23 Things Final Update

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!

2. Identify which is which in a Coca-Cola/Pepsi challenge.
-I failed at this, but it’s being crossed off nonetheless.

3. 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.)

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Eat more fruits and vegetables.

8. Finally learn how to strum properly on the guitar.

9. 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.

10. Drink more water.

11. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

19. Go to Disneyland in the fall.

20. 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.

21. 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.

23. 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!

4. Read at least one book a month.

When I originally added this goal to my 23 Things, I thought it would be easy. I did, after all, read the first three Harry Potter books and Emily Giffin’s Someting Borrowed & Something Blue in about two weeks in December. Granted, I didn’t have a job at the time, but I hadn’t thought to consider that as a factor.

Come the end of January, and my progress was lacking… progress.

February was looking unsuccessful as well. I had been putting off finishing the fourth Harry Potter book since December. So since March was beginning, I decided to take a break from it.

March started off with me finishing Debi Pearl’s Preparing to Be A Help Meet. I don’t know what made me buy this book, because it was awful. I did glean some interesting insight from it, but overall, I felt like throwing it away. And I love books. But at least I finished it, haha. And then later that month, I finished reading Britt Merrick’s Big God. Which was an awe-full book. Haha. So great.

In April I actually finished Water for Elephants. Then somewhere in between the end of April and the beginning of May, I read Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen by Serena Valentino. Such an interesting book. It made me love Snow White even more.

I also finished books 4, 5, and 6 of Harry Potter in May. ♥

June and the beginning of July was when I read Lauren Conrad’s LA Candy series. Yup, all three books. 

Towards the end of July I started reading Martin Lindstrom’s Buyology (mentioned in this 23 Things Update), and finished it early September.

Simultaneously, after a long time coming, I finally read Jim Cymbala’s Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, and also finished that in early September.

After that, I decided to re-read I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris. I really like that book but I never did finish it again because I realized that I still remembered a lot from when I read it the first time. Danny lent me The Jesus I Never Knew by Phillip Yancey and I had been working on that ever since. I finally finished it early January.

For my last week as a 23 year old, I read Put the Seat Down and Other Brilliant Insights for an Awesome First Year of Marriage by Jess MacCallum. I’m currently working on the version for girls by Brenda Garrison called He’s Not a Mind Reader and Other Brilliant Insights for an Awesome First Year of Marriage. Haha. I think I need to be a marriage counselor. I love this stuff.

All in all, I would say: goal complete!

2011

I can’t believe that 2011 is over and that we’re now entering a new year. I’m excited for 2012, but I still can perfectly remember New Year’s Eve last year. And with that, here is my 2011 recap.

January
I turned 23 and also began my quest to fulfill 23 Things whilst 23. I still have 11 days until I’m 24, so I’ll be updating my progress and sharing my 24 Things soon. For my birthday, we went to Bootie @ DNA Lounge, and then the next week we all headed to Santa Clara for Sky High. The following weekend, Christine came to visit, which was wonderful, though much too short of a trip.

Red Tom’s from Tiff & Sarah!

February
I was proud to start my job at Jamba Juice. Even though I wasn’t too thrilled about working in customer service, I was excited about being in the “corporate world whirl’d” and I’ve been learning so much ever since. Can’t believe it’s been ten months.

March
I got The Yaris. That was very exciting. Sarah and I decided that we would move out and be roomies. Funny how we’re each still at home figuring out apartment stuff. We had no idea it would take us so long.

April
A lot happened in April. I had a lovely visit to Summer’s house, and Christine came, too, so it was even better. This month kicked off our monthly visits to AT&T Park to watch the Giants. Later that month, Rusty died. I still miss him and forget that he isn’t here anymore. I feel so silly, because he was a dog–but it’s interesting to see how much pets become a part of the family. Especially since we had him since I was in the fifth grade.

 
 

May
Steph graduated from CSM and Lily graduated from Berkeley. We all also went camping for Memorial Day, and it rained the entire weekend. It was actually pretty cozy. I stayed in the tent and read, slept, and listened to the rain falling on the tent all snuggled up.

June
This was the first summer I spent with a job. It was weird not having a usual summer. Oh, adulthood… Sarah’s brother Jonathan proposed to Kirsten, and so we performed a flash mob dance downtown for the engagement. It was cool to be apart of that. I also started a speech communication summer school class. Note to self: no more Skyline classes for me, please.

July
For 4th of July, we all went camping, as usual. I also ate a beef burger for the first time since I gave up eating meat in December 2004 at Angelo’s BBQ. Later that month, Summer and Christine visited, for another lovely, yet all-too short trip.

