Posts Tagged ‘goals

16
Jan
11

this week.

I’ve been feeling incredibly lazy and lethargic and completely unproductive lately. I’m not sure if it’s the weather or the lack of sunshine. Probably both. Anyway, I feel like I need to get back into a good routine to help keep me motivated and upbeat. So, the plan for this week is as follows:

–          Exercise 3x. Baby steps people. I haven’t worked out in almost 5 months.

–          Take my lunch to work every day this week.

–          Get out of bed earlier.

–          Drink more water.

–          Limit my TV watching. It’s the ultimate life sucker.  And if you don’t watch out it will monopolize hours of the day!!

 

Wish me luck!

09
Jan
11

Happy 2011!

Narrowing down my goals for the new year is always a fun but daunting task. There is something SO uplifting about a fresh start and I’m really looking forward to 2011. Here is what I’m going to try to accomplish.

Be a good wife. This is a big one and probably the most important now that I’m married. I really want to get our marriage off to a good start. We already have a super solid relationship and things are going great, but I believe that you have to work to grow together and be in-sync. Perhaps it’s the little divorced kid in me, but I’m really paranoid about growing distant, fighting too much and not communicating. If you don’t grow together – then you grow apart.

Stick to our budget. While I’ve put together many o’ budgets in my life, I’m not sure that I’ve ever actually stuck to one more than a month. I’m going to try really hard to make this a priority in 2011. We’ve signed up for Mint.com which is already proving pretty convenient and helpful.

Be grateful. I think this is incredibly important and I’m always trying to be better about it. I’m scared to death of turning into a whiney, ungrateful, miserable person who is blind to the good in their life and is absorbed by the bad. I have so much to be thankful for and it’s important to recognize and celebrate it.

Start trying. This one isn’t entirely up to me, but I’d really like to start trying to get pregnant in 2011. The whole thing is overwhelming and exciting and terrifying at the same time.  There are so many unknowns! How long will it take? Will we even be able to get pregnant? Will the baby be healthy? Can we afford it? Will we be good parents? Are we ready? What do we do about childcare? The only thing that we do know is that we want to be parents. And we certainly aren’t getting any younger. But, it takes two to tango and I need my partner to be fully onboard before we can start trying.

Enjoy Alki. Enjoy our new neighborhood as much as possible. It’s so fun to be in a new place and I want to make sure I take advantage.

Start Canning. My mom and I have decided to start canning. I’m really excited about it. Pickles, green beans, asparagus, jam, you name it! It’s going to be awesome.

Buy a desk. No explanation needed on this one.

Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to a great 2011!

16
Feb
10

parking garage lessons.

I’m lucky enough to work downtown and have a paid parking spot in my office. Crazy huh?! Don’t ask me how THAT happened! Every day the parking garage management team posts a saying/phrase to read when you enter/exit the garage. It’s a nice touch. Today, the sign read the following:

Be grateful for what you have – while you work towards what you want.

This feels so relevant to my life right now. I’m getting antsy to be in a bigger living space and own a house. I’m constantly looking on Redfin to check out the homes that are just out of my reach. It’s torture. I’m not looking for anything huge or fancy. A small, old, 2-bedroom, single family home with a cute yard, large kitchen and ample storage space would be perfect. Oh, the meals I could make with a bigger kitchen. The plants I would grow in a yard. And the sleep I would get without the noise that accompanies apartment living.  <<Insert a gigantic sigh here.>>

The truth is we are just not in a position to buy a home right now – it doesn’t matter how bad I want it. We aren’t. And even more disappointing, it may be a few years before we are. It’s not that I’m unhappy with where we are at. I want to be clear: I AM HAPPY. But there is an annoying part of me who wants to move up, evolve, improve…progress. And it’s that part of me that is struggling.

