December Goals

Really didn’t focus too much on goals in December, and only really worked on a few. I ended up migrating some of the others to January instead:

Health and Fitness

  • Go rockclimbing 3 times (5/5): Twice in Kitchener and once with friends in Toronto. On all occasions, I just bouldered.
Finance and Auto
  • Use the parking brake (2/5): I tried as much as I could to always have the parking brake on but I didn’t always remember …
Other
  • Find a good lipstick colour (5/5): Over the past two years, I’d been working on building a basic make-up set. Originally thinking of buying a Pacifica brand, but my wonderful sister actually ended up gifting me a large box set from Tarte* for Christmas/Winter Solstice. There are 8 sticks in total, but I threw one out as it had mould on it. I didn’t want to return it, get a new box and make unnecessary waste. I’m okay with having 7; it’s probably more than I can use anyway!

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*Has beeswax, not vegan but I was okay with this. I buy a lot of Tarte products

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Annual Goals 2017

I’m a bit early in doing my annual review, but part of me is slightly frustrated that I haven’t been reassessing my annual goals. I am much better at managing monthly goals. It’s just that my desires and needs change every few months, depending on my life situation (i.e. moving away and breaking up), so half this list doesn’t feel quite so accurate anymore. At this point, I just want to get it out of the way, and then rewrite some new goals for 2018.

Teaching

  • Apply to Ontario school boards (3/5): Applied to WRDSB, DDSB, OCDSB, AVDSB and UGDSB so far. The only one that called back was WRDSB. I didn’t apply to Peel, Halton, SCDSB or TDSB. Just working for one right now!
  • Practice interviewing (3/5): Had a first great interview with Waterloo Regional District School Board. Didn’t have any other interviews. Didn’t really work on practicing for interviews again … I need  a sense of pressure for this goal.
  • Develop skills for occasional teaching (3/5): There’s a free AQ course on occasional teaching through Queen’s University. While I had started the first module, I didn’t end up continuing it. I’m doing okay though and have been meeting a few other OTs and getting tips from them.
Finance
  • Start budgeting (2/5): I had purchased the Mindful Budgeting planner from Caitlin Flanders. Starting to write down numbers and be more mindful of the process for several months but never ended up budget and eventually stopped using the planner about three months into it. I will have to try this again from a different angle in the new year and perhaps only look at food expenditures as a start.
  • Set up an ASP from pay towards index funded RRSP (5/5): Robb Engen have already said, stop keeping your RSPs in cash. Reading Robert Brown’s book reminded me that an ASP would give it time for it to build interest. In February, I set up an ASP of $333/paycheck to be set aside as RSPs in Tangerine, but then switched over to WealthSimple in February 2017.
  • Get J. set up with index investing in Tangerine (3/5): I had J. start a small investment in Tangerine but hey, we broke up so who the fuck cares anymore.
  • Start learning how to use MLS (0/5): I lost interest in this process after my break-up. It’s just not happening while I am not making that much as an Occasional Teacher (i.e. professional substitute teacher).
  • Try to get bank fees waived (0/5): Desiree of Half Banked suggest that you can try to get your credit card fee waived. Never got around to doing this … just plain forgot. I still draw too much from my TD Bank account sometimes, so I am wondering if I should just close it.
  • Learn how to barter using Bunz (5/5): Spent most of August trading. It’s been so much fun! I’ve gotten quite a lot off of Bunz, including basic furniture and useful items. I love the idea of finding new homes for items that I didn’t value or don’t value anymore. It’s environmentally-friendly too, because I’m not encouraging the production of more products. Everyone knows that I am slightly obsessed, ha!
Personal development
  • Study Mandarin (1/5): Used my Steam account for Influent at the beginning of the year but haven’t touched this in a while. Just fell down the list of priorities
Health
  • Regular myo (1/5): Not great with consistent #myomondays, but that’s okay! I’ve still been learning a lot through my Yoga Teacher Training.
  • Strength training (0/5): Specifically I was referring to weight training, which never happened … Nope.
  • Continue barefoot training (4/5): I didn’t end up read Katy Bowman’s book, Whole Body Barefoot, but I have two pairs of FiveFinger Vibrams. In the winter, I’m using them in the gym.
  • Enjoy my YTT (5/5): Yup! that’s going well! This goal got added on around April because I didn’t even think I was interested in Yoga Teacher Training until I saw Queen Street Yoga’s advertisement.

