Christmas is over… so it’s time for a new list!…

Merry belated Christmas, Reader!

Remember when I said I was going to stay active and write at least once a week after being so damn good about writing almost every day during NaBloPoMo?

Yeah. Me too.

And then remember how I didn’t do that?

Yeah… Me too.

Typical me. But in my defense, I have been crazy, CRAY-ZEEEE busy. Teaching has been busy, planning for extra classes next month has kept me busy, and catching up on “Homeland” and “The Americans” has been a major life priority. (And I’ve still got three episodes to go on “The Americans,” so don’t ruin it for me.)

I also finished a couple of books since we last talked, albeit short ones…

Also, I’ve been avoiding you because I haven’t “felt” like writing – A.K.A. I haven’t wanted to take the time to sit and think about things. (Which is stupid, because when I sit down, things just sort of start to fill up the page like word vomit. I have no excuses…)

And maybe, most importantly of all, I have been thinking about my intentions for next year… I started writing about them several weeks ago, but now that we’re a mere three days away from a new year, it’s time to crack down and get serious about that business.

Let’s recall last year’s intentions: I didn’t do so well on that list (or the revised list that followed). I did a lot, but not a lot of what I really, really wanted to. I have plenty of excuses as to why those things didn’t happen, but that’s not the point. The point is that while this year was an awesome year, I didn’t get things done. Next year will be equally, if not more, awesome, and it’s important that I accomplish things… Because it will be my last full year in Korea.

That’s right: in 2016, I’ll return to the Americas to start the next chapter in my life. Therefore, this list is pretty important to me. There will be some repeats on here from last year… because I didn’t do them… Also, since starting this little list, I remembered my sort of “cool” idea to make intentions for each individual month. I still want to do that, but some of the things I want to do this year can’t be confined to a single 30-ish day period. So, that being said, there are two “lists” of intentions… (Yes, I’m that weird and obsessive. I made two lists and separated them by type.) And now, with all that said…

Let us begin.


The Intention-a-Month List

January) Bake that “from scratch” cheesecake. *From the Life List

February) Read a book a week over the perfect four-week month.

March) Eat “Paleo” for the entire month.

April) Run a full marathon in Korea.

May) Go to the weekly in-English yoga class in my neighborhood every Saturday.

June) Somehow, manage to complete a Pinterest-inspired project in Korea.

July) Start the family tree project for a Christmas gift for the grandparents. *LL

August) Spend a weekend at a beach. Try to find one that isn’t terribly well-known. For example, Haeundae Beach in Busan isn’t a good choice.

September) Go somewhere special for the Korean Chuseok holiday. Last year was Japan… This year, who knows?! (Unless, of course, JW comes to Korea… Then spend that time galavanting around the peninsula with him!)

October) Run 100 miles.

November) Do NaBloPoMo again. And don’t miss any days this time, no matter what.

December) Figure out that Christmas resolution to start by myself. *LL


And, The Year-Long, Ongoing Monthly Intentions List

One) Start investing in one woman’s business a month through *LL

Two) Write one letter a month to someone meaningful in my life and mail it to them. This means I should write twelve letters.

Three) Visit four new and/or obscure places in Korea before leaving.

Four) Take a photo every day of the year. *LL

Five) Finish paying off all credit card debt. *LL

Six) Keep a jar of “memories” from good days throughout the year. At least one thing should go into the jar per week.

Seven) Save $1,000 USD every month. This can begin in April, following the start of a new work contract.

Eight) Start setting three to five monthly goals and post them on this blog the first day of every month. This is an effort to better my track record of intentions, as well as to join a new goal-setting community.*

Nine) Blog at least eight times each month. Find a weekly “thing” to post.

Ten) Try one new recipe a month that I probably pinned two years ago on Pinterest. Write about it.


Well, that does it for now. What about you, Reader? What are your goals for the upcoming new year? Share in the comments below. And, before I forget… HAPPY NEW YEAR!!


*This post is linked back to the WordPress’s The Daily Post: To Be Resolved.


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  6. Dan Antion says:

    I am working on a New Year’s post that might seem to be in response to this. The essence is – don’t be too hard on yourself. Good luck with your list, especially the things you can only do in Korea.

    • shops4shoes says:

      Thanks, Dan! I’m really excited about my lists this year. So much so, I think I might actually be better about crossing things off them this year. Having that whole “last year in Korea” thought in the back of my mind may be the nig ignitor… But who cares?! I’m doing things this year!

      Can’t wait to see your list!!

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