A quick recap - at the start of the year:
blog posts/week in 2009: 0.7
average time spent exercising: 0 hours 0 mins 0 seconds
CPD points earned in 2009: 0
% income saved: ...what is this savings you speak of?
As you can see, I had a fair amount of work to do to fix some of the problem areas in my life.
So how am I going? #1: blogging regularly
Google Reader tells me I'm up to 1.6
posts a week. This is an improvement, but not quite the 3 regular posts I was going for. However, I was writing 1-2 pieces a week for the internship blog
, and I really enjoyed doing those for most part, so I think this is a completely achievable goal. Onwards and upwards!
But speaking of the internship...it is no more. And neither is the magazine I was working for! This came as a rather sudden and sad state of affairs, but I accept that I had a good three weeks, learnt a few things about being a working journalist, will hopefully get at least one clip out of this, and I don't regret the experience.
It does mean, however, that I am back to the dreaded jobhunting. Sigh. #2: regular exercise
I have actually been exercising! Regularly!
...but only if you count once a week as 'regularly'. Ahem.
At the start I was just woeful
- the c25k plan is jog 60s, walk 90s in the first week, but I was barely managing to jog 20s before collapsing into a wheezing, limping walk (so I was running for less than 10% of the time). But even with my sporadic attempts, I'm now up to a cycle of running 60s, walking briskly for 2mins for 20 minutes (ie. running 30% of the time). I'm still a wheezing, collapsed mess at the end, but hey, it's an improvement!
Also, the pool that was being renovated is now open once more, and without the internship I have more free time. No more excuses! So yeah, hopefully I will also work my way up to 3 times a week with this exercise thing...#3: pharmacy education
Erm, does it count that I printed out the registration form for the pharmacy association, and looked over their calendar of education events? However, both registration and most of the courses are tres
expensive. :( I am dithering, waiting for my bank balance to increase a little before I sign up for anything.
Which brings us to #4: keeping to my budget
Well, I'm kinda managing. The savings part is okay...but I am avoiding a particularly bad credit card bill this month. So I think we're only so-so on this one for now. #5: regular QTs
The intership was a godsend in this area. By taking the train at the same time as my dad each morning, I got to work an hour early each day. I would buy a coffee, sit in Starbucks in a quiet corner, and do 20-30 minutes of QT, 3 times a week.
I'm really enjoying going through Luke again, in more depth this time, and so I hope this will help to keep this momentum going, even though I won't have this set routine now.