Monthly Goals: November

The last set of monthly goals that I wrote were in August. September was sorting myself out and October went to shit because of my break-up. So here’s November, as I start to get re-focused:

Health and Fitness

  • Work on meditation (3/5): Since restarting Headspace in October, I’ve been using it several times a week. I’m not going to guilt or shame myself into not using it every day. It’s not productive. I might only meditate every 2 days, but that’s okay.
  • Work on The Desire Map (2/5): Since starting the new subscription plan on Cody, I started going through The Desire Map plan. I have been working through the exercises and (printed) worksheets since the middle of November.
  • Go to Goodlife (1/5): I could do better, I only went three two times this month.

Teaching and Professional Development

  • Explore opportunities to work and travel: I had spoken to some UK agencies, but it looks like I do not qualify for the work visa (i.e. the Youth Mobility Scheme) since I am over 30 year old. BOO for ageism!!! Oh well, I daydreamed for a few days.
  • Get updated letter of experience (5/5): This was easy and all it took was an email to the Human Resources of my former board. Just need to make a paper copy and put it in my files too.
  • Get back into using Evernote regularly (2/5): I pay for the premium subscription every year around Hallowe’en. I tried using the free version but I like updating on a variety of mobile devices.
  • Sent transcripts for (3/5): So far I’ve sent three transcripts in so far, from the University of Toronto, Athabasca (freeeeee) and Queen’s University. UWO is a pain in the butt because they don’t accept digital signatures.
  • Work on teaching blog (1/5): I’ve only made two posts as of November and updated the subtitle so that it doesn’t state that I’m still in Quebec.

Finance and Auto

  • Close joint account (5/5): Done, although the first time I called, the rep on the other line said it wasn’t possible. The second time I called, it literally took 1 minute for the rep to do it. ARGH.
  • Auto Mechanic game on Steam (1/5): I started playing this for 2 hours but got super frustrated. It is not beginner-friendly!
  • Mail forwarding (5/5): I’d already updated the charity that I donate to and also the Ontario College of Teachers. This was something I had meant to do but I’d forgetten. So nearly 5 months later, I finally set up mail-forwarding from Waskaganish. There was a 4-month option, but the cost for a 12-month period was about $117 including tax.
  • Reassess credit card (4/5): I’ve kept my TD Cashback Visa because it’s the oldest credit card that I have, but I stupidly default to using it, when the rewards are actually quite terrible. Instead, I should be paying for restaurants and gas with my Tangerine credit card instead, since the rewards are 2% for (1% for anything else).

Monthly Goals – August

With the busy summer and going out with friends all the time, I admit that I’ve been slacking on the bullet journal. Not a lot, just that it’s not quite so up to date. Sometimes, I will end up jotting down my to-do list on ToodleDo, since I have a widget on my Android phone.

I’m hoping to get back on track in the next week, so I might as well just write my up my review of my monthly goals and get it over with:

Health and Fitness

  • Get my bicycle in working order (0/5): I was aware of this goal but just kept putting it off.
  • Work on floor sitting (2/5): Learned more about this while listening to more Katy Says podcasts. Was doing it here and there. Not so great.
  • Work on exfoliation (4/5): I bought a giant long handled brush and have been exfoliating regularly.

Teaching and Professional Development

  • Complete Queen’s free OT AQ course (0/5): Totally flaked out on this.

