February Goals Update and Progress

I hope every one had a great Valentine’s Day this past week! Ours was pretty low-key, since every day is Valentine’s Day at the Love Nest. It’s hard to believe we only have 9 days left in February!

Unfortunately, I’m already not doing too well on two of my February goals. One of the goals was to post twice a week (epic fail for this past week– I didn’t even get to 1 post!) and the other was to get started on rolling over my old 403b from my first job to a traditional IRA (another epic fail– I haven’t even gotten the ball rolling).

On a positive note, I am making progress with my 6-hour weekly Spanish learning commitment, yesterday I watched about 12 episodes of Destinos, and I went back on Duolingo and practiced on some of my weaker skills throughout the week. I’m also poised to complete my first principal certification course with an A. So far, I’m making good on 50% of my goals for this month.

But 50% is not 100%, and when I set a goal, I aim to achieve it… especially since I openly shared these goals on my blog. 0 blog posts last week mean that I’m on the hook for more posts this week.

This month has been a complete whirlwind. With testing season upon us in the public school world, my duties at work have completely dominated my life. I coordinate placement and testing decisions for all ESL students at my campus (and we have the highest number in the district), which means this is an extremely hectic time of year– and it doesn’t help that this is my first year in this job! March will only become busier.

I could go on and on about how busy and stressful work is, but that doesn’t change anything. I set goals earlier this month, and damn it, I’m going to achieve them! More on this at the end of the month.

Love,
Eva

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New Year’s Goal Setting: 2017

How could I allow an entire MONTH to pass by without updating this blog? Bad Eva. Fortunately, however, we are about to embark on another year– and keeping this blog updated at least once every two weeks (until I get into the swing of things) is in order. My husband Justin and I had an awesome holiday with his little brother and my aunt. Since Christmas, I have been studying Spanish intensely and haven’t had time for much else. I could make an entire Christmas break-themed post, but I rather focus on the task at hand: New Year’s Goal Setting for 2017.

  1. Become fluent in Spanish – I’ve allowed 27 years to pass without really being able to speak Spanish. Considering I am Latina and from South Texas, where Spanish is basically the “unofficial” language, this is unacceptable. Enough is enough. Not knowing Spanish is inconvenient on so many levels, and knowing the language fluently will make me more marketable in my career. There is no excuse not to! I plan to achieve this goal by finishing Barbara Bregstein’s Easy Spanish Step-by-Step, then progressing to her advanced level book; using the Duolingo and Memrise apps on a daily basis; listening to Spanish music and watching Spanish films; conversing with my husband and coworkers in Spanish as much as possible.
  2. Re-dedicate myself to fitness – This is always on my list, and to be fair, I do maintain a fairly healthy eating and moderate exercise regimen throughout the year. Since this will most likely be my last year without a baby, this year will be a little different. I plan to complete the RIPT90 workout DVD set Justin purchased for me and continue eating 85-90% clean. I do not have a weight goal, but I am shooting for 19% body fat. I am currently just under 24%.
  3. Earn my principal certification – This January I will be starting a principal certification program while Justin begins his Master’s program in Educational Administration. I am due to complete the program in September, then take the certification exam to make it official. This is another goal I want to accomplish before we start a family!
  4. Be more consistent with blogging – Blogging used to be such an important part of my life, and I dumped it to the wayside when I moved to Houston and started my career. That is going to change. Blogging is therapeutic and allows me hold myself accountable and preserve precious memories over time. For 2017, I want to focus on being more consistent with my blog while gradually seeking to increase traffic on this site.
  5. Be financially healthy – Like fitness, this is something I aspire to every year, and for the most part – I was true to this resolution last year. We paid off our car, more than $30k, in less than one year! That was a huge accomplishment. This year I want to focus more on building up our retirement accounts, paying off our mortgage more aggressively, and saving money for our nest egg.
  6. Learn Microsoft Excel – I am trying to learn a lot of things at once, so Microsoft Excel is going to take a backseat until I am more conversational with Spanish. I intend to treat learning Excel as a major summer project while I continue my ESL and principal certification studies. This is simply too useful of a skill to not learn/master and add to my resume.
  7. Travel more – Justin and I travel as much as our schedule allows, taking road trips to various national parks and making the occasional trek to Puerto Rico to visit my aunt. This year, I would like to see some new places– preferably Spanish speaking countries such as Mexico, Costa Rica, maybe even Cuba? As I progress in my Spanish prowess, I would love to go to Spain and a few countries in South America… but that will be later down the road. We have not decided whether we will go camping up north this Spring Break, so we shall see!
  8. Last but not least, I want to be better about maximizing my time so I can be the most productive self I can be. Normally, I am pretty good at this, but there are definitely times where I get sucked into social media or websurfing meaningless topics. This is exactly what I want to avoid. The way I see it, every minute is precious– it could be spent achieving my goals, whether that is learning Spanish, excel, dedicating time to fitness, etc. Life is simply too short to waste time.

Well folks, there you have it. GOALS, not simply resolutions, for the new year. I intend to achieve each and every one of these and update this blog on my progress. What are your goals for 2017?

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