A Reflection and a Glance Forward

I’m not so much of a resolution kind of guy. In fact I normally shy away from making any resolutions whatsoever. I think the main reason I do this is because I don’t really like to fail (who does really?) and most New Year’s resolutions are grandiose, extravagant and can only be achieve with a ridiculous amount of work for a whole year. I’m lucky if I can remember my goals for a month, let alone a who year. So instead of making resolutions I probably won’t keep, I decided to instead take some time to reflect on the past year and set goals for myself for the month of January.

Last year was a crazy year. It saw the end of language school for me, the end of my first year living on another continent, the beginning of full-time work for eDOT, my first and second visitors and so much more. Here are a few things I learned throughout the year:

  • Full-time language learning is insanely difficult. My brain constantly felt like it was melting by the end of the day.
    • Full-time language learning is the only way I would recommend learning a new language if you have the opportunity. The brain melting thing is worth the results.
  • Not using the language will lead to a quick deterioration of that learned language.
  • Working full-time in an office is way different than teaching.
  • Showing visitors around your new home can give you a certain sense of pride in your apartment/town/country.
  • Europe is so much closer together than the US
    • Within 8 hours by car I can reach at least 8 different countries.
  • I put a lot of pressure on myself to be a better Christian, especially because of the job I’m in.
  • Food here is delicious, but I have no idea the nutritional content of much.
  • Being one of a few single guys in an area with a good amount of single females is not all it’s cracked up to be. 🙂
  • Running in a hilly area stinks!

Taking these lessons into account I have set some goals to work on this month. My plan is to look back at this list throughout the year and make monthly goals that will build on each other, but I’m not going to think about that right now.

January goals:

  • Pick two staple foods and find a healthier alternative (I’m thinking noodles and bread).
  • Find a language partner by the end of the month who will meet with me twice monthly and only speak German during that time.
  • Study German on memrise.com at least 3 days a week.
  •  Have a plan implemented by the end of the month to alleviate the issue of sitting behind a desk all day.
  • Create a list of cities I want to visit for both longer and weekend trips.
  • Write at least one blog a week on successes and struggles on my walk with Christ.
  • Suck it up and start running again at least twice a week.

2 thoughts on “A Reflection and a Glance Forward”

  1. Nice update, Jake…brought a smile to my face. Sometimes I wish I was doing full-time language learning…I’m making progress, but very SLO-O-O-O-O-O-OWLY! I’m gonna pray for your goals right now. Blessings and joy to you! Robin

    1. Thanks Robin, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I really place a high value on full-time language learning, but i know it isn’t always possible. I only value that style of learning though if you have something set up for afterwards to keep practicing the language too.
      Thanks for the prayers!

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