Finance and Auto

  • Get a will (0/5): Nope.
  • Discuss finances with family (0.5/5): I literally kept saying to my mom several times, let’s get together with my sister and do this. Ummm, didn’t happen.

Not a very productive month!!! Whatevs!!! Just enjoying my August, since I didn’t have the chance to the past 4 years.

Monthly Goals – July

Health and Fitness

  • Find a family doctor (0/5): Put this off to next month as I’ve decided it may be easier to find a doctor in Waterloo.
  • Visit Queen Street Yoga and apply for YTT program (5/5): Done and done. Got accepted into the program and even paid my deposit of $565.
  • Walk around parks (2/5): Looking to do more shinrin yoku a.k.a. “forest bathing”. This worked out really well at the beginning of July, when I was hitting up several parks around Toronto. It petered out when I started getting busy and meeting up with family and friends.
  • Learn about barefoot walking (5/5): Definitely knocked this goal out of the park! Got a pair of FiveFingers the first week I was back in Toronto and been wearing them an average of 3-5 times a week. Also tested them out on gravel in Waskaganish too.

Teaching / Professional Development

  • Reconnect with teachers in Ottawa (3/5): Ended up meeting with my former principal, who is still one of my work references. J. and I stayed over at her house and hung out with the family. As a thank you for her hospitality, I actually bought her daughter a couple of books – Wonder and Shaun Tan’s The Arrival – with some leftover Amazon credits, since she really likes reading. Was suppose to meet with a former colleague, but unfortunately, he never replied or confirmed getting together.*

Finances

  • Watch two Canadians Investor Conference videos (0/5): Never got around to it. Been busy.
  • Learn about tenant rights (0/5): Fell down list of priorities.
  • Learn how to barter on Bunz (4/5): This has been my obsession lately. I’ve made one trade so far, which was a copy of the card game The Resistance. I gave away a bottle of moscato and a Stella tall boy. This was a good first trade, because N. and I chatted a bit and she gave me lots of great tips to start! I might even have a new lunch buddy as she works out of Waterloo but lives in Toronto. However, I will be careful with trading and should only go for items I really want, as I don’t want to waste time driving around for something I don’t need.

Other

  • Explore Car Mechanic Simulator 2015 (0/5): Fell down the list. No time since being so busy.
  • Learn OK Google commands (4/5): As I have been driving a LOT this month, it made sense that I finally start using some of the OK Google voice commands. This will come in handy when I am driving around Waterloo and Kitchener, so I need to start learning now! I need to also learn how to use it safely so that I am not distracted while driving on the road. There is a learning curve to all this!

*I’ve noticed this has happened with weaker relationships where correspondence occurred mainly on Facebook. I had just deleted my account back in early July after 5 years of being forced to use it in the north.

Monthly Goals – Merry May

Health and Fitness

  • Go walking (2/5): Did one super long walk to the water intake plant and back (2.5 hours). Also walking occasionally to work, although not consistently. Weather has been on and off, rather cold for May, which has turned me off from going outside.
  • Work on myofascial release (1/5): Bought the Physical Therapy bundle off Cody but it was just way too busy this month being on the road so much.

Teaching

  • Continue with WRDSB paperwork (3/5): My mom and uncle drove out to Waterloo to pick up my paperwork, and after getting sorted out, I finally started my online training. I finished it this afternoon, but only a week into June, and not in May, as I originally intended.
  • Make connections at OAME (2/5): Made one new friend, N. Also reconnected with T., the prof who has been mentoring me, and J., a friend from university. Didn’t end up going to all my sessions though, because of the car troubles and just being tired.

Personal Development

  • Research car insurance (4/5): On one of my sick days, I ended up calling a whole bunch of places. I’ll likely settle on OTIP.
  • Watch 3 Canadian Investors Conference videos (0/5): This fell on the back burner. Not a biggie.
  • Make a communication agreement (3/5): As my relationship is going to become long-distance, we just went over a general communication agreement to follow.

