24 Things

I have one week of 24 left. So this is how I did.

1. Learn and practice Italian.
-Still nothing. Although I did buy these “learn to speak Italian” CDs on sale at Barnes and Noble. It’s kind of funny because they sing really cheesy songs to help you remember words. I think it would be pretty effective if I didn’t think it was so silly.

2. Read the Bible more.
-I’m a heathen. I definitely have read it more this year, but I should have made this goal more specific because I still don’t feel like I’ve read it enough. But then maybe one never feels that way?

3. Read at least one book a month.
-I’ve had some book ADD recently so I’ve lost track of all the books I’ve read or started reading. I’m re-reading The Meaning of Marriage, and I finished the third book of the Anne series, Anne of the Island, which is wonderful. I also started Solitude and Silence, and I’ve been reading two books on being “highly sensitive.” And I’ve hopped on the ereader craze so I have a ton of things in the Kindle iPad/iPhone app.

4. Practice the guitar.
-I’ve been played a little here and there, so that’s been good. My strumming has improved, but I’m still very bad. 

5. Attempt to sew something on a sewing machine.
-I’ve given up on this happening while I’m 24. 

6. Attempt to knit or crochet something.
-See #5. 

7. Take courses towards a certificate through Berkeley Extension.
-This class was torturous. I kinda feel like I wasted my money. I did get an A though, so at least there’s that. And I do feel like I accomplished something because I now know that if I want to pursue more education or a career in this field I want to have a biblical perspective on it.

8. Do at least three crafty projects.
-Eh, one out of three works for me.

9. Continue exercising.
-After the half-marathon at the end of July, my schedule filled up and I have not been making exercise a priority at all. Although I did wake up at 5:30 AM one day to do Pilates… And I’ve had some sporadic gym activity. This is another one that needs to be more specific.

10. Get an apartment.

11. Do a shoe & clothes purge.

12. Run a half-marathon.

13. Bring my lunch to work at LEAST twice a week.
-Rachael and I have committed to bringing our lunches everyday for the month of December, and that went pretty well, except for a few days here and there. So I’m going to cross this off, haha. 

14. Floss everyday.

15. Get a haircut.

16. Study the Book of James.
-Nope. Although I do have some good study material for it.

17. Study the Book of Acts.
-See #16.

18. Study the Book of Philippians.
-Nope.

19. Read The Hunger Games Trilogy by March 23.

20. Blog at least twice a month.
-I didn’t quite complete this, but my average for the year is 1.67, so that’s good enough for me.

21. Do a bookmarks purge.
-I started this and made some progress, but I’m not quite finished yet.

22. Find the perfect shade of red lipstick.  

23. Eat more bananas.
-I definitely ate more bananas as a 24 year old than I did as a 23 year old, so, check.

24. Drink more green tea.
-Same as #23.


And that’s that. I’ve decided that I’m not going to make a list of 25 Things this year, but instead I’ll make a shorter list of goals that are a little bit more intentional and measurable. So we’ll see how those go.

24 Things Update

I have been slacking on my 24 Things. Here is an update:

1. Learn and practice Italian.
-Still nothing. Although I did buy these “learn to speak Italian” CDs on sale at Barnes and Noble. It’s kind of funny because they sing really cheesy songs to help you remember words. I think it would be pretty effective if I didn’t think it was so silly.

2. Read the Bible more.
-I’m a heathen.

3. Read at least one book a month.
-I’ve had some book ADD recently so I’ve lost track of all the books I’ve read or started reading. Currently I’m re-reading The Meaning of Marriage, and I’m on the third book of the Anne series, Anne of the Island, which is wonderful. I also just started Silence and Solitude, and I’m reading two books on being “highly sensitive.”

4. Practice the guitar.
-Nope.

5. Attempt to sew something on a sewing machine.
-I’ve given up on this happening while I’m 24.

6. Attempt to knit or crochet something.
-See #5.

7. Take courses towards a certificate through Berkeley Extension.
-I finally enrolled in a Psychology of Personality class at Extension. It’s part of the post-baccalaureate certificate program for Counseling and Pyschology. The class is really pretty horrible though, so I’m re-evaluating my continuing education goals. I’m also working on remembering how to spell “baccalaureate” correctly…

8. Do at least three crafty projects.
-Ok, so I color blocked my scuffed shoes. And that’s about it.

9. Continue exercising.
-After the half-marathon at the end of July, my schedule filled up and I have not been making exercise a priority at all. Although I did wake up at 5:30 AM one day to do Pilates…

10. Get an apartment.

11. Do a shoe & clothes purge.

12. Run a half-marathon.
Boom.

13. Bring my lunch to work at LEAST twice a week.
-I have been absolutely horrible at this. But I’m reinstating it this month due to my horrible eating habits and my excessive spending as of late.

