This weeks Sunday Scribbling prompt asked about "regrets". I would be a fool if I denied to say that there were things that I wish I would have done differently, or things that I wish I just didn't do period. However, I am trying to be a more optimistic and positive person these days, so I decided to take a different approach while responding.
Instead of regretting decisions I have made in the past, I decided to make a list of goals for the next month that will aid in rectifying any situation that is not going the way I want it to at the present time.
These are my personal goals for the month of February, and something that I will probably continue to do month to month. I was always good at making lists when I was a graduate student, I enjoyed checking things off the list until they were done. Maybe that is what has been missing the past two years-- a life list.
So here goes nothing:
I started to go to the gym consistently. I was feeling good about myself, and I could tell I was losing weight by the way my clothes fit me. Then I went to Chicago for Christmas to see my family and indulged on foods that I hadn't eaten since moving out the country in early 2007. I got off track, and have only gone to the gym a few times since being back.
Goal 1: Work out every day for at least one week. That means seven consecutive days at the gym. Once this goal has been met, I must continue to go to the gym 3 nights a week.
When I moved to South Korea to take a job that didn't require me to pay rent, the first thing I promised to myself was that I was going to pay off massive debt from being a student. While I pay all my bills on time every month, I've yet to make the progress that I really wanted to see.
Goal 2: Pay off a credit card balance this month in full. I'm going to start with the lowest one (because I know it's in reach) and go from there. Bye Bye Chase Visa- you will not be missed.
Most months I transfer home a lot of money to my account in America. Usually I still have 800+ dollars a month to do whatever I want here. That usually means shopping. I usually spend so much on the weekends, that the week before I get paid - I have to rely on my credit card to keep me afloat.
Goal 3: Go the whole month without using a credit card. Rely only on money that is in my checking account.
Almost every day I go out for lunch. In Korea, it's fast and easy (cheap, too!) However, this next goal will help in more way than one.
Goal 4 and Goal 5: Pack my lunch every day for at least 1 week and cook dinner at least 3 nights a week.
I complain constantly about being alone here (although I am in a relationship and have a few good friends here) --- sometimes it's just not enough. And maybe that is me being selfish.
Goal 6: Make a new friend! Share what I know about the city with others.
So, this is me making a difference. I do not want to regret any more decisions that I make. This is my attempt at living a happy and healthier life.