Sunday, May 10, 2015

Resolutions Checkpoint 2015: April

This has been almost complete, just sitting here in my drafts since the end of April, but since I'm trying to avoid English while in France, I've kind of unintentionally been avoiding the blog.

So here it is—rather quickly:

April Progress

1. Reach a high intermediate level of French.
  • Keep doing 10 minutes of something French a day.
  • Buy travel insurance or whatever it was that the French school requires so they let you in! - Purchased 4/12/15
  • Write one page in French each day (in my new lovely 'lil notebook I got from Sarah Schwartz's Letter-Writing Campaign) - Only made it through about a week and then somehow the month was over.

2. Diversify my income to three sources.
  • Do "Kimbap Nara-type restaurants" section of Korean food guide - Nope, zip, nada. I'm wondering if I should let this go...
  • Have a garage sale the weekend of the 10th/11th (pending good weather); donate all remaining "stuff" - Only made about $10, so wasn't a great source of income, but was fantastic to get rid of so much STUFF (took the rest to St. Vinny's right away).
  • Publish post on Medium about what I learned on the Camino - Published 4/18/15

3. Eat a whole foods, plant-based diet; improve digestion.
  • Watch "Vegucated" - Watched 4/11/15; recommended, and you can watch it for free on Hulu
  • Watch "Food Matters" - Started watching, and immediately stopped for these reasons. NOT recommended.
  • Rice elimination diet?? - Bought an app for low-FODMAPs diet, but didn't start a low-FODMAP diet. I know, I know. 

2015 Tid-bits

  • Sent out well over 30 pieces of mail in April for #write_on.
  • Finished reading 5 books last month: "Almost French" by Sarah Turnbull, "All You Need to Be Impossibly French" by Helena Frith Powell, "Survival of the Sickest" by Sharon Moalem, "The Desire Map" by Danielle LaPorte, and "The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Condo.
  • Worked on photo album a little bit more on the 26th.

May Focus

1. Reach a high intermediate level of French.
  • Go to at least 2 language exchanges a week.
  • Do one page from my French grammar book every morning.
  • Read one chapter of "James and the Giant Peach" a day (they're really short chapters)
  • Watch a French movie a week (at least), and two TV episodes (at least).
  • Remind myself to be bold.

2. Diversify my income to three sources.
  • This stuff would require English, so I'm really just focusing on French for the next two months, plus my editing job.

3. Eat a whole foods, plant-based diet; improve digestion.
  • Buy veggies from the market down the block.
  • Eat 80% plants.
  • Don't buy things I know I shouldn't eat!

And... that's a wrap. How are your resolutions coming along?
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  1. Was "The Life-changing Magic..." actually life-changing? Based on what I have read about it, I have tried contemplating whether objects spark joy, but is there substantially more to it?

    1. Not really—her process can be summarized as follows:

      - Tidy by category, not by room. Start with clothes, then books, papers, miscellaneous, and lastly, mementos.
      - Take all items off shelves and onto the floor (i.e. All clothes in the house on the floor, when you get to books take every book from your apartment off its shelf, etc.).
      - Touch each item and ask if it brings you joy. If it does, keep. If not, donate/dispose.
      - Store things vertically; don't stack. (In drawers, fold your tops in half and line them up vertically. Saves space, easier on the clothes, and easier to see what you have)

      The last tip was nice for drawer organizing—I rolled all my underwear and socks as she suggests, which are stored vertically in shoeboxes inside my drawers. I haven't done her whole process though, would like to start in August. Maybe that'll be life-changing ; )