On the flip side, there is a youthful part of me (let’s call her Kindy-Mindy) that is relieved not to be tied to a mortgage in this economic climate. I’m not looking at how my home has devalued and I’m not stressing about foreclosures or unemployment. Kindy-Mindy reminds me that I’m only 28 – and that owning a home is for grown-ups. Kindy-Mindy still sleeps in until 11am on weekends and has been known to throw up from drinking too much. Home owners have to be responsible and wake up early on weekends to mow the lawn. Kindy-Mindy tells me that if I owned a home, Thailand for 17 days would have been completely out of the question.  Kindy-Mindy says I have my whole life to own a house.

On the other hand, I tend to be a tad ambitious. A Driven-Debbie if you will. Ambition is an interesting characteristic to have. It has both good and bad implications. I wouldn’t be where I am today without Debbie. I’ve always been driven. Always. For the most part, I think my ambition has served me well. On the other hand, it’s a slippery slope. I’m terrified I’m going to turn into one of those unhappy people who are never satisfied with what they have and are always longing for more. You know the type. It seems like a miserable existence – empty and discontented.

The bottom line is that I need to keep reminding myself that we ARE progressing. Buying a house is only one small piece of the puzzle. Perhaps I can pacify Debbie with a different goal?  Maybe I’m feeling this way because I’ve been in this particular apartment for so long. Maybe I just need a change of scenery. Regardless, I will try to be thankful for what I have now. And live in the moment a little bit more.  And remind myself that I already have everything I need.  Thanks parking garage management team!

(Also, I think I should start hanging out more often with this Kindy-Mindy character. She sounds like one cool chick!)

04
Feb
10

2010 goals.

Ok, I realize it’s February and it’s taken me a while to formulate my goals for 2010, but I wanted to get them right. Or I’m just lazy and didn’t want to put the thought/time into it. Decide for yourself. Regardless, here they are:

Stop wasting food even if that means going to the grocery store more frequently.

Change the Brita water filter.

Host a memorable wedding that is uniquely ours.

Set a weekly workout plan (I’ll elaborate on this more  in an upcoming post).

Be more consistent with my vitamins.

Experiment with more vegetarian recipes.

06
May
09

workout update.

The results are in! As you may remember, I signed up for personal training a few months ago. It turns out my hard work is paying off. I’ve been at it for about 10 weeks (although there was a 2-3 week break in there due to vacation and being sick). Last week was measurement week.

Waste: slimmed down by 1.5”

Thighs: slimmed down by 1” on each

Arms: slimmed down by 0.5” on each

Chest: slimmed down by 1” (I’m not that excited about this one)

And lost 7 lbs!

23
Feb
09

feminist vs. goal-setting achiever.

Stan (my sis): What are you up to today?

Me: Not much. I started my first personal training session today.

Stan: Oh really? I didn’t know you were doing that. That’s cool.

Me: Yeah, I’m also going through a bunch of photos from college to find “skinny Kindra” photos. I’m posting them all over my apartment with a note that says “Go to the gym!” It’s to remind myself how great I can look.

Stan: Uh, that sounds like a really great way to develop an eating disorder.

Me: Perfect; that sure would make it easier!

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Ok, not really; I was kidding about the eating disorder. But, I have enrolled myself in personal training and I did pull out the photos.  I’m trying to mix-up my workout and stay motivated. It’s hard. I’m not fat, and in reality I’m not even sure I’m classified as “over-weight”. Regardless, I’m not happy with my body right now and it’s been monopolizing a lot of my brain power and energy lately.

The overly self-confident feminist side of me hates that I’m doing this. I don’t want to be that girl that focuses on weight and outward appearances. It’s just annoying to be that person. I should focus on the things that are truly important in life – not weight. I feel like I owe it to all the women and young girls of the world to accept the body I’ve been given and to project a healthy self-imagine.

However, the other side of me (the hard-working, go-getter) is urging me to stop wasting time and get to the gym! Stop thinking about how you aren’t happy and DO something about it. You’ll look (and more importantly) feel better. This is just another goal to be reached. Set the objective, develop a plan of attack…and then attack!

