Friday, August 5, 2016

Resolutions Checkpoint 2016: June & July

Well, it's been a while, hasn't it? And the days keep ticking away, so I thought if I don't write this now, another month will go by before I know it.

Taking my focus points for June, here's what progress has been made in those areas over the past two months.

June & July Progress

1. Korean food guide
I did everything on that big long list of Korean food guide bullet points back in June, and it felt fantastic to finish. I can definitely do a better job at spreading the word (still waiting for that first sale...); I just hate being self-promotional.

(Psst, do you know anyone traveling or moving to Korea for the first time?)

2. Calligraphy
  • (+) Finish Amy calligraphy course.
I finished the official workbook pages on Sunday during my #calligcast practice session.

I still need to practice this style a ton more to learn the shapes by heart (and get used to my dip pen, pressure, etc.), but this was a good first step. Next up I want to get myself an oblique pen to start working with at home this fall.

3. Live Out My Values
  • (+) Finish Korean food guide!
Yup, I'd put all my focus on the Korean food guide back in June—and it worked!

I did some other things in July as well (my Korean guide was finished in June), but they don't fall into these categories, and I'm too lazy (and time-crunched) to look back and recount them now! (I did publish "The Line I Wish Michelle Obama Hadn't Said in Her Badass DNC Speech" on Medium last week, so there's one for you.)

All right, so what's the plan for what remains of August?

August Focus

1. French
  • Finish reading "Harry Potter à l'école des sorciers" — I just passed the halfway point this week. I found the audiobook on YouTube earlier last week, and it's been such a pleasure to read and get sucked into the story.
  • Watch two more films on Netflix. — I watched a movie the other week, but I should really be doing like a movie a week.
  • Copy down lyrics to two more songs. — Last month I bought a new notebook for everything French. I'm still figuring out the best way to use it, but I'm now copying some song lyrics into here, instead of my small notebook as I'd done before.
  • Analyze / learn lyrics / sing along — I've left space on the other side of the page for picking out sentence structures and vocab, etc. I haven't tried memorizing a song since Stromae's "Papaoutai" last year, which I did with the help of FluentU. It was so rewarding and fun to finally be able to rattle off and sing along—knowing how fast and foreign it felt at the start. So basically I should pick another cool song and memorize the lyrics.
  • 10 quizzes on Progress with Lawless French — Thanks to a tweet from the lovely Laura Lawless (who was's French expert for maaany years), I'm now taking advantage of the free account (limited to 10 quizzes/month) on Progress with Lawless French. It's mostly for learning grammar, which is knowledge I'm lacking (and want to keep building up). I love her clear, helpful explanations, and the personalized, organized system. (Taking all your quiz results, it tells you: Study this, this and this—with articles linked to each topic. Plus graphs and charts to track your progress, etc.) A nice type-A tool to add into my learning mix.
2. Calligraphy
  • 20 minutes of practice 2x/week (with accompanying #calligcast post).

3. Live Out My Values
  • Write 1-2 posts about values or role models. — I've had all these ideas swirling around in my mind, some captured on mind maps or scribbles in my notebook. I haven't brought them to light yet, though. While I'm sure my thoughts will grow and develop with time, which perhaps is why I'm stalling, there's no harm in getting out where I'm at now. (In fact, I bet there's benefit in doing so!)
That's as much as I feel like committing myself to doing at the moment... What's going to be your focus in August?
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