2013: Goals in Review

Normally, the end of the month would signal a review of the month’s goals and the setting new goals for the upcoming month. But this is New Year’s Eve…so it’s time for something a little bit more.

I’ll be saving my new year’s goals for tomorrow. But today it’s time to see how not only this month, but this year, has gone in terms of goals and other accomplishments.

December has been…well, not too bad actually.

Here were my goals for December:

1) Survive finals

Check!

2) Finish Rediscovering Catholicism

No…Again.

3)Work on Summer Internships–email archdiocese, pick 3-5 solid possibilities 

No. Not really.

4) Write a letter to my future self before Christmas

Um, well I didn’t write it before Christmas. But I wrote something (quickly and without much editing or rewriting).

5) Write at least one of the five essays I need to write over break.

I’m almost done with one of them and started on another. So I’m going to call this good.

6) Before I get home, make a list of things to do over break

I did do this actually.

 

Now onto this whole year…

1) donate blood.

Check! This was something I really wanted to do. And I did it back in April.

2) get my license.

Well…I have my test on Friday. So, not in 2013 technically. But I should be getting it soon and I’m excited! 🙂

3) write a letter to myself to open in the future.

(See above)

4) figure out how I can study/travel abroad.

This was a long process. Right as my summer started I was obsessed with studying abroad. I have 2 pinterest boards (one on travel and one exclusively on Ireland) that just go to show that yeah, I was crazy about the idea. But the realization came that other things might be more important. And that it would cost a lot of money. Eventually, slowly, I’ve set the idea aside and moved on. Also, at this point with what classes I want to take and the requirements of the Honors Program it’s just not going to work. All of this together makes this goal obsolete.

5) work on learning Spanish (unless I’ve chosen Italian).

I chose Spanish because I love it. I’ve gone through one challenging semester and will be starting semester 2 in a couple weeks.

6) create melted crayon art.

No, I never did this. I did some drawing with charcoal though.

7) go on a shopping adventure.

I did go shopping with one of my girlfriends from high school. We had a nice trip. I also went shopping over fall break and got some cute boots and a new top.

8) get a summer job.

Yes, I did thankfully find a summer job. It was interesting to see how my faith intersected with this secular workplace. Overall the 6 weeks I worked at that cafe were quite an experience.

9) take a summer class or 2. 

This follows along the same lines of #4. I was going to do it. But it wound up not being worth it. So my goals changed. Or rather, this smaller goal fell in line with larger goals of graduation etc.

10) read 5 new books.

Ha-ha. Last year I said this was “kind of a low number” for me. But I only read one book for fun/enrichment this year: “How to Find Your Soulmate Without Losing Your Soul”. I wrote a review for it too. I’m working through my second book but it’s slow going. I never have/make time at school for pleasure reading.

11) visit a religious community/ go on a retreat with one.

Didn’t do this. I did had a great conversation with a holy nun. That conversation led to this post about discernment.

12) write more.

I was speaking specifically of fiction writing. But that hasn’t really happened this year. But that’s ok. It’s not a big priority anymore.

13) be a better person.
a) pray more.

no comment.

b) be more diligent but don’t take things so seriously.

This is hard to tell. I think I’m still working on it.

c) laugh more, worry less.

Haha no. I worry all the time. But you know, I actually do manage to laugh things off.

This year has had its ups and downs. It’s crazy to think about. I’ve had some good ups and some really bad downs. But that is life. And God has led me through it all despite myself. This year has taught me about goals, especially how my priorities can change. Also, doing this review has shown me there will always be certain things I struggle with…at least for now.

A year ago when I made my goals I was full of high-minded ideas. Now, 365 days later I’m glad to say I’ve accomplished most of them and don’t feel too many regrets about those I didn’t accomplish.

Check back in tomorrow for my goals for 2014!

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December Goals

Though this is a little late, I’m here to review my goals for last month and set new goals for this month.

November Goals

1) Pick a breakfast food that’s quick, easy, and which I will enjoy

Nope. This really wasn’t a good goal I realize now. It’s kind of vague and I just really had no where to go with this.

2) Read through Part 3 of Rediscovering Catholicism

Oh, I really wanted to do this. I guess I’ll just have to continue this into December.

3) Work on Summer Internships–email archdiocese, pick 3-5 solid possibilities 

No. I really need to do this. Another to repeat.

4) Do an exercise video once a week on Saturdays

Big fail.

