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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 🙁 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 🙁
  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 🙁
  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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2015 New Year’s Resolutions

2015 New Year ResolutionWriting new year’s resolutions is always a love/hate relationship for me. It’s nice to look back at the goals you wanted to accomplish at the beginning of the year and see how much you’ve done, but you also realize how much time flies by and wonder why you haven’t done half the things you set out to do?  I know some people don’t write new year’s resolutions since they figure they’ll never accomplish them anyway, but I feel like that shouldn’t stop us from trying. If you fail one day, get back on the wagon and go for it the next day. You don’t have to wait until next year to start your goal. DO IT NOW! Even here, I’m late posting my new year’s resolutions, but that’s not going to stop me! 🙂

2015 will be the year I’m more intentional and purposeful with my time.

Revisiting my 2014 goals

  1. Start a blog. Done! Thank you Esther for supporting me during this process! I still have a lot to learn …
  2. Commit to 1 activity with David (dance, yoga, etc.). We did yoga together a couple of times, but haven’t committed to it yet.
  3. Commit to 1 volunteer activity in the community. Have not done this even though I thought about it :/
  4. Work out regularly – target once a week. On and off.
  5. Visit at least one new country. Done! Visited England, Spain, Italy, and Singapore.
  6. Learn 12 new recipes – target one a month. Done! Open faced avocado toast, Mackerel kimchi stewsnap peas and cucumber saladmille-crepe tiramisuchocolate pocky, squid ink pasta, shishito peppers, seafood stew, tomato basil tartlets, dak juk (chicken porridge), buta kimchi, blueberry muffin, bitter melonsokra, lamp chops, perilla leaf kimchi, blueberry cupcakes with maple frosting, thai basil chicken with cashews, macarons, greek yogurt cupcakes with blackberry frosting, shanghainese lion’s head meatballs, soba noodles, roasted chicken, Taiwanese stewed pork (lu roy fun), tonkatsu, lemon blueberry bread, braised pollock in tomato-fennel broth with potatoes and dill, chicken and vegetable ramen,
  7. Read the Bible – target one chapter a week. Was not so successful here :/
  8. Write a physical letter to a friend – target once a month. Done! Lovely Letters definitely helped 🙂
  9. Read 1 book per quarter. Done! The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That WayMindset: The New Psychology of SuccessDrawing on the Right Side of the BrainThe 20-Minute Networking Meeting: How Little Meetings Can Lead To Your Next Big JobThe Omnivore’s DilemmaWorking Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your CareerUnbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  10. Do 1 nice thing for David per month. Umm I probably still need to work on this …

2015 Goals

  1. Finish reading the Bible in one year. I’m using the She Reads Truth “The Bible in a Year” app on my smartphone, where you can track your progress. Since I always carry my phone, this should make reading the Bible easier. I’m excited Sophia and Esther will be joining me on this. It’s never too late to join us! Just download the app and jump right in. The app and plan is free! Click here for Andriod and here for IOS.
  2. Read 1 book per month.
  3. Cook/bake 1 new recipe per month.
  4. Work out at least once a week.
  5. Be able to do the splits. (My stretch goal! I’ve always wanted to do the splits since I was young, but was never able to. Why not try now?! ^_^)
  6. Volunteer at least once a month.
  7. Get plugged into a church.
  8. Learn 1 new activity/skill.
  9. Commit to 1 new activity with David.
  10. Date night once a month.
  11. Cut off all electronics by 11PM on work nights.
  12. Visit at least one new country.

What are your goals for 2015?

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2014 In Review

2014 In ReviewHappy new year everyone!

Every year seems to fly by in a blink. One great thing about a year coming to an end is being able to reflect on the past year and be hopeful for the new year. It’s been one year since I started this blog and I’ve learned so much. Thank you for joining me for this journey and taking the time to read my posts. Y’all are the best!

Most visited beauty posts
Most visited travel posts
Favorite 3 beauty products (This was hard for me to narrow down but if I bought the product more than once, than it qualified as my top beauty favorite.)
Favorite 3 tasting menu restaurants
Favorite 3 books I read
Favorite 3 movies I watched

Excited to take on 2015 with y’all!

What are some of your favorites of 2014?