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January 2, 2016 | 02:21am
Mood: determined

Resolutions (goals) for 2016.

1. I've spent the last few months getting back into running, and I'm doing 30 minutes 3x a week. The best part? I haven't injured myself. My goal for the year is to continue to safely build up my running base. I'd like to get to the point where I'm running at least 30 miles/5x a week. (I'll eventually write out my exact planning for how to achieve this goal, but not now.) In a perfect world I'd train for a November or December half- or full-marathon, but since I don't know if I'll have surgery on my arm again this year, I'll just be happy working on distance and speed on my own. If I can get to the point where I have the chance to run a race, awesome. If not, no big deal.

2. Another fitness-related goal is that I'd like to continue going to the gym. I have a few things I'd like to achieve at the gym. First of all, I'd like to become strong. Second, try to slim down a bit (but not get skinny - broad/건장 would be ideal). Finally, I'd just like to continue to go on a regular basis and not feel self-conscious.

3. Health. I don't know if I'll have surgery on my arm this year, or if I'll injure myself from all this running and walking I've been doing. But I'd like to try to be as healthy as possible. I don't want to do anything risky, I don't want to get any injuries, and I just want to be as healthy as possible.

4. Diet. Okay, so after years of repeatedly dieting and regaining weight, I have come to the realization that dieting, in and of itself is pointless. You can't maintain a diet forever. That being said, I have absolutely horrible portion control and I eat a lot of food that I really shouldn't. I'd like to try to eat healthy - lots of veggies and fruits - but not in ridiculous portions. This may mean that I need to switch from eating two meals a day to eating three, and that's okay. Also, I gotta stop eating bakery foods! Maybe a good rule of thumb would be, if I can cook it myself, don't buy it pre-made? That would probably also save me a bit of money. I guess the point of this goal is to just develop healthy eating habits.

5. This year I need to focus on my Korean skills. See, the way I see it right now is that 2016 is going to be a bit of a make or break year for me. My Korean is good, but not great, and certainly not good enough for grad school (no matter what my grades may say). Most importantly, I need to improve my writing and speaking skills. My reading skills are also lacking, but I see that as relating to my (relatively) poor vocabulary. I also need to learn hanja. I need a private tutor, and if not that, then I need to put in some serious time self-studying and socializing with Koreans in the real world. I need to consider my Korean studying to be the equivalent of an extra class (or two) and get to work. If I don't improve a lot this year, I think I may be SOL in a lot of ways.

6. Now, I'm not sure if I'll continue with a career in academia after this scholarship/after my master's degree, but I really need to focus more on my studies. I had moments of being a good student (September, the last week of the semester in December), but I gotta focus more. I need to try to work on my comprehension skills (see: goal 5), but more importantly, I need to see if I can get my research to publishing level. If I pursue academia, this would be good to put on a CV. If I don't pursue academia, it would be a valuable skill. Also, I'd like to feel like I actually deserve an A+ average, instead of getting it because my professors feel pity for me (not that they do, but that's how it feels).

7. I need to change my attitude toward dating. I am, shall we say, somewhat boy-crazy? I use a variety of dating apps. I talk with a variety of guys. I go on a rather large number of dates. This year I need to settle the fuck down and stop focusing so much on dating. I get so disappointed when it doesn't work out with whichever guy I'm talking to this time, and now that I'm going on four years being single... Enough is enough. I'm not really giving up hope (I'm too much of an optimist for that) but I need to be realistic; if it happens, it happens. I shouldn't focus so much on it. There are more important things in the world. (See: numbers 1-6.)

8. Lastly... I miss writing. I always vow to myself that I'll write something - and I never do. This year, I'd like to try to write a novel. I don't know where I'll find the time, but I will. I'm a good writer, I have thousands of ideas, and it's about time I try to turn writing into a more substantial part of my life. When I was a kid, the two things I wanted to be when I grew up was a teacher and an author. I've been a teacher... now it's time to try my hand at being an author.

So I'm not sure if any of this will actually happen or not, but honestly, I find this to be the best way to set resolutions. They need to be realistic, continuations of your current efforts, and something you genuinely, 진심껏 want to do. Here's hoping I can kick 2016's butt!

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