Today is my last day as a 23 year old. Every year I feel like saying that this year has gone by super fast, but obviously that isn’t true. I’m glad I kept track of some goals throughout my 23rd year (even though I didn’t necessarily complete them all), and I’m excited for 24 Things While 24! And with that, here’s how I did this past year.
1. Be able to watch a movie in Italian and understand 95% of what the people are saying. I.e., learn Italian once and for all!
Identify which is which in a Coca-Cola/Pepsi challenge.
-I failed at this, but it’s being crossed off nonetheless.
Become a Student of the Word.
-This obviously is a goal that you wouldn’t ever really cross off a list because you’re never really finished. I have, however, had really great opportunities for self-reflection where I’ve been able to hone in a little on where my relationship with the Lord needs to grow, and through that I feel that I’m becoming a better student. So I’m crossing it off to make room for the next “stage” or whatever for 24. (And because I’m slightly neurotic and need to cross things off of lists. But mostly the other thing.)
Read at least one book a month.
-You can read about my summation of this here. While I didn’t read exactly one book a month, throughout my 23rd year I read a total of 15/17 books–I never finished re-reading I Kissed Dating Goodbye and I just started He’s Not A Mind Reader… last night, so I won’t be finishing that as a 23 year old.
Create and stick to a budget and savings plan.
-Since my last update, I’ve definitely been saving better and really examining where and how I’m spending my money. Check.
Follow an exercise regime.
-Other than the little setback in December due to the craziness of the month and the holidays, sticking to the gym has been pretty easy. Especially since it’s within walking distance to the office, and since a lot of my co-workers workout there as well. Last night was the second Tuesday that I’ve taken spin class where 80% of the class was made up Jamba people.
Eat more fruits and vegetables.
8. Finally learn how to strum properly on the guitar.
Become a San Francisco navigational pro.
-And done. Don’t get me wrong; I’ll still need to Google Maps some things here and there, but for the most part I feel that I know the city and know how to get places without having to follow step-by-step directions. It’s funny how big something can seem when it’s unknown, and how it seems to shrink the better you understand it. I remember one time I had to get from the zoo to downtown and I thought it was so complicated and difficult and it felt like it took forever. If I had to do that now: easy peasy, baby.
Drink more water.
Disallow myself from putting off on removing chipped nail polish from my nails.
12. Attempt to knit or crochet.
13. Attempt to sew something on a sewing machine.
14. Go geocaching.
-This will forever remain on this list. I’m not moving it to my 24 Things because I’ve decided that I just don’t want to do this anymore. The appeal has vanished. And that’s alright.
Develop proper sleeping habits.
-While I’m still not necessarily getting the best amount of sleep at night, I’ve started monitoring it better so I’m more aware of how much sleep I’m getting. And the sleep that I do get is so fantastic that the quality almost makes up for the quantity. I love my bed. And my Disney Princess blankets. Yes, blankets. As in plural.
Stop saying “like” as often.
17. Get a better idea as to how I’ll get to grad school and what I want to study.
18. Be craftier.
Go to Disneyland in the fall.
Make pancakes more often.
-Even though I crossed this off in my last update, I just need to let it be known that I had a moment of motivation last Saturday and made some pancakes for only the second time as a 23 year old, and I was quite impressed with myself. Granted, these were still the pancake you make with mix from a box, but my technique has definitely improved, haha. Meanwhile, Sarah’s resolved to make 52 meals in 52 weeks, but who’s comparing.
Go shooting at a shooting range.
22. Visit more museums.
-This one is similar to #14. I didn’t complete it and it isn’t going anywhere. I don’t necessarily have no desire to visit museums–I just didn’t make it a priority. And I’m OK with that.
Imagine myself 23 years past 23 years.
And that’s that. Overall, I’m pleased with my 23rd year. I’m glad I made this list because I feel like it almost made me more intentional with living my life. Also, keeping track this past year has given me insight on how to make better goals this year–better as in more track-able and relevant to my life. When I first made this list, I was worried that my goals wouldn’t be realistic enough to meet, and I didn’t want to call myself to do something that I could fail. It’s refreshing to not have “completed” everything on my list, but to still feel accomplished. Here’s to 24, and to the bar being raised!