 

August
Jeannie let me know that the apartment below her would soon be vacant. We applied and thus began the Apartment Anticipation of 2011. Yes, I just made up that name right now. I also took Steph to UCSB for her transfer orientation in August. Sadly, she didn’t meet her Summer there the way I did at mine, haha. Franklin was able to get a cabin for a weekend through his work, so we had planned this big weekend trip with everyone. Slowly, at the last minute, everyone flaked out, except for me and Daphne. So the three of us headed up to Point Reyes for Cabin Weekend. My summer school class ended this month too, which was a very good thing.

 
 

September
Labor Day weekend Tiff and I flew Virgin to LAX to go to Disneyland for the weekend. Christine picked us up from the airport and we went to Diddy Riese and she drove us to our hotel in Anaheim. Summer met up with us in Disneyland, so that was very nice. Later that month, we moved Steph into her apartment in UCSB.

 
 

October
 In October we celebrated Tiff’s 23rd birthday. The next weekend I attended Crystal’s wedding, which was so weird because I’ve known her since kindergarten. Crazy that now she’s married. Later that month I drove down to Simi and went to Disneyland with Summer and her family, and crossed off #19 from my 23 Things.

 
 

November
I started my new position in payroll at Jamba, and my life has been so much better. Steph came home for Veteran’s Day weekend and we celebrated her 20th birthday. Crazy that she’s 20 years old. That same weekend, we got to meet Joe Jonas thanks to Tiff and her work. He’s so nice. Definitely a fan now, haha. We spent Thanksgiving day at home with my parents and Steph. It was nice. The next day a bunch of us headed to Union Square for the tree lighting, which I missed last year because I was working at the Disney Store.

December
I can’t believe that December is over. I can’t believe 2011 is over. This year, we spent Christmas in Disneyland. And it was wonderful.

 

On NYE Eve, Tiff, Franklin, and I watched New Year’s Eve, which we all really liked. I had a chill NYE this year and spent it at Tiff’s house with Tiff, Franklin, and my sister. We watched Something Borrowed and NYE programs, and Jeremy stopped by for a little bit.What a nice way to end the year.

 
 HAPPY NEW YEAR!

2. Identify which is which in a Coca-Cola/Pepsi challenge.

As I mentioned in this update of my 23 Things, I attempted to do this at Chris’ Super Bowl Party back in February.

And while I was able to tell the difference, I didn’t count it because the Coke had been open for longer than the Pepsi, which means the Coke had lost some of it’s bubbly-ness, making it easier to distinguish the two.

So tonight for New Year’s Eve, I decided to try again.

And I failed. Terribly. They tasted the same to me. So I tasted a couple different times and then cleansed my palette with water in between and still nothing. Finally I just made a guess and I was wrong. So Tiff tried it and guessed correctly, though she did say it was kind of difficult. Then Franklin tried and guessed correctly right away. Then Steph tried and she got it too. So I decided that I needed to try again. And I got it wrong. Again. So I failed. And that’s ok. I’m crossing it off my list nonetheless.

And I will still choose Coke over Pepsi–unless, of course, I can’t tell the difference anyway. Ugh.

23 Things Update

Since my last 23 Things update was in August, I figured it’s about time I got caught up (especially since I only have 58 days left to be 23). The italicized goals have been moved to my upcoming 24 Things list.

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!
-I’m determined to someday learn Italian, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen while I’m 23. Time to table this one for my 24 Things list next year.

2. Identify which is which in a Coca-Cola/Pepsi challenge.
-I still haven’t done this. I don’t know why–it’s not like it’s that difficult. Goal: complete this by the end of the month.

3. Become a Student of the Word.
-I think I just need to accept that I’m a bad student, whether it’s of the Word or somethine else. Although I have been making some progress on my sermon podcast catch-up, so that’s good. This is more of an ongoing thing anyway, so it’s not like I’ll be finished before I’m 24 anyway.

4. Read at least one book a month.
-Though I didn’t meet my August goal, I did finish Buyology and Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire in early September. I then started re-reading I Kissed Dating Goodbye, which I finished in October. I also spent all of October trying to get through Phillip Yancey’s The Jesus I Never Knew, which Danny lent me. I’m still working on that one, being that it’s kind of difficult to get through. I’ve also started re-reading Jeramy & Jerusha Clark’s Define the Relationship.

5. Create and stick to a budget and savings plan.
-I haven’t quite established this yet. Though I have been saving more, I haven’t mastered a budget yet.

