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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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Throwback: Jhal Magsi Rally 2014

Back in December  2014 Red Bull Pakistan invited me to cover Jhal Magsi Desert Challenge Race 2014 It’s a yearly race event between 4×4’s like the Dakkar rally and the Baja it is on a very smaller scale compared to those events but is the most challenging of all 4×4 rally in Pakistan. I was so excited to witness this rally race on the track. The adventure starts on the morning of 20th Dec. We left Karachi at 7pm and reached Hyderabad after 2 hours then we stopped at Al-Zaib Resturant at 10am for breakfast.

Our breakfast

Our breakfast

Here I met the famous Sabir Shah aka @AsliBinLaden

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@AslibinLaden

Then we left for longest road trip of my life till now. We stopped at some restaurant outside Larkana for dinner at 6.30pm.

Tikkain and Maash Daal

Tikkain and Maash Daal

For first time I’ve tried Tikkain and Rosh. Tikkain was served with minced meat and fry kaleeji while Rosh is like Paya but they served piece of Rosh with minced meat, usually Rosh was served with the soup in which they cooked it for 4 hrs. Rosh was delicious and not so spicy while tikkain is dry and maash daal was okay. We left Shahdadkot at 7.30pm and then we reached Jhal Magsi after 16 hrs. At 2.30am they turned off all the lights were switched off. I thought this was the best moment to capture some night sky shots at Jhal Magsi. Orion constellation and Sirius (the brightest star system in the earth’s night sky) which was above our heads while Jupiter was rising from the East.

Night sky at Jhal Magsi

Night sky at Jhal Magsi

We slept at 4am and woke up at 7.30am. After freshen up we went back side of our tents where drivers were staying in their camps to photograph their vehicles. I was amazed to see those vehicles and how they modified them for the track.

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Toyota Tundra

One of the driver told us that there is a delay in race and now it will start at 10.30am due to fog. So we went to the starting point.

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Initial Starting Point

And here we are at the Red Bull starting point where Ronnie Patel was waiting in his 4×4. It was one massive crowd waiting for race to start while media personals were setting their equipment. That was the initial starting point for the race but due to fog they shifted it to the other point which was 10km away from this point and the track was shortened to 100kms.

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Ronnie Patel – runner up of 2013 race

So we headed out with our driver Mustafa to the new starting point in his Land Cruiser. It was one bumpy ride as he was driving off-road with the speed upto 120kms. At times it feels like we are part of this race.

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Our driver Mustafa

The race starts at 11.45am. Every driver was leaving with some difference of time. This year 48 drivers were participating in different categories. I was so excited to see this action live on track.

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and this was the second starting point

Red Bull gives us the opportunity to explored different parts of this track including some jumps and the Muller River crossing so we can experience this race more closely.

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after the jump

This was the first shot I’ve captured while standing near the jump. It’s bit hard to see them coming, all you can see is the dust cloud coming towards you. Here I’ve seen one of the best lift kits. After that we went to Muller River crossing. Where one massive crowd waiting for cars to passing by the river crossing.

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Making splashes through the Muller River

Then we headed towards the desert side of the track which was the tricky one due to the slippery sand and many drivers were stuck at this point.

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Making his way through the slippery sand.

The race ends at 5pm. Then there was a prize distribution ceremony at 8pm. Nawab Zulfikar Ali Magsi and Marvi Memon were the chief guest. For the first they’ve introduced Ladies category in this race and this year only two ladies drivers were participating.

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From left: Tushna Patel, Marvi Memon and Maliha Elahi

Tushna Patel was the winner of Ladies category with time 2.03.34. She is the wife of Ronnie Patel and she was the first female ever to participate in the 9th Cholistan Jeep Rally 2014. She received her prize from Marvi Memon.

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From left: Mian Farooq (co-driver), Tushna Patel and Marvi Memon

Speedtrap was won by Zafar Magsi and Luqman from team Red Bull is giving him his prize money.

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Next morning we left Jhal Magsi at 9am and after 14 hrs of road trip we were back in Karachi at 11pm. The event was very well organized by Red Bull and their team. More pictures of this trip are uploaded here.