bringing fun into my life

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start climbing
Went for my first bouldering session

Had a decent time, the other beginner in my class was a nice older lady. I’m wondering if I should lose some weight before doing this too seriously, it would be less to drag up the wall! I have two more passes left so we’ll see if I can get to it before the end of the year.

Lose 10 pounds (read all 3 entries…)
some progress

i started a new HIIT (high intensity interval training) program which really feels like it will be something i can stick with. It’s 12 minutes a day, which is 100% doable and doesn’t leave me too sore or tired to do additional activities I enjoy when I have the time (like rock climbing or dance or hiking).

So far, I’ve lost 2 lbs in a week and a 1/2 or so, but some of that is definitely period bloat, so I don’t want to be too optimistic.

Goal is to get this done by the end of the year.

Take a baking class/make some lovely macarons
Found some schools!

Turns out there are tons of places to get your baking on here in the Bay Area. I found some courses and will be signing up as soon as I get paid next month:

start putting money in the IRA

Signed up for online management, but need to get dad to hand over the reins

get out of debt (read all 2 entries…)

Paid off one credit card! One left to go!

give more to charity
Just was lazy!

I get so many charity emails but kept ignoring them. I just gave $20.00 to a grad school classmate’s charity for Afghan scholars and set up a sustaining $10/month to the local children’s hospital which was in danger of closing a while back. It’s not a lot, but now that it’s being taken out automatically, I know that I can do something even when I’m distracted and busy.

Learn to play the ukelele

Just ordered a beginners kit off Amazon. Lets see how it goes!

start a 'young women in energy' event
getting off the ground!

I might actually do this! I talked it up to a few people and then felt like I kind of had to follow through. Pitched it to one of the YPE board members now we are having coffee next week! I am quite happy with myself but let’s see how it goes.

run a half marathon (read all 2 entries…)
half marathon #2

I’ve just started training for the San Francisco 1/2 marathon but I really want to run the Disney Princess 1/2 marathon next February! :D

run a half marathon (read all 2 entries…)

I’ve started training for the San Francisco half marathon in July!

climb/hike Mt. Whitney
entered the lottery!

I submitted an application for the permit lottery for this summer! So if the permit comes through, it will be time to start training in earnest! :D

Learn Japanese (read all 6 entries…)
Got a tutor

Stopped trying to force myself to get over my embarrassment and just hired a tutor to help improve my confidence speaking. It’s going well!

Learn Japanese (read all 6 entries…)
passed the written language exam!

Yay, only need to pass the oral exam now.

pass language test

only the written exam, but that’s something!

get a job
yay interviews

have some interviews for great positions coming up in the next few weeks. My goal was to have a job before I turn 26, but if it’s a few weeks late, that counts, right? one thing that is really helping me is ‘what color is your parachute’. I just completed the ‘flower’ exercise and I feel a lot more confident going into my interviews and discussing my skills and knowledge.

learn about herbs and natural medicine (read all 2 entries…)
making some progress

i’ve got a little herb garden and I recently read a book on poisonous plants, which was fun. now working on being able to identify more plant in the wild.

Learn Japanese (read all 6 entries…)
took the test again

I took the exam again last Friday. Really, really hope I have passed this time. I am practicing my speaking skills now to pass that portion.

read a book a month
I think I'm on track to do this!

Books I’ve read this year:
Wicked Plants
The Great Influenza
Free Food for Millionaires
Blind Descent
The Mystery of Capital
Feeling Good
Atlas of Remote Islands

exercise regularly (read all 2 entries…)
when is one 'done' with exercising regularly?

I started running at least 20 minutes every other day. It’s not the most ambitious exercise regimen, but I’ve been able to keep it up except for a week when I was at a conference. I have started running outdoors with my dog as well as on the treadmill. Haven’t lost any weight but I do feel good.

hike a lot of the Bay Area Ridge Trail (read all 2 entries…)
pinole watershed

me and dad did a little bit of the pinole watershed, it was hot but fun!

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