龍年期許 / Dragon Year Thoughts

New Year Blessing

2012年已經過了快一個月, 但今天是農曆新年的大年初一。照舊如去年一樣來說說今年, 2012龍年, 對自己的期許。

It's almost one month into 2012, but it's only the first day of the year according to the lunar calendar. Just like what I did last year, I want to write my personal wishes down for 2012, the dragon year.

去年是人生轉變的一年, 也很用心的許下了 【與對方一起創造屬於兩人的幸福, 打好兩人的基礎, 把生活調整的更順心, 工作上也要取得更好的成績。對自己的期許是, 忠於自己, 找到能讓自己堅持理念的新工作, 持續的在生活上開心】 我覺得我們每一點都有達到。

It was a life-changing year last year, and I made some heart-felt wishes: 《To create happiness for two with my mate, build our foundation, make our life more leisurely, and make good progress in our career. For myself, I want to stay true to myself, wishing to find a new job that would allow me to carry our my ideals, and continue to invest in a balanced life.》 I think we did really well with everything.

一年過去了, 除了加冕自己的努力外,我覺得自己還需要努力的地方是工作這個部分。去年婚禮之後再度回到了設計的崗位, 希望能確認這是不是我最愛的工作。過去的三年, 我的心思一直在飲食研究, 寫作及互動設計間徘徊不定。在設計中我最喜愛的一個區塊是能替使用者預先設想他們能遇到的各種情況, 並以能滿足所有人的需求為出發點做出好的設計。這個區塊我真心的喜愛也不想放棄。但在2011年, 除了設計工作, 我也加強了更多的廚藝課, 念了更多的飲食研究文章及書籍, 學習了更多種不同的食材, 且身體力行去實踐"吃好"這件事: 烹煮當地當季食材, 儘量拒絕加工食品。寫作方面也有了一些突破, 除了在這裡和你們分享之外, 開始替examiner.com寫一些咖啡屋的評論, 替「雙河灣」寫了一篇短文, 年底也接洽了一些機會在新的一年裡會慢慢發表。

Now a year has passed, besides some pet on the back, I feel like I still need to work more on the career portion in life. After our wedding last year, I returned to my regular design jobs, hoping to get a mental confirmation to see if design is truly what I love most. For the past 3 years, my thoughts have been sort of going in between food studies, writing and interactive design. In design, the part I love most is how I can thoroughly think of all the user scenarios, find out their concerns and expectations, and design to satisfy the end users. This is the portion that I love the most and wouldn't want to trade anything for. But in 2011, besides design, I also invested in quite a few culinary lessons, read more articles, research and books about sustainable food. On top of that, I learned a huge amount of new ingredients and actively in making "eating well" a priority in our life. I focus on eating locally and seasonally as much as I can and avoid processed food most of the time. In terms of writing, besides sharing with you guys on this blog. I also made a baby step in contributing on examiner.com, for 2Rivers in Taiwan, and I also lined up an exciting new gig at the end of the year that I will announce in the future month.

然而我希望能找到一個把所有的東西都串聯起來的方式。除了在公司上班之外, 下班時間我也很努力的在心中建構一些夢想。畢竟還不成熟, 等到真的有什麼很明確的方向之後, 一定會和你們分享。不過能確定的是, 我希望能結合設計及飲食這兩個部分。

But in a way, I really hope to find a path to string all of these together. Other than working in the office, I am using my spare time to architect some dreams in my mind. But nothing is mature yet, and when I have a more concrete idea, I will definitely share with you here. But one thing is for sure, I hope to combine design with food.

新年到了, 除了把工作的事情整理清除, 對自己還是要有一些期許的:

1. 不管是什麼工作, 都能一個一個的發展, 循序漸進。 2. 除了每天該作的事, 一定要把運動加入生活中。 3. 在健康飲食方面更加精進。(該去拿個廚師執照嗎?) 4. 讓生活過的更有彈性, 能想辦法多回鄉看看爸媽, 並且能安排更多旅遊活動。 5. 讓倆人生活更加穩定及有好的品質, 不但只是每天累在工作, 對於照顧生活上的細節要更加用心。

As the new year arrives, besides getting on a clearer path with my career, I want to again my some personal goals for the coming year:

1. No matter which job, I hope to make progress in each and every one of them, step by step. 2. Besides what I must do everyday, I hope to include exercise in my life and make a point to do it. 3. Get more knowledgeable in healthy and sustainable food. (culinary school maybe?) 4. Create a more flexible lifestyle where I can visit my parents more and include more travels in our life. 5. Focus on creating a better quality of life for the both of us. Hoping to not let the work stress take over our lives but focus on healthier living and creating a better daily life process.

希望以上5點我都能明確的達成, 並衷心的期待也會很精彩的新的一年!你的龍年期許定下了嗎?

I hope I will be able to complete all 5 goals successfully, and from within, hoping for another adventurous year! Have you set your dragon year goals yet?