5) Make Spanish flashcards

I made one set. So yeah…

6) Start ministry-related tasks before the day they’re due

I did this many times (not counting when I was sick), so I’m going to call this accomplished.

7) Take my temperature every morning

Nope. Once. But no.

8) Go to Thursday Mass

I went one week. But I was sick one week. One week it was Thanksgiving. Overall…fail.

9) Write my 7 Quick Takes every week and 3 other blog posts throughout the month

I wrote one other post, so it was something but not not 3.

 

December Goals

1) Survive finals

Yep. I have my Spanish final a week from Thursday. Please pray for me.

2) Finish Rediscovering Catholicism

I’ve been working on it, off and on (but mostly off) since the summer. It’s time to finish it, so I can move on to 4 Signs of teh Dynamic Catholic soon.

3)Work on Summer Internships–email archdiocese, pick 3-5 solid possibilities 

I really need to get on this and contact people about possible opportunities. I want to be sure to look into the Chicago schools (public and Catholic). It would be great to find something in education. And if it’s in Chicago I can take the train in easy enough.

4) Write a letter to my future self before Christmas

This is a goal from my original 2013 year-long goals. It will probably take what? an hour? I just need to do this. And it will be cool to look back on.

5) Write at least one of the five essays I need to write over break.

And with my mom there to discuss and bounce ideas off of.

6) Before I get home, make a list of things to do over break

The list should include productive things like my essays but also things to do with my family.

 

Check back in next month to see how I did!

November Goals

As always, I’m back to review this last month of goals and set my new goals for this month.

October Review

1) Keep to my bedtime

Uh…yeah, no. I did ok some nights, but honestly I’ve never been good about keeping to a consistent bedtime. Overall though I think I was better about getting enough sleep this month than previously. But, on Thursday I was up until 1:30.

2) Eat breakfast every day

Hahaha. I did a little better. If microwaving a frozen waffle and wolfing it down counts as breakfast. But I didn’t even do that every day.

3) Pray every day

No comment.

4) Use my budget

Nope.

5) Draw

No.

Wow. I failed every single goal. That’s impressive.

November Goals

1) Pick a breakfast food that’s quick, easy, and which I will enjoy

This is to help me eat breakfast more often. Also, I need to get up with enough time to eat too.

2) Read through Part 3 of Rediscovering Catholicism

I’m working my way through it in spurts. I read some in the summer and read a bunch last week over Fall Break. Now I want to be more consistent. But I’m trying to be realistic. Part 3 is about 100 pages. So that’s an average of 3 pages per day. I also have the weekends and Thanksgiving Break to read larger chunks.

3) Work on Summer Internships–email archdiocese, pick 3-5 solid possibilities 

I’ve been thinking about what I want to do next summer: Totus Tuus? Internship with my diocese? Education internship somewhere? I need to do some thinking about this and get in contact with people.

4) Do an exercise video once a week on Saturdays

Along with Zumba classes twice a week, this will give me 3 exercises every week. The plan is to do this on Saturday with some of my suitemates. Thanksgiving weekend doesn’t count.

5) Make Spanish flashcards

I’d like to do better in that class and since I got back from break I’ve been feeing a little lost in the vocab. So, flashcards I think would be a good idea.

6) Start ministry-related tasks before the day they’re due

I have a tendency to start things the day they’re due. Or the night before, if it’s due in the morning. For ministry-related stuff this sometimes means I’m stressed out the day of.  Hopefully I can remedy that by planning ahead and getting a jump on things.

7) Take my temperature every morning as part of charting

So, charting hasn’t been going so good lately. I have not been on top of it at all.

8) Go to Thursday Mass

I have an adoration slot right after the 12:05 Mass, so it makes sense to go to that Mass. Also, I need to go to a Mass where I’m not an assistant sacristan so that I can appreciate and absorb it.

9) Write my 7 Quick Takes every week and 3 other blog posts throughout the month

I have not been good about blogging lately and I’d like to do more.

 

Check back in next month to see how I did!

2013 Goals: September Review/October Goals

Here we are once again! Time to see how the last month’s goals went and set out my new goals for this upcoming month.

September Review

1) Use my budget

Hm… I did realize a flaw in my itemized budget. It requires me to keep every receipt and categorize every item adding tax as I enter it into my budget spreadsheet. Yeah. Don’t really want to do that. But I did enter some of my receipts so I’m going to count this as fairly good.

2) Be consistent about checking my temperature

The only way to say this is…FAIL.

