Sometimes I will get really into things and I just feel so overwhelmed with inspiration and I want to tell everyone about it! I have been thinking about deleting my blog and focusing instead on mini Instagram posts. But as I started to do more things that I loved, I felt like I just really wanted to talk about it all so I am back! I have been thinking about a lot of things I want to do this year and I’m actually so excited about them and I feel like they are within my reach. When I decided to make a blog post about my 2020 goals I felt like I should discuss why I failed to accomplish my 2019 goals, but I already explained a little bit why even if I didn’t dig deep into the topic. For this post I only want to focus on the future and how I’m going to work harder to achieve my goals! Let’s get started!
These aren’t in any order but I will break them up by what they are.
My best friend Andrea bought me this cute little book called Surprise Yourself by Lisa Currie which is like a little workbook to help you “get out of your head & into the world.” I was going through it just to see what all I could work on at that moment and I came across a page that had a prompt to learn a new word and try to use it throughout the day. I struggled with this because the random word generator I used kept giving me words I knew, and even though I was clicking through them at lightning speed, I couldn’t find a single word I did not know. I decided to look up random words in Japanese and found a website that mentioned different words and one was tsundoku, which basically meant the books that pile up and are never read. I have so many of those!! I thought it was really funny and a word that really resonated with me. That word inspired me to start reading books again. So I’ve decided to read more this year and attempt to tackle my tsundokus before I buy any more books because I already have a growing list. I am going to do some monthly book reviews to talk about what I’ve read and how I feel about them so please give me recommendations or let me know if you’ve read the books I talk about in those posts!
I want to continue my goal of learning Japanese and I would like to be able to have conversational vocabulary by the end of this year. I have been feeling so positive lately that I feel like I can do anything I want to do in life. One of the things I really want to do is go on vacation! Where to? Japan! I think it’s so lovely and beautiful there! I am also a huge fan of San-X and Sanrio characters so please direct me to all of the merch stores lol. I love Japanese street/night photography and I’d love to have a go at it once I get better at that style as well as having better equipment. I feel like it is so rude to expect people in other countries to accommodate your language when YOU visit THEM. I want to learn the languages of the places I want to visit so that I can get around easier and also not have to bother anyone. I would gladly assist anyone needing help if I know their language but not everyone is open to talking to strangers. I wouldn’t want to make anyone uncomfortable or take up anyone’s time. They are, after all, just living their every day lives. I’m a tourist in their hometowns. I also think it’s very cool to know multiple languages and I’d like to make friends who live in Japan or just with anyone who knows Japanese. We all know watching subbed anime without subtitles would be such a cool flex, but it would also be nice to not miss anything if you are eating and look down for a few seconds!
I also want to learn conversational ASL this year! I have a great-aunt who is deaf and I have never been able to really connect with her because of my minuscule knowledge of ASL. I used to work as a grocery store cashier and I had a deaf customer who would come through my lane from time to time and I always felt bad that I could only sign “thank you” to him. I would love for more people to learn it. I almost signed up for a club at my uni last fall that wanted to spread more awareness about the deaf community I believe, but I never knew when the meetings were since I hadn’t gone to one. I did email one of the people in the club but I didn’t really know what all they did. I am scared to commit to things I don’t know if I’ll actually be able to keep up with so it wasn’t that I didn’t want to join, I just let my fear hold me back from meeting people who had a common interest. My parents had an ASL dictionary book that has photos and descriptions of different words so I’m going to use it to learn signs! I am also going to start a story highlight on my Instagram for anyone curious to learn ASL. I am not an expert but I will do my best!
I want to spend less time on social media because it drains me and brings me down. Social media is not so much negative, but more time wasting. I will spend two hours on the discover page looking at the same videos, makeup tutorials, and memes that I’ve seen before and not all of them bring me joy. I could have spent that time actually doing something I love. I do feel negatively after seeing so many people who I believe are better than me and have more things and an overall better life than me. Sometimes I can catch myself and take a step back from those thoughts and realize that I am so extremely blessed already. I have a wonderful boyfriend, four super cute cats, a roof over my head, delicious vegan food in the kitchen, V-Coke and a Brita pitcher in the fridge. I have a car that gets me to wherever I need to go and my body is healthy, I’m also becoming better at taking care of my mental health, I have a job, I am able to attend uni-there are so many things and more that I have to be thankful for. Tyler and I ate chili for a straight week and it was amazing! I’m truly living such a good life. There are so many things I want and want to do but if I died tomorrow, I would be sad but so glad I was able to spend time with the ones I loved. Having material things or being gorgeous won’t matter. The memories I have and that people have of me are so much more important. Selfies on Instagram are boring, I’ve opted to post my mediocre kills on COD instead. 🙂
I did much better in my Fall 2019 semester than I did in my Spring 2019 semester, but I still procrastinated SO MUCH. I never made time for anything and I stayed on Instagram for too long every day. I have to take a math class this Spring and while I’m terrified, I’m also so determined to pass with at least a B! I want to understand it completely. I want to be able to knock out my homework efficiently and accurately in record time! Then I can spend more time playing video games with my love bug! ❤
I also want to make time for my sewing/craft projects and complete them in a more reasonable amount of time! I have a lot of fun sewing, knitting, or whatever it is that I’m trying to fix or DIY. I want to make more time for the hobbies I love and I know it will let me be creative while also giving me a confidence boost every time I complete a project!
Less talk, more walk. I looooooooove to talk about things but I spend too much time talking about plans instead of actually taking actions to accomplish those plans. So even though I’m talking about all of this, I’m motivated to work on all of these things this year!
Learn conversational Japanese
Learn conversational ASL
Less social media
Time management skills/focus more effectively
Sew more/Complete craft projects
Less talk-more walk
HAPPY YEAR OF THE RAT!!!
I hope everyone’s 2020 is fantastic!
As someone who was born during the year of the rat (1996) I feel like this is literally my year and I’m going to shine!
Thank you for reading! 🙂