Set Your Goals of the Week

I’ve recently discovered new hobbies. Lots of new hobbies! After quite a few years of doing little past studying and working, exploring these new activities is so exciting!

What have I done so far?

I’ve up-cycled craigslist furniture like crazy (I’ll be sharing… my struggles are kind of amusing). I’ve even started to build things. Small things, shelves and such. But I’m going to try a coffee/ end table set soon. And maybe even a pergola, but this is yet to be determined. I’ve also started gardening. I’ve never gardened by myself before. I tried to grow a few herbs a few months ago, but they all died. Since then, though, I’ve done a lot of reading so hopefully I won’t kill everything I plant. And they say certain plants, like raspberries, are essentially like weeds and just grow themselves. So there is real hope. To go along with the gardening, I had to pick up cooking. If you’re looking for something delicious and so good for you, try out this Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl. And have some Healthy Zucchini Muffins for dessert. OMG yum.
Easy Petite Looks BlogI’m trying to stay well rounded and not completely get sucked into only my new hobbies. 🙂 One of the many audiobooks I’ve been listening to suggested making goals of the week at the beginning of each week to help stay on track. This week, my goals look like this:

Mon
Tues
Wed
Thur
Fri
Sat
Sun
Total/ Goal
>20 Board questions
X
X
X
/5
Blogging
X
/2
>30 min Self-improvement reading
X
X
X
X
/3
Fasting
/1-2
Don’t buy anything
X
X
/3

This kind of sums up what I feel is important right now. #1: I want to keep learning medicine, not only to study for my upcoming boards, but to stay current in my practice. I’m doing study questions to help with that for now. #2: Blogging! I enjoy blogging and the challenges it brings. It often gets put aside for other things. #3: One of the best things I’ve done for myself it listening to audiobooks. I’ve mentioned audible.com before. Its an amazon company that sells audibooks. If you’re a member for $15/month you get one free audiobook per month (and it can be anything, like a $70 20-something hour course of Buddhism). Totally worth it. If nothing else, it makes commutes much more tolerable. #4: I’ve had a long struggle with overeating to the point of feeling uncomfortable (and then feeling guilty about it).  Fasting isn’t common in our culture, but in many parts of the world it definitely is. I’m just starting to explore this, so I make my fasts easy and allow a few fresh fruits/ veggies throughout the day in addition to any calorie-free drinks, like tea. I feel lighter and happier by the end of the day, although to be honest, its pretty difficult for me at certain points throughout the day. But I hear it gets easier. Lastly, #5 this week is curbing my spending. All of my new hobbies have lead to more spending. Plus, I’m still trying to finish decorating the house (now that is expensive). And, now that its finally getting warm outside and I’m dressing up again, and my closet is in need of a serious post-residency revamping. I’m trying to add stuff slowly and mindfully. Things like this classic short sleeve popover and these beautiful wide leg trousers are what I have in mind for my springtime additions. Maybe Madewell’s highly rated canvas weekender will have to come home with me too (before its sold out, its been on my wishlist for a while now).
Easy Petite Looks BlogWhew, that post got longer than anticipated! Complete with tables and everything, lol. If you have any tips or suggestions regarding woodworking, gardening, cooking, or really anything (because who knows what the next hobby will be), I’d love to hear!