This Will Be: April 2014

April is the launch of a new quarter and a new set of goals. More on the specifics of that next week, but I’m excited to jump into this month. My focus this month is absolutely on job hunting. I’ve been using a spreadsheet to track what jobs I’ve applied to and… I’m getting ahead of myself. Here’s some of my goals and plans for April.

Career

Of course, the continued job hunt. I have a list of companies I’m going to be looking into that I’m sure will continue to grow as the month goes on and I come into contact with people who can help me along. Every time I start to panic (which isn’t too often yet), I remind myself that the average job hunt takes 3-6 months and includes ~100 applications.

April is the start of a new quarter and a new focus (which again, I’ll talk about next week more), but one of the goals for the quarter is to write a short film. I have an idea to work with, and this month I’d like to start to beat out the story and outline the film.

Similar to above, I’ll be working on writing and putting out more consistent content on the blog. This month my goal is to get up to three posts a week. I don’t have any visitors planned this month, so hopefully it’ll be a little easier to stay on track for April.

Education

A friend of mine offered to teach me how to longboard a few weeks ago and I’m hoping to take her up on it this month. I’ve surfed and snowboarded before, so I’m excited and a little scared to be trying this out. While it will be a great way to connect to the city, falling on concrete will hurt more than into water or on snow.

Relationships

I want to get back into serving at my church and investing in the relationships I have there. I’ve served on the production team for a few months, but haven’t been scheduled as often as I’d like to be. This month I’m going to sit down with my planner and request a few days to plug back into this community.

Seeing as this month is also Easter, I am going to try and get some friends together to celebrate Easter. I don’t really know who’s going to be in town or what’s going to be happening, but I know I want to do something more this year than I did last year (I didn’t really celebrate last year besides going to church).

Health

Somehow I feel like this month will be great for hiking. It’s something I’m excited to be getting back into and will hopefully be able to work into my schedule a little more often.

See also: Education. If longboarding isn’t exercise than what’s the point?

What are your plans for April?

This Has Been: March 2014

I have been pretty absent here for the past few weeks. I hate when bloggers apologize for not blogging, so I’m not going to do that. I’ve had a full month and my focuses were elsewhere. Sometimes life is like that. That being said, I spent some time this past weekend getting back up to speed and hope to be a bit more regular in these parts. For a reminder of what I was planning for this month go back to the start. This has been March.

Career and Finance

While I still haven’t found a job, I have kicked it up a notch in trying to find one. I have been putting myself out there more and working as a PA (sometimes paid, often not but good for the contacts and experience). A friend of mine also got me hooked in with a network that will be a great resourse going forward. This was a pretty big push for me this month and I’m glad that it was a focus.

I didn’t file my taxes yet, but I did print out a 1040. It’s the thought that counts? (If only it was that easy)

Education

I did finish five books this month and am still working on a handful more. I find that I’m constantly in the middle of at least half a dozen books, though usually only actively reading two or three. Check out my GoodReads profile to follow what I’ve been working on, and keep an eye out here for a few reviews of what I’ve read so far this year. 

I did spend some time thinking about the blog, but between friends being here and focusing on job hunting I didn’t post of re-organize as much as I had hoped. I’m fine with this for now though, because the things I was focusing on definitely come first. #sorryImnotsorry

Relationships

My roommates coming to visit was a clear highlight of my month. Between them and another friend from my early days in Chicago coming for a visit, I’ve had my fill of playing tour guide for a little while this month. I enjoyed having them here, and got a chance to explore the city more which has lit a fire that I hope to expand upon in the coming weeks and months.

Health

I can’t even believe that I failed at going to two yoga classes. I went to one, so that has to count for something, but I definitely did not quite have my act together on this one.

Other

Renewing my scooter was kind of a hassle because I had some insurance snags that meant I had to go to the DMV in person. Since I was also late (unbeknownst to me), it cost a pretty penny too. The good news is that it’s done and I don’t have to deal with that again for a year.

Another failure was window washing. I don’t think I’ll roll it over into the next month again though. I just don’t seem to have the motivation to get through to this one. On the other hand, I did finally get around to buying a real dining table (as opposed to the card table I’ve been using), along with a few other things from IKEA, so now my apartment feels even more homey than before and I love it.

 

This Will Be: March 2014

I’m testing out a new way of setting monthly goals. This may change as I go forward with the year, but I realized that just like I have split my yearly goals into categories, it would probably be helpful to split my monthly goals into categories as well. Not only will this give my some consistency, it will also give these posts a bit more of a formula to follow.

