Sneaky in Training

At the moment I am at work, on break from being trained.

LearnVest.com (which I recommend to anyone out there, although I think it is supposed to be for women) it is talking about investing.  I am wondering when I will be ready to make this step?  Should I wait for getting my debt down?  Or  start sooner?  I may write them a letter to ask.

It did get me thinking that it is time to do a small goal for finances.  I think it will be to keep up with my bank/loans/etc accounts, through my budgeting tool on LearnVest.  I think this needs to be a thing I do daily.  I am also thinking I need to create some kind of tracking tool to keep my goals in.  I plan on making many goals and I have not yet started to track them.

I am going to come up with my system when I get home.

My skin

It took me a bit of thinking to decide which large Goal this smaller goal fit under.  But I decided on Big Goal #4: Like the way I look.  So last week my skin began clearing up, which I think was due in part to the fact that I was pretty good at sticking to my diet, and even didn’t have any sugar for a week.  However Tuesday, January 24th, I broke out.  Big time!  I got four large bumps (not yet pimples but small mounds that look like round welts) that always give way to cysts.  I was pretty upset.  I did a great job washing my face, eating right… what the hell!  Today it hit me.  Usually I drink good wholesome organic dairy products.  But starting Monday, I had not gotten a chance to go to Whole Foods and so I used the free Hood Half and Half provided by my employers.  Big mistake!  Hood is full of hormones and antibiotics, no wonder I broke out!

This then is my goals: No more non-rgbh dairy ever!  Not at Starbucks, not at restaurants, never again.  This is very important to me.  When I am not looking in a mirror I am convinced my skin is ugly and horrible.  When I look in the mirror I can convince myself that I look ok.  I want to know that I look great in my skin all the time.  Cutting out all that rgbh treated dairy should help!

Chinese new year

It is dark and comfortable, as I write this post from my bed. Why? Because I completely forgot to post anything until five seconds ago. Kind of a grey Chinese new year. I always think of fiery colors for this day, but it was not to be.

So this post will be a little post. However, Karl wants me to drive him to work tomorrow morning, which should me some time to kill at Starbucks. Hopefully I will have plenty of time to work on my goals.

In the meantime, sweet dreams to me!

New Year (Almost a month late)

I am the type of person to constantly re-evaluate my goals.  However I still enjoy the tradition of mapping out large goals at the beginning of every year.  Having said this, I am off to a bit of a slow start considering it is January 22.  I am in luck because tomorrow is the Chinese New Year.  So we’ll just pretend that I did it this way on purpose.

How I present goals to myself is to start out very broad, and I tend to have a bunch.  Then I try and focus on the nitty gritty steps in those goals as I have time, money and other resources to spend on said goals.  Sometimes one has to be realistic and wait on some goals (such as traveling the world – I’m still trying to save for that) while others can be started immediately (taking my vitamins every day).  I’m not very good at routine.  I find this weird because supposedly human beings as a whole are very routine animals.  I suspect this means that I have very subtle routines or just don’t recognize them as routines at all.  As I notice them, I will try and point them out to myself to make sure I want to keep them.  My coffee everyday is an obvious routine I have.  I’m fine with it for now, as I keep it under two cups a day and I never put sugar in it.  Ok, big goal time.

Big Goal Number 1:  Become as healthy as possible

Big Goal Number 2: Be as creative as possible

Big Goal Number 3: Become financially amazing

Big Goal Number 4: Like the way I look

My rules for getting to these big goals?  Little steps, big changes.  Also, I realize that these are spheres that are not separate.  They overlap quite a bit.  Now this blog I categorize as being under Big Goal Number 2.  This is my little goal #1.  I have decided I am allowed to add one small goal per day, but I do not have to add a new one everyday.  I don’t want to become overwhelmed or make this a chore.  If I am going to follow through it needs to be fun.  Now I tried to look up the number of days before something becomes a habit, and lo and behold… it depends.  21 days to 28 days was the favorite number but this was not based on science apparently.  There was no study and no method, so probably not a good number to depend on.  Another study (which I have in no way varified – still researching) says that one average a habit is formed at 66 days.  I am going to track my goals at sixty days, reevaluate, and decide whether or not it has become a habit or if it needs more help.  So for the next sixty days straight I am going to write in this blog, and then after that I will cut myself some slack, two to three days a week maybe.  We’ll see if it works out.  I am going to think positive thoughts 🙂

Tomorrow, I will begin to break down Big Goal Number 1.  I bought a six month run at SmartKitchen.com  It has lessons running from simple beginner level to expert.  I already cook but I hope to vastly improve my skills with this and other tools.

Happy New Year