33

Yesterday was my birthday and I turned thirty-three, which seems like a weird age to me.  Now that I am 33, I can't deny that I am well on my way to being 35.  I am, in fact, an adult.  And that makes me think it is time to stop fucking around and get my shit together on two key fronts: my education and my career.  I've actually been thinking that for a few years, but I might actually be prepared to do something about it now.

My birthday was really wonderful.  Ingrid and I worked out and then she took me to a spa where we had a super awesome and relaxing time getting facials, manicures and pedicures.  After that she took me to lunch where I proceeded to have a meltdown while we waited for our food.  Poor Ingrid, she is always looking after me.  After I ate the fattiest thing on the menu and Ingrid ate the most virtuous thing on the menu, we did a little shopping and then in the late afternoon, I met my parents for dinner and cake with my family.  It was definitely one of the nicest days I have ever had.

Since my birthday conveniently falls at the mid-point of the year, I thought I'd check in with my list and see how I feel about it.  A lot of people don't like to make New Year's Resolutions because they feel they have failed if everything doesn't get accomplished.  I don't feel that way.  A list of goals, I think, should always be evolving.  I am a different person at the beginning of the year than I am at the mid-point of the year and a different person again at the end of the year so I don't think it makes sense to have static goals.  My resolutions are only a skeleton plan, and Geminis need a plan because we are awesome starters and sort of crappy at follow-through. I also need a plan because, as previously noted, I am fond of contingency planning.

So the list:

Do yoga
I have a committed twice a week practice.

Run 10K
I still love running, and I will continue to run several times a week but I just don't care about this anymore. I am revising this goal to "Lose 5% of my body fat" which is a lot more important to me for two reasons.  First, achieving a 5% fat loss will put me truly and for real in the "healthy" weight category for my frame and second, it will decrease my pre-belly dance recital freaking out next spring.  Although I could probably lose the 5% by committing to training 10K, I think I am better off investing that extra time I would have to spend running in strength training.  This is a harder goal for me to achieve because I fucking hate strength training. 

Learn sign language
So far, I have learned the sign for "stereo" and "bird", hahaha.

Stay hydrated
Always.

Eat enough protein
This is getting better, but still needs a lot of improvement.  I am glad I set this goal because I have finally started cooking again.

Get a real banner for this stupid blog
Michelle offered to do this for me, and all I had to do was give her the dimensions, which I still have not done.  I am retarded.

Read the paper
I guess the spirit of this goal is really "take in more news".  I haven't been reading the paper as much as I had hoped, but I have been getting more news from other sources.

Make painting a priority
I haven't painted a single stroke.

Be more assertive
Sometimes.

Write letters
So far just one, to one of my elementary school teachers, Mr. Longhurst.

Give blood
Not yet.

Call my Grandmothers
Still doing a shitty job on this.

Get to work on time
In May I finally managed to start getting to work approximately on time.

Go swimming
I haven't gone swimming and unless I go camping I think this is pretty unlikely to happen.  But I will not scratch it just yet - there is a rec centre pool just up the street.

Docket my billable hours
I generally remember to do this now.

Become level C first aid/rescuer certified
This goal was related to a volunteer gig I was planning to apply for this summer.  I decided not to apply for the position so this is now unneccesary.  I mean, it would still be great to do, but I'm not going to.

Care for friends I neglected in 2008
I am working at this. 

Take risks
Risk One: Staying open-hearted in a relationship.  Risk Two: belly dance with my class in front of an audience.  Risk Three: That matter of the nude photo shoot – although technically it occurred on Boxing Day … Boxing Day was the unofficial start of my 2009.

New: Get my shit together re: education and career
I have a plan.

And now, here's a picture my mom sent me yesterday morning:

Baby_Leslie  

3 thoughts on “33

  1. Curious to hear your new plan! That’s great that you’ve already tackled some of your goals…I really REALLY need a list like this…and I always say that, LOL!
    Hey RE: the protein shake I mentioned the other day, chocolate always tastes pretty good, but I added instant coffee and Splenda to the vanilla soy shake today and YUMMMMMMM!! Killed 2 birds with one stone!

  2. Haha, the offer’s still open, whenever you do get your shit together, heh. And then I’ll have to make sure MY shit is together so I get off my arse and actually do it. I figure we’ll have a banner up for you by 2023. 😉
    Actually, I can probably do it without a specific set of dimensions, just let me know what you want on it and I’ll do my best. I haven’t cracked open a graphics program in so long, I’ll be lucky if it doesn’t take me three days to remember whree the paint brush is, haha.

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