During the hardest moments of my depression, my co-worker was talking about getting her master’s degree. Our CHRO was encouraging her and they’d openly talk about which colleges to attend. I liked that. It gave me hope and I wanted to be a part of it. In my head, pursuing a Master’s would help my depression, and at the very least, keep me so busy I’d lose track of it.
*Gets on her soapbox* Honestly. Our education system sucks. Who said the best way to learn is to study an unholy amount of reading from a dry, over-worded textbook from a bunch of PhDs that have lost contact with reality and to complete the accumulative of 200 pages worth of writing and group projects (just for one class!), none of which reflect actual writing and team assignments in the workplace. Adult learning is about bite-sized information that can be reinforced with experiences and on-the-job use. If we can only remember 10% of what we’re taught, why are they cramming all this excess into our heads?! *kicks her soapbox away*
So! On July 23, 2016, I wrote a plan that by the time I’m 35, I’ll have my Master’s, be SHRM–CP and IPMA-HR certified, conversational in Japanese, Korean and Spanish, and live a healthier life.
Now for the big reveal!
As of October 7, 2018, I have completed my Master of Science in Human Resources Development and I am SHRM-CP and IPMA-HR certified. I know most of the Korean alphabet and Japanese Hiragana and Katakana, including some sentence structure. Spanish…well…um…we’ll get to it eventually lol!
It’s a damn shame. My mother has been living in Mexico for years and I don’t even try to speak Spanish while there. In fact, I took over five years of Spanish only not to use it and to forget it all. But! One of my Spanish teachers said I have great pronunciation! *finger hearts, pew pew!*
It’s time to finish the rest of my plan! This is a very exciting moment because I’ve been dying to get back to language learning *whispers* and healthy living…I guess, but more so language learning! How will I do it? I think I’ll start where I left off!
Each week I’ll complete a chapter in the Genki I textbook and workbook, starting from chapter 3, and I’ll include writing practice with Japanese Hiragana & Katakana for Beginners workbook (Tuttle). Since I’ve done so well memorizing the Korean alphabet, I’ll start level 1 of the Talk to Me In Korean Workbook series and return to the Simple Korean workbook for writing and listening practice.
I can mold Spanish language learning around my other studies with apps such as Memrise, Duolingo, and Lingodeer until I find a workbook that I like. I can take spare time, such as during my lunch break, to complete short levels in either of the apps.
This plan may sound rigorous, but it’s really easy. My biggest hurdle is my memory, so the last thing I want to do is overload myself. Since this plan is my own, I can change it however I need to fit my learning style. If I have to take a break, or I have to take more time on a certain chapter, I will. Notice, I do not have a structured schedule with calendar dates and time periods. I’m trying to stay as flexible as possible.
I can’t end this entry without talking about how I’ll tackle healthy living…though I really want to *sarcasm* LOL!
*Whines* Healthy living is haaaaard. I want to eat all the gummies, popcorn with extra butter, tacos, pizza, and bacon. Hell, I’m drinking peach soju as I write this. I was planning to buy hard cider next pay! LOL!
I had lost 11 pounds doing a modified One Punch Man workout and intermittent fasting, then I gained it all back during the holidays last year! Since this plan worked for me, I owe it to myself to give it another shot. It really curbed my cravings and appetite, and helped with digestion and bloating. I did have a boast of energy, but I’m Pisces. I’ll always find time for a nap.
What I’ll do is cut out fast food and most sweets (touch my gummies and I will die). I’ll have a breakfast shake in the morning, eat lunches prepared at home, and not eat anything after 5 PM. Intermittent fasting requires me to only eat within an 8-hour window, some windows are shorter, but the remaining 16 hours must be for fasting. Also, lots and lots and lots of water.
I primarily drink water. There I said it! I freakin love it. A girl loves her hard cider and flavored soju, but I’m usually chugging water. I cut pop years ago, before intermittent fasting, because it would make me feel sick. Strangely enough, the change in my diet clicked and I’ve never looked back. This gives me hope that I’ll find the same with better eating habits and exercise.
What also helped to burn fat was using 30 minutes to exercise: the modified One Punch Man workout. Every day, I’ll do push-ups, crunches, leg lifts and squats, then increase the repetitions by 5 each week. So, at first I started at 25 reps, but by the next week, I was doing 30 reps and so on. Eventually, I got to 80 reps before I went eff it in-front of all the holiday foods. It’s my desire that I get to the hundreds so I can have toned arms, stomach, thighs and bum!
Wish me luck! This will be a lonely journey as no one that I know, I MEAN NO ONE, is eating healthily. I work in human resources so there’s always food. I’m about to be knee deep in Halloween candy and the holidays are around the corner. Please wish for me to keep focus because I only have about 1.5 years left to accomplish my plan. I need to be able to look back and say, I did that, in four years!