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Birthday Goals - Update 1

A little over a month ago, I turned 27 and I established a set of goals for myself. If you want to read the full posts, here are links to goals one, two, three, four, and five.

For those who do not want to read my mindless jabbering in more than one post today, my goals were as follows. Volunteer more, date more, financial management, maintain my relationships, and eat right. Here is a quick update on my progress. I'm going to try and do these monthly so I can shame myself into working harder at accomplishing them.


So far, this goal hasn't picked up more steam. I did pick up my involvement in the Orchestra and put in quite a bit of work over the past few weeks for that organization, but I haven't done anything besides that. I hope that this month, maybe over Thanksgiving, I will find an organization and work a few hours for them.

Date More

Ummm, we will leave this as unaccomplished and very little progression.

Financial Management

This is a mixed bag. I haven't made any big purchases this month, even though B&H sent me an email that the prime lens I'd been looking at was in stock. I do need to stop eating out as much, though I didn't go out for lunch all last week. I think if I can limit myself to only eating dinner out and only doing that two times a week I'll be happy with my progress. This isn't going to be easy though.

Maintaining Relationships

I ordered and received Moo cards with my contact information on them. This was great and now I just need to work on making sure I have some with me all the time and also work on getting other's information from them. This is going to be a challenge but if I just remember to work on it, I know I can succeed. On a positive note I ran into an old co-worker from college last night and remembered to get a card to him so hopefully I can reconnect with him and his wife(who I also worked with) sometime.

I haven't made a conscious effort to send thank you cards, but I do have some sitting on my desk now, so I can't use the excuse that going to the store and buying them is too much effort.

Eating Right

This was going great up until the last week or so. Too much eating out, and not enough portion control. On the plus side, I've been eating whole grain cereal almost every morning which not only helps with the calorie consumption but also is just overall good for you. I'm only allowing myself to eat out on Tuesday this week, until Friday when I head to Grand Forks. This weekend will be a challenge but I’m going to work hard at not gorging at every meal.

I am giving myself a C grade for this month. Though I've made progress in some of these goals I've also not made much more than a mildly conscious effort to push them forward. So, for those of you who know me, yell at me if you see me slacking. For those of you that don't, please also join in the yelling.