We are at the half-way point in the year so I thought this would be a good time to review the New Year’s Resolutions I set for myself and see where I am and what things have changed.
Number one, of course, is my sobriety. That has not changed, I am still sober and happy to be sober and have every intention on continuing my sobriety. It is by far the best thing that has ever happened to me and I am grateful everyday.
Another thing I had on my list that is important to me was to smile more. At first, I really focused on this and it definitely made a difference. Now, I don’t consciously think about it anymore but I know I do it and it feels really good. People react differently to you when you have a smile. It is warm and friendly and I like it.
Make more friends! I have made more friends! It is nice to have people to spend some quality time with! Getting out of the house a little more often, having great conversation, and a lot of laughs has been amazing! I am so appreciative of the people in my life, I have great friends, old and new. And I look forward to making more!
Italy!! My trip to Italy is on the books! I was hoping for it to happen this Fall, but it looks like it will be Spring. That is fine with me! I am super-excited, it is going to be incredible!
Another thing I had on my list is to buy a condo. I am a little mixed up about this one. Part of me wants to do it, but I have actually been considering maybe buying a rental property instead of buying a place for myself. I’m really not sure what I want to do yet. I think when the time is right, and the right place comes along, I will know for sure. And that hasn’t happened yet. We will leave this one on the list and check it out later in the year…
Spanish!! I am happy to say that I decided to do the Spanish language immersion program! I am going to Costa Rica in July, for 7 days. I will stay with a host family, and attend school each day for 4 hours. I am also going to take the opportunity to do some scuba diving while I am there and I will take full advantage of the amazing food! I think where I will be is only a few minutes from one of the main beaches so I am also looking forward to spending some quality time with the ocean. I miss the ocean everyday so this is going to be perfect!!
Another thing I had on my list was to read more. I read a lot for school and for work, but I want to read more stuff just for enjoyment. I am sad to say that I have not been able to do this yet. I have had a small break from school and I didn’t make any time at all for reading. I will keep thinking about this one and see if I can make something happen…
Side projects- my side projects are still just side projects. I haven’t made any progress on the jewelry thing, although I think about it all the time. I think I am a little lost as to how to go about it, which is strange because I am normally quite resourceful and when I want something I figure out how to make it happen. I feel as though I need a little guidance in this one. Perhaps I should make some time to get a little deeper into this and see what I can figure out. I still have six months….
Save aggressively- this one I have accomplished well. Not saying that I am saving every penny, I do have a shopping habit to support! But I am reaching my goal every month. I sat down and made a spreadsheet to keep a detailed monthly budget and May was my first month to do it. I will contiue to do it each month so I can see where I am more wasteful than I need to be and see where I may be able to save more. Being committed to this goal is very important to me and doing this monthly budget, I think, will be really helpful. Having things on paper really allows me to get honest about what I am doing and makes it easier to modify the things I want.
FINALLY…..straight A’s. This is so important to me because I know I can do it. I am fully capable. So I am happy to report that for the Spring semester, for my first time ever, I got straight A’s!!! A perfect 4.0! As happy as I am about that, I have to stay focused on doing the same thing for my summer semester which just started yesterday. It’s important to continue to challenge myself.
That’s where I am. We are at the halfway point in the year so I thought it would be a good time to review and see how I’m doing. Now I know what I need to focus on in the latter part of this year to accomplish the things that are important to me. I hope the next six months continue to be as good as the past six. I have a lot of wonderful things in my life, and wonderful people. I know I say it all the time, but I am blessed. Now I just have to remember to give back, don’t forget to be grateful, and take time to relax!