With a new year coming up, I’ve been thinking about the changes I want to make for my life. I realize that most people do this every year, but I’ve always been on the stance that it’s good to make GOALS, not these broad resolutions (i.e. lose weight, save money).
In 2008, it seems that everyone was taken by surprise in a horrible way. I don’t want that to happen to me, whether it’s in my personal life or in my career. So I’ll be spending the next few weeks thinking about what goals I ought to be making for next year that will keep me prepared for just about anything.
And really 2008 was pretty good:
- I went to South Korea for an entire month. Not only did I get to experience a new culture, I got to do an awesome project for the newspaper about the popularity of Northwest sweet cherries there.
- UNITY 2008 in Chicago. I got to know some of the AAJA Seattle crew better and made some new friends from other parts of the country. Also I learned a whole lot about multimedia, reporting and doing a kick ass job everyday.
- I ran the Royal Victoria Marathon (half-marathon!). I ran it in 2:31:45, much faster than the half I ran in Chicago in 2005.
So yeah, I can’t complain.
Jerome has exposed a major weakness in me last night. I tend to analyze myself and everything I’m thinking about so much that I end up paralyzed from taking any action. I realize that you can only do so much thinking and you have take action.
The problem with my goals, that I’ve thought so much about it, read so much about it, I stopped doing anything about it.
So the decision? Focus on one or two goals at a time (personal and work-related). And just figure out the first/next step.
Here are my personal goals (and the next action).
— Pay off $1,800 in debt. (I spent a little much in S. Korea!) and have at least $2,000 in my emergency fund by the end of the summer. (Next step: develop a payment plan….)
— Be trained to run the Royal Victoria Marathon on October 12. (Next step: Follow runner’s world returning runner’s plan until July 7 and have a long run of 65 minutes (approx 4-4.5 miles).
Encouragement is needed!!
Actually, I’m quite poor at whistling.
But I have started running again. Yesterday I ran almost 3 miles. And I almost ran 3 miles today. And it felt great. Every time I go out, I realize how much I love it still. So it takes 21 days to have a habit. So my hope is to have this routine down by mid-October.
I don’t know if it’s the coffee, but I am still up at 1:30 in the morning. This is not good. I tried to get to bed by 11:30. But I just can’t sleep. This is not good. I have a simple goal: to wake up by 6 a.m. during the week and between 7 and 8 a.m. during the weekends.
I have never been much of a morning person. Like many people in college, I stayed up late for a variety of reasons – studying, working, and of course partying. But now that I have a job that requires me to get there by 8:30 a.m., and there’s a whole variety of other things I need to do such as exercising and eating breakfast, I need to make it a habit to get to bed at a reasonable hour.
And now that I have written that, I will make good on my goal and go to bed.
I like updates.
So you guys are going to get one.
Anyway, the goal I’m making the best progress is trying new recipes once a week. I tried banana bread w/ flaxseed from my Bob’s Red Mill Cookbook two weeks ago.
Last week I cooked ham and cheese lasagna via a recipe from Cooking Light Magazine. I combined some techniques here. I wanted to see if I could adapt a make-ahead technique I learned from The Best Make-Ahead Recipe. Instead of making one big 9X13 pan, I split it into 9X3 loaf pans. Soak the no-bake noodles ahead of time and one fits snugly in the loaf pan. Then you layer as usual. It worked great. The only problem was that the sauce was too thin. But we’ll work on that in the future.
As for saving 5K by the end of the year; we’ll I’m still a couple of thousand of dollars away. But we’ll keep at that. I had a set back this weekend by buying lots of stuff. It’s stuff I needed, but I think I went a little overboard. But no worries. I’m good with stuff for a while.
And I have start walking and eating healthy, which is a good first step toward running a 5k. Obviously I would like to start running again. There’s a 5K on Oct. 14 which I’ll run as my test run/fitness test.
I decided that instead of trying to make a whole list of goals, that I would just commit to three goals.
- run a 5k
- cook a new recipe every week
- save 6k by the end of the year. (Emergency Fund and new computer)
I think the reason I have failed to run is because I have rested on my laurels. Mai, you trained for a half marathon! But I realize that I am no longer at that level and I get frusrated. But where I am at that I can run 2 or 3 miles without having to train, which is great. So the start is to run a 5k to realize, that I can run. And here’s the perfect race for my comeback – the Sun City 5k. The race is in town, and I get to run through some apple orchards. And the date is just right — Oct. 14. It gives me about six weeks to shape up. Since I’m not starting from scratch, that is absolutely doable.
On cooking and baking …
I have a lot of cookbooks and I love to do it, but I realize that I often just look at the cookbooks and don’t try any of them. I was pretty inspired by Jerome’s mom when I was at his parents house the other night. She has all these cookbooks, but she actually tries the recipes out. She marks the recipes with those sticky marker things and she makes notes. How rad is that?
On saving money…
My computer is on its last legs. I’ve had it for more than five years now, and it’s literally falling apart. I love my mac at work and want my next computer to be a MacBook Pro. But the computer is expensive — about $2,000. Also I need to improve on my emergency fund to $4,000, which would give me at least 4 to 5 months of expenses should something happen.
So there you have it. My three goals until the end of the year. I’ll try to work on these and keep you all updated on how I’m doing.
I have a problem with overcommitment. Always have. I was the one in college who always say yes to everything. Friends, activities, schoolwork. The word “no” was virtually unknown in my vocabulary.
The problem has extended itself as i am at beginning of my adult years. I said yes to helping others, saving money, knitting, running, my job, my friends, my boyfriend, God, camping, writing, baking pies, cooking, eating out, socializing…well you get the point.
Now these things in themselves aren’t bad. No, of course not. The problem comes when I can’t do anything to my fullest ability because I’m spread in seventeen directions. As a result to said overcommitment I have:
- not been running consistently for six months.
- baked a pie since May
- ate out way too much
- not seen some friends in weeks
not been camping yet this summer.
Again you get the point.
So what do I do now? Well I guess it comes down to the dreaded P-word. prioritizing. Ive never been good at that. But at this point I will get nothing done if I try to do it all. What is my next step?
Set some priorities. Make some goals. The next entry will be a brainstorming of all the things in my life and what I truly want to do.