3) Get organized 

I am less overwhelmed now but there’s a reason for that. Things have calmed down and I dropped that class. I now have some routines with my job as a test proctor on campus and my ministry position. Classes are more manageable and homework isn’t much of a worry.

4) Have a better prayer life

Yeah…I go to adoration and do lectio divina there once a week. I have Bible Study now too with FOCUS and we do lectio there as well. I’ve started praying before I send my reminder emails to people signed up for adoration. But I’m still don’t feel I’m praying as much as I should (ideally I’d like to spend 20-30 minutes a day in prayer) so I’m counting this as a fail.

5) Take care of myself

I did better at this and this month will have specific goals to get me on track, so this was successful.

Overall, not too good. Most of these I made it by the skin of my teeth or simply because external factors aligned. I put almost no effort into my goals this last month. I’m hoping to do better in October.

October Goals

1) Keep to my bedtime

I’m starting a new bedtime routine. I go to bed at 11pm and have lights out at 11:30pm. Tonight however, I’m not keeping to that.

2) Eat breakfast every day

I have developed a bad habit of getting up too late to eat breakfast. I need to stop it.

3) Pray every day

Again, praying. Ideally, I’d like to pray every day. Perhaps 20 minutes of lectio.

4) Use my budget

I need to figure out how to work that. I guess I could categorize everything on my receipt. The goal is to

5) Draw

My roommate and I have been meaning to draw with charcoal. She’s seen some of the work I’ve done with it and wants to try too. So it would be nice to do this some weekend this month.

I guess we’ll see how these go. Check back in next month to see how I did!

2013 Goals: August Review/September Goals

It’s September already! This month just flew past! And I honestly haven’t blogged for quite a bit of it. But it’s been a hectic few weeks. Anyways, it is time to review my goals for the last month and make another set of goals for this month.

August Review

1) Spend no more than 1 hour on the internet each day (Sundays excluded) browsing blogs/news/Facebook newsfeed

I actually kind of forgot about this goal. But I’m just going to pass myself on this one. I’ve probably been better about wasting time online, especially since for the last few weeks I haven’t had much time to waste!

Since I did…I don’t have to cut myself off from “fun” internet for 3 days

2) Write letter to my futures self

Fail. Complete and utter.
Since I didn’t… I don’t get that ice cream I promised myself  😦

3) Do the stuff i should before I head off to school

This is mostly a pass. I paid my tuition bill, helped my brother with the essays he needed to write before the beginning of the school year, packed, and made a road trip playlist.
(No consequence)

4) Take an awesome road trip with my roomie out to school, also see beautiful Colorado

Yes I did. And while I was in Colorado I climbed a mountain 🙂

PROOF
PROOF

Since I did…I got to enjoy that 😉

5) Survive and thrive!

I’ve survived quite a bit this month: 4 days of VBS with my 2nd and 3rd graders, packing and flying to Colorado, climbing a mountain, driving to Kansas with my roommate, a 2 day retreat with campus ministry, a week of training after that, making 2 bulletins, writing various Mass petitions, flying back home for a funeral, the start of classes, a new dorm room….yeah it’ been a bit crazy.

Since I did all that…I’m supposed to get to relax and hang with my friends resting in the knowledge of all I’ve made it through. Well, tonight I had dinner with some of my suite mates and after played apples to apples.

Now onto my goals for this month.

September Goals 

1) Use my budget

I’m starting my budget this month. I have set amounts for different categories of purchases. Hopefully this will help me to watch my spending, especially until I find a job on campus this semester/year.

2) Be consistent about checking my temperature

Because I’m charting with my new thermometer I need to take my temperature every morning when I wake up. This month I had a straight week where I didn’t temp at all. I should be better about that.

3) Get organized 

We started classes on Wednesday and so far I’ve been behind and confused. Also, I haven’t been blogging for a while. I need to get scheduled and organized with my life.

4) Have  better prayer life

Maybe go to Mass every day or say a rosary. Just something to reconnect with God especially in the midst of 18 credit hours, ministry work, home work and possibly work work.

5) Take care of myself

I sometimes sacrifice important things like enough sleep and square meals (or a meal completely) to get stuff done. This is not ok.

I decided I wouldn’t have consequences and rewards this month. I wasn’t coming up with good ones anyways. All right, we’ll see how I do this month. Wish me luck! I’ll see you all next month to see how these go!

2013 Goals: July Review/August Goals

Well, July is over and done with. Like really over. Like 2 days ago. Yeah these are late, as I confessed here. But anyways, here’s my monthly goals review and my new goals for the month of August.

