1) Be a good aunt2) Be a better long distance friend3) Make a positive difference in the life of someone I don’t know4) Understand the depth of my non-profit aspiration/dedication5) Spoil Rocky6) Take a risk7) Finish an entreprenureal effort8) Drink less coffee9) Read 20 books10) Do something silly
- Broaden my reading – CHECK! I’ve read 15 books this year so far and in a variety of genres and from a variety of recommendations. Next year, my goal will be to read 20 books.
- Travel – CHECK! Maui was a first for me and next year will be a trip to Asia.
- Better physical shape – umm… step 1 signing up for a gym membership is complete. This will need to be taken up in 2009.
- Swim or Ski – Some progress against swimming was made… I can now float… supervised. Ok, it’s on the list for 2009 too.
- Reading – I’ve compiled a list of reading based on recommendations from friends and ppl I’ve met. I think it’s a good spread
- Travel – planning to go to Viet Nam this year and I’m planning a trip w/ Myha for next year
- Better physical shape – back to playing volleyball 3-5 days a week
- Swim or Ski – no progress yet, but I still have 6 mos to go
So far… I’m doing ok… not great, but ok.
When you wake up, make a promise:"With an open heart and a joyful mind, I promise to practice compassion – to be kind to myself and to others and, especially, to be kind to every child whose life touches mine, from near or far, for today and always."ALL DAY LONG, REMEMBER TO:laughlistenlearnlove encouragerespectbe kind & consistent
- Buddha Ruksa one of my favorite favorite restaurants! Mmm mmm… good!
- Poker… still mad D made his flush after I fatten the pot with a bunch of people who should have folded… respect the bet!! =)
- Golden Compass… good movie… great book
- Picnic on Alki… more yummy!
- Beach volleyball! Oh yeah! beautiful weather — perfect for volleyball. would have played another hour or two if it weren’t for the fact that I had a VNSF mtg. We played 4’s, 3’s and finally TWO’s!! Amazing that our legs held up for 2’s. What’s sweeter is we played girls vs. guys. S & I were about 5 or 6 points down but came back against the D’s for a 15-13 victory, which made me UNDEFEATED for the day!! WOOHOO!!
- VNSF meeting to select the new students for 2008-9. I got there an hour late (what can I say, it’s hard to pull yourself off the beach when it’s 70’s, sunny and volleyball) and it took 4 hours, but we made our final selection of 152 kids. We’ll be admitting 91 girls into our program! Of course, gender had nothing to do with our final selection process, but I was happy to see so many girls get supported. Overall, we had more girls apply for our scholarship, so it makes sense. My heart goes out to the young girls because they are sold into brothels, trafficked across the border or sold into marriage more often than boys are.
I had a thought this morning that I’m really happy about where my life is at. I’ve made some pretty critical, life-altering changes in my life over the past 5 years and I’m happy about all of them. I made the decision to give back to Viet Nam and my work with VNSF has brought a lot of meaning to my life. I’ve picked up volleyball and that’s just goodness all around — it’s a good vent for my competitive nature, good exercise and a good time with friends. And I’ve changed jobs, which I look forward to every day. I’ve learn to take some time for myself and pamper myself from time to time. I spend less money on stuff I don’t need and more on things that have meaning either for someone I love or for myself. If I could work in a gym routine, that would be money. =)