2016 Recap

Overall 2016 wasn’t that bad compared to 2015. I think I did pretty well on my resolutions, too. I felt so much more focused this year and was able to have more fun.

A look back on 2016 resolutions:

  1. Read more books, watch less TV. I’ve already finished one book.

I read lots of books! Go me!

2. Get a raise/promotion or find a new job.

Got a big raise in June and another one in December! Did not feel the need to find a new job and rage quit the old one.

3. Find a nice apartment to go with new job.

No new job so no new apartment. I did look, but no luck there. Now I’m looking for houses near my current job.

4. Pass the highest level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.

Results will come out in February. I studied more this year than in 2014 and 2015 combined though.

5. Make more friends and worry less about dating. I’m having too much fun doing my own thing to let some jerk ruin what I’ve got going.

Made some work friends. Didn’t let dating distract me for almost a whole year (May 2015 – June 2016).

6. Take a trip or two to visit friends and family.

Went to Pennsylvania to visit family and Washington D.C. to visit a friend. Also went to Japan to see friends.

Other things:

Chicago Cubs won the World Series. Saw Hamilton in Chicago. Took a few trips to downtown Chicago with my new friends. Saw Book of Mormon with my family. Had a peaceful Thanksgiving meal despite the contentious election. Shook Barack Obama’s hand when he visited my hometown. Read some amazing books that I will want to re-read again and again. Read my first full novel in Japanese. Went to The Little Mermaid at the municipal opera with my aunt, cousins, and little cousins.

That’s it for 2016.

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2016 Recap

Working for the future

The year is almost over and I feel like I’m making progress toward my dream of becoming a mom.

I tried dating again and was not very successful. No surprise there though. The last guy I dated broke up with me for reasons outside of his control (illness in the family), so I decided to end the year on that note and not try to date anyone new right before the holidays. The next best time to start dating someone is right after New Year’s, then after that right after Valentine’s Day. Those are two holidays that motivate people to start dating again. I might be waiting for them when they do. Depends on how I feel.

After the last foray into dating ended I kind of feel like it’s time to stop putting it off and buy my first house. If I really want to be a mom in 2020 I need to get settled somewhere first and have some savings ready. Every time I start dating a new person I think I put my life on hold because this one could be “the one.” But I don’t want to keep waiting to buy a house with a guy because it might never happen, and then I’ll be in a situation where I have to put a down payment on a house the same year as starting fertility treatments. That would be no good. I’m in no rush and I have some ideas how I’ll one day be able to afford a mortgage and daycare costs on one income (hint: rent out part of the house).

Besides that, I’ve just been reading books and studying. In a couple weeks I’ll take the big test I’ve been studying for all year. I won’t know the results until February. I hope I pass, if not they don’t offer the test again until next December.

One good thing is that I made some new friends this year. They’re mostly work friends, but where else do adults meet new people? We take trips and watch movies together, and they’re pretty nice.

About five more weeks of the year left, then time to make new resolutions.

Working for the future

Obligatory New Year’s Post

My goals for the new year:

  1. Read more books, watch less TV. I’ve already finished one book.
  2. Get a raise/promotion or find a new job.
  3. Find a nice apartment to go with new job.
  4. Pass the highest level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.
  5. Make more friends and worry less about dating. I’m having too much fun doing my own thing to let some jerk ruin what I’ve got going.
  6. Take a trip or two to visit friends and family.

I can’t wait to look back in one year and see how many of these I completed!

Obligatory New Year’s Post