While this is intended to be my personal finance blog, I thought I would add my personal goals for 2014 here as well as a reminder to myself.
1. Exercise more regularly
Phase 1: Get into a habit (Q1)
Setting modest goal to start with, 2-3 times a week, 20-30 minutes each. Mostly Pilates and yoga. I busted my knee over the holiday skiing, once the doctor gives me the go ahead, I will add some strengthening exercise for my weak knee.
Phase 2: Tone (Q2)
While I’m pretty okay with my weight, I like to tone a couple of areas, tummy, arms and butt specifically. I like to add 20 minutes of weight training to my routine, and dare I be ambitiou, increase the frequency to 4-5 times a week. I recently read The New Rules of Lifting for Women: Lift Like a Man, Look Like a Goddess. The basic premise is not to bother with barbie weights (2-3 lbs), push yourself to get the maximum benefit. Sounds like a reasonable approach, I’ll give it try.
Reading is one of the things I truly enjoy, fiction, non-fiction, I like to read widely. With my demanding life right now, I have gotten out of habit. At the end of the day, it’s easier to turn on the TV or turn to my ipad to vege out for a while rather than reading. I have a not so good habit of finishing the entire book in one shot if I find it interesting at the expense of sleep and other things. For this year, I like to get back into the habit of reading a little bit everyday with the modest goal of 2 books a month.
One effective for me to “read” books is actually listening to audio books, I know I’m cheating a little bit here. Though my commute is about 20-30 minutes, it’s amazing how quickly I can finished a book. I just finished Too big to Fail by Andrew Sorkin. It took me about two weeks, not bad for a 640 page book.
3. Chinese Zither (Guzheng)
I’ve always like the sound of this instrument and have started lessons a few months ago. It has a beautiful, soothing sound. I have a lot more to learn, but already I can play a few songs. It helps me to relax. I like to keep it up and practice 15-20 minutes each day and learn a song each month. I plan to reduce weekly lesson to biweekly lesson, it’ll give me more time to practice and save some money as well.
4. Spend more quality time with my kids
Often while I’m spending time with my kids, I realize I’m not really with them, my mind is wondering somewhere, about work, about my to-do list and a bunch of other stuff. My kids would notice right away and say “Mommy, you are not listening to me.” I need to learn to focus on them better and really be with them and devote my attention to them.
You will probably notice several of the goals is all about me. With my work, family and friends, in the past few years, I felt I haven’t had enough me time and feel somewhat out of balance. This year is about restoring that balance.