My Resolution Tracker

This is a tumblr I created to keep track of my resolutions that I made this year...a full list can be seen here:

http://my-quarterlifecrisis.tumblr.com/post/2559180608/the-obligatory-new-year-goals-blog
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31. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I just finished this a few minutes ago…not sure how I feel about it. I read it pretty quickly, but it wasn’t nearly as awesome as everyone said it was. I don’t think it’s my style of book. I got to the point where I was just like “I want him to find the damn lock and be done with it.” I think I need to think about it a bit more.

30. Flowers for Algernon - I DID IT! I met my revised 30 book goal (originally 25, but then I increased it). Dare I try to make it 35


Anyway, I’ve never read this book. It was never assigned for any class I was in, and I had never heard of it until an episode of Friends (TOW All the Haste) where Chandler references it. Being a huge Friends geek, when I came across this book in the college bookstore I figured why not buy it. I bought it my senior year of college (2008/2009) and it’s been sitting on my shelf since. I found it last week and decided now’s as good of a time as any. I’m so glad I did. I loved it. It’s a great story, and I obviously love the nerdy neuropsychology aspect. It’s also and important social commentary. I highly recommend it.

29. Will Grayson, Will Grayson - I read this at the suggestion of another tumblr-er (I can’t remember specifically). I think it’s been compared to The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which I loved. I don’t know if I’d make that comparison…maybe it’s Wallflower meets High School Musical with lots of swearing. The best part of the book for me was that it takes place in Evanston and Naperville…I grew up 20 minutes from Naperville and have lived in Evanston for 4 years (woo Northwestern). I enjoyed the locality of it all. And there was a shoutout to the HPME program at NU lol. But it was a quick read, and it was an interesting concept. A little cheesy, and I don’t know if I’d suggest it to younger readers because of the language, and I’m not sure if I’d suggest it to people my age because I think it’s a little young for that…maybe like 15 or 16 to 20 year olds? But, I’m glad I read it. 

I’m only one book away from my revised 30 book goal. I’ve already met it if you count the book Millennials go to College which I read for a book review for class…but I’m not counting academic books.

Official Bookclub Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin. I loved her show D-List, so I couldn’t wait to read the chaos that is this book. It’s a good lighthearted read with some genuine positive messages behind the comedy.

25 BOOK GOAL COMPLETED 8/23/2011!


23. Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis. This was the sequel to the first quarterlife crisis book I read about a month or two ago. This update/sequel was kinda cool, because it used a lot of the same people/stories, just what happened to them 3 or 4 years later. It’s still not totally relevant since it’s from 2004, but it is still worth reading. It was great for me since there were a few stories in there about physical therapy and medical students who changed their minds about their careers.

24. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: FINALLY I’M DONE WITH THE SERIES! The last book was definitely the most mysterious/exciting, which was nice. The epilogue was ridiculous, but I know why she did it. I just need to see the last two movies, and then I never need to do anything HP related again lol.

25. On My Own Two Feet: This was similar to my favorite personal finance book Get a Financial Life, which we had to read in our high school econ class, which I never really did, but I ended up reading around the time I graduated from college. This particular book is targeted specifically at women, which is an interesting perspective, but there are some tips for everyone. Some of it I glossed over (so maybe it doesn’t count as reading the whole book? lol), as it had no relevance to me…aka how to get out of credit card debt, since I’ve never been in credit card debt in my life (knock on wood).

25 book goal done…30 book goal will be done soon-ish I hope. I would love to read 50 but I don’t think that’s realistic…maybe I’ll shoot for 40.

5/2/2011. I don’t know what Day # it is, but I do know I haven’t updated this in ages, probably because I was busy with school and kinda failed at the reading thing until spring break (which ended as of yesterday). I’ll do a separate book and recipe update, but I think I’m up to 11 books done now.

I did a one-month update in January, but I can now track my progress for the first third of the year. (The year is 1/3 of the way over already. holy crap.). Click the link below for all the updates. And here is the link to the original list of resolutions

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Since January has come and gone, and so the year is about 1/12 of the way done (that was fast!) I decided to do a general little update to check my progress…what I’ve done well and what I want to improve this month (my original resolutions list is located here)

PERSONAL GROWTH/GOALS/CHALLENGES:

  • The Good: I’ve gone out more than I did in any given month last year (goal: become more social/work through anxiety); I haven’t worn sweats to the grocery store or to any classes (except when we’re supposed to); I’ve been good about keeping my nails in good condition; I’ve also done a lot of organizing, especially with my planner.
  • Needs to Improve: organizing the rest of my life (i.e. my bedroom)

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE:

  • The Good: read 5 non-academic books (goal is 25/year); made 2 new recipes; read the paper and did a puzzle on most weekdays
  • Needs to Improve: read the paper/do puzzles on days when I’m not in class; learn something about an unrelated industry

ENTERTAINMENT/FUN STUFF

  • The Good: I saw Wicked (so I need to see 2 more Broadway shows before the end of the year); I saw 4 movies (goal: 1 new movie/month);
  • Needs to Improve: Everything else in that category haha

CREATIVITY

  • The Good: I did all 31 days of project 365 for the month;
  • Needs to Improve: Everything else…perhaps I’ll focus on finishing my knitting

FITNESS

  • The Good: took a yoga class last week and this week, and did it on my own today; made a list of all the classes at my gym I’m interested in taking and put them in my planner
  • Needs to Improve: actually take those classes; run (I haven’t run since beginning of December). I need to get on that.

HEALTH

  • The Good: I’ve been drink tea almost every day; I haven’t had much pop (maybe one/week); I’ve been cooking more for myself/less prepackaged food; no vomiting :)
  • Needs to Improve: drink more tea; stopping mindless snacking; flossing teeth every day (or every other day lol)

    ACADEMIC/PT CAREER

    • The Good: I helped out at open house; I’ve helped with more pre-PT things; I’ve tried to really focus on classes; had a good initial meeting about my research project
       
    • Needs to Improve: continue to be more open minded; do well on tests (haven’t had any yet)

      DANCE/MUSICAL THEATER CAREER GROWTH

      • The Good: took a ballet class; took a musical theater dance masterclass; met with my former high school musical director to talk about voice lessons/life/performing
      • Needs to Improve: haven’t done any improv/choreographing (aside from random dance parties while cooking); take more classes
         

        1/27/2011.

        One of my resolutions was to make one new recipe per month. This is a combo platter, as I had made this once before (minus the salad component) at Thanksgiving, but this was the first time I’ve ever bought brie cheese before, so the very easy brie-apple bruschetta was new for me. And I’ve never used arugula before either. This will have to qualify :D

        Top picture: roasted butternut squash, lentil, goat cheese and arugula salad.

        Bottom: Apple and brie bruschetta (on 10 grain toast since I didn’t have Italian bread)

        1.1.2011.

        I created another tumblr today (my-project365.tumblr.com) to attempt another Project 365, and then decided I wanted another one to track my other resolutions that I’ve made, since I didn’t want to clutter that one up with anything aside from Project 365 related things. So, here is this one.

        Pretty sure most people won’t really care about this one, but this is more for my own progress than anything else. I probably won’t post every day either, because that would be way too tedious :)