Monthly Goals – April

Health and Fitness

  • Start lifting and strength work (2/5): Worked on front squats for a day. Also did some deadlifting and squats too. It’s a start!
  • Try new recipe (5/5): Made African peanut stew and the potato and asparagus salad.

Teaching

  • Get reference letter signed (5/5): One of the three reference letters I had were not signed. I noticed on one of the school board job postings that they required signatures on all the letters. Chased after my former VP and got a reply within a week.
  • Create a teaching portfolio (0/5): Slacked on this and it fell on the backburner.
  • Work on OAME presentation (1/5): Also slacked on this.
  • Continue job applications (5/5): Signed a job offer with Waterloo but also applied for Ottawa-Carleton at the end of the month*.

Finance

  • Inquire about moving process (3/5): Even though I am on sabbatical, I am entitled to having my personal belongings moved. Haven’t pinned a date yet though.
  • Watch 3 Canadian Investors Conference video (5/5): Watched Janine Rogan, Robert Farrington and Rob Carrick.
  • Get J. investing (3/5): Made a start as he set up a Tangerine Investment Fund account for TFSAs.
  • Evaluate first quarter expenses (4/5): I don’t enjoy writing everything down, but at least it gives me a snapshot of what is happening with my money. It was also fun to learn how to make pivot tables.

Other

  • Caulk the bathtub (0/5): This was a rollover from March. Didn’t get to it… again.

*Job applications for public school boards in Ontario are not often on an ongoing basis. We can only apply when they are posted once a year.

Monthly Goals – March Madness

Here are the goals that I was focusing during the month of March:

Health and Fitness

  • Book a dental appointment (5/5): Booked one for the upcoming Goose Break. Gotta make use of my health plan while I still have it
  • Book an allergist (5/5): This was a task I was suppose to follow through in 2015. I actually had a referral lapse and now I’m paying for it, trying to get another family doctor to give me a new referral. Ugh. Have an appointment though, finally!

Teaching

  • Complete Queen’s OT course (1/5): Queen’s University has a free course on Occasional Teaching. This got put on the back burner. I had started it but I am going to push this off to August as a good time to get myself into the mood of substituting on a daily basis.
  • Explore use of Google Forms (3/5): I had only learned about this tool in my AQ and used it for an assignment in January. It’s so easy and versatile!I’ve found that lots of teachers are actively used GAFE tools. I used it on two occasions at work too  I also shared what I had done with my colleagues during our weekly Professional Learning Community meetings (PLCs).
  • Start teaching teaching portfolio (0/5): Procrastinated on this. As I’d like to apply for the Ottawa school board, I know that they encourage the use of a portfolio during the interview process. I will need to print out some photos with an online order and have been meaning to make use of a 40% coupon code. This will be a priority in April.
  • Explore one new #edtech tool (5/5): Played around with SketchUp 8.

Finance

  • Watch 2 Canadian Investors Conference videos (3/5): Enjoyed the interview with Robert Brown and watched another with Susan Daley of PWL Waterloo.
  • Work on taxes (4/5): Second time processing it on TurboTax on my own. I know, I’m still not an adult yet but my mom helps me with a large part of it.
  • Consolidate TSFAs and close Questrade (0/5): Yeah, stock-picking is not my game. I need to sell and just close up my Questrade account.
  • Transfer investments to a robo-advisor (3/5): Moving more of my TSFAs to WealthSimple but still waiting. Had to re-sign some forms and deal with a few glitches.

Other

  • Learn how to caulk (1/5): Brought a tube up from Toronto at the beginning of March but haven’t done it yet.
  • Learn how to use the steamer for the floor (5/5): We are trying not to use a lot of chemicals and just use more eco-friendly methods. The steamer is a machine that J. purchased a while ago but I hadn’t learned how to use it until this month. It was kinda fun but also sort of scary as you have to wait for the water to boil and be careful about opening the latch so you don’t burn your face!

