It’s 2015! It’s been one year since I’ve started this blog! Although I haven’t posted every week, I think it’s been a good record of 2014. I’m excited to see what 2015 brings me and my family. I’m looking forward to seeing my sister Rachel again and Sarah and Andrew’s wedding in June! In the spirit of new beginnings, I, like most people, have some resolutions goals that I want to accomplish this year:
- Get a better job.
I may have just gotten a raise (a whole 50 cents), but that doesn’t change the fact that I’m working at a job that doesn’t pertain to my future career. The transferable skills I’m learning are minimal at best. I need a job that will help me develop my administrative and training skills. I’m hoping to find something in Raleigh, but the FSU interview is still to come.
- Be smarter with my money.
I’m terrible with what little income I have. I saved close to zero dollars last year and spend WAY too much eating out, which isn’t healthy either. I need to save for graduate school and for Sarah’s wedding, not to mention my car needs some work done. I think a mechanic said something about my breaks two years ago…oops. Not only will being wiser with my money help me in the future, when I have actual bills, but help me learn self-discipline, which is arguably my greatest life struggle.
- Work towards a healthier lifestyle.
This goal includes me getting health insurance, losing weight and eating healthier. I’ve been without health coverage for about four years. The Affordable Care Act didn’t really make health care affordable for me either. But, it would be really nice if I could develop a relationship with a doctor that can help me take preventative measures so I don’t get diabetes or hypothyroidism (which runs in my family). Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is part of this, which is why I didn’t wait until January to join a gym.
- Continue my education.
You all know that I’ve applied to graduate school. Things are looking good in that direction and I hope to enter a program in the fall. What you probably don’t know is that I hardly ever read anything other than novels, unless I’m doing research. Many of my friends read literature that is more informative or analytic and written for the masses. “The World is Flat” and “Freakonomics” are two popular examples of this genre. I want to read more of this kind of literature because it will help me continue my informal education and allow me to explore some of my interests separate from novels. I won’t say it won’t be difficult, but I am excited to check off some of these books I’ve wanted to read for years.
Those are my big four and I’ve already started working towards all of them, except maybe the money thing. #retailtherapy. I do have some other smaller goals like joining a church, writing more fiction and taking violin lessons but that’s mostly creative.
Want to see my book list for this year? :)
JAN How to Read a Book by Mortimer J Adler
FEB Meet the Real Jesus by John Blanchard
The Reason for God by Timothy Keller
MAR Mere Christianity by CS Lewis
APR Radical Womanhood by Carolyn McCulley
When Bad Christians Happen to Good People by Dave Burchett
MAY Toxic Charity by Robert D Lupton
That the World May Know by James Dawes
JUNE 35 Dumb Things Well-Intentioned People Say by Maura Cullen
Whistling Vivaldi by Claude M Steele
JULY Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Tatum
AUG Lean In for Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg
The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
SEP The Medici Effect by Frans Johansson
OCT The Book Nobody Read by Owen Gingerich
NOV How to Read Lit by Thomas Foster
DEC Catch up month! You know I’m going to need one.
What are your goals for 2015? Whatever they are, good luck! :)