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April 2015 Goals

April 2015 Goals_Collage_FotorThoughts/updates this month:

  • I got the test result of my first exam and passed! Yay! ūüôā
  • I just discovered there is a library one block away from me! Finally got a library card in Cali. I thought it was so fancy that I could choose my own library card design.
  • I went to an underground supper club. It was an intimate dining experience with 12 people. I didn’t know what to expect but it turned out to be a fun experience. The food was delicious and everyone was really nice. It’s funny how random people can gather together and socialize for good food.
  • I really enjoyed this post by Ken Wytsma. This made me realized that my sense of urgency and busyness is probably part of the reason that is keeping me from hearing God’s voice. I’m trying¬†to slow down and have some quiet moments with God and not just quick, short prayers to God. If my brain is always preoccupied with something, how can I hear God’s voice? Apparently this post is partially adapted from his book, which I added to my list of books to read.
  • After reading this article, I decided to not buy anymore k-cups. I finally bought an individual dripper and¬†grinder¬†(BTW you should get a burr grinder instead of a blade grinder for coffee beans. Blade grinder cuts the coffee beans and the heat from the blade can cause the coffee to have a burnt taste while a burr grinder crushes the beans to release the aroma of the coffee beans and provides a more consistent grind).¬†Wow! What a big difference the taste of my coffee is now. It taste so much better and is better for the environment. Only downfall is that it takes more time in the morning to prepare a cup of coffee.
  • The documentary “aka Dan: Korean Adoptee Story” was a really touching story. The part I cried the most was when he met his biological mom. I can’t imagine how hard it must have been for her to wake up and realized her husband gave up one of their son up for adoption and there was nothing she could do since the paperwork was completed. You can watch this documentary here.
  • “Under the Dome” is another great documentary about China’s smog by Chai Jing. I never realized how bad China’s pollution was until watching this documentary. Can you imagine growing up and never seeing stars or clouds in the sky before? Or not being able to venture outside to play for half the year because the air isn’t safe to breathe in? I’m glad Chai Jing is bringing this to light so people in China can make a change. You can watch the documentary with English subtitle here.

Last month’s goals:

  1. Read month 3 of #365DaysOfTruth plan. Yikes! I’m a week behind! It’s scary¬†how easy it is to get off course.
  2. Read one book this month. Completed! Have you ever watched Judge Judy on TV? I really enjoyed watching her show on TV when I was a kid since I liked how fair, honest, and smart Judy Judy was. I didn’t know she wrote books, which shouldn’t be a surprise, but she just recently released a new book called “What Would Judy Say?: Be the Hero of Your Own Story”. She’s offering the book for free (you can download a copy here) but she asks you to donate to Stand Up to Cancer if you found any of her advice useful. It’s a quick, easy read and I enjoyed reading it. Big take away for me was for me to define my worth and to take risks.¬†I found it useful and donated to her cause ūüôā
  3. Study and take two exams this month. Completed. I feel good about one of the exam but the other one I feel like I bombed. *sigh. Oh well.
  4. Complete¬†‚ÄúWho Am I‚ÄĚ portfolio reflection.¬†On target to complete by April 1! This was a lot harder than I thought since I really had to look inside myself.
  5. Bake/cook one new recipe.¬†Sadly this didn’t happen.
  6. Workout once a week. Completed!
  7. Blog once a week. Completed!

Goals for next months:

  1. Catch up on #365DaysOfTruth plan and complete month 4.
  2. Read one book this month.
  3. Study and take one exam this month.
  4. Complete “Pre-Corps Engagement”.
  5. Bake/cook one new recipe this month.
  6. Check out a new restaurant.
  7. Workout twice a week.
  8. Blog once a week.

What are your goals for this month?

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March 2015 Goals

Feb 2015 Recap 2_Collage_Fotor Why does every month just seem to fly by so quickly? Quick recap of this past month:

  • My husband took me to a dinner on a cruise on the bay for Valentine’s Day. Turned out to be more fun than I thought.
  • I went to Las Vegas for Esther’s birthday and to see Sophia. #SHEreunion It was a fun-filled weekend. We went to Roos-N-More Zoo¬†to celebrate Esther’s birthday, which was my first time going to a zoo. It was a lot of fun! I saw so many animals I never saw before and I like how we can interact with the animals there. We took an aerial silk class together. Turned out to be more fun then I thought. We also had afternoon tea at the Mandarin Hotel. The scone and clotted cream was divine!
  • Studying for my exams have basically taken over my life. I’m still trying to figure out how to balance studying and having a life.

Last month’s goals:

  1. Read month 2 of #365DaysOfTruth plan. Completed!
  2. Read two books this month. I did not read any books this month ūüôĀ Been too busy studying!
  3. Study and take two exams this month. Done! Although I’m not sure how I did on those exams … *sigh.
  4. Workout once a week. Completed!
  5. Blog once a week. Completed!

