We are already past the middle of June; which means that half of the year 2019 was gone. Blink your eyes and you’ll look at 2019 in the rear mirror soon. I took a walk today to do some thinking and reflect on what happened in the first 6 months of the year. So far, I have had some ups and downs. Let’s talk about the ups
- I managed to get my dad to visit the US, his first overseas trip ever. I was in awe when I saw the outside world for the first time at the age of 19. I can’t imagine his feelings when he did at the age of 60
- I joined a wonderful team and company. My teammates are excellent in their abilities and, more importantly, manners. They have been nothing, but helpful to a new guy with little experience in the banking industry. My paperwork has been luckily smooth so far. Yayyyy!
- I have been pretty consistent in maintaining this blog. So far this year, I have written 135 blog posts, well ahead of my goal of 200 blog posts at the end of the year. Since January, the traffic has been doggedly increasing with last month as the new high. Though it is somewhat positive, maintaining a habit is more important
- I think so far I have done a decent job of keeping myself from stress. Being able to take long walks, exercise, do some reading or travel at will is awesome
- Except for a few nights that I could count on one hand, I have largely stayed away from alcohol
But I still have a lot of work to do:
- I still don’t get 8 hours of sleep every night. Getting even 7 hours is rare enough
- On average, I frequent the gym less often than I did in the same period last year. On top of that, my addiction to and increased consumption of ice cream have added a few pounds (7 to be exact) to my body
- I made some bad calls in investing, including bad timing and missed opportunities (Zoom, for instance)
- 8 books have been read so far. I went for 3 months in a row without finishing a book and it needs to be changed
- My circle of local friends hasn’t changed much compared to 2018; which is a pity. I feel that I still face the same struggle integrating into American culture and making American friends as I did in 2018. Additionally, I don’t venture much outside of my comfort zone
- Lastly, I was a bit reckless in expenses for the past 3 months. The increase in expenses comes mostly from my urge to explore all restaurants in town and my dad’s visit to US.
Overall, I would give my first half of the year a solid 6.5. It’s below a C and I’ll need to up it to at least a B in 6 months’ time. How did you rate yours?