2013 self reflection and goals for 2014
Last years posts can be found here
It’s been a fantastic year. For 9 months out of these 12 months I’ve been working for a great company called Specialmoves, a digital production studio that makes everything from websites to apps. It’s a job I love and I met some amazing people. You all know who you are. In September I said goodbye to my company and to England and for the last 3 months I’ve been travelling around Asia. Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and currently in Taiwan. It’s a journey that I’ve chosen for myself and I’ve learnt so much along the way. I imagined I’d be in china by now but I’ve been sidetracked in Taiwan. I’ve met a great family that takes care of me and who I think of a second family and I’ve found a place I really enjoy living in. Not only that but it’s the perfect environment for me to continue learning Chinese.
So my travel plans will be to stay in Taiwan until the end of January, then fly to Malaysia for a couple weeks to visit family travel a bit. Then I’m going to come back to Taiwan and spend another 3 months knuckling down and studying mandarin.
I thought i wouldn’t be doing this, but I feel like in life if you get those good feelings about a place, person or dream. You need to grasp it and give it a chance to flourish. Travelling can always wait. The world will still be there.
My goals for 2013 in retrospect:
Chinese has been my main focus this year. I’ve grown leaps and bounds from when I wrote my goals for 2013 in 2012. The first 5-6 months I was studying very hard. I drifted off in the next 3 months, but still kept up the same level and then in September, October when I started travelling I pretty much. Since November I’ve restarted my learning as I’ve realised it’s just as important to me as travel and having language partners is only enough to keep up my language, not improve.
Well, I’ve definitely ticked this box. I only attended to make the most of the 4 weeks of holiday I had per year, but when I realised how much travel actually means to me I knew I had to do it now. Although instead of seeing more of China (not including Shanghai in February) I seem to have seen much more of South East Asia and even more of Taiwan. The time period of 4 weeks I set myself to improve my Chinese before going to Shanghai went exceeding
I have done none of this. And now that I’m in Asia, doing this makes a lot of sense as I’m planning to be in Taiwan for a little while.
Goals for 2014
Going to keep it punchier than my last post so it’s easier to track and if I edit this post I’ll add the date it was edited on that goal.
C1 level of Chinese by my birthday of this year.
Read an entire book in Chinese
Rebuild my own portfolio website into something I’d be proud to show as a portfolio piece.
Start building freelance contacts so I can work location independently.
I didn’t build a WordPress theme last year, so I’m going to have to start this this year.
Start collating some of the ideas I’ve gathered from my blog to write a draft of a book on learning, habits or motivation.
Continue writing this blog every week this year and not miss one week. Consider writing more if there is more to talk about or start another blog or a more specific topic
Keep up my fitness I’ve been doing so far. Make sure in whatever country I’m in I keep up something to keep me active, fit and healthy.
And if anyone has motivational problems about setting goals and push yourself, they need to watch this: