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I came across a blog the other day that inspired me to come up with my own list of things to do before the end of the year. Half the year has already flown by already?!? So, in no particular order, here are some of my must do’s:
10. Hop a plane and visit Hong Kong and Vietnam.
I may be one of the few Asian people out there who has never stepped foot in Asia. Last summer I went away for a few weeks to New York and the Bahamas during the gorgeous Vancouver summer and came home burnt to a cinder. This year, I’m saving my vacation and leaving the city when it’s gross and dreary out in the fall and coming back with nothing less than a mediocre tan so I can be the envy of all things pasty. Well, also because my friend lives in Hong Kong and it’s time I visited him. And, who doesn’t love cheap Pho and zooming through the streets of Hanoi on a moped?
I practice this on a daily basis as I pack my bags and run for my life at work. But genetically, I am not a runner. This is something I’ve struggled with for a long time. I’ve had invitations to run 5k’s, 10k’s, half marathons. People must think I have some sort of athletic bone in my body, but I don’t. I struggle with endurance and breathing. However, I’m going to take this in stride, and force myself to go running at least once a week (to start). I’m going to make it past this mental block and become a novice runner. My expectations are low, but I must start somewhere.
8. Write More.
A few years back I blogged for 30 days straight and didn’t blog again for another year and a half. I’m going to try and make writing/blogging a part of my weekly routine. I’m also going to try and be a better blogger, and maybe start my own website and learn HTML. Am I living in the 90’s? Does HTML still work or does everyone use DreamWeaver and what not for websites? Stay with me if you want to find out how this writing process goes. I like readers and comments :)
7. Maintaining the Book Club.
At the start of the year, I got together a couple of my literary enthusiast pals and started a book club. We read one book a month, and meet to chat about it over yummy food and beverages. We’ve so far read books that we’ve loved, and hated. I’m hoping to keep it going until the end of the year at least. If anyone wants to join, please do. Just as long as you also thought “The Happiness Project” was a fail, you’ll fit right in.
6. Change my hairstyle.
For the past 3 years, I’ve only had relatively short to shorter hair. It’s currently “long” and I am ready to cut it. However, sometimes this is difficult when people advise you to “keep it bodacious” and after asking them for clarification on what that actually means, it’s no doubt that positive reinforcement changes everything. It’s getting warmer out and having 3 pounds of hair only makes it hotter. Oh well. Stay tuned, the femme mullet might make a comeback post wedding season.
5. Go fishing.
No, I don’t mean on Plenty of Fish. I mean like literally, on the water, in a boat, with a rod and maybe some chest waders. For those wondering, no, I’ve never fished and therefore will need a guide. Please, and thank you.
4. Stand Up For Mental Health.
In the spring, I was looking for volunteer opportunities in the Mental Health field to try and figure out if it was something I wanted to develop a career in. I found an opportunity with Stand Up for Mental Health, a non-profit group who at the time was looking for a fundraiser. Not having any experience in fundraising, I replied to the ad anyway, and have now signed on a to long term volunteer commitment with the organization as their Communications/Fundraising contact. This will be a steep learning curve, but something I am truly passionate about. Mental Health is something I’m sensitive towards, and on occasion, struggle with. SUFMH educates the public in attempts to reduce stigma to those who are mentally ill. By working with individuals who are diagnosed with some sort of mental illness, they are trained to do stand up comedy, and by working through their everyday issues with laughter. Shows occur couple times throughout the year so if you’re interested in attending a show, you definitely should! We are all crazy, now it’s just about recognizing it and embracing it!
3. QUIT MY JOB!
I’m pretty positive this is something I should have a year ago. Having said that, I do enjoy having my rent and lifestyle habits supported financially, therefore I am still with this job. But, mark my words, I am going to be done with this job, with or without another by the end of December. Merry Christmas to me!
2. Continue to eat as little meat as possible.
When the year began my friends and I participated in a “4 Weeks to Veganism” challenge where we start by eliminating red meat, and worked towards the end goal of becoming Vegan for a week. Since then, I have reduced my meat intake by at least 50%, and have not had any beef since. I was really shocked by how much I enjoyed being a vegetarian and how much more energy I had. With that, I make it a point to only have vegetarian lunches and will allow chicken and sometimes pork for my meat intake. I’ve grown a fond dependency on tofu and many tofurky products. I’ve also managed to not have fast food for nearly a year! I admit I fell short when I had to participate in the KFC Double Down mania this past fall, but I have not had McDonald’s, A&W, Wendy’s, in a long awhile. A healthier while :)
1. Live in the moment.
I recently added to my tattoo collection with a new pocket watch on my inner left arm. It’s a reminder to live each day, for the moment, and for the present. But, I chose a pocket watch for the vintage/antique feel as a symbol of the past. For those who know me, you’ll know I am very nostalgic. To the point where it’s sometimes unbearable to listen to songs, or walk through certain streets. However, I’m moving through and past that. Always remember where I’m coming from, never forgetting the past, but living for the moment.
We’ll see in January how much of this I managed to accomplished. Stick around?