July Review

1)Work on the following for school: Spanish and math

No. I did a little bit. But not really much. Oh well. Guess that’s not happening. Summer goal fail.
Since I didn’t…I don’t get to spend a lazy day wearing comfy clothes, enjoying myself, and relaxing
Yeah, i’m probably going to do a little of that anyways since I’ve come down with a cold.

2)Write essays for application to education department

Didn’t do this either. I kinda tried. I sat down with my laptop, ready to play some music and get this done. But I was confused and easily gave up.
Since I didn’t…I can’t go on Twitter for a week or until I’m done writing the essays (whichever comes first).
Why did I make this my punishment? Ugh.

3)Get my driving permit

I actually did this! I was even looking at getting my full license. But there isn’t an available appointment until after I leave.
Since I did…I don’t have to tell the whole long blog post on why I can’t drive yet.

4)Finish “Rediscovering Catholicism” and one other book (probably the book on St. Kateri). Write reviews for both.

Didn’t happen. I’m only a little bit into “Catholicism” and maybe half through the Kateri book. 
Since it didn’t…I don’t get to read the “Freedom Writers Diary” next.
Considering that I was going to borrow this from the library which in a week and a half, I’ll be 500 miles away from…not much of a punishment.

5)Write a letter to my future self

This one should have been really easy. But I still didn’t do it
Since I didn’t…I can’t eat  chocolate for a week.
This punishment it really to strict. As judge, jury, and executioner I wave this sentence. (And this has nothing to do with the chocolate sundae cones in the freezer. Nothing.)

Wow, I did pretty dang bad this month. I only got one goal done. And it was one I was just about positive I would accomplish. Well, one month is over and now another begins.

August Goals 

This month I’m going to list and explain my 5 goals for August and include consequences like I did in July.

1) Spend no more than 1 hour on the internet each day (Sundays excluded) browsing blogs/news/Facebook newsfeed

A friend and fellow-blogger recently published this post about how we spend our time on social media. And it made me realize that the computer is a HUGE part of why I’ve been so unproductive this summer. Truth be told, I’ve spent quite a bit of my time on the internet this summer. I know I can’t go completely computer or internet free (neither do I want to) but I do need to be more intentional about how I spend my time. This is a small step. But maybe it will help.
If I don’t…Then I have to cut myself off from “fun” internet: Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, blog browsing etc. for 3 days

2) Write letter to my futures self

Maybe I’ll have some motivation for this as I start my sophomore year
If I do…ice cream is called for 🙂

3) Do the stuff i should before I head off to school

This includes: pay my tuition bill, edit my uncle’s book, help my brother with the essays he has to write before the beginning of the school year, hopefully make my memorabilia book (?), pack, and make a road trip playlist.
If I…actually, I’m not going to assign a consequence for this one.

4) Take an awesome road trip with my roomie out to school, also see beautiful Colorado

This is a goal that is all but guaranteed.
If I do…I get to enjoy that 😉

5) Survive and thrive!

Next week I’ll be helping with a VBS. Then I’ll be heading out to school the 13th and 14th of this month. I’ll go on a 2 day retreat with the other college ministry student leaders. Then, we’ll have a week of training. We’ll help with move ins, and send-off Masses. And, eventually, classes will start the 28th. It’s going to be a lot of fun! But probably kinda crazy.
If I do…I’ll get to relax and hang with my friends resting in the knowledge of all I’ve made it through.

There you have it! I didn’t assign myself anything very big this month, because I know I’m going to have plenty on my plate (see number 5). I’m going to have plenty to do. Check back at  the end of the month to see how I did with these goals!

2013 Goals: June Review/July Goals

Well, another month has come and gone and the year is half over. (Doesn’t it feel like it just started??) Anyways now it’s time to take a look back at the past month, the goals I had, and how I did and to look forward and plan 5 new goals for July.

My 5 goals for June:

1)Say at least one decade of the rosary every day
Um, I guess I really didn’t do too good at this. I got maybe 10 days out of the month. But overall, I think my prayer life is improving.

2)Finish “How to Find Your Soulmate” and at least one other book–and write reviews for both
Yes and no. I finished Soulmate and you can read my review/reflection here. Bus I haven’t finished my second book. I did start “Rediscovering Catholicism” by Matthew Kelly but I haven’t gotten very far yet.

3)Make a decision about Spanish next semester
This took a back burner as the month went on. I think I am going to take Spanish though. It will be good for me, if I become a teacher and I’ve always wanted to learn.

