Happy New Year, everybody. I’m not really posting resolutions, but I am updating about my 25 Before 25 project. I also have a few goals coming up in a Top Ten Tuesday post next week. Anyways, here are some updates on these “goals”. I’m only addressing some points that have something worth saying. You can see all my goals at the original post.
1. Circumnavigate the globe
Did this. It was awesome. Click here for all my posts about Semester at Sea.
2. Visit a place in South Africa for the first time
I visited a few of these the past few months. Hole-in-the-Wall (gorgeous), the Vaal River, Franschhoek (great cultural and historic experience). It’s not like I spent longer than a day there, but they were new places to me, and they were wonderful. Here is to discovering more of my own country.
7. Get comfortable cooking at least three dishes
I can make a mean butter chicken and a pretty good Hawaiian chicken. And the beginnings of a cottage pie. Getting there, guys.
8. Establish an exercise routine
Routine is a pretty subjective term here. My life is way too chaotic to have a real routine (as in running at a set time on set days). But I am running semi-regularly, and started participating in Parkruns, a beyond awesome initiative. I’m even getting excited about buying new jogging pants (so pretty!) and put exercise things on my Christmas list, which I actually got. We’ll see how it goes this year.
10. Make handmade Christmas or Birthday gifts
Yeah… gotta try this again this year. I got as far as making some origami stars and then… I got busy.
I sewed a button onto one of my work shirts (do I sound useless?). That’s about it right now. I also need to put a seam into one of my summer shorts. I don’t think this goal is going to go much beyond mendings and alterations. I have friends who make their own hoodies and so own. Well, I can sew wounds closed, okay!
12. Participate in NaNoWriMo
I did! I didn’t hit the word count, but I did write quite regularly, and the goal says “participate”, not “win”. I really enjoyed participating though. Writing changes the way you read: it makes you more critical but also more appreciative. I have learned the value in planning ahead of time, and of research. I do still plan on finishing a manuscript at some point.
13. Do a “Wreck This Journal”
It is proving really difficult to get this one in South Africa. I mean, affordably. I am considering changing it to making an altered book, which is kind of the same. I found this The Documented Life thing, where I can use my own planner. The people on there seem waaaay more artsy than me. But it could be fun right? And the point of getting a Wreck This Journal was to be creative and fun and all out.
14. Get my driver’s license
I did it!
19. Start a project
I’m supposed to be doing this on my Family Medicine rotation soon, and I still have no ideas! Help!
20. Read 25 books that I currently own
I’ve read 13 of them so far.
21. Read an audiobook
25. Graduate MB.ChB
My final year begins Monday. I am scared out of my mind.