2016 was a bittersweet year. A lot has happened that hindered me from achieving what I wanted to do. I’ve always been one to dream big but I’m also that someone who chickens out at the last minute. I don’t like it but I’m trying to change that, especially because I feel like I know much better now than I ever did before. The last year has taught me a lot about what I want in life, and about what matters most. For the past few years, I’ve been setting up goals for myself and I rarely get to achieved more than one or two. This year, I’m going to set up much more realistic ones and do my best to achieve (or be close to achieving) them by the end of the year.
Start a travel fund. I’ve always been fond of traveling. It’s something that I enjoy a lot but it is a luxury. Sure there are seat sales but I also have to take into account the travel tax, baggage fees, lodging, food, tour/s, entrance fee/s, transportation, and pocket money. Traveling costs good money which is why I don’t get to do it as often as I would like to. I still live off of my parents’ money, and they still have to fund four more years of my med school (which, as well know, does not come with a cheap price tag), so I can’t really demand anything from them. I mean, they’re already spending so much of their money on my schooling; I don’t want to demand from them to spend a lot on my luxuries too. So for the next few months before med school, I will be working an 8-5 job (should I find one) to fund my travels for this year (i.e. Japan, and other local destinations).
Read a book each month. I haven’t read a single novel last year! Which is sad, considering how much free time I had after graduation. I miss the feeling of just curling up in a corner and getting lost in another world. Starting a “50 Books Challenge” would be too ambitious given that I will definitely be in med school by the next half of this year, so I will just settle for at least one hard copy per month. I would go for e-books for the practicality of it (money-wise — because I’m saving up for a trip — and space-wise) but I will always still prefer reading a physical copy. So one novel per month it is.
Lose 10lbs. I’m not gonna put in here that I want abs and epic muscles, or a beach bangin’ bod because I don’t wnat those. I just want to lose the extra flabs that I gained over the years and not have to struggle to hold my breath to keep my stomach in whenever I want to have my picture taken. No fancy work out routines and diet — just regular exercise (running/jogging for me), and healthy eating (less carbs, sugar, and junk).
Learn a foreign language. It’s sad that our school system does not require us to learn a foreign language other than english because I would love to learn something else. I remember when I was in 2nd grade, I was able to learn basic Spanish but I outgrew it. I want to learn Japanese or Korean, so maybe I’ll just start off being self-taught and enroll to a class when I have more free time.
Finally learn how to drive. I’ve been putting this on my lists for years now but I never actually got to do it because I’m too lazy to fix my papers for a driver’s license. Have you seen the lines at LTO? They’re crazy long! But I’m going to suck it up and be an adult, and just line up to get a student’s license. Enroll to a driving school, and line up again for a non-professional license. Hassle but gotta power through!
Pass all my med school classes. (So advanced, I haven’t even submitted my applications yet!) I’m a pretty decent student but I’ve never really put a lot of effort on school (except for my thesis because I was really passionate about that). I only give the minimum amount of work required to pass my classes. But I know med school is going to be a lot different — it’s going to be 100x harder, and I’m going to have to put in 1000x more effort. I don’t want to just pass, I want to start striving to ace my classes. It’s going to be the real deal now, I have to keep up.
Improve my photography and writing. Not just for my blog but because those two things are something that I genuinely like doing. I want to improve my writing so as to be able to tell my story better, to express myself clearer and with more flair than before, and I want to improve my photography to help people reading my writing, visualize what I’m saying. I can’t draw for the life of me, and my handwriting isn’t the best, so writing and photography are my only outlets of creativity, and I want to be better at it.
Continue my shopping ban. I have a trip to save up for so it only makes sense that I’m going to keep myself from shopping too much, but I also just want to further teach myself that experiences are much more valuable than clothes or shoes, especially when I already have so much. I guess this would be much easier because I’m going back to school and I’m not going to need to dress up a lot anymore.
Write a gratitude post each month. I want to start to really appreciate everything that I have in life. So I’m going to make it a point to really look into what I’m being given each month and be thankful for it. Then, I will look back on each post by the end of the year so that no matter what happens, I would remember that good things happened to me.
I will strive to do my best to achieve these goals this year. I want to just stop letting opportunities pass me by and start being a go-getter. What are your goals for 2017?