Goals for 2017: September Check-In

Goal #1: Publish at least one freelance piece
I…have done absolutely nothing in this regard all month. I…also literally copied and pasted that from last month’s check-in. High five for laziness, both in regards to freelancing AND in regards to writing this post.

Goal #2: Get rid of 50 things
After almost exactly two full months of having bags of things I decided post-move I no longer needed sitting around my apartment, I finally did something about it two Saturdays ago and went on a monster donating/recycling spree, first getting rid of ALL OF THE ELECTRONICS (well, all of the olds ones I no longer use, that is) and then getting rid of ALL OF THE REST OF THE THINGS at Goodwill. Current total for the year: 589 things. Yes, it does kill me that I’m at 589, not 590 or, even better, 600, thank you for checking on my Type A tendencies. Even though I feel like I’ve gotten rid of everything I could possibly get rid of, I would be THRILLED if I could find 11 more items to get rid of just to round this out.

Goal #3: Finish Dutch on Duolingo
I hit my one-year streak!



I have recently discovered that conjugations are the death of me when it comes to Dutch. I have to review them all. the. time., and I still haven’t really figured out the rhyme or reason to how they’re used in Dutch. (I mean, they’re used for the same purposes as they are in English, obviously, but I haven’t figured out the rules that dictate where they’re supposed to go in a sentence.) I also recently discovered, while looking up a bakery a friend who recently visited the Netherlands posted about on Facebook, that my Dutch reading skills in a non-Duolingo setting are dismal at best. I had barely any idea what the website was trying to say until I translated it to English. I did, however, learn that “cookie monster” translates to “koekliefhebber” in Dutch, so it at least it wasn’t a complete waste of my time 😛

Goal #4: Stay healthy and out of PT
Done and done, thus far *knocks on wood* As for the other stuff…well…

– Strength train once per week, minimally, during running season: I kind of did strength training during one NTC workout during the month of September. Fail.
– Stretch after every run: I only skipped stretching once all month! What! I was sure I had skipped it more than that. I know I haven’t been quite as good about doing SPF in its entirety after runs lately, but I guess I’ve done a fairly good job at stretching in September. Good job, self.
– Foam roll after every run, even if that means with a Moji rather than a full-blown foam roller: Nope. I
– Do at least three PT exercises twice per week: I’m pretty sure I did this? I would think, between doing PT after runs and the little bits I try to sneak in during the workday, that I must’ve gotten in an average of three PT exercises twice per week. Even if I didn’t, I’m going to let myself believe that I did 😛

4 thoughts on “Goals for 2017: September Check-In

  1. Congrats on your official one year anniversary in Dutch! Do you use the app and the desktop version? I remember the desktop version had helpful tips the app didn’t – I wonder if there would be any clues in there about verb placement!

  2. I like your decluttering goal. I’m trying to purge stuff from our house as well. I recently reorganized our office closet, which gave me a chance to purge some stuff from there. But now there are several more areas of the house that I’d like to clean out. Over time it’ll happen.

    • It’s definitely a process! Moving a couple of months ago helped a lot, naturally, since I had to go through everything I owned anyway. But it felt really nice to get rid of so many things I didn’t want, use, or need anymore, so the effort was certainly worth it.

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