This month’s goals:

  1. Read month 3 of #365DaysOfTruth plan.
  2. Read one book this month.
  3. Study and take two exams this month.
  4. Complete¬†“Who Am I” portfolio reflection.
  5. Bake/cook one new recipe.
  6. Workout once a week.
  7. Blog once a week.

What are your goals for this month?

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February 2015 Goals

Feb 2015 Goals 1Happy February!

Omgoodness … January just flew by! So much have happened already this year. Quick recap of this past month:

  • Went to Santa Barbara the first weekend of the month. This was really fun. We rented a house with a bunch of friends and just hung out.
  • One of the biggest change for¬†me this month is that I got a job offer and accepted! It’s definitely been tough during the whole job search period since I received a lot of¬†rejections. This post¬†was well written about rejection and I love how the last part is that “rejection often sends you somewhere better”, which hopefully is where I’m headed ;). Which brings me to this verse that I love: “For I have a plan for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.¬†
  • It was my birthday! Yay! We went to LA for the weekend and my husband took me to Universal Studios since I never been before. That was a lot of fun! A lot smaller than Disneyland but much more manageable. We were able to ride all the rides and watch two shows. My favorite ride was the Transformer.
  • It’s also my blog’s one year anniversary! Yay! Can’t believe I’ve actually kept up with blogging for one year!

Last month’s goals:

  1. Finish reading month 1 of #365DaysOfTruth plan. Done! Progress is at 8%
  2. Finish reading 1 book.¬†Still reading “You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity“.
  3. Cook/bake a new recipe. Done! Made romanesco, steamed chicken with black beans and chili, stuffed bitter melon in black bean sauce, and baked salmon with black beans and chili,
  4. Workout at least once a week. Done!
  5. Volunteer at least once this month.¬†Didn’t happen ūüôĀ
  6. Go on a date night with David. Done! We went to Universal Studios and Saison for dinner.
  7. Cut off electronics by 11PM on work nights. We did so well the first two weeks and then fell off the wagon ūüôĀ
  8. Do 1 coffee meeting. Done!

This month’s goals:

  1. Read month 2 of #365DaysOfTruth plan.
  2. Read two books this month.
  3. Study and take two exams this month.
  4. Workout once a week.
  5. Blog once a week.

What are your goals for this month?

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January 2015 Goals

January 2015 GoalsPicture taken on Catalina Island | Dec. 2014

Happy January!

December was definitely busy for me since I was only home for a week! Being on the go can be quite tiring, especially having to pack, unpack, and repack. Quick recap of last month’s activities:

  • I was in Atlanta for the first week of December. We celebrated my Dad’s 80th birthday! Yay! I’m glad I was home for that since that was one of the rare instances when¬†most of my family got¬†together.
  • I was in NYC for the second week of December. I forgot how cold the East Coast¬†can be and it was raining and flurrying for the¬†couple of days I was there. Ugh. Not the best weather but it was great to see friends and eat yummy food! I went to Flushing for the first time so that was really fun! It felt like I was in Asia.
  • We left for¬†Irvine, where my husband is from, on the third week of December. ¬†It was really fun to see his¬†family and his grandmother was in town from Taiwan too. It¬†was great¬†to spend Christmas with them.
  • We went to Catalina Island for the weekend after Christmas with a group of good friends. It’s a really cute, small island. Kinda reminds me of Martha’s Vineyard, but not as famous :p
  • For New Year’s Eve, we drove up to LA and went to the clubs with a group of friends. It was a 1920’s themed party, so it was fun to dress up.
Last month’s goals
  1. Read a new book. Did not complete this :/
  2. Try a new restaurant in NYC and LA.¬†Done! Visited¬†Izakaya Nomad,¬†Jeepney,¬†Bassanova Ramen,¬†Aperitivo,¬†Sakagura,¬†Bian Dang Truck,¬†Mu Ramen,¬†Xi’an Famous Foods,¬†Maman,¬†White Bear, and some random hole-in-wall restaurants in Flushing. Visited¬†Littlefork,¬†Pingtung, and¬†Feng Mao¬†in LA.
  3. Reflect on the past year.¬†Kinda done …
  4. Create a new year’s resolution. Done!
This month’s goals
  1. Finish reading month 1 of #365DaysOfTruth plan.
  2. Finish reading 1 book.
  3. Cook/bake a new recipe.
  4. Workout at least once a week.
  5. Volunteer at least once this month.
  6. Go on a date night with David.
  7. Cut off electronics by 11PM on work nights.
  8. Do 1 coffee meeting.

What are your goals for this month?

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