Ambitious and motivated

I just discovered that I hadnโ€™t seen a few comments to some of my posts here, OMG ๐Ÿ˜ณ I feel so bad that I didnโ€™t respond until now. I apologise if you were one of the people who commented on one of my posts last year and I only just replied back today! ๐Ÿ˜”

Thereโ€™s this one YouTuber that I follow because sheโ€™s quite inspiring. Sheโ€™s built her freelancing business to quite a successful one in just a few years. Iโ€™ve been thinking about setting up my own business for a while now, but today, sheโ€™s motivated me to actually make this happen ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

So I did a ton of research about how to set up a website and how to create an email list, and also thought a bit more about what type of digital products I could sell. And I learnt a marketing term today: a lead magnet! And I already have an idea for my lead magnet! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ OMG I feel like Iโ€™m learning so much at the moment. Itโ€™s great ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

So Iโ€™ve set a goal for myself to have my website up and running in the next week or two, and to have my lead magnet all set up and ready to get people in to sign up soon after that. But once they sign up, what happens then?? LOL So many things to think about – and then do! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Thatโ€™s my short-term goal. My slightly longer-term goal is to have my first digital product all created and ready by the end of June. OMG thatโ€™s only three months away. Ambitious, I know, but for some reason, having this self-imposed deadline is really spurring me on to actually make this happen.

And now that Iโ€™ve told you my plans, I feel like Iโ€™m committing that little bit more to this ambitious goal ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Iโ€™ll keep you posted on my progress!

Working on my goals

I went to Causeway Bay with the intention of going to IKEA to buy some storage containers. After clearing out so much of my wardrobe on the weekend, I now know exactly what storage containers I need to put into the wardrobe.

But I never made it to IKEA. I took so long to eat lunch that by the time I had finished, I didn’t have any more time to go shopping! ๐Ÿ˜” Not that I really wanted to go anyway LOL If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, then you probably already know that I’m not a fan of going shopping – even when I actually need to because I’ve actually run out of something! ๐Ÿ˜† So I’m not at all disappointed. I’ll just go another day ๐Ÿ˜Š

Oh, and just an update on my splits: my right leg splits (where my right leg is in front) is getting pretty close! My left leg splits need a bit more work. But that leg is the one that I strained during my 30-day challenge, so I think subconsciously, I’m still a little more cautious when I do stretches on that leg. But my right leg splits is looking promising! ๐Ÿ‘ It’s still not comfortable, and I’m still groaning every time I get out of them – on either side! So there is still a lot of work for me to do. But I think I can actually get all the way down to the floor by the 3-month mark, if not beforehand. That is seriously insane! I could possibly get there before the 3-month mark, but I won’t be comfortable. Maybe I could be somewhat comfortable at the 3-month mark? Maybe??

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. One step at a time! One milestone comes before the other, so let’s focus on the first milestone first and get all the way down to the floor first! ๐Ÿ’ช hahaha can I use the word ‘first’ any more times?!? ๐Ÿคฃ

His crazy 400% goal

N has been doing this crazy 400% goal for one day each month, and he chose to do it today. Basically he tries and achieves 4x whatever his ‘burn calories’ goal is on his Apple watch. He goes crazy hard and exercises regularly throughout the day. And because he has to exercise so much in order to achieve this goal, he usually starts this first thing in the morning, and is still going until late at night.

When he set this challenge for himself, the gyms were still closed here, thanks to ๐Ÿฆ , so he had to go find ways to exercise throughout the day. Today was the first time he had to achieve his goal and the gyms were open. He said it was easier to do when he had whatever resources he wanted at the gym. It’s still by no means an easy feat, but he managed to do it with much more time to recuperate and relax today ๐Ÿ˜… And even better for him, massage parlours are also back open, so his muscles could get some much needed rest – so that they could keep going for the second half of the day! ๐Ÿ™„

And because he worked so hard today, I let him go crazy at Crazy Food Hall, my favourite supermarket here in HK ๐Ÿ˜† We bought too much food for dinner, but I figured he needed it, since he exercised so much today. It turned out that it was indeed a teeny bit too much food for him ๐Ÿ˜† And we bought sushi as well, which doesn’t keep too well, so we sorta forced ourselves to finish it all. Not good for either of us!

