2013 wasn’t that great so I would like to make 2014 better.
Here are my goals for 2014:
- Road trip to the Pacific Northwest
- Play two tennis tournaments outside of Texas
- Play more tennis tournaments inside of Texas
- Read more books
- Get extra fit for my 35th birthday
- Work less, have more fun.
- Use my Rosetta Stone to learn Chinese (added)
- Get to 1000 post before my 10th year blog anniversary (added)
After my fun solo road trip to North Carolina this past October, I really would like to do a road trip to the Pacific Northwest. I never been there before and I think it would be a place that I like. I would go to Portland, OR and Seattle, WA and possible Vancouver, BC, CA. I would try to schedule this trip around my birthday and I would be able to play a few tournaments, thereby striking my first two goals off the list.
I felt that I was mentally slow in 2013 because I haven’t been reading any books or seeing many movies. It has been all about work and then I get home and plop on the couch. I only read one book, and in 2014, I want to read at least 1 book a month I have my stack of books ready and I bought a book off of Amazon.com to prepare. I think I will do a mini-books reports in order to keep my honest.
I started off 2013 working out a lot and I was doing really well in the gym, but the last few months I have only been in a gym about 5 times — which is awful. I ended up gaining all the weight I lost in the first half of 2013. I am doing 2014 in a big way and my goal is to get in the best shape of my life by my 35th birthday. I was looking at an old picture of my self from college when I was dedicated to loosing weight. I lost 50 pounds and I was the most fit I ever been in my life. But as a college student you all the spare time in the world to go to the gym because you don’t have a real job and only study for a few hours a day. Most of all, you are BROKE so you can’t afford much food. I know I can’t recapture my former body, but I am going to try as close as possible to do so and keep it as a new life goal. My sweet tooth is going to get me into trouble and I need to nip this problem in the bud as soon as I can before it is too late.
I haven’t played much tennis in 2013 due to work, but I made the semi-finals in 3 out of the 4 tournaments I played in. I also played in my first tennis tournament outside of Texas in 3 years. 2010 I played in Germany and The Netherlands, and in 2013 I played in Chicago, IL. I played really well at the beginning but my last make I suffered from muscle cramps because I thought playing indoors would mean it would less out than playing than outside — it was out. It was the mid 70s in Chicago but one of the tennis facilities was 85 degrees and 90% humidity, and I never sweat so much in my life. As a result of dehydration — cramps. This lead into my next goal of getting extra fit this year, which should help out with my fitness issue. Hopefully by doing this I can win my first tournament and stop my depressing streak of getting only the semi-finals.
Lastly, I have been working hellish hours at work, but I don’t mind because I love my job. However, my job seems to be consuming me, and I missing out on being social. This year, I am going to try to get on a normal work schedule and try to schedule more time to hang out with people who I only see once every few months. Need to be more social and less of an hermit.
It will be interesting to see how much of this I actual do, but getting fit and healthier on top of my list.