Saturday, April 27, 2013

Annual Goals 2013: An Update

For the last few years, I've made 12 goals I strive to complete during the year.  Some are successful, others not so much.  Part of being successful is planning and preparation.  The rest is execution and accountability.  Here is an update on my status for this year's goals.

2013 GOALS:

12. lose 15 kilos  
No progress

11. get my leg strength back from break
No progress

10. apply for Belgian PhD program
No progress

9. improve my French seriously
Some progress. Faithfully attending class, but time is limited to perfect content. Will dedicate time in July to boost and reinforce content. Also looking into taking French for non-native speakers course at a local university for the Fall.

8. improve my Arabic seriously
Some progress. Faithfully attending class, scored 55% on my first exam (50% was passing). Delighted as the language of instruction is French. I can write better than ever before. Spelling is terrible, but vocabulary is expanding. Now understand some prepositions.

7. CELTA somehow
Applied for a program. Interview on Friday 03 May. Fingers crossed!

6. learn to cook 12 new things 
Some progress. I've learned to cook 2 new things I am comfortable making.

5. read 100 books
Some progress. I've finished 12% of this goal with another 3% currently underway. Hoping to make a serious dent in July to compensate for the limited time of the first quarter of this year.

4. finish both Master's Degrees
A LOT of progress. I've gotten 2 rounds of approvals for my final research which will focus on English Education as the New Imperialism. This will continue to usurp all time and sanity until complete. Expected end date 20 June 2013.

3. go see three new countries (France, Turkey, .....????)
Also significant progress. Visited Paris for the free day at the Louvre, spent just over a week in Izmir/Istanbul.

2. take 10 really great photos
No progress.

1. spend more time with people i love
Some progress. Trying to have regular chats with friends, providing more distance support for former students, spending time with new friends, too.

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