Halfway There

by Aryana Adkanian | Wednesday, June 27, 2018

by Aryana Adkanian
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

It’s the end of June. The year is over halfway over. I want to take this time to reflect on some of my goals for the year.

At the beginning of 2018, I did the most stereotypical thing anyone can do in the beginning of January: I made a list of “New Year’s Resolutions.” For the sake of being a little less cliché, though, I decided to call them my Goals for the Year instead. So, since it’s halfway through the year, I should be halfway through my goals, right? Let’s assess a few of these things…

Goal #1: Get a different (or second) job

At the beginning of the year, I was only working part-time at the job I’ve had since August 2014. I’d been searching for a new job for over six months. In May, last month, I was starting to give up hope when my mother forwarded me a Facebook post about a job opening for a 90-day internship. So, that same day it was posted, I applied. And then two weeks later, I started working there. I’ve been working there for four weeks today and I genuinely enjoy it. I learn something new every day. I get to do things I love, like write things and read things while sitting at a computer for most of the day. It’s cool. I really, really like it. I’m glad I have it.

So, goal #1 is done.

Goal #2: Add at least $2,000 to my savings

Since I was only working part-time for so long, I obviously didn’t make a lot of money and I wasn’t able to add much money to my personal savings. As I am “adulting” more every day, I obviously will need to increase my savings. I haven’t quite added $2,000 to my savings – yet – but I’m hopeful that I will be able to do so very soon.

Goal #2 is not quite there, but I’m optimistic.

Goal #3: Read Javascript & JQuery (and learn things)

I’ve been wanting to read Jon Duckett’s Javascript and JQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development ever since I finished his other book, HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites. HTML and CSS helped me tremendously when I decided to re-learn website coding last summer. Obviously, there is still so much more for me to learn about the craft. I’d love to expand my knowledge and make this website (and any other future websites I design) the best it can be, and that can start whenever I finally decide to fork over the money for Duckett’s book.

Goal #3: I’m not there yet, mostly for financial reasons. Books are expensive, okay?

Goal #4: Read at least 10 books

So far in 2018, I’ve read the following books: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Girl on the Train, On the Road, Turtles All the Way Down, Invisible Monsters, Skinny, The Great Gatsby, and Girl, Interrupted. That adds up to eight. And I’m currently a few hundred pages into the overwhelmingly long A Game of Thrones, the first book in the series that inspired the HBO show.

Goal #4: I am over four-fifths of the way there. I swear I’d probably already be there if A Game of Thrones wasn’t so tremendously long.

The Verdict…

I haven’t quite reached my goals, but I think I’m on my way there. I’ve gotten a new job and accomplished goal #1, which will then allow me to accomplish goal #2 and add more money to my savings. When I’m not saving my money, I can also spend some extra cash on Duckett’s book so that I can then read it and finally fulfill goal #3. Lastly, I know I just need to take a few hours out of each week to continue reading George R. R. Martin’s extremely long (but extremely good) fantasy novel, and once I finish reading that, I will be even closer to finishing goal #4.

I’m over halfway there. So why give up now?

P.S.: I highly recommend anyone and everyone to listen to “Halfway There,” the Rise Against song I can’t seem to get out of my head.

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