Jan 2, 2013


I almost forgot that I had made resolutions last year!  Let's see what can be crossed off the list:

1.  Limit my "playtime" on the internet, and try to do more productive things.
 Hmm... can't say I did too well on this one.  Once I get home from work I don't have the energy to do anything!  That, and there's only a couple hours after work for dinner and some "me" time before I have to go to bed. 
2.  Study more each night, and start studying for the JLPT Level 2
 Done!  I think I did fairly well on the studying part.
3.  Take the JLPT Level 2.
 Done!  Just waiting for the results.
4.  Drastically cut back on my sugar intake.
 Did okay with this one.  Was pretty good about not buying sugary things for myself or eating sweets at home.. The problem was all the sugary treats people brought back and left sitting out at work that got me!
5.  Get more active.
 Did okay with this one too.  Biking to the station and back most everyday, and running around with the kiddos at work I think qualify for being "active".
6.  Drink more tea! 
 Yes!  Been drinking it almost every night.

7.  Improve my sleep schedule by going to bed between midnight and 1am, and getting up around 8:30am.
 Well, the Other Job pretty much took care of that for me!  Going to bed by midnight and getting up just before 7am on weekdays.  Weekends I'm usually in bed by 1am and up around 8 or 9am.
8.  Get my haircut at least 2-3 times this year.  (Last year i didn't get it cut even once!  I usually cut it myself every few months but it's hard to see the back of my head, and it's just gotten way too frumpy.)
 Got it done 3 times, woohoo!
9.  Sophisticate my wardrobe.  Jeans and t-shirts are fine for a high schooler, and maybe even a freshman/sophomore in college, but i'm really starting to feel too old for a lot of my clothes now..) 
 Definitely done!  I think I did pretty well, though the process did take its toll on my wallet.

10.  Travel to at least one new place.
 Went to Gunma (for snowboarding), to Himeji (to visit J), to Kanagawa (to visit my cousin's family), and to Kashiya-Yokochou in Kawagoe.
11.  Pay off my credit card.
 Done!  Though I've already gone and used it again this year, haha.  Shouldn't take much to pay that off though.

Not too bad there, methinks!  Got a few more goals for this year. 

1.  Keep up with the studying, drinking tea, regular sleep schedule, and regular haircuts.
2.  Go running at least once a week.  (Once the Other Job ends I should hopefully be able to do it more than once a week)
3.  Budget and spend money more wisely, and build up my savings.
4.  Read at least one book in Japanese.
5.  Travel to at least one new place.
6.  ?????????????????????????  (I will reveal what this is later on.. For now I'm keeping this to myself, because I feel like I'm more likely to succeed with my plans when no one else knows about them.  Strange, I know, but still..)

Anyone else have any goals or resolutions??


stacywahh said...

That is sooo awesome that you accomplished so much!! Congrats!!

Updating to a more "adult" but still young wardrobe is very expensive! Since turning 21, I've found it harder to let go of some of my young style.. I just want purple hair and frills and pigtails.. Maybe this is a Quarter-life crisis? Haha

Good luck in the new year! And for the JLPT!! I seriously need to study more, but I also should learn Mandarin since my bf is Taiwanese and his family doesn't speak much English. So I'm going to try to improve both!

Look forward to seeing more from you in 2013!

-chai- said...

Yes, it was quite an expensive feat. Luckily there was a really cool recycle shop near me where I could get really nice clothes for SUPER cheap.. That helped a lot!

Good luck with the Mandarin studies! I don't know a word of Mandarin but heard it is quite difficult. But I suppose learning any language is difficult, right? ;)

Judith said...

Cool, sounds like you accomplished most things you set out to do. I like that your plans for this year are to keep up with them. It's so easy to slip back to bad habits.

This also reminds me that I made resolutions for 2012 and should review them. Since I had to be reminded of them I guess I won't have done as well as you ;-)

-chai- said...

Thanks Judith! I'm surprised I did as well as I did, actually. We'll see if I do good with my goals this year too.
Good luck with yours! :)

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