My categories are career and finance, education, relationships, and health.

Career and Finance

Obviously, since March is the end of the first quarter of the year, I am trying to complete the first quarter goals for Planning Freedom, one of which is finding a job. I had hoped to have more of a lead by now, but this month I am going to be applying to a few temporary things along with continuing to network and look for a permanent position.

Meanwhile, I received tax forms in the mail last month and have been avoiding doing anything with them. I’d like to file for both federal and state tax returns this month so that I don’t have to panic in April.

Education

My reading goal this year is 50 books and so far I’ve only finished three. Womp womp. To make up some time I’d like to finish five books this month. I have four (maybe more?) in the works already, so this shouldn’t be too hard. Honestly, I think the hardest part is making sure to record the books I’ve read when I’ve finished them. I could’ve sworn I’ve read more than three book already this month.

This doesn’t quite fit under education, but I’m not sure that education is actually quite the word I’m looking for with this category. Another Planning Freedom goal is to re-organize my blog. This larger goal will almost certainly extend into the second quarter, but this month I’m going to be working on a mission statement for the blog and a photo shoot for a new header and profile picture.

Relationships

Not so much a goal as just an exciting thing that’s happening this month, but my old roommates are coming to visit me this month. I’ve seen them a few times since leaving Chicago, but it will be good to reconnect.

Health

Probably the simplest goal, but also the least often done, I’d like to go to two yoga classes this month. That’s not even a class a week. I think I can manage this.

Other

A few little things that I’m not sure how to categorize. My scooter’s license plate expires this month, so I need to figure out how to renew that, and the sooner the better.

And a rollover from last month that I didn’t get to. I want to clean my apartments windows from the outside. I live on the first floor so this is possible, I just didn’t get to it last month because when I finally scheduled a day to do it, there was a monster rainstorm.

 

This Has Been: February 2014

I keep trying to write about February because it’s already March. In my head I’ve already moved on to Oscars and Lent and Fandom March Madness, but this post demands to be written because I finally have an editorial calendar, and this is the next to go live. So I’m writing it.

February is the shortest month, and appropriately it seems to have gone by really quickly. The best overview of the month can likely be found on my Instagram account. I really enjoyed playing around on Instagram last month. Execpt for that moment when some jerk spoiled the Olympic Men’s Snowboarding Half-Pipe for me in the comments section, but that was a one time deal. Instagram and I are good now. Sidenote: I watched a lot of Olympics.

Beyond that I also managed to get a decent amount of “stuff” done. I worked on some behind the scenes things for the blog, which I’m pretty excited about. I feel like I’m in a good place for all three of my first quarter goals; even if one won’t quite end up the way I had imagined. (Read more in my halfway there post!)

Late this month I spent a little less than a week with my mom visiting my grandma in Florida. I can’t seem to articulate my feelings on the trip very well, but I think it falls into the ‘win’ category. When I returned to the west cost I finally got around to catching up on Downton Abbey and Sherlock.

As a whole, February was good to me despite probably spending too much time locked in my own apartment. On the bright side, I did spend some time making my apartment as functional as possible.

I am constantly reminding myself that I’m in a good place for where I am in life right now and it’s true. I’m in a good place. Could it be better? Of course it could. But couldn’t everyone’s life be better than it is right at this moment? Of course it could. So que sera sera.

This Will Be: February 2014

In a lot of ways February is going to be filled with much of the same stuff that January was filled with. Sending my resume out, watching lot’s of Netflix, blogging, spending time with friends. I’m excited to see what this month has in store for me.

A few little goals for the month:

Re-arrange my kitchen – I’ve been meaning to do this since I moved in and this strech of unemployment is the perfect time.

Clean apartment windows from the outside – I’m on the ground floor, so this shouldn’t be too hard, but we’ll see how it goes.

Get a 2014 calendar! – I can’t believe I still don’t have one!

Use my zipcar credit – I wound up with ~$35 worth of zipcredit on my account when there the car wasn’t there last week. I think I’ll use it to go out for a day, but I’m not sure what to do/where to go.

One Little Word check in – Just a halfway checkpoint to make sure I’m on track.

Start off Instagram right – I got an Instagram account a few days ago and am loving it so far, but trying to pace myself. I don’t want to post a lot and then suddenly stop, so I’m trying to stick to ~1 photo a day.

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Do you have any little goals for the month of February?

Follow me on Instagram! I’ll probably follow you back.

