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redstar in Oakland is doing 17 things including…

narrow the gap between living the way I want to live and living like I do

65 cheers


redstar has written 12 entries about this goal


My life would be a lot less stressful if I had someone to do my laundry, clean my house, and do my shopping.


Ive been feeling really down lately. I know that I am in transition, but it sucks to feel like I am not accomplishing anything. I have a year left before I finish my doctorate, and I am really hating this round of work. Which of course, makes me not do my homework. I want to enjoy this, I want to feel like I am an integral part of my current workplace. I work for a guy that has a lot of emotional problems and he is really hard to deal with. He always has to be right, and most of the time when I suggest things he shoots them down, only to have me do them a week or so later when everything that he has suggested has failed miserably. Of course, I get no credit for the idea, he acts like it was his, so I sit spinning my wheels waiting for him to get around to my idea. The worst part is that he treats me like Im 5. I have no work self esteem, and I really hate how I feel when I go in. Im looking forward to changing jobs next year and finding someone who will respect me. At least now I know that I can ask questions at a job interview, and that I have to stand up for myself.
Counting down the days to get the hell out of there.


Going to make a concerted effort to cook adult meals on a regular basis.


In a year and a half I want to have:
doubled my income
moved to SF
really love where I am living
be chipping away at my school loans
have the small loan paid off
and be able to save some money.


Ive marked this as completed a couple of times now, but each time, a few months later, I feel like I need to add it back to the list.
I usually get a little down after returning from vacation. I have been like this since I was little. But this time was especially hard.
I came back to everyone at work on vacation. I still hate my job, my apartment, the fact that I don’t make enough money to live fully comfortable. I thought by moving to CA that I would be by the water, but it is so cold here I might as well be somewhere land locked.
I miss the heat of summer, swimming, of those warm nights where you can go out with a t-shirt and leave the jacket at home. I miss having friends that are always around, always up for doing something.
I miss coming home to someone. I hate that I am dating someone that isnt ready to call me his girlfriend yet. I hate that I spend Friday nights alone. I hate that I feel week.
I know that all of this will change soon. I only have a year and a quarter left on my doctorate. I will be able to change jobs and move into SF after that happens. I will either be with him in a relationship or hopefully with someone else that wants to be in a relationship then. I just dont know how to get through the next year.


I have narrowed the gap, even though Im not quite there yet. But the changes that are left to be made are beyond my control right now. Once school is finished, it will all come. So I am crossing this off of my list.


Walking through Chinatown always makes me feel like I am in the place that I want to be. I’m not sure why, but seeing all the stuff there is just so comforting.


A new coffee shop/pub opened up down the street and I am really excited. I am hoping that once they get their liquor license that they will be open later than 4. It is really cute inside, very English in decor.
I miss working from a coffee shop during the day, of having more flexibility in my schedule than I do right now. A year and a half I will be done with classes, and then everything is going to change. Hopefully for the better.

mini goals

pleasure read 30 min a day
cardio everyday
get into a gym routine
start making yogurt
start cooking more
experiment more with food
make my apartment more comfortable
save money


finish my doctorate
leave basic research temporarily
increase my salary
move to SF
learn russian
lose ten pounds
become stronger, faster, leaner
save $5,000
have an emergency fund again
always be able to pull the perfect outfit out of my closet
stop living from paycheck to paycheck again

redstar has gotten 65 cheers on this goal.


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