6. Follow an exercise regime.
-In September, some co-workers started going on “Fun Runs” on Thursdays after work. Sierra and I would walk, and then last month she inspired me to join the gym by work with her. We were doing pretty good with going, but then she went on vacation and I got sick. The gym-going will resume this week though!

7. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
-Sierra and I were on the paleo diet craze for a few weeks, during which our diets consisted mainly of meats and veggies. I started adding fruit to it, so this has been a success.

8. Finally learn how to strum properly on the guitar.

9. Become a San Francisco navigational pro.
-I’m almost at pro status on this, and I’m anticipating that once I live in the city, I’ll be even better at navigating it.

10. Drink more water.
-I think I’m good with this. Obviously it’s an ongoing process to always drink enough water, but I think I’ve developed a good enough habit of this to consider it “done.”

11. Disallow myself from putting off on removing chipped nail polish from my nails.
-I’m gonna go ahead and cross this off now because I’ve been so good at this. Although I may be a little obsessed with nail polish as of late, and have been changing my nail polish just about every week…

12. Attempt to knit or crochet.

13. Attempt to sew something on a sewing machine.

14. Go geocaching.
-I tried planning this a few weeks ago, but then some people flaked (ahemJAKEahem) and it was supposed to rain, so I canceled it. Upcoming trip soon though–and hopefully rain isn’t forecasted then as well.

15. Develop proper sleeping habits.
-I don’t know if I’ll ever accomplish this. Now that I’ve started a new position at work, my schedule is a little different, so I keep waking up at different times each day. So definitely not ready to cross this one off the list yet.

16. Stop saying “like” as often.
-I feel as though my vocabulary is slowly becoming more refined, so I’m going to go ahead and cross this off. Next, I’ll need to work on not saying “so” so much. Hah.

17. Get a better idea as to how I’ll get to grad school and what I want to study.
-I’m going to table this one for 24, because I don’t know that I want to go to grad school anytime soon. Well, that’s not entirely true; it’s not that I don’t WANT to go. It’s more that I’m not sure how to get in or pay for it right now, so I need some more time.

18. Be craftier.

19. Go to Disneyland in the fall.
-Yay for autumnal times at Disney!

20. Make pancakes more often.
-I’ve decided to cross this one off because I just don’t want to do it anymore. My love for pancakes has diminished, and I’m coming to terms with the possibility that I just may never be good at making pancakes. Maybe when I’m 24 I’ll work on making waffles. We’ll see.

21. Go shooting at a shooting range.

22. Visit more museums.
-I don’t think I’ve been to one museum as a 23 year old, unless you count visiting the gift shop at the Walt Disney Family Museum. That’s pretty sad. But I still have 58 days!

23. Imagine myself 23 years past 23 years.

And that’s that. It’s nice to keep track of my progress. I can’t believe that 2011 is almost over. New Year’s Eve really does not feel like it was that long ago at all. Weird. This past weekend Steph was home, which was very nice and I did not want her to leave. Tomorrow’s her birthday, and she’ll be back in a week and half for the best holiday ever. Yay for the holidays and goals progression!

19. Go to Disneyland in the fall.

I’m been really bad about updating my 23 Things list, but I’m happy to report that it’s time to cross number 19 off! The weekend before Halloween, I went to Disneyland with the Wulff family for some lovely Halloween Disney Time.

Jack & Sally!
Jack asked me if my bow was keeping my head attached. So great.
 
Rapunzel!
      
My favorite solo Ariel of The Little Mermaid ride.
  
Tower of Terror
We ate a lot of food.
For some reason, it took a really long time for people to enter The Haunted Mansion behind us, so we took advantage of the empty space and sang and danced around like strange little creatures. And it was really, really good.
 
Mickey must have missed me because he gave me a great big hug right before this picture.
Mickey and the Wulffs. Haha, that sounds like a band name.
 
 
The traditional Minnie picture.
 
 
Yeah, I stood there by myself.

I’m glad I was finally able to visit the lands during my favorite season of the year. Thank you, Annual Passport. And the Wulffs.

23 Things+ Update

Oh dear blog, I have missed you so. When I first started this blog in September 2009, I intended it to be a place where I can recap what’s been going on in my life so that I have something to look back on. Obviously, I haven’t been keeping that up, so here is my long overdue recap on how my 23 Things are going, as well as a little of what I’ve been up to lately.

