Confession: if I don’t have established goals for myself, I have the tendency to be a little bit lazy. However, put a challenge or a checkpoint in front of me–even an arbitrary one–I immediately find my motivation. New Years resolutions get a bad rap sometimes, but they can be wonderful tools for someone like me. Right now I have one obvious, consuming goal that dominates my life: surviving medical school to become a doctor. But as I have said before, you cannot limit yourself to studying 24/7. I would go crazy if I didn’t have other things in my life. So considering this, I have made a list of 15 things I would like to do in 2015 (in no particular order).
1) Keep in contact with friends and family. One of the things I am most disappointed with myself about is my inability to keep in touch with people. Just because I am busy doesn’t give me carte blanche to ignore the people who love me. Therefore, I will do my best to call, email, Facebook or text message loved ones once a week.
2) Read at least one book that is not in a genre I usually choose. Yes, I read constantly. I love novels, especially science fiction and fantasy. But I rarely read autobiographies, for instance. So I’m going to choose one book (because I don’t have enough free time for two!) and hopefully it will broaden my horizons! Feel free to suggest some.
3) Make healthy choices. I’m sure everyone has this resolution. It is not as though I eat unhealthy things all the time, but I noticed that as I got busy (or lazy) I tended to turn to easy food that tended to be bad for me. I know that I don’t have the time to create meals from scratch every day, but I want to make a conscious effort to change some of my bad habits.
4) Run a 5k in 28 minutes. This is a bit specific because I wanted to set a goal that pushed me to train but wouldn’t be unreachable. This would mean that I would be running about a nine minute mile, which is do-able for me, even if I whine about it.
5) Do more things around Kirksville. I know what you are thinking–there is nothing to do in Kirksville. But you are wrong! There just isn’t a lot to do around here! For instance I swore all last semester that I was going to explore Thousand Hills State Park and I never did.
6) Be more organized about my studying. My study style and schedule is kind of sporadic. I know that I would have an easier time of it if I settled into a system. I’m just too lazy to set one up! But no more–this year I’m getting organized!
7) Do something that scares me. I don’t mean riding a roller coaster or eating whatever is in that container that has been at the back of my fridge for months. I mean if I get an opportunity to try something that is out of my comfort zone, I want to do it. I often let opportunities pass me by because I am afraid to put myself out there, but not this year!
8) Update the blog more frequently. Yeah, I know that I sometimes go weeks without posting anything. I’m going to try to be better.
9) Actually try some of the things I pin on Pinterest. I’m not actually as bad as some people. I have tried quite a few of my pinned recipes and crafts. And I don’t have a “Wedding Board” at all (you’re welcome everyone). But really, I think it would be fun to actually do some of the ideas I pinned.
10) Travel around Missouri. Boy, I plan big! But seriously, I will be kind of embarrassed if I finish medical school in Missouri and still haven’t seen St. Louis other than to drive through it. And there are the Ozarks to consider, too. This year, maybe I will make that happen!
11) Brush up on my Spanish language skills. Alright, you caught me. Its more like “completely re-learn my Spanish language skills.” I’m actually pretty decent, except that I have lost the ability to speak in the past or future tense. I’m pretty sure no one has noticed 🙂
12) Try 15 flavors of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream that I have not tasted yet. It has come to my attention that there are many, many flavors out there that I have never even tried. So I am going to pick fifteen of the weirdest (“Late Night Snack” anyone?) and try them out.
Michael Scott gets it.
13) Be more satisfied with the grades I get. My grades are good. But inevitably I hear people talking and realize that they have better grades, whether it is on just on exam or overall. I need to stop comparing myself to my peers in this capacity. Its unhealthy to belittle myself just because I am not making A’s in every class.
14) Be on time. Lateness has been a lifelong problem for me. I have the best intentions, but then I pick up a book (just to read a page!) or something goes horribly wrong and then I am five to ten minutes later than I meant to be.
15) Leave my house more. Whether you believe it or not, I am an introvert. I love the feeling of going home and being alone in my apartment after a long day. But I love my friends too and sometimes I forget to plan to do things with them outside of school. So this year I am going to make more plans with friends, even though it will significantly cut down on my pajamas-and-TV/book time.
So those are my goals. I will try to keep you all updated on them as I go along. Especially if I have an interesting ”pinterest-fail” or try any disgusting/wonderful new ice-creams. Happy 2015 everyone!