My New Years Resolutions: The Journey to 30 Begins

January 1, 2015 On My Mind 6

I am determined to change things up in my life for 2015.

I’m going to be turning 30 this year. THIRTY! Good lord!

 

Journey to Thirty

 

But yeah, because of that milestone and just because I feel like there needs to be a bunch of changes in my life, I’ve decided to make some serious resolutions and I’m going to try my best to stick to them.

I’m pretty much at the precipice of the rest of my life right now:

– At the end of February, I will have finished my very LAST clinical rotation EVER! That means, come June, I will officially graduate from medical school, FINALLY, and you can then call me Dr. Nguyen. Now, whether or not I will actually be licensed and have a job is yet to be seen, but I’m still a DOCTOR! Lol.

– After everything that happened last year and the way I’ve been feeling lately, I’ve made the executive decision that my family, for all intents and purposes, is complete. That means we’re DONE having kids. The shop is closed. Don’t pass go. I will be dependent on OCP until I reach menopause. Yep. That’s it. So yeah, we’re good. Now it’s all about raising the three princesses we’ve brought into the world and hoping we’re doing it right. In addition to raising the kids, I really want to focus more on myself (improving my self-image) and work more on my marriage (not that there’s anything wrong in that dept, but I want to make it more of a priority) and since the kids are getting older and more independent, I think it’s the perfect time to start.

– After all those years of not really working, I need to get a job. Make that money, pay off debts, save some, and finally buy that dream house that’s been sitting in the back of my head for the last few years. This one has definitely been one of my biggest dreams/goals for the longest time. It wasn’t possible in the past because of our finances and the fact that I was still in school, but this year I will have more of a clue as to where my life is going and what I’ll be doing as a career, I hope. I love our house, but it’s a starter house. I definitely didn’t see myself living there for the rest of my life. It’s a major goal of mine to save enough so that we can buy a house within the next year or so.

So, with all of that in mind, it kind of sets the reasoning for my resolutions this year:

1. Lose Weight – Since I’m done having kids I finally have the motivation for losing the weight and keeping it off. Not to mention that this is the biggest I’ve been without being pregnant, I’m just not happy with the way I look nowadays. My plan is to start going to the gym again. Since I’ll be in MD for the next two months and away from the family, I thought it’d be the perfect time to start a workout routine and get my butt into gear. The hope is that I’ll build up this routine so when I do get back to my family, I’ll still want to go workout every day. I am also planning on taking my much-awaited professional family photos this summer, which is the image in my mind that I’m striving toward when I think of working out. I want to make sure I look my best at that time because they will be the photos I’ll have elegantly framed and placed on the walls of my future dream home.

2. Go on a book buying ban – This physically hurts my bookworm heart! Ugh! The struggle will be real with this resolution. Not only books, but because of my dream house goal, I’m seriously increasing my budgeting efforts and cutting back on a lot of luxuries this year for the whole family. I know I’m going to feel the urge every Tuesday when new releases are out and whenever I see a fellow blogger post a picture of their book mail or recent hauls. I know I’m going to be tempted whenever I go on Amazon or Book Outlet and see those amazing deals. It’s going to be even tougher if I want to attend any bookish events this year. Man, I can feel the anxiety already!

3. Read all of the unread books on my shelves – This one kind of works with the whole ban resolution, but even if I didn’t have the ban, this is something I’ve been wanting to do for the longest time. I just keep adding more and more books to my shelves, and my kindle, but never reading the majority of them. Well, no more! Since I won’t be buying any books this year, the only new books I’ll be reading will be review books, which I will seriously try to limit myself to. I am going to be putting that TBR jar to good use and get through all my unread books. I don’t know if I’ll even make a dent in the TBR books on my kindle, but I’m determined to get through most, if not all of the TBR books on my shelves.

4. Spend more time with those I love IRL – Back before I started traveling a lot for school, I would make a point to schedule dates with those close to me like the hubs and my close friends and my family. It’s been a long time since I’ve been consistent with that, but I’m hoping to change that this year. I will finally be home for the majority of the year, so it’s the perfect time to rekindle my close relationships and start living more in the real world. This will definitely help with the whole “work on the marriage” goal, but I also want to reconnect with close friends, who I hardly see anymore. I also want to set aside time to spend with each of my girls.

I think I really want to blog, possibly even vlog, about my journeys in losing weight and maybe even about the buying ban/reading goal. I just think they’d be fun things to talk about and will motivate me more to stay the course. I know there will plenty of times where I’ll get close to cracking, and it’s in those moments where writing/talking about it should help.

Here’s hoping this is my year. Wish me luck!

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6 Responses to “My New Years Resolutions: The Journey to 30 Begins”

  1. Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed

    Good luck with everything this year Vi! I’m debating on the job thing this year. I’ve been out of a job since October 2013 and it’s been okay, but I do get bored and I miss interacting with people. I had to sell my car (the sacrifice for staying home) so a full time job is out of question, but I’m thinking of a part time job somewhere close to my house that I can bike to (our community center is only a mile away from my house).
    Happy 2015!
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  2. Jess @My Reading Dress

    Doctor??! CONGRATULATIONS! That must have taken so much dedication and I admire you so much!

    Have fun with the gym journey! You’re doing it for YOU which is something that I love. That’s what motivates me as well. The fact that I work out so much and whatnot baffles so many but it’s something that I genuinely enjoy. It’s a nice routine. AND it makes you feel bloody good when it all pays off. I ran and gymed most of last year but now I’ve taken gym out of the equation and substituted it with spin which I really enjoy. I hope you find a routine for you!

    And definitely yes to reconnecting to those you hold close to your heart. Last year was quite busy for me and so I didn’t really think too much about it, you know? But over the past month or so, what with my break before uni and whatnot, I’ve just been working and spending time with those I love. And it’s been amazing. I mean, my posts are a tad more sporadic but sometimes you need a GOOD dose of real life. Have fun with it all!

    Tackle 2015, Vi! Have fun with it all! And definitely go ahead and blog it! I love reading personal posts, they’re my favourite!
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    • Vi

      Thank you! Here’s hoping I can actually get a residency (job) or else I’ll be an unemployed doctor, lol. Ugh, so far the whole gym thing isn’t going too well since my new rotation has been keeping me at work until like 7-8pm and by then I’m exhausted, lol. Hoping I can work something out soon though. And thanks for reading. Yeah, I like to write more personal posts too and I’m actually trying to branch out more and not focus on just reviews.

  3. Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)

    OMG HIII THERE DOCTOR! That is so freakishly amazing–you must be crazy smart and dedicated and just all around fabulous. No seriously I DOT NO KID. Also, I have very similar resolutions. I need to take control of my diet, because I am having way too much junk food and I spend most of my life holed up in my room in my bed on da computer. Probably not all that healthy, eh?

    I hope you meet all these goals, Vi! <33
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    • Vi

      Lol, thank you! I try, but I know I can do better. Trust me, I’m stretched pretty thin – if only that was reflected in my physically, lol. Fingers crossed I achieve all my goals this year. Thanks for the encouragement!

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