March 3, 2013

Resolution check in

How is it March already?? Where is this year going? Since coming back to the US approximately 2 weeks ago, I've been settling into my new amazing internship in San Francisco, interviewing like crazy for full-time positions, getting rejected like crazy for those same positions, having good cries and generally feeling sorry for myself, bouncing back and getting excited about life again... rinse and repeat. Being resilient and determined takes a toll on your soul, you guys. But I just wanted to do a quick resolution check in so that I could hold myself accountable to the 3 things I set out to do earlier this year.

1. Learn something creative every month
Quick background: I felt like I had lost a part of myself in college because so much of my "creating" was through a computer (creating Powerpoint decks, fiddling around with Excel, interneting) and I had become more of a consumer rather than a creator. I've always been very creative and did a lot of crafting, especially in elementary and middle school, and I wanted to reclaim that part of myself again.

In January, I learned how to knit. I'll put up pictures soon, but it was a great experience. I'm almost through with an initial ball of wool; I knit about 12 rows a week while catching up on TV shows. I LOVE knitting.

In February, things were a little hectic, but I'm starting to get into the habit of journalling and illustrating. I'm doing quick line drawings (I'm trying to do one every day to practice - that's not going too well but I'm trying!) and writing things down. I feel like I've forgotten how to WRITE properly because I've trained myself how to think better while typing out papers on the computer. But so far that's going well.

I've also hosted a dinner party with some friends where we worked on friendship bracelets - that was a beautiful night, I had so much fun, and just bought a couple of yards of fold-over elastic to make hair ties a la Emi-Jay. Super excited about the colors I got and it'll be such an easy project, especially because I'm running out of hair ties. And I'm starting Copperplate calligraphy classes this Wednesday! Whoo!

2. Start treating my body as a priority
Definitely something I've worked on this past 2 months. I've hiked the Fire Trail and the Quarry Trail at Tilden Park; we're planning on hiking Mission Peak and doing a half-day waterfall hike down in Santa Cruz sometime this month. Yesterday I ran the Color Run! Not all 5km (I think I ran about half of it though), but it was a LOT of fun. So yes, am on track with this :)

I'm planning on running more frequently (1-2 times a week), and am going on a snowboarding weekend trip to Tahoe next weekend, so I'm super excited.

3. Say YES!
This has been hard for me to do. I've pretty much said yes to everything people have invited me to, and I have no regrets, but I still feel a little inside-out. I don't quite know how to put it, but I'm being wrung a little dry I think. Today was a fairly good balance - I spent the day in bed, went to church in the evening, and had dinner with a visiting friend.

How have you been doing on your resolutions? I really tried to streamline it this year to make it stick, and I'll probably do a check-in every 3 months or so!

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