14. Floss everyday.
-So far, so good..

15. Get a haircut.

16. Study the Book of James.
-I have yet to look at this.

17. Study the Book of Acts.
-I picked up The Message of Acts book once and did some good reading. Need to get back on that though.

18. Study the Book of Philippians.
-This may need to be tabled to 25.

19. Read The Hunger Games Trilogy by March 23.

20. Blog at least twice a month.
-Eh.

21. Do a bookmarks purge.
-I have yet to do this.

22. Find the perfect shade of red lipstick. 

23. Eat more bananas.
-This could be better lately but it hasn’t been bad.

24. Drink more green tea.
-Ok so I have not given up coffee, but I’ve definitely drank more green tea while being 24 than I did when I was 23.

I told you I was a failure. I’ll have to do another update of what I’ve been doing since July. I feel like a lot has happened.

24 Things Update

Blogging used to be so much easier when I didn’t have to go to work.

1. Learn and practice Italian.
-I’m not really making much progress with this, although Summer and I rearranged my room over Memorial Day weekend and I came across my Italian text book, so I’ll be delving into that soon. At least that’s the plan.

2. Read the Bible more.
-I think the last time I updated this was the last time I was consistent with my reading. How sad. I’m planning a study day soon though.

3. Read at least one book a month.
-I picked up Tim Keller’s The Meaning of Marriage book last month and like it a lot. I haven’t gotten too far though. I used to read at night before bed, but lately, I’ve just been going straight to sleep.

4. Practice the guitar.
-I practiced a little bit more since the last time I updated, but I’m still so horrible. I was trying to teach myself some new chords, but every time I’d learn a new one, I’d get sloppy with an old one.

5. Attempt to sew something on a sewing machine.
-Bleck.

6. Attempt to knit or crochet something.
-I think my ratio of ambition to motivation is off.

7. Take courses towards a certificate through Berkeley Extension.
-I don’t know why I keep putting this off. I’m going to look into taking a course in the fall. Might as well just do it instead of talking about it all the time.

8. Do at least three crafty projects.
-I’m such a failure.

9. Continue exercising.
-This hasn’t been great, but it has been better than usual considering that the SF Half-Marathon is in eight and half weeks. Which calls for forced motivation.

10. Get an apartment.

11. Do a shoe & clothes purge.

12. Run a half-marathon.
-8.5 weeks! Though it’s going to be more of a walk/jog than a run, but that counts.

13. Bring my lunch to work at LEAST twice a week.
-I haven’t really been keeping track of this. There have been a few weeks where I brought lunch pretty much everyday, but the last couple weeks I’ve been buying stuff. I need to go grocery shopping again soon to get back on track.

14. Floss everyday.
-I can’t imagine NOT flossing daily now.

15. Get a haircut.
-And done! Thanks to Kristyn.

16. Study the Book of James.
-People keep suggesting Beth Moore’s study, so I figured I need to put my money where my mouth is and buy the book. And thanks to the Amazon iPhone app, I did just that yesterday.

17. Study the Book of Acts.
-Just purchased John Stott’s The Message of Acts book, too.

18. Study the Book of Philippians.
-Let’s not get crazy. I’ll get back to you when 16 and 17 are done.

19. Read The Hunger Games Trilogy by March 23.

20. Blog at least twice a month.
-Soon and very soon I’m going to write a super long post about everything I’ve been doing this past year, which I’m sure the whole world is highly anticipating. The point of this blog was always so that I could look back on the things I’ve done, so I need to get on that. But so far, my progress isn’t too bad. Even though I didn’t post at all in March, I doubled my quota in January and April.

21. Do a bookmarks purge.
-I really need to get on this because my computer is being super slow lately. Time to clean stuff up!

22. Find the perfect shade of red lipstick.
-I’m going to say this is done because I do really like the shade that Sam and Summer picked out. Now I just need to wear it more.

23. Eat more bananas.
-So far, so good. And I discovered organic and will never go back.

24. Drink more green tea.
-Yesterday was the first day I hadn’t drank coffee since, well, probably since I last updated… I’ll get there.

Happy June!

24 Things Update

Hello. It’s almost the end of April and I completely skipped March in blogland. Oops. Here’s my 24 Things progress.

