1. run a marathon.
not sure how Megs talked me into this one either. she does that...
last year I was training for a half. basically, I was trained but never got around to doing one with school. in January, we were sitting around talking about her doing the Salt Lake City marathon, which she did last year. next thing you know, she'd convinced me that I was also marathon material, and we should train together. hal higdon training guide let us know exactly how many miles we would need to run to be ready. right now, we're in week 13. only 5 weeks left. ever since I've started training, my appetite, which has always been a very large factor in how I plan my days, has been out of control. always eating, never not eating.
I will actually graduate this year. december 2010 can't come soon enough. I will graduate with my BA in communications and an emphasis in public relations.
3. take the GRE.
since I'll be graduating this year, I can't think of what my life would be without school. so this summer I'll study for and take the GRE, which leads me into my next goal...
4. apply to grad school.
I would like to apply to different grad programs in advertising...University of Texas, Austin obviously is at the top of the list. there are other notable programs in Georgia, Chicago, and Southern California which I'll be looking into. applications due in December of this year...yikes.
5. start the book of mormon over again.
I just barely finished the BOM in December, and I have started it again. I can honestly feel a difference in the days I decide not to read, and I'd much rather prefer at least reading a chapter, although my goal is 20-30 minutes everyday. it is so important, and the more I read it, the more it becomes evident to me the truths it holds.
6. expand my reading library.
these are the three books on my desk right now.
the book thief was a gift from my dear friend Megan. whom I talk a lot about on this blog. and will continue to do so. get over it.
a really amazing fiction read that takes place in WWII. haven't finished it yet, but will soon! really wish I didn't accidentally leave it in san diego. I will keep you posted.
the second book is so so good. if you don't have it, go get it right now.
it was a gift from my dad, and has really changed how I am reading the old testament. I love it, and it has helped me so much in my new teaching calling, and has really testified to me how every single book of scripture truly testifies of Christ.
the last is awesome so far. coincidentally, the only reason I picked this little number up is because I had forgotten my book in san diego and picked up something else to read in the airport. if you are studying communications or public relations, you HAVE to have this book. talks all about different cases where companies are embracing and integrating social media and communication to clients. I have thoroughly enjoyed this book as well!
7. put happy moments into everyday.
not always so easy to do, especially when we get caught up in our own routines. especially me, as that is exactly what I am. I tend to do the same things everyday, around the same time, eat the same things, etc. I run the same time everyday, I like to lift Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday with Megan, always Diet Cokes, Carrabas or Pizza Factory, always Seinfeld, cereal for dinner. you get the picture.
this year, I'd like to remember to not try so hard. a perfect example of this was last week, when I had every single assignment ever due the next day, I hadn't run my 8 miles for marathon training, and I knew I wasn't going to be able to see Megan. so I put down my book, and called Megan. at 2 o'clock in the afternoon we decided to get ourselves some diet cokes and mcdonald's ice cream cones. just because. they are moments like these that make my days happy.
it's going to be a good year.