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!
-This has gotten nowhere. I’m a little ashamed. I’m still considering investing in Rosetta Stone though…

2. Identify which is which in a Coca-Cola/Pepsi challenge.
-I’m reading Buyology by Martin Lindstrom. It’s a really interesting read–all about neuro-marketing and why we buy what we buy. Anyway, towards the beginning of the book (which, is where I still am–don’t judge me), Lindstrom writes about the Pepsi Challenge that Pepsi conducted back in the early 1980’s. Research shows that consumers prefer Pepsi over Coca-Cola in a “sip test,” but when consumers are going to sit down and drink a whole can of cola, they prefer the taste of Coca-Cola. Anyway, this has nothing to do with my own skills in identifying the differences between the two, which I have not yet accomplished.
3. Become a Student of the Word.
-I just finished reading Revelation last night. There’s so much interesting/scary/confusing information in that book. Next I’m going to go through it in my study Bible. I think I’m going to try to read the Bible backwards, book by book. We’ll see how that goes.

4. Read at least one book a month.
-This has been going better. I wanted to make note of all the books I’ve been reading, but I’m a little embarrassed by the junk books I’ve been indulging in (read: I finished Lauren Conrad’s LA Candy series. Within about a two week span). As I mentioned above, I’m currently reading Buyology and plan to start Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala soon. The whole point of this goal was to get myself to read more. I figured since I’m out of school, I can finally start reading for pleasure again. On that note, I finally finished the Harry Potter series and watched the last movie yesterday with Kaitlyn–in 3D. So wonderful. I think I’m going to need to see that again–in 3D. Anyway, I’m also planning on investing on either a Nook or Kindle soon–I just need to decide which one I want.
5. Create and stick to a budget and savings plan.
-This hasn’t been too bad. I finally feel like I’m saving money. I’m not sure where it was all going before. I have a good tithing and saving system going on at the moment, although once I move out, more of my paycheck will be going towards rent. Eck.

6. Follow an exercise regime.
-There were days where I would feel motivated to do some sort of workout outside the gym, but then I’d feel guilty for not using my gym membership, so I’d end up not working out at all. To solve this, I quit the gym. Now I’m $10 a month richer. I am still, however, exercise regime-less. I have a dream that I will move into the city and suddenly become a runner. I like to dream big.

7. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
-This could always be better, but it’s not bad.

8. Finally learn how to strum properly on the guitar.
-Yeah this is probably going to be something I do when I’m 24…

9. Become a San Francisco navigational pro.
-This is going quite well. I still don’t always have 100% confidence about where I’m going, but for the most part, I know the general directions.

10. Drink more water.
-Ever since I purchased my lovely Camelbak water bottle from REI, I’ve been drinking at least 25+ oz. daily.
11. Disallow myself from putting off on removing chipped nail polish from my nails.
-I got a manicure three weeks ago and it’s still looking pretty good, but I’m cutting it close, so it will be coming off this weekend.

12. Attempt to knit or crochet.
13. Attempt to sew something on a sewing machine.
-These may have to be moved to my 24 Things, along with goal 8.

14. Go geocaching.
-Still haven’t done this, but I did download an app on my phone that lists geocaching spots in your area. Haha, it’s a start.

15. Develop proper sleeping habits.
-Work and sleep is pretty much all I do, so this is OK.

16. Stop saying “like” as often.
-This has been easier than I thought, which is good.

17. Get a better idea as to how I’ll get to grad school and what I want to study.
-I just finished taking a night class in interpersonal comm. That was kind of tough–tough because going to class after working all day is tiring, and because my teacher was a little quirky. But I’m making some progress on this, slowly but surely.

18. Be craftier.
-24 Things?

19. Go to Disneyland in the fall.
-Tiff and I will be heading to the happiest place on Labor Day Weekend. I know that technically that’s still summer, but I don’t know that I’ll be able to fit in a trip before Christmas, unfortunately, so this may have to do.

20. Make pancakes more often.
-Yeah this isn’t going anywhere. Maybe pancake-making isn’t in my blood. My mom hates making pancakes. That isn’t very motivating.

21. Go shooting at a shooting range.
-And done.

22. Visit more museums.
-Still haven’t made it out to the de Young Museum on Fridays. Yesterday I read about how the Walt Disney Family Museum puts on different events as well. Next weekend, they’re making flubber. I’m a little intrigued.

23. Imagine myself 23 years past 23 years.
-This is kind of a silly goal. But I crossed it, so I’m leaving it at that.

That’s my progress. I’ve been going to Giants games almost every month, which has been awesome. This weekend, Franklin, Daphne and I are going to a cabin in Point Reyes. Yes, it just screams teen horror film, but it should be fun.