Monthly Goals – February

Fitness and Health

  • Meal-planning (0/5): Been getting lazy with this. Argh.
  • Try new recipes (2/5): Tried two new recipes from the Indian cookbook

Teaching

  • Start on Queen’s AQ on OT (1/5): Just worked on the first module … continue in March
  • Apply to school boards (3/5): I ended up applying to DDSB, UGDSB and WRDSB; next week I have an interview in Waterloo! Decided not to apply to PDSB, TDSB or YRDSB. The later two are declining boards and areas which I either know will not be good future home for me. I’m still interested in Peel but will reapply the next time it opens up.
  • Work on interview questions (1/5): Only getting started on this! Otherwise been spending time scouring the teacher discussion groups on Facebook, collecting info and bugging former coworkers for tips and tricks.
  • Get a third reference letter (5/5): Glad that this didn’t take too long. Signed and scanned into a PDF, uploaded onto Apply to Education

Finance

  • Set up ASPs for RSPs (5/5): Am funnelling $333 off each biweekly paycheck towards my new WealthSimple account.
  • Set up password maintenance system (2/5): Started transferring information but not finished yet …
  • Analyze ETFs (0/5): Too much job hunting going on. ONCE AGAIN, this fell on the back burner. I’m putting this goal on pause for now.
  • Work on AQ reimbursement (5/5): Printed all my papers, now just waiting for a copy of the transcripts to come in from Queen’s University ($15/transcript) so I can submit it to HR and get the $680 reimbursed

Also, no net worth postings this month. I’m switching to only calculating it every 2 months.

Monthly Goals – January Goals

January has been pretty busy. It flew by a lot faster than I had anticipated!

Health and Fitness

  • Add HIIT workouts (4/5): Just around my 34th birthday, I wasn’t feel great about my personal image. I’m not one to get upset about age, so this was unusual … I just felt really, REALLY shitty about myself and didn’t even want to move at all. I suddenly realizing that I can see changes in my body and that two pairs of leggings I bought a few years ago do not fit me anymore. I felt horrible for a few weeks. I decided to rally the support of my Cody friends, whom I can definitely rely on and ended up purchasing the Cody App FitFlow plan ($35 USD) to try some HIIT. It worked out well to get me back onto the mat and moving. The workouts are just doing the mini 10-15 minute long classes, and although it took a few more weeks, it helped me get out of the funk.
  • Revisit backbending (3/5): I hadn’t really planned this goal; it just sort of happened. I know core work includes your back as well so I revisited Mackenzie Miller’s backbends program.

Teaching

  • Work on Apply to Education account (3/5): Purchased some credits, as well as sent in my first official job application on it to WRDSB.
  • Apply for the Toronto District School Board (0/5): I didn’t do this. I should do this anyway.
  • Get reference letters (3/5): Received one letter from my former vice-principal; this was a bit of a chase and it actually took me near 3 months for it to happen. Ugh. Now to get one from my principal.

Finance

  • Analyze my ETFs (0/5): This goal fell by the wayside. Move to March goals as current focus is to finish my online course and get moving on school board applications.
  • Sell of old mutual funds (5/5): Done! This felt good to finally clean out. I’m so glad my mom was there to help me to wrap this up after I signed off, as I’m not often in Toronto and spent most of my holidays in Israel/Jordan.
  • Cap off RSPs for 2016 (5/5): Was missing about $1500 so now I’ve capped it off by throwing some money into my WealthSimple account.

Other

  • Learn new crochet stitch (3/5): I tried, but this was a bit of a disaster.
  • Research home cleaning strategies (3/5): It’s amazing how many free tutorials there are on YouTube. I started watching some home cleaning videos just to get ideas on how to clean more effectively. Over the past year, we’ve also been choosing less harsh cleaning products as we realize our pets are often on the floor and exposed to what we put on them.