4)Apply to more jobs, and get at least one interview (hopefully)
I did one better. I found a job and have been working at the cafe for over 2 weeks. You can read more about how I got the job here and about the awkward intersection between faith and my coworkers here.

5)Refresh my math skills (or lack thereof) in prep for my math for teachers class in the Fall
This one is a big no. I haven’t even cracked the book this month. Although, come to think of it, I have been doing math at work…so does that count?

BONUS) Write that letter to my future self
Yeah, no.

Okay, so in all seriousness I didn’t do too good this month. Hopefully I can apply myself more in the weeks ahead. There’s still a number of things that I meant to do this summer that I haven’t gotten around to. And for me, summer ends in just over 6 weeks. So July, it’s you and me and we are going to do this. 🙂

July goals:

1)Work on the following for school: Spanish and math

2)Write essays for application to education department 

3)Get my driving permit

4)Finish “Rediscovering Catholicism” and one other book. Write reviews for both.

5)Write that letter!!

So there we have it. Hopefully I can do better this month than last. It looks like a few of these will require diligence and consistency. Some scheduling is probably in order to help keep me on top of the school-related assignments and possible the reading. Only, I know I don’t stick to schedules without consequences looming over me or rewards being held out like a proverbial carrot. So, this month, I’m going to add a reward or consequence to each goal.

1)Work on the following for school: Spanish and math
If I do…
and get far enough, I get to spend a lazy day wearing comfy clothes, enjoying myself, and relaxing

2)Write essays for application to education department
If I don’t…I can’t go on Twitter for a week or until I’m done writing the essays (whichever comes first)

3)Get my driving permit
If I don’t…(through my own fault) I must tell the whole long blog post on why I can’t drive yet (I’m pretty sure I’m going to get it though).

4)Finish “Rediscovering Catholicism” and one other book (probably the book on St. Kateri). Write reviews for both.
If I do…I get to read the “Freedom Writers Diary” (which I’m looking forward to) next in my Summer Reading.

5)Write that letter!
If I don’t…I can’t eat  chocolate for a week (ouch!)

So there we are. 5 goals. 2 rewards. 3 consequences. 1 month.

Assessment of 2013 Goals: May. And New June Goals

Here I am again! It’s that time again: time to take a look back on the last month and see what progress (if any) I’ve made on my goals for this year. As always, I’m here to look back, evaluate, keep myself accountable, and spur myself on.

But first…

Life changes. And our goals for life change too. Sometimes you need to re-evaluate.

I’ve noticed several bloggers do monthly goals: picking new things every month and reviewing themselves at the end of the month. I think that format may be something for me to try. It would be a way to keep things fresh, add new goals when I need to, and break down denser goals into more manageable bits.

I did, however, tell myself I would stick to the 13 goals I made at New Year’s, so I have a rule regarding this new goal system format thing.

All of the original 13 goals still stand and will stand unless they are now or in the future become obsolete

 

So here are the original 13, and the progress I’ve made on them this month.

1) donate blood.  Did this in April! And I recently got my donor card, so I actually know what bloodtype I am.

2) get my license.  Nope. That’s a bit more complicated than I thought it would be. It’s contingent on things that I don’t get to decide. But it should still happen by the end of the summer.

3) write a letter to myself to open in the future. Haven’t done this either. And why not? I really should just do this. This is probably a good time to do it. I’m done with my freshman year of college, I just had a birthday… I should do this.

4) figure out how I can study/travel abroad. I’ve actually been working on this one. But the “how” has turned more to “if”. The cost is particularly not helpful. I’ve made a spreadsheet to compare different abroad programs with what I would pay at BC. There’s one in Northern Ireland that’s looking promising, just not so sure about going it alone.

5) work on learning Spanish (unless I’ve chosen Italian). This depends on where and whether I study abroad. Of course, I could still start on Spanish. But I haven’t.

6) create melted crayon art. Nope. Fall project with my suitmates when we get back to campus??

7) go on a shopping adventure. This month I actually did have a fun shopping trip with a friend. But I also want to do something more, like take my sister into the city for the day, just us girls. But we’ll see.

8) get a summer job. Working on it….

9) take a summer class or 2. I actually decided I didn’t need to take any classes this summer. So this goal is obsolete.

10) read 5 new books. I’ve started one. Look for a review of “How to Find Your Soulmate without Losing Your Soul” by Jason and Crystalina Evert soon. And look at other books I’m hoping to read over on my summer reading list.

