Well, it’s that time of year. I started doing seasonal goals in the summer, and really have seen a difference in how deliberate I am about doing or not doing certain things. So it definitely makes sense for me to continue that. My dilemma now is that I don’t really like New Years’ Resolutions, per se, because I never keep them. I think it’s better for me to create seasonal goals, and update them until I either achieve them or they become a habit. So these are my goals for my final semester of college — January through May.
- Be intentional about communicating with others, especially roommates. I really hate confrontation, and I want people to like me, so I tend to just shut up and tolerate it when someone does something that makes me uncomfortable. While the roommates I had last year were really awesome, there were a few things that did bother me, and I bottled it up and let it get to me rather than just talking to my roommate about it. This semester, I have two new roommates, and while I’m not going to be unreasonable, I am going to voice concerns if I have them, and I’m going to try to prevent problems rather than solve them.
- Get physically stronger. When I was in high school, I had a routine I did almost every day, and I had great muscle tone and concentration. College changed that — my schedule changed and I didn’t really have the room to do my routine in the dorm. Now, I walk to campus every day, so I normally count that as exercise, since it’s at least movement. But I need to be doing something more, and I definitely need to be in the habit of exercising once I graduate, because it’s likely I’ll be driving to a job — goodbye, built-in exercise. Since I’m bad at exercising for the heck of it, and I’ve noticed how much weaker I’ve gotten since having to carry heavy cameras and tripods around all the time, getting stronger is my goal to reach for.
- Find ways to support causes I believe in. Since I’ve been in college, I’ve really come to solidify what I believe in, and I’m to the point where I want to be more active than just talking about an issue or sharing a video on Facebook. This might be a little tricky, because I can’t contribute to anything financially right now. But I may be able to volunteer a little, or something like that — I just need to research.
- Read more non-white authors. I mentioned a couple posts ago that I’ve noticed how few non-white authors I read, so I’ve been trying to add new authors to my TBR. I’ve already marked a couple off my list (I highly recommend Diane Guerrero’s In the Country We Love), and plan to continue this. I may not have a ton of time to devote to pleasure reading, though, so we’ll see how this goes.
- Food: Continue cooking at least once a week; stick to ~$15/month on coffee purchases. I do cook fairly regularly, but I also end up eating frozen microwave meals or fast food quite a bit too. I actually kind of enjoy cooking, and I eat a lot healthier when I cook. I just need a reminder to continue doing it. Also, this is my continuing experiment on how much I really spend on coffee. During cold months, I like brewing my own coffee at home, but I like cold coffee when it’s warm. Lucky me got a French press for Christmas, so I’m planning on using it to make cold brew when it gets warm to cut down on iced coffee purchases.
- COB Ambassadors: Try to help project manage an event. This is a continuation of one of my fall goals. I don’t know if this will be possible, because I’m not sure how crazy the semester is going to be. But I’ll keep my eyes open.
- Apply to ~5 jobs a month at least. This is going to be an -ish goal. Normally when I sit down to apply for jobs, I do 3 or 4 at a time and then don’t look again for awhile, because it takes a few weeks for new jobs to be posted. Regardless, I don’t need to be neglecting this. It won’t be the end of the world if I don’t, but I’d really like to have a job lined up before I graduate. How’s that for a goal?
I may end up adding to this list as the semester really gets under way, but those are the main things I want to focus on in the coming months. This is already quite a lot, so I don’t want to overload myself.
Finally, here’s a random life update: my aunt, who helps manage a new-ish church in Alabama, contacted me recently to be the church’s webmaster of sorts. I’ll be updating the site and content every so often, and I’m really excited about that!