This Has Been: January 2014

This month has been my first of the “real world”? There’s a question mark there because I’m not even sure I know what that means. Am I a part of the real world now just because I’m done with school assignments? That doesn’t seem right? What world was I in before? Nevermind that though, we can leave the philosophic musings for another time.

Some highlights from January include:

Going Snowboarding for the first time in a few years. I never got a chance to go while I was at school in Chicago (the midwest is far too flat), but I finally got a chance to go to the mountains down here in SoCal. I’m excited to go again and for the many other adventures that are sure to come.

Started to write a DONE list in the evenings, reminding me of the things I did get done instead of beating myself up over procrastination.

Brought my scooter in for a tune up. Not sure that this is really a huge high point, but my scooter is cleaner and runs better now than it has for the last few months, so I’m pretty happy with that.

Got back to blogging. One of my new years resolutions is to get back into the habit of blogging (more on my new years goals in my one little word post, here).

Came up with a routine to start following and have been tweaking it and reorganizing it ever since.

Lot’s of reading! Ton’s of TV! I’m still reading some of the stuff books I got for Christmas and I’m searching for new books almost every day on my Kindle. Gotta keep my eye out for those deals.

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Overall it’s been a weird month. I struggled a lot this month with not having a schedule and the same structure that I’ve been so used to for the past 16+ years of my life, but I think I’ve figured out a way to rebuild that structure and am getting to a better place for it.

This Has Been: December 2013/2013

This has been quite the month. Quite the year. My goals this month were pretty simple. I wanted to finish school on a good note and get back to blogging, both of which I would call semi-successful. I’ll admit that this semester was pretty bad for my academically, but I’m okay with that because I know that the energy that usually would have gone into school actually went into my two internships and something tells me that since I’ll still be graduating (cum laude!) the connections I made through my internship will be more useful in the long run.

After I turned in all my papers and submitted everything that needed submitting, I felt a little lost. I spent a lot of time in my apartment watching TV (a desperate attempt to catch up on everything I had fallen behind on over the semester). I was glad to go home to San Francisco for the week of Christmas. It was good to get away from Car-land and spend some time with MUNI. Christmas was just my immediate family, but it was nice for my sister and I to both be home at the same time. I got something I wanted, something I needed, something to wear, and somethings to read.

Another great part about San Francisco is that I was able to spend time with some old friends from high school. I got to reconnect with a bunch of people from my class that I probably haven’t talked to since graduation. We are all so different from what we were, the dynamics are familiar, but a stretched to include people we may not have been as close within the past, as well as a few significant others.

As wonderful as it was to spend time with friends and family, it has also been good for me to get back to Los Angeles. I got to spend some time reflecting on the year and thinking about all the plans I have for the next days, weeks, and months that will make up a brand new year. I will ring in the New Year tonight with my MOSAIC family, and I couldn’t be more excited.

As for the year? 2013 was a year full of growth and movement. I knew from the beginning that I would be ending this year in Los Angeles, but I had no idea how that was going to work. Getting to where I’m at has been a bumpy road, but I am very excited to be here. I learned a lot this year, probably most of it in the last few months of figuring out what I want from my life and how to live better, and I hope to be able to take those lessons and apply them to my life next year with new-found freedom.

This Will Be: December 2013

The last month of the year is going to be a big push to try and finish off the semester on good terms and get ready for the the new year by setting goals and preparing for the job hunt. It’s surreal to me that I will be done with school in two weeks. I am excited for this month, but I’m also ecstatic about all that 2014 will have to offer. I’m getting a bit ahead of myself though, for now I need to focus on what I’m planning for the rest of 2013.

I feel like I’ve set the goal of routine creation multiple times over the course of this year and it’s never quite gotten done in the way I’ve been aiming for, but I’m starting to think that I’m aiming for the wrong thing. I seem to want every day to be regimented and set in place. While that’s a nice thought, it isn’t really practical for where I’m at in life right now.

The real routine I want is a waking up and going to bed routine. I would be great to have a weekly grocery shopping, laundry doing, writing routine as well, but for now I want to focus on getting into and out of bed on a daily basis without the fuss that seems to happen a lot now. When I was home over Thanksgiving I was amazed by how easy it was to wake up at 8. Part of it may have been the way the light came into my room, but I think a lot of it was how used to getting up and out of bed I was in that setting.

Probably the most important thing for the next two weeks is that I finish off my semester – and my academic career – without falling on my face. I’m not aiming for perfection here, I just want to complete the semester with my sanity in tact. The movie Saving Mr. Banks comes out the Friday I am finishing up with my semester and I am wildly excited for this movie. I’m going to treat myself to seeing it, but only when I’ve handed in all my final projects. This is my motivational tool.

