Two Month Goals: April and May 2014

Go Outdoors. Live.

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Goal #1: Become a morning person.

I’m not a sleep-in-until-noon type of person, but I have my occasional oops-i-overslept kind of days.  And they are soo embarrassing.  I admire morning people like none other.  How do they do it?  I guess I’ll try to find out.

Goal #2: Clean my closet and other trouble areas.

My goal is to have a home for everything in my home.  Time for some spring cleaning.

Goal #3: Get outside.

I’m itching for an outdoor adventure.  Time to plan out our trip to Alaska and block out weekends for camping trips this summer.

February & March 2014 Goals Recap

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February and March flew by.  Time to review how I did on my February and March goals.

Goal #1: Make the house a home.
Finish up some of those nagging projects, furnish, and clean up.  The list of project is (and may always be) endless, but get it to a point where we are comfortable hosting people.  Then, host a housewarming party.

Result: We finished a ton of home projects like getting much needed furniture (e.g. dining room chairs), creating a library, setting up an office/building a desk, putting pictures up on the walls and decorating the house.  I’m sure we could have done more, but we made it a home, and we hosted our duplex housewarming party.

Goal #2: Run.
In preparation for the San Diego Half Marathon and the SoCal Ragnar, I need to be training at least four to five times a week.  I can’t believe how easy it is to get out of running shape.

Result: San Diego Half Marathon and SoCal Ragnar completed!  I joined a running club at work.  I’ve reignited my love for running, and I even got a new pair of running shoes at Road Runner.

Goal #3: Read.
I enjoy reading, and I don’t do it enough. I’m currently reading Middlesex.  I want to have read two more books by the end of March.

Result: I only finished Middlesex.  I picked up BJ Novak’s book, One More Thing, at the local bookstore, but I didn’t finish any other book in Feb/March.

I’m enjoying setting goals, working to achieve them, and checking in later to see how I did.  This whole process is helping me become more introspective.

Housewarming Party

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We hosted our duplex’s house warming party last month.  Kelvin set up the photo booth he made for our wedding, and we had tons of fun eating, drinking, and giving house tours.  In the end, we took a nice walk along the beach where part of it is a dog beach.  Puppies are always a plus for any party.

It was great motivation to finally get all of our prints and frames up on the walls.  The hardest part was the flow of the party since the two units aren’t connected in the inside.

Ximenosaurus (my nephew) made an appearance for a bit, but he was more of a cookie monster.

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Also, here are some more for good measure.

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Flea Market Finds

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Yesterday, we headed up to the Rose Bowl Flea Market, which is held on the 2nd Sunday of every month.  We decided to  head over early since we were searching for some things to decorate the house and heard that most of the good stuff is sold early.  We arrived at around 7:15AM, and the entry fee was $15 a person.  It was nice to shop around before the crowds hit the flea market.

We had so much fun looking around at all the interesting trinkets and knick knacks.  The weather was cooperative, and it wasn’t blazing hot as it usually is in Pasadena.  I thought I’d share our finds from this weekend.

Our first purchase was this antique chandelier/lamp.  It can be either apparently.  It has crystal chains and is so unique.  The lady selling the lamp said the lamp was her mom’s, and she had three of them.  The lady kept two, and she sold this one.

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Our next purchase was this handmade wooden mirror.  The guy on the right made it, which is pretty neat since I love supporting local vendors.  The guy had stepped away when we walked by the mirror, and he left his son in charge.  The kid was probably 13, and we were able to bargain the mirror down pretty low.

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We were on a roll after the chandelier and mirror.  We bought this adorable painting inspired by Where the Wild Things Are.  It makes me so happy.

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Kristen saw this yellow chest dresser smiling at her, and she picked it up.  I want one for myself!  It is so adorable in her new place.

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Finally, we picked up this drum coffee table.  I’ve been loving the style of drum tables lately, so I was so excited to spot one at the flea market.  It is perfect for our library seating area.

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Admittedly, we got a little flea market happy.

PHOTOS BY MELODY KUO

Two Month Goals

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The two month goals idea came from our camping trip in Big Sur.  Set measurable goals for 2-3 month periods.  I’m going to give this a shot.

I’m naturally fearful of goals because I hate to disappoint.  I’m a perfectionist, so I have trouble writing down goals unless I’ve accomplished them.  So this was harder to commit to than I thought.

Goal #1: Make the house a home.
Finish up some of those nagging projects, furnish, and clean up.  The list of project is (and may always be) endless, but get it to a point where we are comfortable hosting people.  Then, host a housewarming party.

Goal #2: Run.
In preparation for the San Diego Half Marathon and the SoCal Ragnar, I need to be training at least four to five times a week.  I can’t believe how easy it is to get out of running shape.

Goal #3: Read.
I enjoy reading, and I don’t do it enough. I’m currently reading Middlesex.  I want to have read two more books by the end of March.

Point Loma, San Diego, CA
PHOTO BY MELODY KUO

Growing Out of IKEA

When does one grow out of IKEA?

Last weekend, we visited SoCo Collection, a new-ish Costa Mesa, CA shopping plaza that focuses on interior design and the culinary experience.  It also happens to be across the street from IKEA.  After wandering SoCo feeling very inspired, wanting everything, and experiencing a ton of sticker shock, we headed to IKEA and proceeded to purchase so much that we could barely fit it in our car.  (Does that ever happen to anyone else? – We literally had to put down all the seats, filling in the inside of the car to its brim and then strapped a ton of boxes to the top of the car masterfully using the free IKEA twine.)

But seriously, when do I graduate from IKEA into the SoCo Collection?  When do I grow up?

Work it

These days I am trying so hard to not let work define how I feel at the end of each day, but when you spend so much time and energy at work, it is hard not to.  One of my fears is that I’ll look back and regret that I spent my 20s stuck at the office slaving away on meaningless paperwork.  I try to make a conscious effort to exercise, enjoy my weekends, and spend time with Kelvin in the evenings. 

Don’t get me wrong though. I enjoy my job. It gives me purpose, it allows me to learn new things, and it has provided me with the opportunity to meet and work along side inspiring people.

So much of whether you feel like your slaving away or working towards a greater goal is about your outlook on your job, so when I stop enjoying my job, that’s when I know it is time to move on.