Wow – I cannot believe it has almost been a year since I was last sitting in La Fortuna, Costa Rica, relaxing alone for my 25th birthday and thinking about my future. Little did I know what a whirlwind this past year would be and how many changes would come (and how many things really do stay the same).
This past year I have gotten married, lived in a foreign country, moved to a new city in the United States, found a new passion in CrossFit, and changed jobs!
Last September 2011 I sat down and drafted some goals for myself for the year. Now it is finally time to check in and see how I did towards fulfilling these goals. I wrote Quarter 1 and Quarter 2 updates that you can read as well.
Goal #1 – Continue exploring new countries and places. I’d like to see at least 3 new countries and spend at least 30 days in places other than our home (Montezuma or Fremont).
I ended up visiting one new country, Nicaragua, in December for Christmas with Cody. I visited Mal Pais, Arenal, Tambor, and San Jose in Costa Rica (9 days). I am spending the next 5 days in San Diego, California, attending a conference on unschooling. I attended a work retreat in Mill Valley, California for 2 days. We went to Bend, Oregon, for 3 days in May for Cody’s birthday and spent 3 days in Chico/Magalia, California visiting family over Easter. I spent 7 days in Wisconsin taking care of my mom after she had knee surgery. We have spent a day in Santa Cruz and camped for 2 days outside of the Bay Area when we first moved back to the United States. This puts me at a total of 33 days. I just barely squeaked by the second part of my goal!
Goal #2 – Read at least 25 new books this year.
In the past year I have read: Man’s Search for Meaning, Killing Castro, Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War, Ask the Dust, College Without High School, Mockingjay, Catching Fire, The Hunger Games, What It is Like to Go to War, Unschooling Rules,Unschooling 101, Weapons of Mass Instruction, Life is Hard: Machismo, Danger, and the Intimacy of Power in Nicaragua, Practice with Purpose: Literacy Work Stations for Grades 3-6, The Saint, Unschooling, Sloppy Seconds: The Tucker Max Leftovers, Imagine, Boomerang, Bossypants, Linchpin, Nonviolent Communication, Zen to Done, The $100 Startup, and the Edupunks’ Guide to a DIY Credential.
Total: 25 books + countless magazines, newspapers, recipe books, and other exciting books like The Ultimate Eli Manning Fun Fact and Trivia Book (a personal favorite since he is my Fantasy Football quarterback).
Goal #3: Practice Spanish at least 5 hours a week
Okay…I have sucked at this since we moved back to California. Truthfully, I haven’t spoken Spanish aside from communicating with some of the chefs at the schools I managed this past summer. I did so-so with this while we were living in Costa Rica, but overall it has really fallen to the wayside.
Goal #4: Give 10% of my income to small charities or through micro-loans each month.
The first 6 months of the year, I exceeded this goal and gave 12% of my income to charity. I haven’t given nearly enough since we moved back to the United States as we have been trying to get back on our feet. Giving roughly 6% total overall though for the year is something I am proud of!
Goal #5: Lose the last 10 pounds.
After doing CrossFit for the past 6 months, I have decided to stop counting pounds lost and rather to keep monitoring my body fat. I am at a point where I really don’t need to lose weight, but rather convert some fat to muscle. Overall, I am going down, but it’s still a slow grind at this point.
Goal #6: Save at least 10% of my income each month.
Haha…Costa Rica was expensive. Moving back to the United States has been expensive. Living in the San Francisco Bay Area has been a joy but also really expensive. The good news is though things are looking good and back on track.
Goal #7: Exercise for at least 4 hours a week.
Since moving to the Bay Area, Cody and I have gotten really involved with CrossFit. I used to dread going to the gym or working out until I found CrossFit. Now I look forward to it because I get to see awesome friends. Plus, who doesn’t like feeling and looking like a bad ass by lifting triple digit weights above your head.
Stay tuned for some updates on my 2013 goals, the world of unschooling, and reflections on our move from Costa Rica to California!