Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Resolutions Checkpoint: August

We're three days into September already, folks! Time for a resolution check-in! (Original 2013 resolutions can be found here).

--August Focus--

At the beginning of August, I decided to focus on having less stuff.  I went through my belongings at my parents' house and got rid of things that I've never gotten rid of during all my past purgings.  I took down some boxes from the garage attic, gave away some stuff to friends, and then had a garage "sale" (everything was free)!  I only had two boxes left after the "sale," so I took them to St. Vinnie's right away.  There have also been two old computers in my room at my parents' house for a few years now, so I took those to Midwest Komputers to be recycled (free computer recycling!).

I had been contemplating buying a Nexus (tablet) before I moved to South Korea, but that didn't happen -- and for now I'm glad about it.  I've survived this long without one while traveling, and I'm going to be getting a smart phone for the year, so a tablet would just be another device. Another thing to charge and carry around.  Something I do not need -- so I didn't get it.  I did buy some stuff this month though, but it was all for my move to South Korea (shoes, a jacket, and toiletries), so I feel good about meeting my goal last month.

--Overall Progress--

So here we go, my current progress on all remaining resolutions:

  • (+) Read 32 books -- I've read 22 books of 32, which means I'm still on track (according to Goodreads).  Books read in August include Sharon Creech's The Wanderer, Culture Shock! Korea, and Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth << read that book if you haven't!  I can't believe I never read it / heard of it when I was younger.  So much amazing wordplay and sage advice tucked into the pages.  I'm still currently reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking.
  • (-) Five of the 32 will be in Spanish -- I have read 1 / 5 books in Spanish. (Hermanos monigotes II)
  • (+) Five of the 32 will be books that I own in my apartment
  • (-) Two of the 32 books will be in French -- Harry Potter got returned to the library.  We'll see if I find something to read yet this year.
  • (+) Take probiotics every day -- I'm still taking probiotics most days, but haven't been tracking it.
  • (+) Read JJ's info from health center; read the health book his Dr. recommended -- I've read pertinent information from the book The Road to Perfect Health, lent to me by JJ.

  • (+) Write in journal every day -- I wrote 16 out of 31 days in August, filling another quarter of my "new" journal.  Good thing I've already got a second one, thanks to Izzy!
  • (-) Only log in to facebook 1x/day maximum -- I've been using this to keep in touch with the other UW students teaching in South Korea, see what's going on back home, and to get updates about ultimate pickup in Seoul.  So as much as I wanted to deactivate my account, until I make some friends and get a smartphone (to message instead of fb), I'm keeping it.  To keep my sanity.
  • (+) Focus on gratitude -- Knowing I would be leaving for a year makes it a lot easier to focus on appreciating every moment with friends and family.

  • (+) Do something physical at least two days a week -- After our last frisbee game, I did go on some runs while living at my parents' house before the move to SK.


Note: Now that I'm in South Korea, far from Madison's French and Spanish Conversation tables I'd been attending, I'm going to  change my goals in this section.  By the end of the year, I hope to master:
  • (  ) Learn Hangul (Korean alphabet) -- I know some symbols really well (the first ones I learned), so I need to really learn the ones that I'm less familiar with.
  • (  ) Learn food/restaurant vocabulary (priorities!)
  • (  ) Learn Korean numbers 1 - 100 -- Note: Korean numbers are used in Korea for counting something or someone, the hour when telling time, and age.
  • (  ) Learn Chinese numbers 1 - 100 -- Note: Chinese numbers are used in Korea for money, months, years, minutes, and seconds.



--September Focus--

I'm going to focus on a paradoxical statement this month, which might make some of you roll your eyes -- heck I'd probably roll my own eyes if someone else were writing this -- but anyway.  To help my transition into South Korea, this month I'd like to go easier on myself, while also trying to push myself.  I know, makes no sense.  But even the simplest things are difficult for me at this point here, so I need to be easier on myself and not feel so pathetic when I can't find rice grains in a South Korean grocery store, for example.  But I also need to keep pushing myself to explore and bite the bullet, to do things I'm not yet comfortable with so that I can start to become comfortable with them.  (Rode the bus today, by the way!)

Only four months left in 2013 (how the heck did that happen??), so how is everyone else doing on their new year's resolutions?
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