Ok, so I am horribly late in posting this and for that, I apologize. My life was recently turned upside down and I think I am getting everything back on track. Many people are already loosing steam from new years resolutions, so many those people will find this a little pick-me-up!
Let's start short term:
Get organized. I have never really been all that organized in my life. I am always scrounging around last minute to get things together. I purchased an organizer (blue zebra strip Keroppi organizer. It is SO CUTE!) and I will be able to keep track of assignments. I am also going to my apartment (currently at my parents house) and cleaning up a lot of stuff. My boyfriend is moving out soon, so I need to clear things out.
Eat Better. So, everybody has a different definition of what that could mean. For me, it means no eating fast foods and no eating a lot of carbs. No pretzels, chips, crackers, or drinking. I will reward myself with these kinds of treats with working out and loosing weight. I need to start cooking for myself (typically my boyfriend did all the cooking), so I need to not rely on ready-made food (high in carbs and sodium)
Work Out. So, you might have noticed the trend of really predictable resolutions. I want to be able to get back on my work-out regime. I noticed results almost immediately. However, I get really light-headed by a lot of it. I am going to try taking work-out classes and see what I like. I also need to get a hold of my badminton stuff (I know a fair bit of people who play) and get back into that.
Sewing project a month. I got a nice new sewing machine for christmas and I really want to use it. There are a ton of reasons to not do something (no money or time) but those are mostly just excuses. I already have a few projects planned out (and I got fabric to start one) and I am super excited about getting started.
Reconnecting with Friends. Since moving off campus, I no longer have a meal plan. Going to dinner with my friends at the dining halls was how I mostly stayed connected with everybody. I want to be able to hang out with everybody I was unable to hang out with. I might even try and save them from campus food! Who knows? I want to make it a point to hang out with people at least once a week.
Learn New Craft Techniques. I love beading and crocheting, but after a time, everything just feels the same. I want to make it more interesting. Not only will that increase what I can do, but it will keep me sane! Doing the same things over again cannot be healthy.
Read More. This is kind of vague, but the only things I read are assignments...things I need to grind through. I want to read at least one fun (non-class) book a month. To get a head-start on this, I have gift cards to Barnes and Nobles.
Pass the JLPT 4 Exam. Japanese Language Proficiency Test is a standardized test. Everything else about it is self explanatory aside from the number. The level 4 exam is the easiest of the tests. In Japan, they have a Kyu system (commonly seen to rank people in Go) where the higher the number, the lower the rank. Think of it in terms of medals and it makes sense (level 1 is like 1st place, etc.). I am studying to take and pass this exam so I have some way to differentiate myself from everybody else graduating with a BS in Business Management. I have about a year until the next exam is held in the country, so I should be fine.
Learn HTML. I am terrible at coding anything. I always try and it messes up. That makes it take even longer to put anything together. I want to be able to post pictures without tags from hosting sites...The ad tags tend to be large and obnoxiuos. I would love just regular pictures with not tags.
Done with short term. Lets move onto long term:
Launch My Business. I want to open up a combination cafe/bar/craft shop. Garretts little sister wants to open those kinds of shops too. I was thinking a partnership with her to get things started. I also have a name on Etsy and My aunt is starting an e-business (http://www.simplychiccollections.com/ check for updates) and she said she would sell my stuff on consignment. It seems like I have a ton of options and I am loving it!