And today marks the end of rectangular February. Man I loved that so much, it was just so perfect #geekingout ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿคฃ

New routines and language goals

I got up mega early again this morning. Not as early as yesterday, but earlier than usual. It’s really nice getting up so early! I get so much more done in the morning, and I feel so much more productive ๐Ÿ‘ The problem with this, though, is that because I am naturally a night owl, it is VERY easy for me to burn the candle at both ends ๐Ÿ˜” So I really have to try not to do that. It’s ok to do it every now and then, but it’s just not sustainable. I do try and take it easy in the afternoon now. Before, I’d be working frantically to get stuff done because I was running out of time; now, because I did so much in the morning, I don’t really need to stress out as much in the afternoon. So maybe these new hours will work for me after all?? But first, let’s see if I can continue to get up early! ๐Ÿ˜œ

We started watching My Hero Academia recently. And now we’re watching one episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and then one episode of My Hero Academia to wind down for the evening ๐Ÿ˜Š I feel like I need to study it to get some Japanese language study in. It feels like such a waste if I don’t do that. I’ve actually been reviewing a lot more of my Japanese Anki flashcards lately, surprisingly, so it feels like I should back that up with some listening practice as well. And given how crap my Chinese listening skills are, chances are my Japanese listening skills are going to be just as bad!

But Jap has the added advantage of a lot of words being much more ingrained in me. I studied it in high school, which was a bajillion years ago now, but a lot of the vocab is still in my long-term memory, and hearing certain words is almost the same as hearing English. Almost ๐Ÿ˜œ I don’t think my Chinese will ever get to that same level. But ultimately, I would love to be conversational in both languages. That is my long-term goal. I’m sure it’ll be an uphill battle the older I get, but I’m going to try my darndest to achieve it ๐Ÿ’ช

A stressful first day back

My dad lost his phone today, so I was helping my parents track it down. I used Google’s Find My Device and found it quite quickly. It was saying that it’s in the general area where my dad was this afternoon for his doctor’s appointment, and luckily it hadn’t moved. So I asked them to go and check out the area. My mum said that it wasn’t anywhere, and she asked all the places in the area that were still open, and no one had handed in a phone. So I’m guessing that he left it at the doctor’s surgery. Of course it was already closed by this time, so all they / we can do is wait until the morning to check to see if he did indeed leave it there . I kept tracking it all afternoon and evening, and it’s still in the exact same spot, so I’m really hoping that it’s at the doctor’s! ๐Ÿคž

After all that stress (and it’s doubly stressful when you literally have to do everything online because you live in a totally different country ๐Ÿ˜’), I felt like I needed a stiff drink ๐Ÿฅƒ๐Ÿฅƒ

But instead, I did my stretches. It’s actually Day 30 of my 30-day splits challenge, and even though I didn’t quite make it to the full splits, I’m getting pretty damn close ๐Ÿ˜ฑ I’m going to keep continuing with these stretches, and hopefully I will eventually achieve my goal. I might do a check-in at the end of 3 months and then 6 months, see where I am at that point. But it’s very exciting ๐Ÿ˜Š I’m still very happy with my progress, though. And maybe getting to the splits at the end of the 30 days isn’t the point. Maybe it’s to build the discipline to stretch every day in order to eventually achieve it ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

A low energy day

It wasn’t the best Sunday. I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to do anything this morning ๐Ÿ˜”

In complete contrast, N had this crazy goal today: to achieve some fitness/exercise goal based on one of the stats that his watch tracks. He actually achieved it, which was totally impressive. It’s a physical as well as a mental challenge, and he managed to conquer both ๐Ÿ‘

I somehow found a bit of energy later in the afternoon and managed to register my recent tech purchases for warranty purposes. This admin stuff is just so boring and blah, and I always put off doing it. But somehow, I managed to get myself to do this today, so that was amazing ๐Ÿ‘

And then in the evening, we headed over to Tamar Park to do some dance practice. It’s been aaages since we’d danced, so of course we struggled just to remember our routines ๐Ÿ˜” We were at the park for over an hour, and all we did was samba. Sighhh… I don’t know if/when we’ll ever be back in a dance studio.

My 30-day splits challenge: day 16

My legs are sooo sore!! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ Maybe Iโ€™ve been pushing the splits thing a bit too hard the past few days ๐Ÿ˜‡ Every time I bend down to pick something up, I feel my legs and I groan ๐Ÿ˜‚ I feel like I need a rest day already! Although I have done five days in a row now, I think last Saturday was my rest day. So yeah, a rest day is due very, very soon! ๐Ÿ˜†

But I do feel like Iโ€™m getting sooo damn close. I still canโ€™t believe just how far I am from the ground now – or rather, how close I am to it! Donโ€™t get me wrong, Iโ€™m still aaaages away, but what I think has changed the most is my expectation. When I first started this whole 30-day challenge, I was like, yeah righhht, as if Iโ€™m going to get anywhere near the ground! But halfway in, now Iโ€™m thinking that this my may actually indeed be possible! Not sure if itโ€™ll happen within the 30 days, but I feel like it can actually happen, rather than just being a pipe dream. And thatโ€™s totally amazing.

