i had great expectations…

And now… It’s time for…

The Semi-Annual Review of My Annual Resolutions!!!

If you’ve been reading along, you’ll remember that I made a very public post of my goals for this year. (If you haven’t been reading along, or maybe just joined the fun, or you don’t care forgot, you can read my original post from December here.)

Now, I’m not one to beat myself up for not accomplishing things, but let’s be real: so far, I haven’t accomplished much on my list… I’m also a firm believer in making changes when necessary. So, because I feel like my procrastination has lessened the effectiveness and/or fun of some of my goals, I’m changing some of them up. I’m also going to do the unthinkable and add a few. (Seriously, what am I thinking?!)

So, let’s start with thelifelist:

First) #26: Learn the “Thriller” dance.  

This seems even more important, seeing as MJ’s people just released a new studio album, XSCAPE. It’s pretty awesome; you should give it a listen. I also wrote about seeing the MJ Cirque du Soleil show, “Immortal,” here.

Second) #56. Start a blog (did that part) and stick with it for an entire 365 days.

A work in progress – I’m still at it!

Third) #17: Work toward and maintain a bikini body.

This is a change from the previous goal, to take a photo everyday. I’ve just completely dropped that ball… So that’s re-reserved for next year. I just started doing the “Insanity” workout program… We’ll see how long that lasts!

Fourth) #13: Set up a bank account/fund that is solely for funding and re-funding international small business loans through an organization like Kiva. Make at least a $25 monthly donation to a female borrower every month so she can sustain a business, be independent and/or help support her family. Work up to be able to fully fund several loans.

I haven’t started this, I’m sorry to say… I really want to begin doing this project and keep a chronicle of it somewhere on this blog… Unfortunately for me, this requires a teeny bit extra planning ahead as I have to make transactions like these through my US bank account, which simply requires me to send an extra $25 home every month. It’s on my list for next month’s monetary transfer.

Also, this used to be #95 on thelifelist, but I felt it needed a higher priority, so I moved it into the “thirty before 30” section. 

Fifth) #97. Take part in NaNoWriMo and finish all 50,000 words in thirty days.

It’s time to get crack-a-lackin’ on that novel I’ve been meaning to write… #7 on thelifelist.

And now, for the added goals:

Sixth) #25. Smoke pot, preferably legally. There’s no reason to break the law to finish a task.

I’ll be hanging out with some good friends in Denver in just a few weeks when I return to the Americas for some much-needed vacation time. And you better bet your ass I’ve already requested this activity. Oh, it’s happening.

Seventh) #28. Learn to drive a manual car.

This is an important life skill I should probably already have… And a friend of mine here has a manual, so it’s a yes.

Eighth) #7: Write a book, even if it’s never published. 

This goes hand-in-hand with my fifth goal, above. Good time to kill two birds, eh?

Ninth) #14. Make cheesecake from scratch.

The Koreans I work with will love me. Hell, I’ll love me.

Tenth) #29. Get inked.

Self explanatory. I’ve got a small tat that I want to get… So, I think I’ll go for it this year.


And now, for the things not on thelifelist, but things I wanted to accomplish this year:

A) Run a marathon in Korea. If necessary, a half will suffice in the event of any injury.

Looks like it will have to be a half this year… My knees have been giving me trouble. We’ll see how it goes. I’m picking a race in the fall!

B) Actually “decorate” my apartment. Buy a comfortable couch. Settle in.

I did one better. I moved.

C) Plan a trip to Japan in the fall.

Oh, it’s happening. Over Korean Thanksgiving in September, to be exact.

D) Make a point to travel somewhere “special”-ish in Korea at least once a quarter. Perhaps to Jeju Island, a secluded beach, etc.

Again, dropped the ball on this one… Seoul in March, which is not super “special,” but I suppose because I actually did “touristy” stuff, it counts. I’m due for another trip before summer hits.

E) Start that scrapbook I was going to start when I got here… Forget the stuff from before. Just start it now.

Aaaaaaand, this one has gone to the wayside, too… Guess I should get on it, but I may just let this one slide… Not feeling motivated to “scrapbook” these days. So, I’m okay with scratching it off the list…


Okay, so now it’s your turn! What things did you decide to do at last year’s end? Did you stick to your list? Change it? Forget about it?! I want to hear from YOU, Reader. I’ll keep you accountable if you do the same for me.

Good luck on your goals. I sure as hell am going to need it!

*This post was written in response to WordPress’s The Daily Post: Great Expectations




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