Last year I wrote a blog post that detailed my experience working out with two of my friends. To recap: it did not go well. I love running and most other forms of cardio, but using weights has never appealed to me. Sure, I always wanted to be muscular, but I was not too keen on the idea of spending time in a weight room to make that dream a reality. So in true goal-setting fashion, I decided to force myself to use a weight room by saying that I would have to use a weight room twelve separate times within four weeks.
I will probably never be featured on a show about hoarders, with dramatic shots of me climbing over mountains of books and rotting Panera Bread bagels. However, I found that I had accrued quite a bit of clutter during my time at college. Because of this, I decided that it would be a good idea to make one of my twenty-one goals involve decluttering my life. I decided to break this goal down into two categories: 1) declutter my material life 2) declutter my virtual life.
I have finally ended my nail-biting habit. I have wanted to accomplish this for many years, but it wasn’t until I set a goal that I was able to rid my life of this gross habit. In case you have a hankering to see exactly what my fingernails looked like pre-change, I have included a photo here:
Whether or not I was still in Ohio was the question I asked after I had been driving for a few hours in Indiana. When I created my 21 goals, I never thought that my goal to interview in a state other than New York or Ohio would take me to such an exotic place as Indiana. I had mere aspirations that I would fly somewhere such as California or Alaska to interview for a position, but Indiana definitely took the cake.
This weekend I completed my goal of staying alone in a hotel room. I understand that this goal may mystify some of you, so let me explain why I found the concept of being alone in a hotel room for a night so important as to list it as one of my 21 goals.
Two days ago I reached the end of my month-long positivity challenge. I am happy to announce that I am now a perfectly positive, well-adjusted person *I write with gritted teeth and a plastic smile*. Ok, so I am not a paragon of positivity, but this month has been quite impactful on me and has begun changing my perspective of the world.
Remember how I had originally switched one of my 21 goals from running a half marathon to running a full one? Well, I hate to say that I am being forced to switch back to my original goal of running a half marathon.
I am going to be positive for the entire month of March. That is such a simple statement to write, but the thought of actually applying it to my life is positively (pun partially intended) terrifying. Most people who know me will attest to the fact that I am not the friend who sees the glass as being half full. Instead, I tend to think of the glass as being broken, with the water gushing out over the shards of glass. This negative mindset that I have so often is quite honestly terrible, and I am going to use the next 31 days as a jumpstart into what I hope will be a life of more positivity.
I was going to make a comment about how the title of this blog post evokes images of Julie Andrews spinning and singing in a mountain meadow, until I looked up that song from The Sound of Music. About one minute into the video, I realized that it is not as cheerful as I had remembered and was actually sung in a dark room of a nunnery, and that imagery is not exactly what I was going for. Anyway, moving on…
I am no longer practicing a vegan diet. Now before you begin thinking that I have failed my goal, let me explain myself. I originally began my vegan diet as a means of both completing one of my twenty-one goals (to go on a stringent diet for thirty days) and to make up for last year, when I failed to go more than six days as a vegan. I entered into this challenge with a heavy dose of optimism, and I end it, after eleven days, with the knowledge that I am doing what is best for me.