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August 15, 2018 10:03 PM

Mid Year Resolutions: Part 2

Here are some more goals I'm giving myself.

Learn more about programming and computers

At work I've been feeling like I just know less and less. I'll read a piece of code or look at an application and just have this blank, confused stare. I really want to get back into actually coding, but I think I need to start small. I decided to borrow Learning Perl from one of my friends and just read through it. I know, I use Perl at work all the time, and this whole website was even created in Perl. But I like to read about the basics just to get a better understanding and see if there are things that I never really learned over the years.

2021 Update: I did finish that book. It was a very good programming book, and I definitely recommend it if you want to learn Perl. Shortly after that I read Intermediate Perl, which I do not recommend.

Read more

Speaking of reading, I'm also going to try reading more books and less social media. I've made meal time and just before bed time my reading times. As far as what books to read, I basically just like to look in the computer books and the personal finance books in the library, but I'm also going to try and expand my horizons more.

Exercise regularly

Four summers ago I managed to run 3 miles every day for about 40 days. It was the first time in my life that I really ran since that one semester of track in high school, and I lost about 30 pounds in the process. I don't think I'll ever want to be that crazy again, but I do think I'll try to run once or twice a week, along with some other kind of exercise. This week I've already gone running twice, and surprisingly it wasn't that bad. Maybe I'm not as out of shape as I thought I was.

August 13, 2018 7:40 PM

Mid Year Resolutions: Part 1

Part 1 because I get super ambitious when I set goals for myself, knowing that I won't reach all of them, but with the hopes that at least one of the goals actually sticks.

I've always been a really frugal person. Growing up, I just figured that if something cost money I couldn't have it. It wasn't until college that I realized I had some money, and I could just buy things. Now during college my goal was just to find an internship so I could secure a stable job where I sat in a cubicle and typed words on the computer for 8 hours a day. And I did that. But shortly into my job I felt bored and unhappy. Was this really what my life was going to be like for the next 40 years? It was at this point that I stumbled across Mr. Money Mustache and learned about the wonders of early retirement. Since then, that has been my long-term life goal. I could just take my natural frugality and put that into overdrive.

That was about 3 years ago. Yeah, I've been saving money and investing it, but I've still been spending way more than I need to. I needed to make more concrete goals.

Spending $30 on food a week

This is the first of what I'm calling my "Mid-Year Resolutions". (I know, the year is more than halfway over.) Why $30? I don't know, it just seemed like a reasonable number that didn't require me to drastically change my diet. I just finished reading On A Dollar A Day in which a couple tries to first eat only $1 worth of food every day, and then tries to eat food based on the average amount people get on food stamps. Things like this inspire me and remind me that I'm spending a lot more on food than I need to.

So far it seems to be going well. I've meal prepped and cooked everything for the week during the weekend, and I spent just over $29 at the grocery store without actually thinking about how much everything cost before putting it on my list. I've also told people about my goal so that should also help me stay on track. I plan on posting an update on Friday night to see if the amount of food I cooked actually lasts me as long as I expected.

June 3, 2015 12:00 AM

Prioritizing and Reaching Goals

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Part of me feels like I'm making such slow progress on this website, but another part of me is just amazed I've been able to get so much done. I'm really liking my issue tracking system, though it needs some serious cleanup.

The other day I stumbled across this blog: Mr. Money Mustache. It's about this dude who retired when he was 30, and it's got all this great financial advice. I found it quite inspiring. (Just like when I discovered Nerd Fitness) I definitely want to do a better job at saving money. It's not like I'm struggling in any way, but I just think it's good to save up.

I feel like I have so many things I want to do, and not nearly enough time to get them all done. And I keep setting goals and failing to reach them. Or it just takes me five years. My mom even found an old cross-stitch that I got when I was 12 that I never finished! I am working on it again though. Right now I'm trying to:

And I'm sure there are more things. I guess it mostly just seems like normal, adult things, and for the most part I'm doing pretty well at that. I just need to remind myself that I can't get everything done every day. And I need to remember that the number 1 most important thing for me is to get enough sleep. When I don't have enough sleep, everything else just falls apart and I get headaches like crazy. And this is where I'm going to stop this blog post, because I really do need to go to sleep.

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