And I think thatโ€™s whatโ€™s spurring me on to keep going. During the first 10 or so days, I was just going through the motions, not thinking that my flexibility could actually improve in such a short period of time. Then somewhere around the 2-week mark, something turned. Now I actually feel like thereโ€™s real progress and that there is an actual chance that I can achieve this crazy goal. Itโ€™s pretty insane, and I keep saying that at the end of each day. I am really tempted to start another 30-day challenge after I finish this one! ๐Ÿ˜†

Bearable

Iโ€™m on Day 4! I’m 13% of the way there ๐Ÿ˜‚ To be honest, I am actually feeling more flexible. It feels like I’m getting soooo much closer to the ground. Although visually, it probably only means moving about half a centimetre closer ๐Ÿคฃ I still have a long way to go yet…

I watched some news clips on YouTube today. That was depressing! No wonder I stopped watching / reading stuff ๐Ÿ˜‚ I just rely on others to tell me about the major news events. If itโ€™s major enough (like the incident at Capitol Hill last week), then Iโ€™ll eventually hear about it. But these days, I donโ€™t actively seek out the news. And if I do, itโ€™s usually to watch comediansโ€™ perspectives. They put a funny spin on almost everything, and so that helps make the news more bearable ๐Ÿ˜Š

The weather was also more bearable today. Maybe the coldest part of the HK winter is now over. I can only hope! ๐Ÿ˜† Not that it gets that cold in HK. But I really don’t like winter, so mild or not, I’d be more than happy to do away with this season!

Day 1 on both fronts

It was Day 2 of my 30-day splits challenge. I have decided to film the next 30 days to see the progress visually and see how far I actually get. Am I actually going to be able to touch the floor at the end of the 30-day period?? I might make a vlog out of it at the end, if it’s interesting enough. But even if I don’t publish it and share it with the world, I’ll still have a vlog for myself and a record of some sort of this challenge and how it all went. The whole stretching routine took twice as long as yesterday because I had to set up the equipment and actually record a few things in front of the camera, and I suspect it’ll be the same for the remaining 29 days. Ah yes, and I filmed today as if it was Day 1, so officially, I am at Day 1 ๐Ÿ˜‚ An extra day added on to the challenge won’t hurt. Plus I’ve just started it. And I’ll probably need the additional day anyway! ๐Ÿคฃ

And we started watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine today. I keep hearing just how good this show is, so I thought I’d give it a go today. It’s a comedy, and each episode is just over 20 minutes long, so it doesn’t take too much brain power to watch. So it’s the perfect type of show for us to wind down with at the end of each day ๐Ÿ˜Š I haven’t fallen in love with it yet, but we’re just a few episodes in so far, so I’ll have to give it more of a chance. Hopefully I’ll have a better idea of the show by the end of this week.

My first 30-day challenge

I decided to stay at home today for three reasons:

  • Partly because of ๐Ÿฆ ;
  • Partly to save money; and
  • Partly because itโ€™s still so cold right now! ๐Ÿฅถ

So we just watched TV. We finally finished Modern Family; and we also finished the Matrix trilogy, watching The Matrix Revolutions today ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

I have also been thinking about what things I should work on for 30 days straight. Itโ€™s the New Year, and I always try and change for the better whenever January 1st rolls around. And one of the things that I always have problems with is consistency. So I figured, what better way to start the new year than with a 30-day challenge?? ๐Ÿ˜†

So for the next 30 days, I have decided to do stretches specifically for the splits. I have been doing yoga quite consistently for about a month or two now, so instead of just general yoga, for the next 30 days, I’m going to concentrate on poses that will target the muscles that will help me get as close as possible to the splits. Today was day 1. Wish me luck! ๐Ÿ˜†

I’m not sure what I’ll do after the 30 days, though. I’m really just focused on the 30 days right now and making sure that I get through them! I might just go back to general yoga after that, as I’m sure I’ll miss all the other poses after a while. But who knows, I may have built up a new habit after this period?? ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

I have also considered doing other 30-day challenges this year, but 12 other challenges may be a bit too much. Plus I don’t know if I want to tackle 12 different things in one year?! So I might just focus on this one first, and if anything else strikes my fancy during this 30-day period, then I might consider it as my next challenge. Otherwise, I might just repeat the challenge again.

I can also just try something for 30 days, and if I don’t like it, then I can abandon it and just learn from the experience. Or maybe change the criteria or the conditions if something isn’t working. That’s part of the fun, right, just to try.

And this 30-day challenge idea ties in with my one-word theme for the year: to DO. So I’m pumped and ready to give this a go! ๐Ÿ’ช