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.
So I haven’t updated this blog in a while. And for the five people who read it, I apologize for the lack of entries.
Anyway, I thought about my Web site and what I would want it to be. I realize that I have a real opportunity to develop this into something really good. I’ve seen some great Web sites out there (and from my friends). It’s inspired me to put a little work in this blog. Eventually, I’d like this blog to be part of a comprehensive Web site.
To start, I have tabs to add my resume and my clips, so you can get to know a little more about my professional life. The blog will be a mix of stories, news, tidbits from both my personal and professional life.
The goal is simple — to learn to maintain and build a personal Web site and blog that will help me develop my web page making skills, my video making skills and any other -making skills required to function in the Triple-W.
Any suggestions you may have on entering this venture would be greatly appreciated.
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!!
To be fair, I should also mention that I have been running.
During the month of January I ran: 28 miles.
Weekly average: 7 miles.
Longest run : 4 miles.
Average pace: 10:30 mile.
Not bad, but of course could be better. There were some weeks I only ran once. And I could have ran more during my vacation in Kentucky. But no panic, I think it’s a good start and we’ll strive for better in February.
Monthly total: 40 miles (10 miles per week)
Long run -5-6 miles
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.