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Looking back on New Year Resolutions – How far have you come?

Guest Post by Umana Khan

As we enter the second quarter of 2017, it seems like an appropriate time to reflect on how far we’ve come on our over ambition New Year resolutions filled with hope and determination (well…at least when we first made them).

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Most resolutions are usually directed towards bringing about some sort of mental, behavioral or lifestyle change. If you fall into the average fraction of the human population your New Year resolution was probably aimed at losing extra weight, eating healthier, learning a new hobby, socializing more with friends and family, becoming more religious, doing something you’ve never done before or quitting an awful habit of drinking or smoking.

But if you’re anything like the average person, you probably must have already forgotten everything about your resolution and the state of mind you made it with.

Don’t worry guys, even if you’ve made no progress whatsoever in the past 3 months it’s still not too late. Below are super handy tips and tricks paired, with genuine advice to help you get re-motivated to take the correct steps towards your set goal.

Goal #1 – I Need to Lose Weight this Year

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Tip No. 1: Be more specific and change in into a short-term goal instead

  • I need to lose 5 Kgs a Month by going to the Gym an hour each day

The most common mistake people make when setting New Year’s resolution is that they state them vaguely with no specific picture in mind. If you’re really determined to make a change in your life then make sure your set goal is tangible and has some sort of visible process that you can work towards.

Goal #2 – I am going to be More Social.

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Tip: Again, address the if’s and how’s – How are you going to be more social? What extra effort are you going to make?

Your resolution should sound something like this:

  • I’m going to attend all family gatherings I’m invited too and call my friends Every Saturday

The more specific and clear you are with your idea the more likely you are to implement it. Look at your daily routine and see how you can integrate a lifestyle change in it. You can aim to visit your grandparents once a week, plan random meetups with old batch mates, or just catch up with friends over the phone – Do what works for you!

Goal #3 – Try Something I’ve Never Done Before

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Everyone wants their lives to continue to stay exciting and happening, which is why we all promise ourselves that we’ll try something different this year. But my question is how?

Will you learn how to mountain climb? Try Surfing for the first time? Visit the Himalayas or go on a World Tour? How will you break free from your ordinary life and make it extraordinary?

A Word of Advice

Every resolution requires commitment and dedication, without clearly knowing what you want, there’s no way you’re ever going to be able to turn it into a reality.

If you want to travel cheap and explore life from a broader perspective then specify where you want to go, what you want to do, and then determine by when you’re going to make this happen – Trust me, clarity can do wonders for your plans!

New Resolution:

By the August of 2017, I’m going to Book Tickets to See the Eiffel Tower in Paris/the leaning tower of Pisa in Italy/The City of Water – Venice/ The snow covered mountains in Gilgit and Hunza or any other place you want to visit!

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Cassie de Pecol visiting Pakistan to Promote Peace

Cassandra de Pecol aka Cassie is an American woman  who wants to break the Guinness  World Record for the  fastest  female to travel to all 196 Sovereign Nations in less than 3 years and 3 months.

She starts her journey on 1st July, 2015. In 17 months she has been to 193 countries including North Korea, Iraq, Palestine and Kosovo. Her favorite region is Middle East.

She wants to promote  peace through sustainable tourism. All details about her expedition can be found at Expedition 196.

Pacific Asian Travels Association  (PATA) Pakistan Chapter and Asiatic Public Relations (APR) bringing her to Pakistan to visit Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. Here she will be visiting cultural heritage sites, giving lectures at the universities and meeting media and press.

 

Cassie De Pecol in Pakistan

Yesterday with Karachi’s Mayor Mr. Wasim Akhtar she planted Cedrus Deodara tree (the National Tree of Pakistan) at the Karachi Municipal Corporation Building.

Cassie and Wasim Akhtar

She also presented the peace declaration to the Mayor, Mr. Waseem Akhtar as a token of peace from her country to ours.

Last night APR & PATA organized a Bloggers Meetup where Cassie shared her traveling stories from around the world. It was a  casual meetup where she shared her traveling stories from around the world followed by a Q&A session.

 

 

 

At the end of the meetup she shared some tips for the travelers:

  • Do not research about a country before traveling, keep all perceptions about a country outta the door.
  • Always pack light. You don’t need to look like a diva while you are traveling.
  • Use apps like  couchsurfingairbnb , skyscanner and  google maps to save costs.
  • Do not hesitate in exploring new foods, new experiences, new trips, new places
  • Buy one way ticket and don’t worry about the rest. Find job and experience the real life in a country. That’s the best way to travel.
 Cassie de Pecol

Me with Cassie de Pecol

 

Telenor Rawaan – Let’s Explore Pakistan

On this Independence Day of Pakistan Telenor Pakistan released a new video exploring Pakistan’s cultural diversity and music. Featuring the vocals by Asrar, Zeb Bangash and Akhtar Chanal. Video was directed by the famous music director Jami who needs no introduction. He traveled 8584km, 4 provinces, shot for 23 days at 21 locations from 9 different cameras in 5 languages.

I was in Thailand few days back. While traveling in a bus I was watching Telenor’s Rawaan song and all of a sudden a Filipino guy asked, where was this ? I replied Its

 

 

After its release on Youtube and different TV channels, everyone was praising the video and Jami’s work.

 

 

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