Well today is National Book Lovers Day and I wish I could have spent it reading—but I had to work. Though I’ve found time today to read (this is something I’m very good at making time for).
I love to read, and I love to buy books. Growing up I’d spend probably too much money on books, most of which made it to my to-be-read pile, which grew to several bookcases and shelves. Once the electronic book reader came out, my parents bought me one so that I could slowly start converting over to digital. The main reason was that I was going to be moving and book boxes are heavy.
There are still some books that I don’t have on kindle (and I gave away the paperbacks or hardbacks), but every so often depending on my mood I’ll get on amazon and buy a couple of books.
Some of the books that I’m currently reading (one thing I love about the kindle—you can be reading as many books as you want) include:
Getting There: A Book of Mentors by Gillian Zoe Segal
Rich Bitch: A simple 12-step plan for getting your financial life together finally by Nicole Lapin
What color is your parachute? 2018 Edition: A Practical Manual for Job-hunters and Career Changers by Richard Bolles
Plus there are numerous other books within my 101+goal list that I’m going to be getting through. This is also in addition to all of my fiction books that I read (and re-read, and re-read some more).
I’m going to work on getting other book reviews up on the site over the next couple of weeks (since I’ve read more books than what’s in the collage at the top). In addition I’m going to start writing reviews for several of the fiction books that I’ve also finished over the past couple of months as well.
So I realized that this past weekend, I should have also posted an update on how I think I’m doing in life via of the Level 10 life. I had decided that I would do a new Level 10 life graph every three months and then after I drew it out, compare it to the previous one. So below is my most current level 10 life.
So within the ten different areas, there were several that I felt really hadn’t changed that much: (1) Family & friends–I managed to get together with a friend for lunch in March, but not in January or February; and I haven’t started trying to send postcards or letters to my niece yet either; though I have been trying to keep in touch more via facebook or if we’re connected on linkedin, on linkedin. (2) Personal development–while I’ve managed to finish reading quite a few books so far this year, I haven’t found a program that I like yet for learning a foreign language; and I’ve fallen short on the planning and writing in the journal. (6) I still have zero social life, and truthfully until I figure out the next job move I think I’m going to keep it that way (though I may meet up with people for a walk around Boomer on the weekends). (10) Health & fitness–I haven’t been able to fully commit to a workout program yet this year, and have fallen into a bad routine of not doing a workout in the evenings once I get home.
Everything else has either gone up or down in terms of how I saw them at the beginning of the year. (3) Spirituality has gone down a little, mainly because I haven’t been keeping up with meditation, and I haven’t been doing my yoga either. I have managed to start doing new & full moon goals, and the different spirituality books that I bought are still on the list to be read (it will just take a little time to get to them, when there is like 90 books in total still to be read. (4) Finances have gone up a little, due to getting the credit card debt down, and getting a little more into the savings account. I still haven’t put any into a CD yet, but there could still be time for that. (5) Career happiness has gone down a little, mainly because I’ve realized that I could potentially be unemployed again less than eight months, and I really need to get on the ball with trying to transition into an industry position. (7) Fun & Recreation has gone up a little–I’m trying my hand at making jewelry & I’m starting to work on a new afghan. I know I need to do more of things that aren’t science/work related and that is also where my photography challenge is coming into play as well. (8) Giving & contribution has gone up a little–I donated a big bag of clothes (and it did only a small dent in my current wardrobe), and still have monthly donations to the Sierra Club and one or two other nature organizations. (9) Physical environment has gone up a little, with having straightened up my desk area, donating clothes, and just getting rid of things that I don’t need anymore has made my bedroom not seem as small.
So what are my goals??? Well, there is the picture below for the quarter, or what I would like to have accomplished by June.
But more specifically a goal for each area will be:
(1) Touch base with at least two friends or family members I haven’t talked to in awhile each month.
(2) Find a decently priced program for learning a foreign language and start refreshing my Spanish or German.
(3) Mediate for at least five minutes every day (and I’m already a few days behind on this one).
(4) Continue with my savings challenge (basically see how many no spend days I can have and try to work up to both a no spend week and then maybe a no spend month).
(5) Continue trying to add value to my connections and determine the industry position and company (or companies) that I would like to work for. Then try to set up some informational interviews.
(6) Continue trying to meet up with friends on the weekend.
(7) Continue working on different craft projects (afghan, jewelry making, photography)
(8) Donate clothes that I don’t wear all that often.
(9) Straighten up my storage unit and start moving other things into it.
(10) Workout 6 days a week (BOD or DVD), measure at the end of the month. First try to get through Yoga Booty Ballet by mid-May.