1. Learn and practice Italian.
-Yeah I’m going nowhere with this. Maybe May will be the month for Italian learnings.
2. Read the Bible more.
-I’m still in Exodus, but I’ve been better at being more consistent in my Bible reading, so that’s been good. When I actually do read, I remember why it’s so great, haha.
3. Read at least one book a month.
-I’ve kind of lost track of all the books I’ve been reading. Since my last update, I finished reading Mermaid and The Hunger Games, so I’m past my quota. But that’s good because I haven’t read anything in April. I’ve read some more Ellen here and there and then have been sticking to my Bible reading.
4. Practice the guitar.
-Friday night, as I was driving home from work, I was listening to The Soundtrack of Our Lives and felt very inspired to play my guitar. So when I got home, I dusted that baby off and plucked away. And I’m proud to say that I still know the same four simple chords that I mastered a year and a half ago, and was able to play Taylor Swift’s You Belong With Me without totally hurting my roommates’ ears, ha.
5. Attempt to sew something on a sewing machine.
-No sewing machine yet, but I did sew on like, four buttons on the dress I was wearing yesterday. One of my buttons fell off when I was walking, so I sewed it and then discovered a loose button, then another, then another. It was ridiculous. I don’t think I like sewing. Baby steps.
6. Attempt to knit or crochet something.
-Not yet, but my roommate does one of these (or maybe both?) and she said she’d teach me! So I need to get on that. 
7. Take courses towards a certificate through Berkeley Extension.
-Still looking into this. Waiting for a few things to pan out before I make a decision.
8. Do at least three crafty projects.
-Nothing yet, but I do have some projects lined up (in my head) that I’m determined to work on.
9. Continue exercising.
-The last week or so hasn’t been great, but I did find a new running buddy at work. Crystal and I have a very similar pace, so we’re good. And I was proud to learn that I was able to run four miles without a problem a few weeks ago, even though I hadn’t run in like three weeks prior to that. So that was encouraging.
10. Get an apartment.
-Aaaand done. More on that later possibly, but long story short, Emma found an apartment on Craigslist and then another one of the rooms opened up. And that is now my room.
11. Do a shoe & clothes purge.
-I’m going to count this as done. When I moved I got rid of a few more things. Obviously this is something that always needs to be done, but I feel like the majority of it is done. Now it’s just maintenance.

12. Run a half-marathon.
-91 days of training left!

13. Bring my lunch to work at LEAST twice a week.

-Some weeks I’m really good about this and other weeks, not so much. But I’m much more aware of when I’m eating out and bringing my food, so that’s good, haha.
14. Floss everyday.
-So far, so good!
15. Get a haircut.
-I’m planning on doing this later today!
16. Study the Book of James.
-Not yet.
17. Study the Book of Acts.
-See #16.
18. Study the Book of Philippians.
-See #17–I’m still stuck in Exodus…
19. Read The Hunger Games Trilogy by March 23. 
-Yup! And with days to spare before the movie, haha. I miss it though. I cried myself to sleep after I finished the last book. Yeah, I have problems. 
20. Blog at least twice a month.
-Ok, so last month was no good. Oh well. Soon I’m just going to write a very long and boring post about everything I’ve been doing lately so that I can look back on this and re-member. 
21. Do a bookmarks purge.
-Eh, not yet.
22. Find the perfect shade of red lipstick.
-Sam and Summer convinced me to buy this red lipstick at Target, and I think I like it, but I haven’t worn it too much since I got it, and now I can’t find it. So technically, this isn’t done yet. Once I locate it (it has to be in here somewhere) I’ll wear it more and decide.
23. Eat more bananas.
-I think I’ve eaten more bananas in this past year than I have in my whole life. Well, that can’t be true, but I’ve definitely eaten a lot.

24. Drink more green tea.
-My coffee intake is slowly making its way back up. Time to get back on my green tea kick.

Phew.

24 Things For My 24th Year

New year. New age. New goals. This year I’m going to try to be a little more systematic on how I create and keep track of my goals. The first nine were taken from my 23 Things and slightly transmogrified. So here are my 24 Things For My 24th Year.