Deep down though, I know I can have it all. The two “sides of me” that I’ve described aren’t mutually exclusive. I can be both! And so, I’ve started the personal training. Ultimately, I believe that when you holistically feel better about yourself (in all areas of life), you are more productive, creative and balanced. I’m hoping I can come to some peace with this whole body image thing and MOVE ON to bigger and better goals. But, for now you can find me at the gym!

PS – I would like to point out that this struggle was made harder yesterday when Derek announced he was embarking on 4,500 calories per day diet to gain weight. Awesome.

21
Jan
09

a fresh start.

I love goals. I love making them. I love striving for them. And I especially love accomplishing them. I think that’s why I always look forward to the month of January. It’s a fresh start and provides the opportunity to set new goals and better myself. Last year, I accomplished 4 out of 6 of my 2008 New Year’s Resolutions – which I’ll consider a success for the sake of being positive.  (On a side note: I think that my love for goals really stems back to my love of lists. Essentially, I’m just making a list that lasts for a year – checking items off when they are accomplished.)

This year, when I sat down to write my 2009 goals I couldn’t focus. I found myself writing my 5-10 year goals instead; I was thinking more long term. I’m not sure what that’s about, maybe I’m just getting old. Ew.  Regardless, I ended up listing both goal-sets, but I’m not quite prepared to share my 5-10 goals yet (I promise I eventually will). So, here it goes – below are my goals for 2009. I think it’s going to be a great year! Good luck with your own goals. Happy New Year!

–          Find a workout program that inspires me and that I can commit to.

–          Purchase my URL name.

–          Put $XXXX in my savings account this year. (Just for the record, I know what the amount is; I just don’t feel comfortable sharing).

–          Continue experimenting with new recipes – at least 2 per month. This goal may look familiar because it was one of my goals for 2008. I achieved it with flying colors and really enjoyed it – so I think I’m going to keep it in the mix.

–          Stop using the F-word. It’s trashy and I don’t need to be dropping the F-bomb.

–          Study for and take the GMAT.

08
Apr
08

quarter year review

Now that we’re a quarter of the way through 2008, I thought it would be a good idea to evaluate my goals for the year and see where I’m at. I’m going to rate myself on a scale of 1-5 (5 being completed; 1 being a failure).

Start blogging (2-3x per week)

4 – So far so good! I’ve been blogging regularly since the end of December and loving it. My blog has provided me with a great creative outlet and has allowed me to explore my writing. It’s weird. I thought I would run out of things to say, but I haven’t. I still struggle with how much to disclose and where to draw the line. Some days I wish I could be more candid. Other days I freak out that I’ve disclosed too much.

Thanks to all of you who have been loyal readers and supporters. Your clicks and comments have given me the confidence to continue writing and blogging. As of today, I’ve reached 51 posts; 4,634 views; 137 comments, 10 categories and 195 tags. My best day ever was 210 views.

Experiment with new recipes (at least 2 new recipes per month)

4 -Success! I have been trying new recipes and overall it’s been a lot of fun. For me, the hardest aspect of cooking is making the time for it. I’m looking forward to summer when the local produce will be ripe. I’m going to explore as many local farmers markets as I can. I’m open to suggestions if you have a favorite.

Continue going to the gym (3x per week or more)

3.5 – So-So. Up until my vacation I would have given myself a 4, but since I’ve been back from Punta Mita, the workouts have been few and far between. I’ve been good this week and I WILL get back into a steady routine. As summer approaches, I’m hoping I can train myself to get up and workout in the morning. That way, I’m free to play in the evenings. I’ll keep you posted on how that progresses, I’m not much of a morning person. It’s going to be tough.

Finish book proposal by the end of March

1 – Uh, not so good. I have worked on it, but it’s not even close to complete. I’m bored of it. Maybe it’s not as good of an idea as I originally thought. I’ll have to think about this goal a little bit more and decide if it’s worth revising. Maybe I should just ditch it. Or maybe I’m just being lazy and the thought of writing a book proposal has completely overwhelmed me. Not sure yet.

