January is over!
At the beginning of this year I made four resolutions:
- Do not buy any more clothes
- Do not add to to-do or to-read list until I’m done
- Save 90% of paycheck/month
- Stretch every day
I did well one goal (1) because I didn’t buy anything! I did spend a lot on Spotify, Starbucks, gas, and random snacks cuz I commute every day 😦 . I definitely failed on goal (2) because my to-do and to-read list is always growing. But the spirit to not add tasks for myself is there.
I think I just about meet my goal of saving 90% of my paycheck a month because I’m living at home and not spending a whole lot on rent!!! That is wonderful. I can do better about stretching every day though. It’s bad because I get lazy and just want to go to sleep. The story of my life right now is waking up at 5am and never sleeping enough 😥 .
A new skill I’d like to learn is negotiating. I came up on this book called “Good Girl’s Guide to Negotiating” yesterday in a box of old books being given away. I took it right away because I thought that is something I could use (not because I am a good girl.) It’s because I’ve been finding myself in these undesirable situations at work, and I know it’s not right.
I want to know how to get out of them and not be in a bad situation in the first place!
It’s hard to negotiate because as the new person at work, I want to satisfy people instead of being needy. I’ve had poor experiences speaking up at a previous job, and unfortunately in a lot of cases you get punished for speaking up. (I am still paying dearly for it 😦 )That’s why I’d like to learn to ask for what I want/need in a way that other people can live with too. I’m sure it’s a skill I need in my work and personal life. It’s like in Princess Academy! Miri was negotiating for the royal cousins and her hometown, so she could help them.
I can think of it as a skill that helps me. It’s just the next level of speaking and listening! 🙂
My new year’s resolution was to draw and color more. Here it is! I’m bad at watercolor. I will have to watch YouTube tutorials to find out how to do it properly. I love color pencils but I’m going to use crayon and watercolor so I get more comfortable with it.
I have 169 books on my to read list. Here are a few of the fun ones:
- 2 Fuzzy, 2 Furious by Shannon & Dean Hale: I want to read this because I loooved the first Squirrel girl book! So much fun. My type of superhero.
- Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle: I loved Glee and this sounds like Kurt’s story. My guilty pleasure.
- The Canning Season by Polly Horvath: I just finished Everything On a Waffle and am a new fan of Polly Horvath.
- Turtles All the Way Down by John Green: I actually did enjoy An Abundance of Katherines, so I think I will give this one a try.
- Yagua Days by Cruz Martel: My wonderful mentor Ann Wilson recommended it to me so I shall read it.
- The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown: I looooved the first Wild Robot book and will definitely read this one. One of my favorite books from last year.
- Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon: My guilty pleasure because I loved The Sun is Also a Star. A fun and amazing read!
The Girl Who Drank the Moon – I finally read this! It reminds me of Adam Gidwitz and Grace Lin’s fairy tale journeys too. However, I didn’t find it as engaging as the other ones. I think I like fairy tales with a lot of interesting side characters and more realistic place setting. It reminds me of Shannon Hale too. Fairy tales forever!
The Problem with Being Slightly Heroic – It’s a Bollywood movie for kids in book form. I really liked it! Uma is a cozy writer.
26 Fairmount Avenue – I didn’t know that Tomie DePaola wrote chapter books too. This was a fun look into his childhood. I love biographies too!
The Color of Heaven– This is the conclusion of the manga trilogy. I liked it but I didn’t love it. It ends with Ehwa and her mom both getting married which was lovely. However it wasn’t so different from the first two books.
What the Moon Saw – I loved this book! It’s a hidden gem. It is kind of like Becoming Naomi Leon but a more teenage version. It really made you feel like you are with Clara Luna in a village in Mexico and it is a wonderful book. I recommend it.
Brown Girl Dreaming– Jacqueline Woodson is such a good writer! I will have to read more of her books. I love how she writes about her life and it’s so intimate and personal.
One of my goals for 2017 is to blog, which I am doing right now.
The reason I want to do that is because I want to be better about keeping up with my other goals. I love doing creative stuff and I want to hold myself to it by doing it more often. I have bursts of creativity but it really happens when I have free time. I can read tens of books and draw pictures, or even go outside =P I would love to squeeze in creative time even when I am working.
The other reason is that I secretly want to be a famous blogger through my hobbies. I want to get good at these hobbies and hope it appeals to people. I eventually want it to become a side job. I love teaching but I would love to follow my other dreams as well.
Steps I will take to reach this goal:
- Make something everyday (draw, write, cook)
- Find interesting blogs and follow them
- Visit a blog everyday and comment on it
- Blog at least twice a week
- Learn more about PR and other forms of social media
Today I overcame one of my fears! I went to Knott’s Berry Farm by myself. I have wanted to go for a while ever since I went with my then boyfriend Ray last spring. I felt bad that because I was scared or had bad experiences, I didn’t want to go on a ride with him. (It was Supreme Scream.) Since then, I pass by the park on my way to work and back every day. The tall drop tower seems to remind me that fear of heights and roller coasters is something I need to overcome.
Well, today I did it!!! I thought that going to a theme park by myself would be strange or boring, but it turned out fine. Weirdly, I’ve seen my former students there the last two times I went. That also brought up other emotions that are hard to explain. Maybe in the future I will explain it. Anyway, I rode the rides in this order:
- Silver Bullet
- Ghost Rider
- La Revolucion
- Pirate Ship
- Supreme Scream (twice!)
- Silver Bullet
The whole time I was thinking, I need to go on Supreme Scream, I need to. This is the ride that I came to overcome and redeem myself! I think I can do it now. But after I rode it I did feel kind of dizzy. Well, now that I have a season pass I can go as often as I want, and it’s pretty close! I just might become a theme park addict. Maybe someday I will be able to tackle the rides at Six Flags.
Here is to a year of overcoming your fears, wrestling with insecurities, and honoring yourself and what is important to you.
- Meeting Ray for the first time
- Beach camping with Ray
- Going to Hsi Lai temple with Ray
- Celebrating Oliver and Isla’s birthdays
- Going to Las Vegas over Thanksgiving break
- Getting over my fever and sickness!
- Going to theme parks with Ray
- Sushi dates with Ray
- Cooking at home with Ray
- Mini golf and Round One with Ray
I’m thankful to have had so many wonderful moments in 2017 and I hope to have more! The best moments are yet to come ❤