So it’s finally 2019, and time to figure out what I want from this year. Last year was huge for me – I wanted to find part of me again, the strong part, and I wanted to make progress on getting to Italy – and I did more than both! I’m living in Italy, and have been since September, and I’m finding myself again (more on that in a different post). Since last year was actually successful, I want to come up with some goals for this year.
This one sounds cliché but I’m doing it for different reasons. It’s not about weight-loss for me this time, but more stress release. I’ve been losing weight since I moved to Italy. What I need is healthy outlets for my emotions, and as much as I hate exercising, it is useful for releasing stress, and I do feel better afterwards. I’m not going to set limits or strict goals here – no “I should exercise three times a week” – I’m just going to stay general. I’d like to do more yoga (maybe even find a goat yoga class over here), I’d like to dance more because I used to enjoy it, and I’d like to find more fun ways to exercise that I will actually keep up with. Plus, when you exercise, you have a reason to wear cute exercise clothes – I like that.
I’d like to make progress on getting into veterinary school at the University of Bari. That means I need to improve my Italian, figure out the application process, and decide what tools I will need to be successful. For instance, since Italian is my second language, and vet school is going to have a large amount of weird terms, I’d like to get a really excellent voice-to-text translation program so that I could record the lectures and translate any terms I don’t know. If you have any recommendations, let me know.
I’d like to have one. Kidding, kidding. Mostly. I haven’t been all that social in the past few years, for a number of reasons, and I miss it. I’d like to meet people, go out and do things, throw a couple of parties. Italy is a fresh start so I’m trying to let past issues go and make the most of my life change. I should look into taking some classes where I can meet people with common interests, and generally putting myself out there. But seriously, how in the world do people make friends as adults? It was so much easier in school (I say, but I wasn’t all that good at it then either).
I used to write. I used to write stories and poems and I loved writing papers for school. I was published a few times in minor publications. I was good. But now I haven’t really written for about 10 years, and I missed it, wanted to do it, but it was as if the ideas and the talent had dried up. So this year I’d like to write again. I’m hoping that blogging on a regular basis will help with that, and maybe, just maybe, I can try to do NaNoWriMo in November.
Moving to Italy involved a giant purge of my stuff, one which happened in stages because I have a hard time letting stuff go, but it did happen. So before I go replacing all sorts of stuff, and letting life and my house get messy again, I want to make sure I’m organized. I think a lack of organization can lead to a fair amount of my stress, especially with M’s health and my hopes of being back in school, and my hopes of writing again. So this year I want to make a concentrated effort to stay organized.
I’m noticing that my goals (I won’t call them resolutions, because I don’t think anyone is successful at those) seem traditional but I feel like mentally, I’m approaching them from a different angle than I have in the past, and maybe that will help. I’m not super concerned about succeeding – I’d be happy with just some progress – and maybe that’s the difference. I want to make sure I continue taking opportunities that present themselves, like I did in 2018. I’m also noticing that my resolutions are about finding old, missing pieces of myself, or changing the pieces I have never been happy with. So I guess that’s my final resolution.
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What are your goals for this year?