* Did 2 things that have been on my to-do list for years.
* Move my first blog from Blogger to WordPress.

A poem for my 2015 and a poem for my 2016:

Inside Our Dreams
© Jeanne Willis (from this site)
Where do people go to when they die?
Somewhere down below or in the sky?
“I can’t be sure,” said Grandad, but it seems
They simply set up home inside our dreams.”.
Choose To Be Happy
© Marlene Rose (from this site)
Choose to be happy,
Choose to feel great,
Choose not to let things make you irate.
I know that some people are not feeling great,
And I know that some people just know how to hate.
And I wish that all people could be healthy and strong,
And I wish that all people would just get along.
If wands could be waved, and the world would be cured,
I’d wave that big wand, you can be assured.
But I’ll do what I can every day I am here,
And try to remember “the good,” year to year.
And I choose to be happy,
And I choose to feel great,
And I choose not to let things make me irate!

2014 review

Another year. Bye 2014. It’s a wonderful year, see myself being through difficulties and luckiness. On the road to become a happier person.

* Read 6 non-academic books.
* Visited 7 new places in the UK and 11 new places abroad.
* Did 4 things I never did before.
* Move the blog from Blogger to WordPress.

A poem for my 2014 and a poem for my 2015:

 You Cannot Change the World
© Brian Tracy
You cannot change the world,
But you can present the world with one improved person –
You can go to work on yourself to make yourself
Into the kind of person you admire and respect.
You can become a role model and set a standard for others.
You can control and discipline yourself to resist acting
Or speaking in a negative way
Toward anyone for any reason.
You can insist upon always doing things the loving way,
Rather than the hurtful way.
By doing these things each day,
You can continue on your journey
Toward becoming an exceptional human being.


Allow Yourself
© Catherine Pulsifer, 2009
 Allow yourself to dream,
And when you do dream big.
Allow yourself to learn
And when you do learn all you can.
Allow yourself to laugh
And when you do share your laughter.
Allow yourself to set goals
And when you do reward yourself as you move forward.
Allow yourself to be determined
And when you do you will find you will succeed.
Allow yourself to believe in yourself
And when you do you will find self confidence.
Allow yourself to lend a helping hand
And when you do a hand will help you.
Allow yourself relaxation
And when you do you will find new ideas.
Allow yourself love
And when you do you will find love in return.
Allow yourself to be happy
And when you do you will influence others around you.
Allow yourself to be positive
And when you do life will get easier.


2013 review

Time flies. 2013 ends. I try to recall all the exciting and sad things in the year; really more than previous years.

  • Read 11 non-academic books;
  • Visited 14 new places in the UK;
  • Did 8 things I never did before.
A poem for 2013 and a poem for my 2014:


The Year 
Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919), published in 1910 


What can be said in New Year rhymes, 
That’s not been said a thousand times? 
The new years come, the old years go, 
We know we dream, we dream we know. 
We rise up laughing with the light, 
We lie down weeping with the night. 
We hug the world until it stings, 
We curse it then and sigh for wings. 
We live, we love, we woo, we wed, 
We wreathe our brides, we sheet our dead. 
We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear, 
And that’s the burden of the year. 
The Road Not Taken 
Robert Frost (1874–1963). Mountain Interval. 1920.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, 
And sorry I could not travel both 
And be one traveler, long I stood 
And looked down one as far as I could 
To where it bent in the undergrowth; 
Then took the other, as just as fair, 
And having perhaps the better claim, 
Because it was grassy and wanted wear; 
Though as for that the passing there 
Had worn them really about the same,  
And both that morning equally lay 
In leaves no step had trodden black. 
Oh, I kept the first for another day! 
Yet knowing how way leads on to way, 
I doubted if I should ever come back.  
I shall be telling this with a sigh 
Somewhere ages and ages hence: 
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
 I took the one less traveled by, 
And that has made all the difference.

2012 review

A year again. Look back 2012, I am pleased.

  • Read 10 non-academic books;
  • Visited 7 new places;
  • Did 8 things I never did before.

This is the gift for my 2013.

Nine Gifts That You Can Give Yourself (from a blog)

The Gift of Listening,
The Gift of a Compliment,
The Gift of Affection,
The Gift of a Cheerful Disposition,
The Gift of Laughter,
The Gift of Kindness,
The Gift of a Written Note,
The Gift of Solitude,
The Gift of Encouragement.

2011 review

Once I told myself, in each year, besides working, I will learn a new thing, visit a new place, or do something good I never did before.

It’s the time to review it. In 2011:

  • Read 11 non-academic books;
  • Visited 3 new places in the UK;
  • Did 5 things I never did before.

I love Collin McCarty’s poems. This one is for my 2012:

Always Do Your Best, and Your Dreams Will Come True
It’s not always easy to know 
which path to follow,
which decision to make,
or what to do.
Life is a series of new horizons,
new hopes, new days, and changes 
that come to you.
And we all need some help with these things
from time to time.
Remember these things: Dream it. Do it.
And discover how special you are.
Be positive, for your attitude 
will affect the outcome of many things.
Ask for help when you need it;
seek the wisdom the world holds 
and hold on to it.
Make some progress every single day.
Begin. Relieve. And become.
Give yourself all the credit you’re due;
don’t short change your qualities, your abilities,
or any of the things that are so unique about you.
Remember how precious life can be.
Imagine. Invest the time it takes 
to reach out for your dreams;
it will bring you happiness 
that no money on earth can buy.
Don’t be afraid; no mountain is too big to climb 
if you do it at your own pace.
What’s the best thing to do? 
That’s simple: Do Your Best.
And everything else will fall into place.

– Poem by Colin McCarty