11) visit a religious community/ go on a retreat with one.  Nope.

12) write more. I’ve actually been blogging a lot more since being home. As for fiction writing…well, I was having some writer’s block. It’s hard to get back into it and actually, I’m not sure I really want to.

13) be a better person.

a) pray more. For this one, I think it will be a bit of hard work and diligence before I’m in a good habit. I really should put in the effort, especially since I have so much free time right now.

b) be more diligent but don’t take things so seriously. This is one I’ll have to work on for a while, maybe always to maintain the balance. But using my rose-colored glasses as I look at the past, I think maybe I have gotten better at this.

c) laugh more, worry less. I worry. Always.

 

Now here are my 5 goals for June:

1)Say at least one decade of the rosary every day

2)Finish “How to Find Your Soulmate” and at least one other book–and write reviews for both

3)Make a decision about Spanish next semester

4)Apply to more jobs, and get at least one interview (hopefully)

5)Refresh my math skills (or lack thereof) in prep for my math for teachers class in the Fall

BONUS) Write that letter to my future self

As you might be able to tell, most of these goals are taken from the 13 goals–some are just more manageable pieces of the larger goal.

I think I’ll like this. Instead of the same old 13 big goals I’ve had all year I now have 5 or 6 more manageable goals in a fresh, new format. I’m going to put these on a electronic sticky note on my laptop so they’ll be there all month as a reminder.

We’ll see how I do at the end of the month…

Assessment of 2013 Goals: April

I realize that I’m about 12 days late in writing this, but during those 12 days I’ve done a lot! So, without further excuses…

This was my last full month of freshman classes but I did accomplish some things.

1) donate blood. I actually did this! It wasn’t too bad. But, just so you, I don’t recommend skipping breakfast the day after you give blood. Just trust me on this. No matter how much homework you have to do, you still need to eat.

8) get a summer job. I applied for a few. Haven’t gotten anything definite yet.

9) take a summer class or 2. Well, I was registered for one, but I then learned that it didn’t satisfy the proper things, blah blah etc…so I dropped it. I was mainly taking it to ensure that i graduated on time and because I thought it would make it easier to fit in studying abroad. As it turns out though, I can finish my major and spend a semester abroad without summer classes.

13) be a better person. I hope I’ve been working on this one…

So this was a short review, but I’ll be back in a couple weeks to talk about studying abroad and learning Spanish.

Assessment of 2013 Goals: March

Another month has come and gone and it’s time for me to see how I did regarding my goals for this year. March saw both Spring and Easter breaks, a warming up in the weather, and the beginning of spring stircrazy-ness.

On to the goals. I figure I’ll go through them one by one and see what my thoughts are and/or if I’ve gotten anything done towards the goal.

1) donate blood.

Hasn’t happened. Probably won’t until next semester.

2) get my license.

Hopefully over the summer.

3) write a letter to myself to open in the future.

Haven’t done this yet. Though it would probably take all of half an hour.

4) figure out how I can study/travel abroad.

This is an interesting one. Over spring break I did a 4 year plan (well, 3 actually since that’s all I have left). I thought it would be possible (so long as I just did an elementary ed major and didn’t add special ed). But with my school’s Honors Program that I’m part of I’m not sure how it will work out. A friend also has an aunt in Italy who could possibly hook me up with an family in need of au pair (something to consider).

5) work on learning Spanish (unless I’ve chosen Italian).

I am officially enrolled in Beginning Spanish for the Fall 2013 semester. Also, I might work with the Rosetta Stone Spanish program my family has over the summer.

6) create melted crayon art.

Haven’t done this yet.

7) go on a shopping adventure.

Hm…maybe with my good friend form back home over the summer (again).

8) get a summer job.

Looking at a few options. Any suggestions?

9) take a summer class or 2.

I’m also officially enrolled in World Regional Geography for the Summer 2013 semester-thing.

10) read 5 new books.

Nope.

11) visit a religious community/ go on a retreat with one.

Haven’t really. I did go to the vocations fair on campus earlier this month though.

12) write more.

Yeah…

13) be a better person.

a) pray more.

no comment.

b) be more diligent but don’t take things so seriously.

Maybe…yeah, maybe making some progress.

c) laugh more, worry less.

I still worry. But maybe a teeny smidgen less, a little, maybe.

Well, there you have it. Looks like I’m going to have a pretty goal-driven summer. The year is a quarter over, but that means there’s still three quarters to go.