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Earlier I talked reviewed my personal finance resolutions for 2011 because we're half way done the year already (still can't believe it). Today I will review my personal resolutions. I found it easier to complete the personal finance resolutions as I think it's less about behaviour change than personal resolutions (uh.. one word- exercise!). Anyhow, here goes the review. It will be painful, I am warning you.
Personal New Years Resolutions- 2011:
- Exercise more! Specifically, exercise at least twice a week (hey I’m starting off slow, they have to be achievable, right? LOL). This can be in the form of yoga, going for a run with the dog, or hiking. This was an epic fail last year, so hopefully I will be able to adhere to this resolution. I did buy a yoga DVD and I have a one month pass for a yoga studio I plan on using in February in which I will be going every day or maybe 4+ times a week.
FAIL!!!!!!! This was pretty sad. I did a month of INTENSE yoga in February (mainly to take advantage of a Groupon-like deal) and then stopped. No hiking, but I did walk the dog. No yoga at home either. I am going to start writing it in my calender again so I can plan for it in my day. Oftentimes life just gets so busy that I forget.
- Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff– Sometimes I find myself easily aggravated over little things, that really don’t matter in the big scheme of things. I need to be more patient and practice compassion. I know this isn’t really measurable, but I wanted to put it in here anyways.
Hmm… it Fluctuates: Some days I find myself so wise and so in tune with myself (and calm), and other days (like today for example) I was getting easily flustered over traffic. I think what would help is to meditate more often (perhaps before I go to bed, or before I start for the day) to calm my mind- and whenever I find myself getting anxious or flustered, I can try to go to the happy place of calmness and serenity. I have definitely been listening to more New Age type music, and that's been helping me try to achieve some zen-ness.
- Continue volunteering– I volunteer twice a month at a soup kitchen and I also volunteered as a mentor last year for an immigrant who had recently come to Canada. I hope to continue this, but having both going on a the same time + blog + full time work + house stuff was a bit much last year.
SEMI-FAIL: I have been continuing to volunteer twice a month at a soup kitchen, but haven't been able volunteer as a mentor again. I think it will be even more difficult come September when I return to school. Sometimes I think my plate is getting too full and feel overwhelmed.
- Hike the West Coast Trail– The West Coast Trail is a 75km wilderness backpacking trail on Vancouver Island and it takes about 6-8 days of hiking to finish. People come from all over the world to hike this popular trail and it is often on many hiking enthusiasts “must do” lists. 300 people a year have to be evacuated out of the trail due to serious injury, so it definitely isn’t for the faint of heart. There are pulleys, cable cars, huge 20 feet ladders to climb… the ladders is the main reason I’m not so keen on it. I HATE heights (my palms are getting sweaty just thinking about it) and climbing a huge ladder with a heavy backpack isn’t my idea of fun… but hopefully I will manage to conquer my fear and not plummet to serious injury!
FULL SPEED AHEAD: Whoops, palms are getting sweaty again thinking about the heights involved for this trek. My friends and I are set to do this in August, so my inspiration is again re-ignited and I plan to get in serious shape for this. I did cycle 45 minutes to work and 45 minutes back (sooo tempted to take transit back home, but it would defeat the purpose of saving gas money as I would have to pay $2.50 for bus fare).
- Go hiking once a week at least during hiking season. I was really good at doing the Grouse Grind (this 2km long outdoor stairmaster in Vancouver) two years ago, but last year I think I only did it once. I might consider buying one of those “unlimited passes” to download from the cable car this year so I will be forced to hike it more often.
SOMEWHAT ON TRACK: My friends and I did a 15km hike today (hence the super belated post today) around Buntzen lake in Coquitlam- who knew- wildnerness in metro Vancouver's back yard!). I am still contemplating getting an unlimited Grouse Grind pass, but it's $110 for the season. That would mean I have to go 11 times this summer to break even, which is doable….however the gas guzzling associated with making the trek up North Vancouver to get to the base of the Grouse Grind does not appeal to me. I'm still on the fence about this one. What do you guys think I should do?
- Continue blogging three times a week– I love blogging but I find that it takes up quite a bit of my time. I need to continue on this quest for balance.
FAIL: I am indeed blogging three times a week, but my the balance is a bit off. I have been staying past 12:30 to 1 am on most nights, and averaging about 6 hours of sleep a night.
- Read a book every two months– Sad to say, the only time I read is during vacation, but I need to find the time to read in my day to day life. Usually I’m too exhausted to read before bed. I’ll try and read once a week during breakfast instead of watching the morning news.
ON TRACK- I THINK: I've been pretty good, I think. I read 3 books that were not personal finance related (which is pretty amazing for me). I have read The Millionaire Next Door and just recently finished reading Robert Kiyosaki's Cash Flow Quadrant. Still finding little time to read on regular basis, and tend to read books in big chunks of time versus nightly before bed.
- Bring a lunch to work every day– I actually look forward to my lunches (I make them the night before) and I like how I am saving $8 a day. Instead of lunches, I save my money for travel
DOING GOOD SO FAR: I must say I've been doing pretty good with this. I haven't gone out for lunch unless it was for a coworkers birthday or if they were leaving our office to pursue other things. I have started making lunches and freezing them for those nights when I am just too darned tired to make lunch for the next day.
- Don’t go on facebook on the computer at home– I find my self obsessively compulsively checking facebook, maybe 15 times a day, I log in refresh, and log out. It’s almost like an addiction to updating and refreshing! I look at pictures of friends of friends sometimes, people who I don’t even know or even care about. I know this is definitely not healthy and is a huge time-waster (aka death to productivity). I am allowing myself to go on facebook during the day on my iPhone, but in the evening, I’m going to try and stay off it. I’ll do this by signing up for that site where you can ban sites from firefox called LeechBlock (shout out to 27 and Frugal who introduced me to this) and you can choose when to ban it (I chose M-F from 1800-2355).
SUPER FAIL: My obsessive compulsive behaviour has not ceased despite using LeechBlock– most of the time, I end up going on Safari instead. I do think that I have been spending less time on it, and spending less time facebook creeping friends of friends LOL. Anyone have any suggestions on how I can stop this addiction to facebook?
Readers, how have your personal resolutions for 2011 been panning out?
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