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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! 🙂
  • 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 🙂
  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 “Who Am I” 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 🙁 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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