Pay off my car loan by the end of April

3 – I’m going to rate myself a 3 on this one. I’ve had a couple unexpected expenses come up. I don’t think I’ll have it paid off by April, but I do think I’ll have it paid off by August. Not too shabby.

Go to the dentist

5 – Complete! Well, actually that’s not completely true. My first visit is complete, but because my mouth situation is so bad, I now have a treatment plan (5 sessions and over $1000 later). I go for my second visit next week. Sigh. Now I remember why I never go to the dentist. Hopefully I’m on my way to better oral hygiene. I’m doubtful.

Overall, I’d say I’m doing pretty well. I’m averaging 3.417. I’ll keep checking in as the year progresses.

07
Jan
08

five-day work week

I would like to know who I can thank for implementing the five-day work week. Were they stark-raving mad? They really thought five days of working and two days off sounded like a good idea? Now we’re stuck with them. There is no way we can change it now; we’re in too deep.  When are we supposed to do our chores? When are we supposed to pursue our personal projects and goals? Why not four-day work weeks? That seems much more reasonable to me. THANKS A LOT!

02
Jan
08

reckless resolutions

There has been a lot of recent blogging about New Year’s resolutions and personally I think they’ve been getting a lot of bad publicity. What’s with all of the cynicism? Yes, there are a lot of people out there who make resolutions that they don’t intend to keep.  Their eyes are bigger than their stomachs.  I agree that it’s annoying and frustrating to listen to someone year after year vowing to lose weight, save money, be a better person, etc. when you know they won’t put forth the effort to make it a reality. You know the type; we all do. In fact, you might even be one.  I call them reckless resolutioners.  These people give resolutions a bad reputation.

At the heart of New Year’s resolutions are good intentions to become a better you. Who wouldn’t want that? Personally, I prefer to make “goals” rather than “resolutions.” (Maybe it’s just semantics, but those reckless resolutioners have tainted the word in my mind too).  I’ve always been goal oriented and I like having something to work towards. Below are my 2008 goals. 

– Start blogging (2-3x per week)

– Experiment with new recipes (at least 2 new recipes per month)

– Continue going to the gym (3x per week or more)

– Finish book proposal by the end of March

– Pay off my car loan by the end of April

– Go to the dentist

Although I’m no expert, I would like to offer a few suggestions to the reckless resolutioners out there.  1) I have found that measurable and actionable goals work best for me. For example “I will lose weight in 2008” is a bad resolution.  How do you measure that? Instead, put a realistic number to it. “I will go to the gym 3x per week”. This is much better.  2) Be realistic; don’t set yourself up for failure.  Initially it might feel good to set lofty resolutions, but you will feel worse when you can’t follow through.  3) Write them down and post them where you can see them daily.  This will remind you to make them a priority.

At the end of the day, this is your life.  It’s your prerogative to you make yourself feel fulfilled and satisfied. You can either sit back and wait for life to happen to you, or you can steer your life in the direction you choose.  If you choose to sit back and wait, you waive your right to complain about your life.  

Happy New Year!   

20
Dec
07

finally

Greetings world wide web! I have finally started my own blog. I can’t tell you how good it feels – I’ve been thinking about it for a very long time.

Yesterday I wrote out my goals for 2008. One of my goals was to start blogging in 2008. I’ve been blalking (blog stalking) for awhile now and I’ve been feeling an intense calling to start contributing to all the noise. The good news is, I’m early! It’s only Dec. 19th 2007. I wanted to set up my page early so I’m all set for January.

I’m still very unsure on how this blog thing will go. I don’t know how often I will blog or if I will even like it. I don’t know what I’ll blog about or how much personal information to share. I can’t decide if I want people to read this, or if I’m doing this solely as an outlet for myself. Should I talk about work? Will future employers someday look at this? Clearly I have some issues to work out.

Lastly, I want to give credit where credit is due. “Just another day in paradise” is a phrase that a former coworker used frequently. It would be wrong not to mention it.

I’ll be back in January – stay tuned!




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