As I look towards the New Year, I’ve realized that I need to quit being a passive actor in my own life and I need to start putting serious work and dedication to certain areas to be able to get to where I want to be. So I’m doing things a bit different—I’m doing both a 101+ Goals in 1001 Day Challenge, and looking at my life from a level 10 view. Level 10 Life is a method that is described in Hal Elrod’s book “The Miracle Morning”; after seeing what the Level 10 life chart looks like and trying it myself—I’ve ordered the book and it is on my to-be read pile for this year—so look for a book review coming later (yes, I’m doing things backwards—but hey I never liked marching to the same beat as others). Below are the “10” Levels of life that we usually are giving some part of our life to, and the ranking (1 to 10) is how satisfied I am with each level as the calendar switches from 2017 to 2018; why I feel that way; then hopefully ten goals for each level that I can work towards over the next say three to five years to get everything up to a 7-to-9 ranking.
Here is a picture of what my “Level 10 life” looks like right now.
Some of these goals will be overlapping with my 101+ goals in 1,001-day challenge that I decided to start this year as well (see that post-101+goals). Note—not all sections have 10 goals yet (and one has more), mainly because I’m still trying to think of ideas/goals for each area.
Level: Family and Friends (5): This is the level that I have the most satisfaction with, though it is only at basically 50%. It helps that I do live with my parents currently and my younger brother lives with in the state. I try to keep in touch with friends through social media, and the occasional get together.
GOALS for Family and Friends:
Touch base with people (email/facebook/ in person) more often
Sending Channing an postcard/letter monthly (start a pen-pal system with niece)
Try to have a monthly lunch meet up with friends
Send out a yearly Christmas letter/card to update everyone on how I’m doing (start a new tradition)
Level: Personal Development (4): This is a pretty good ranking, considering I’ve really only started to spend the past couple of months working on any type of development (personal, spiritual, or professional).
GOALS for Personal Development:
Read all the personal development books that I’ve currently bought (or pre-ordered) on my Kindle (roughly 56)
Read the few autobiographical/personal/professional development books that I’ve bought on my Kindle (Roughly 3)
Brush up on at least one foreign language (Spanish & hopefully German)
Start doing more cooking (learning/trying new recipes and cultures)
Tackle my anxiety of driving (find a place for lessons that has done some work with people that have driving phobias/anxiety)
Take at least one vacation trip solo a year (either to a new state/city or to a new country/city)
Listen to at least one podcast a day
Write in a journal daily (make a hybrid of bullet journal and a normal journal)
Set goals monthly (review daily/weekly/monthly)
Develop a time management schedule and stick with it (i.e. planning out the day)
Level: Spirituality (3.5): This isn’t that high, but then I’ve never really considered myself to be a spiritual person (I vary daily between being a pagan and an atheist depending on my mood).
GOALS for Spirituality:
Read the different spirituality books that I’ve got on my Kindle (4 right now) and possibly buy a few more
Try to keep up with doing my new and full moon rituals (wishes)
Mediate at least five minutes a day
Do yoga at least twice a week
Set up an altar for meditation/spell casting
Level: Finances (4.5): This is almost to 50% mainly because I do have a decent size savings account at the current time, though the debt could be lower.
GOALS for Finances:
Get credit card debt down to less than $400 a month re-occurring
Put 8K into a short-term CD investment
Get savings account up at least another 20K
Get a side hustle(s) going that can bring in at least $500/month (cover the re-occurring credit card debt)
Have a monthly budget set up and stick with it; Write down everything that I buy (charge) for two months to see where money is going (and cut back accordingly)
Level: Career (4.5): This is almost to 50% mainly because I’ve realized that I really don’t want to be a professor in academia. Now I just need to spend some time trying to determine exactly what it is that I want to do, and work my way towards that goal.
GOALS for Career:
Read the books that I’ve bought on scientific writing and presenting (7)
Finish the CSA transition plan (mainly trying to rewrite my story to be short and powerful).
Finish the CSA and SMBA modules
Determine the best non-academia position that I fit and meet my criteria of balancing work and life
Start networking with my linkedin connections
Determine the company(ies) that I would like to work for
Start reaching out for informational interviews
Start reaching out for recommendations/referrals on linkedin
Apply for key positions within companies
Land dream(ish) job and start working my way up the ladder to the point that I want to get to.
Finish the other online course bundles that I’ve bought over the past several months (programming, project management, Six Sigma)
Level: Relationship/Social Life (0.5-1.0): This is the lowest ranking. Currently I’m not in any relationship, and until I have my life somewhat figured out (i.e. what my career choice/goal is; location for said career) I don’t feel comfortable getting into a relationship with someone, that could end up having to be long distance. Also right now I don’t feel comfortable trying to meet people in the same town that I basically grew up in (in other words I don’t feel like potentially dating someone I went to school with (either public or college).
GOALS for relationship/social life:
Try to get together with friends on the weekends (lunch, or walking around Boomer Lake)
And more to come as I can think of them………….. Read More