Oh god. I think the gym broke me. Like, seriously. I can’t move my legs, and my back keeps making this really unsettling crunching noise, and I’ve just discovered a muscle in my shoulder that I’m SURE wasn’t there yesterday.
On Friday, after I was done napping, and writing about how awesome New Years Eve was, I went to a Pump class, and did Sh’Bam, until my hair-tie broke, and set my unwashed-cave-woman hair free. I decided to leave because I HATE working out with my hair in my face. It gets all sweaty and in my eyes, and mouth.
Also? Unwashed cave woman hair was not an exaggeration. In fact? I’m pretty sure cave women used to at least brush their hair with sticks or wooden combs or something.
Then today Louise and I went to an Attack! class. (So much for easing back into it huh??!!)
It’s Attack! with an exclamation mark, because attack doesn’t quite convey the absolute devastation an Attack! class can wreak on your unsuspecting Christmas-ham body. Your unsuspecting-christmas-ham-body which has done nothing more stressful than walk and sightsee for the past two weeks.
We had a sauna afterwards, because I – for one – could not see getting out of bed unassisted without a little bit of loosening up.
Then I came home and had the most blissful hot bath ever, and had a very good think about the future. I’ve been meaning to write about my goals, and I think I’ve finally managed to organise them in a way that I can share them…
The Next Six Months:
Grade to Blue Belt at Taekwon Do.
Do more bush walking, and hiking around Wellington.
Reduce my overdraft by half.
Pass one 300 level paper.
Replace my cross trainers (Which met an untimely demise)
Purchase the perfect dress for Leslea’s wedding.
Spend time on pampering myself, and giving myself what I need to be in a healthy state of mind.
The Next Twelve Months
Complete my BA in Political Science, and International Relations.
Step outside my comfort zone more often.
Reduce my overdraft to $0.
Find a job that moves me in the direction of Public Relations/ Communications/ Marketing. Or being a spy.
Have a healthy, fit, and active body, in the ‘normal’ BMI range.
Have a very good idea of my personal needs, and have habits in place to actively spend time getting what I need to be happy, positive, and healthy.
The Next Two Years
Get my Full NZ Drivers License.
Move overseas to Korea, Thailand, or Argentina.
Grade to Red Belt Level at TKD.
Maintain healthy relationships with my family and friends, surround myself with amazing, successful, positive, intelligent people.
The Next Five Years
Travel through South America, Europe, Central America, and Parts of Asia.
Work on a Cruise Ship for at least 3 months.
Work at some kind of touristy Horse Trekking Ranch in America somewhere for 6 months.
Have an amazingly exciting once-in-a-lifetime job.
Purchase a house – or have a down payment ready for one.
Own a car.
The Next Ten Years
Puppies! Horses! Kittens! (I am completely, and utterly serious.)
Pay off my entire Student Loan.
Be in a settled long-term relationship with a guy who’s crazy about me, and I totally love and respect.
Work in a high-level job with great opportunities for professional development, and upward mobility.
Stay physically active, and committed to having a healthy body.
Yeah. So what do you think?? I decided to dream big. No maybes. In order to make it happen, I have to believe it can – I think that’s definitely the first step in achieving any of this!
It’s kind of scary now that I have a PLAN written down. Writing things down makes them seem serious, and final.
I also have a key word for this year: Frugality.
Frugality is a means of cost reduction. It is the practice of acquiring goods and services in a restrained manner, and resourcefully using already owned economic goods and services, to achieve a longer term goal.
It’s kind of not what I usually choose – It’s a little less upbeat that my year of culture, of individuality, of learning new things… But I think it nicely encompasses my themes.
I’m being quite wide about how I’m going to apply it:
Naturally I am going to be frugal about my spending. I tend to spend money in a very chaotic way when I have it. I will start planing my purchases, sticking to my budgets, and working very hard on my overdraft. Last year I managed to wipe out my credit card debt, and I have equally high hopes for success this year.
I will be frugal about food. I’ll eat less of it all round – but in particular, I’ll eat less crappy food, and more healthy food. I’ll be aware of what I’m putting into my body, and I’ll spend time on installing good food habits.
I will be frugal about my time – meaning that I will be aware of how I am spending it, and whether that time investment is a good one – ie. University, study, the gym, and taekwon do activities are good use of time. Lying on the couch, reading trashy romance novels, and looking at amusing photos of cats on the internet is not.
I am going to be frugal about who I date – I’ve had a lot of hilariously bad dates. I deserve not to waste my time and energy on bad dating!
So what about you? Do you have a key-word for this year? Or a plan?