4 simple goals


A little while ago, one of my absolute favorite blogs, A Beautiful Mess, featured a post about 4 simple goals to accomplish before 2013. In it, Elsie, the author, challenged everyone to create their own goals; I’m going to give it a go, but I’m going to alter it a little for myself.

We’ll be here in Taiwan until next July, so I’d like some goals to work towards for the next 11 months. The rules are as follows (taken from the ABM blog);

1. Choose simple goals that will make your life richer and happier on a daily basis. Choose things you may not otherwise get done, but that are not difficult to accomplish.

2. Do not choose result oriented goals, choose activity oriented goals. for example…. instead of “lose 10 pounds”, choose something like “eat fresh fruits and vegetables every day”. Get what I’m saying? Positive actions instead of just the end result!

3. Choose goals that are personal that you believe will truly make your life richer just by doing them! They can be daily, weekly or one time experiences.

4. Choose a reward for each goal as it is accomplished! It can be a small or large reward- it’s up to you.

5. Blog about your goals, each one as you achieve it and a big post when they are all finished before the new year!

Here are mine;

1. Cook and eat more healthy food! This means no junk food (which, sadly, is incredibly cheap and easy to get here in Taiwan). We eat a lot of meals with the school, and they’re fine, but I want to really strive to cook more veggies and wholesome dishes on weekends. No more McDonald’s…*sigh

2. Learn Chinese! Of course, this one is very very practical, but beyond being able to get around, I really think that knowing another language opens up so many opportunities and experiences monolinguals don’t have. We will have a tutor come October, and talk about immersion! We’re surrounded by the language. Shouldn’t be too hard, right?

3. Practice photography! Now this one is one I share with Elsie over on ABM. Having this blog forces me to take my camera out more, but I’m still not nearly as artistic or proficient as I’d like, so this goal will probably include taking an online class and buying up some books.

4. Practice living on my own! This involves making those strange and random day to day choices that you don’t think about when you live at home. Remembering to buy toilet paper, for instance. But it’s insanely exciting to do this (not buying TP, the living on my own part…).

Onwards 2013!



2 thoughts on “4 simple goals

  1. Dear otter,
    I am a fellow explorer of the Far East. I’m currently planning to live and work in Taiwan. The advice and ideas you present are noteworthy. Do you have personal suggestions or preferences for any of the cities/regions of Taiwan? I pray your productivity will grow and compound as you persevere on your expedition.


    • It really depends on what you want and what your work will be. The rural areas are in more need of educators, charity workers, help in general, while the cities always need what they can get. If you want to earn more money, stick to the big cities like Taipei. If you want scenic beauty, the south or Hualien area are well known for gorgeous mountain and sea sights. It’s pretty hard to say without knowing what you’re interested in.

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