Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Resolutions Checkpoint 2014: April

Yes, I'm a week late, but I must check in on the items I was to complete in April towards each of my three 2014 resolutions. They are reproduced below, using the following key to track progress:
   Bold = Completed task
   Italicized + Bold = Completed task not originally on April's list (bonus points!)
   Normal = Not completed :/

-- Progress in April --

1. Digestive health

  • Take probiotics and glutamine every day.
  • Read Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition

    2. Health site

    • Publish one post a week.
      • Published three posts in April, not four.
    • Write post about Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition after reading it.
    • Read the book Blog, Inc.

    3. Non 9-5 work

    • Complete Online Form project on Code Academy
    • An hour each week on W3School's HTML tutorial
      • Spent three hours (six half-hour increments) studying HTML. (One hour short)
    • Finish my Elance profile!
      • Changed a few things one day, but still not complete.
    • Spend an hour each week reading/learning about retirement funds and Roth IRA investing.
      • I spent a total of just under two hours reading about investing and retirement.

    Background goals

    • One Korea list item and see the cherry blossoms. I completed two Korea list items!
    • Write a letter every day in April (#Write_On) in honor of National Card and Letter Writing Month.

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    -- Background Goals --

    And here's my overall progress on those bits and pieces that would be great to accomplish this year as well:
    • Read 32 books this year (2 in Spanish)
      • I've read 14/32 books -- (One in Spanish)
      • Books read in April: The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, Whole by T. Colin Campbell, Blog Inc. by Joy Cho and The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes.
    • Gain strength & muscle, enough that there's a notable difference in a before and after picture
      • I am currently on Day 44 of my Give it 100 project to increase flexibility in my legs. I've been stretching every day with the goal of being able to touch my toes.
      • Did yoga 3x this month, went running twice.
    • Add pull-down tabs to both of my Blogger blogs
    • Walk the Camino de Santiago
    • Visit Hannah and Herm in London
      • Know the dates that Herm's parents are visiting London.
    • Make a Korea bucket list and post it (and do it!)
    • Unplug more often
    • Resume French study
      • I had a 40 day streak going in April, and have been using FluentU a bit now, too.

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    -- May Focus --

    We're already a week into May, and I have a special visitor coming in just over two weeks (the boy!) which will keep me quite busy when I'm not at work. I kept this limited time (two weeks as opposed to the usual four) in mind when making this month's action items:

    1. Digestive health

    • Research Eastern medicine tours in Korea.
    • Avoid gluten.

    2. Health site

    • Post four times a month, on Tuesdays.
      • (I still want this to become a regular occurrence that I won't even think of skipping, which is why I'm still aiming for a post every week this busy month.)

    3. Non 9-5 work

    • Make investments with the money in my Roth IRA.
    • Read Moz's SEO Beginner's Guide

    Background goals

    • Research the Camino de Santiago.
      • Decide which route to take
      • Figure out how many days it will take to walk
      • Start making a packing list
    • Complete two Korea List items in May.
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    2 comments:

    1. Saw this on the expat blog recent posts. Love this idea, my GF and I have been working on a bucket list for Korea and also our own personal development goals. Never thought to post it but I like the idea of writing it down and having deadlines! Awesome idea. Going to check more of it out!

      Scott from BoboandChichi

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      1. Thanks! Yeah, if I didn't regularly check back or write my lists/goals somewhere, they'd fall to the wayside. It works well for me to evaluate progress each month and reassess where I'm at and where I want to be. Good luck to you and your girlfriend on your personal goals! What's left on your Korea list?

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