Thursday, January 10, 2008

My First Piano Lesson

I think I'm off to a pretty good start working towards my 2008 goals. Today I had my first Piano Lesson!

Seeing how I hadn't had a piano lesson since the year 1992, I was pretty nervous! Mostly nervous about feeling completely dumb...not my favorite feeling. But I kept telling myself that everyone has to start somewhere.

When I first sat down, I felt so awkward and my whole body was tense. We looked through my old piano books (books I used in 1989! Almost 20 years ago! Last night my mom and I went crawling around the attic and found all my old piano books.) And one piece jumped out at me, triggered my memory, and before I knew it, I was playing the piece and reading the music!

My brain hurt by the end of the many memories were catching up, but it was really fun to feel like I was learning something new and my teacher was so encouraging the whole time! I'll be going to lessons weekly, and I'm so excited!

I just have to get up early tomorrow morning to practice...I wonder if my parents will still give me prizes when I complete pieces with no mistakes!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

2008 Goals/Resolutions/To-Do List

It's finally New Year's Resolutions...or as I like to think of it, my TO-DO LIST for 2008. I'm sure I'll be adding more to it as I think of it, but here is a good start:

2008 Wish List/ TO-DO LIST

Read a book per week (52)
Take Piano Lessons (Suzuki Method) -DOING
Finish teaching certification -DONE 4/21/08
Take GRE
Take dance lessons
Take a Photography class
Take Rowing lessons on Town Lake
Take Surfing lessons -DONE 6/23/08

Run a 5K race -DONE: Bluebell 5K
Run a 10K race - TRAINING
Lose 30 pounds
Do Cardio 3 days a week, Lift weights 2 days a week

Organize my room
Make cork-board
Hang pictures and decorations

Buy a headboard
Buy an HD TV
Buy a new car -DONE

Pay $10K off of student loans
Put 10% of each paycheck directly to savings
Increase monthly donations -DONE

EYC Mission Trip -(postponed 2009)
Camp Allen Summer Camp
Go to South Africa -(postponed)
Scuba Dive this summer
Scuba Dive in South Africa
Go surfing this summer (Spain or Costa Rica)
Go wind surfing in South Africa
Safari in South Africa