After school and my internships are done I will be free to focus on my writing portfolio and my goals for next year. I really like the idea of the One Little Word system, I just need to figure out what role that and other goal setting ideas will play in my own personal goal setting for 2014.

I want to really push back into blogging this month. I have three days a week of posts in at least a concept phase already, a lot of the next two weeks is even already written. I want to get back to the level I was at in August before the semester got crazy. I haven’t completely fallen off the bandwagon, but I really do need to press in. Of course, this will be much easier when I am done with school.

A huge part of job hunting for me is going to be having a good writing portfolio. This may not come into play right away, but down the line this will be critical and I’d like to start working on it sooner rather than later. I know for sure of one piece I will be able to put into a portfolio once I polish it a bit, so that will be the first step, but I’d also like to come up with a list of what I eventually want in my portfolio so that I can focus on things that will be helpful for me. One piece, and a list. That’s all I want.

This Has Been: November 2013

November has been a strange month. It was filled with internship days and get togethers, just as I expected, but also with less writing and goal getting than I had hoped. I know that my time has been full in these past few weeks, but as I sit down to write this I’m hard-pressed to figure out what it has been so full with. Though I suppose reading has been a big part of it. I think I’ve read more books in the past month than I did in all of 2012.

On the blog this month I discussed my thoughts on CSI, the books I’ve finished recently, and all the things I want to write about. While I’m glad I’ve been making the slow return to blogging, I am still very much lacking the consistency I had last year. I was on a roll there for a while, but it seems to be gone for now.

National Novel Writing Month. Well, to put it lightly I didn’t finish. I don’t even want to say by how much. Even though I didn’t complete a story, I did learn from the days that I did write. The actual act of writing is not as difficult as I always make it up to be. I just need to force myself to put in the time and then go from there. In fact, the more I wrote, the easier it was to write.

What frustrates me about NaNoWriMo, and writing in general, is that I can’t seem to motivate myself to write. I want to be blogging, NaNoing, and script-writing, but I can’t seem to get myself together to finish anything. Everything else seems to be more interesting than writing. Reading, Tumblr, YouTube, BuzzFeed, everything. Maybe I need to install one of those leachblock apps and block all the unproductive things until I provide proof that I am done writing? I feel like that program exists, but I don’t know what it is or where to find it.

Another big goal was to start a job search. While I had hoped to be a bit further along in the process than I am, I’m happy with the progress I’ve made.  Not really anything else to say about this one, but I’m glad to have gotten a start.

While to say that I have “caught up” on my school work might be a bit of a stretch in some places, I have make enough progress that I am no longer worried. It will be a big push to finish, but it always is. My semester ends December 14, which I’m continually surprised to find out is only two weeks away!

I think what I’m most pleasantly surprised by is the amount of socializing that I managed this month. I attended or hosted a party or get together every weekend. A Halloween Party, an Industry Party, a Housewarming Party, a Doctor Who themed Brunch for the 50th Anniversary special, and of course Thanksgiving.  All told, much more than usual, and definitely good for me.

This Will Be: November 2013

And so begins some semblance of actual weather in Southern California. Huzzah! I am a Mid-Westerner to the core and I genuinely enjoy winter, so I’m glad to be able to add a few layers on finally. But enough of my weather woes, surely there are other exciting things to be thinking of in the month of November. Indeed.

My biggest goal for the month is a little project called National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo in which participants attempt 50,000 words of a novel in the month of November. I made a feeble stab at this once in high school, but only got a few hundred words in before deciding to call it quits. Since then I’ve gotten a few full-length TV pilot scripts under my belt and a greater incentive to finish. I want to establish a habit of writing every day. Also, a friend of mine is holding my newly delivered disk of Final Draft hostage until I reach 50K.

Besides that Mega Culpa, this month I’m going to start putting some feelers out to try and find a job for after I graduate. This is much more of a long term goal, and I don’t imagine actually having a proper job by the end of the month, but I want to get a bit of a start on it since I’m going to be graduating in December.

Speaking of graduating, I need to recommit to my school work and play a little bit of catch up. The problem with catch-up, of course, is that while I’m busy with work from before, new work is also due. It’s a loosing game, but I’m hoping I can rally my way to an acceptable finish.

That’s it for November. One big goal and two smaller ones. I have no clue what to expect from this month, but I’m excited to be getting started.