29 June 2012

More completed goals!

Despite all of the upheaval of moving, which has all worked out rather smoothly, I managed to complete a couple goals.

Goal: Blog twice a week for 6 months, not consecutive.

Seriously, I don't know how I managed to blog 6 months consecutive. I should give myself a gold star.

Compared to last year, I've really made a point to sit down and do some writing for this blog so it's not just a big swamp at the end of the year. But then, I've also made a point to be more conscious of my goals and achieve them. I hope to be blogging very soon about more completed goals!

Goal: Move to the UK and have the appropriate Visa.

Sure I could have gotten to the UK first and then applied, but it has made life so much less complicated to have gotten it first. I'm now on my way to waiting for all of my other paper work to come through, and that's taking long enough!

Goal: Take the Greyhound somewhere.

 I had always intended to use the Greyhound to travel somewhere to meet a friend or go to an awesome destination. I'm glad I never got that opportunity. It probably would have ruined my travel experience.

The situation was that I was moving and a friend had asked if she could buy my car. The trouble was she lived in another city. So I drove my car up, made the sale, and bought a ticket to come back home by the end of the weekend. That wasn't really the problem.

The problem was that firstly, it was a cheap ticket so I wasn't able to book my seat so I had the pleasure of sitting in the back of the bus, where the smelly and hung over people were sitting. The seats were so small you could only sit upright and try to sleep. I was quite thankful that air conditioning existed on the bus.

I'm fairly certain if I had been traveling with the right kind of people it would have been more of an adventure, but I kept thinking that my head was going to get chopped off.

25 June 2012

50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind - #5

What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?

I think if I could change one thing I would like to see people in all levels of government and authority think with their brains instead of their pocket books. It might be putting things simply but corruption is probably the biggest problem our societies face right now. You can't control if people are going to break the law or run into financial difficulty, but at least there would be justice if the corruption wasn't so severe.

(FYI, the next week or two will have a number of scheduled posts due to my move and trying to get settled in. Fresh updates will resume for sure by the end of July)

20 June 2012

"Ablaze" by Armchair Cynics

Touching down in London tomorrow. Bon voyage!

18 June 2012

50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind - #4

When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?

I want to be a person of my word: I don't want to make promises I can't keep, I don't want to be the big mouth at the party that can't back up what they say, and I don't want to find myself in a situation where I have lied or need to lie.

So in the end, I would like to think that I will have done more than I have said, or at least have done what I said I will do. The key to that will have to be to not say too much but just do what I need to do.

In the words of Nike:

15 June 2012

Like last year, I had a master list of goals that I wanted to accomplish. But then I ended up completing goals from the larger lists I had come up with, mostly just by accident or the opportunity simply had presented itself. Well, this year I've done the same thing, but because they're kind of minor goals I won't do a post for all of them.

Goal: Continue logging runs with Nike+Active

Goal: Complete both Nike + Active challenges

The first two sort of coincide with each other. By using my iPods I could track my runs which in turn furthered the Nike+Active challenges. I finally finished both, but not as fast as I had hoped, so I'm still logging all my steps and runs to see if I can't beat my time.

Goal: Get monthly massages

The best thing I've done for my body, besides continuing to run. It's been pricey, but I've always allotted money from my budget here because I think it's important for my mental and physical health.

Goal: Continue getting laser hair removal

Pricey and not so important health-wise, but I'm glad I continued with this. Not having the hassle of shaving and ending up with ingrown hairs is an awesome feeling.

Goal: Get my weight down to 70kg

Best feeling ever! This goal I hadn't made a priority per se, by not putting it on my master list. But that I've accomplished it anyway makes me feel good. In January I weighed 76.5kg and I didn't just get to 70kg, I got to 69kg and have stayed there since the end of April.

All goals accomplished!

11 June 2012

50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind - #3

If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?

Probably because we wouldn't have a world to live in if we  didn't fulfill at least some obligations like going to work to make money to have a roof over our heads.

That may be a simple answer, but I think it's true. We have certain obligations- societal, familial, social,  financial- that need to be fulfilled in some fashion for our societal framework to function, which allows us to thrive in turn.

That's one side of the coin, however, as many people partake in social and societal obligations that aren't necessarily true obligations. We put up with people who drag us down, we don't say no to work, and we end up living a lifestyle in which we aren't happy. In that regard, I'm not so sure why people continue. Perhaps the pressure to keep going is too great? Perhaps are addicted to their lifestyle? Perhaps fear of the unknown? Perhaps the trade off is worthwhile? For each person the reasons are different, I suppose.

09 June 2012

Goal: Pay Off My Student Loans

Mission: Accomplished

Until April, this is what I felt like:

I'd like to say that I'm jumping for joy, but it really hasn't sunk in yet that I've had my student loans paid off for almost two months now. Perhaps because there is always something to spend your money on? Like, car repairs, rent, weddings, and food.

04 June 2012

50 Questions that will Free Your Mind - #2

Which is worse, failing or never trying?

You know, I'd have to say in most circumstances, it's failing. I think what motivates a lot of actions and is the cause of many of my reactions is the fear of failing, of looking stupid, or of not having the answer.

It's stupid, really, since it's always a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" sort of situation whenever this sort of question comes up. If I looked stupid or smart, then I'm judged, if I have the answer or if I don't, I'm judged. But it's that feeling, that failing feeling, that I absolutely hate.

Although recently, because of my looming move, thoughts about things I never did or said have cropped up and it's starting to feel equally disconcerting. There are things I wished I would have done, or learned. On the other hand, I haven't really felt like I've regretted anything up until this point

So it appears my fear of failure overrides my fear of never trying something, but I need a reminder like this every once in a while:

Some reading on the matter: 

01 June 2012

Goal: Get rid of 100 things to downsize.

Mission: Accomplished.

I moved out of my apartment in February time, which took a lot of work. I had to sell a bunch of furniture, box up only what I intended to keep for the next 10 years (which was supposed to be only essentials), and move the rest or, get rid of it.

After the first day I can easily say I had 50 items to give away, mostly books and DVD's. I tackled a few house adornments and then my walk-in closet. The closet I was going to have was going to be a third of the size. I think it's self-explanatory where the rest of the 100+ items came from that I gave away.

I was sad to give away so many things, but now? I don't really miss them.