1. Learn and practice Italian.
-This has been one of my goals for a while. I thought that I would get more into this as 23 year old, but obviously, the timing my motivation was not right. 
2. Read the Bible more.
-This year, Reality is tweeting daily Bible verses so that we can read the entire Bible in a year as a church. I’ve never been good about sticking to these plans, and while I don’t expect that I’ll be reading the verses for the day everyday, I’m still going to expect that it will help me at least read more than I normally do.
3. Read at least one book a month.
-I liked working on this for my 23 Things, so here it is again.
4. Practice the guitar.
-I’m a little sad to say that I probably have not even touched my guitar in the last year. OK, that’s not true. I did dust it once or twice. So sad. But I’m not giving up! I’m playing my guitar this year, with terrible strumming to come.
5. Attempt to sew something on a sewing machine.
-I didn’t try this at all this past year. Who wants to teach me? 🙂
6. Attempt to knit or crochet something.
-I’ll be petitioning Tiff Won for help on this one… 
7. Take courses towards a certificate through Berkeley Extension.
-One of my 23 Things was to get a better idea as to what I should study for grad school. I know that I want to go back to school because I like learning. The only thing I don’t know is what I should study. I know what I’m interested in, but I don’t necessarily know how I can use those interests or studies for advancement in a career. I looked more into certificate programs, and at this point, I think it would be wiser to pursue a certificate and go from there. Plus, it’s less expensive and not as demanding as a full on grad program.
8. Do at least three crafty projects.
-One of my 23 Things was to be craftier. The craftiest I got last year was when I bought all kinds of art supplies with the intent of making Valentine’s Day cards for my friend’s during the Super Bowl. That didn’t end up working out. Then, a few weeks ago with women’s group, Tanya inspired us to decorate journals. I really enjoyed it and love how my journal turned out. We also made Christmas cards for some girls. Then a few days later, Jeannie had a bunch of girls over for a last minute Christmas crafts night–we didn’t end up doing any crafts, but the thought was there. That’s why this year I’ve narrowed down my goal to complete at least three crafty projects.
9. Continue exercising.
-I’m liking the gym routine I’m getting into, so I want to carry that momentum over to 24. 
10. Get an apartment.
-This has been a goal since about March of 2011, and 24 is gonna be the year! And what a story it will be.
11. Do a shoe & clothes purge.
-I hate packing and unpacking, and once I do finally move, I’ll be doing a lot of it. Which is why my closet needs a good purge. 
12. Run a half-marathon.
-Jamba’s all about inspiring healthy living, and a lot of my co-workers made it a goal to run a half- or full-marathon this year. Inspired by them, I’m adding this to the list. Let’s hope I don’t regret it! Eek.
13. Bring my lunch to work at LEAST twice a week.
-I have such a problem bringing lunch to work, so I always end up either buying it from somewhere not so great or making myself some “smoothie stew,” which is basically just smoothie in a bowl. People always think it’s so weird because it looks like I’m eating pink soup. So much for inspiring healthy living. That’s why I need to start bringing my lunch. It will be better for my body and my wallet.
14. Floss everyday.
-A bunch of us made a floss pact for 2011 to floss everyday. I probably lasted through April and then fell off the wagon and would only floss randomly here and there. It’s time to jump back on board.
15. Get a haircut.
-This is kind of a silly goal, but I always have such a problem with making appointments, whether they be for the doctor or dentist, mani/pedis, reservations at restaurants, etc. My hair has gotten so long–I’m not even going to tell you the last time I got a haircut (even though I know the exact date because I’m a crazy like that). So yeah, I need a haircut.
16. Study the Book of James.
-To kind of bounce off of #2 of this year, I not only want to read the Word more, but I want to study it better. One of my 23 Things was to become a student of the Word. I mentioned in my Final Update that “becoming a student” would never really be finished, so this is a more tangible way to work towards that. So I picked three Books that I want to study more deeply this year.
17. Study the Book of Acts.
-See #16.
18. Study the Book of Philippians.
-See #17.
19. Read The Hunger Games Trilogy by March 23. 
-For my birthday, Christine sent me the Trilogy–hardcover. It was a beautiful surprise. The first movie releases on March 23, so I need to have these read by then. Totally doable. 
20. Blog at least twice a month.
-Once I started working full-time, I stopped making time to blog. The whole point of this blog when I started it in September of 2009 was to keep track of things in my life so that I have something to look back on.
21. Do a bookmarks purge.
-I’ve found that when I come across website or articles that I like, instead of looking at them right then and there, I bookmark them and put them off for another time. Well, I usually never end up revisiting those links, and get left with all these websites that I oftentimes don’t even remember why I bookmarked in the first place. And now with the invention of Pinterest, I have a better way to keep these organized and out where I can see them.
22. Find the perfect shade of red lipstick.
-I’m so not into make-up and really just don’t care about beauty maintenance, haha, but I love red lipstick, and would love to be bold enough to wear it. Which is why I need to find the perfect shade first.
23. Eat more bananas.
-Every now and then I get foot cramps–I’m not really sure as to why, but I think it’s due in part to a lack of potassium.

24. Drink more green tea.
-I love green tea, and Tiff got me a box of the best green tea I’ve had outside a Chinese restaurant. Here’s to the benefits of green tea for 24!

And here’s to another exciting year.