Looking back on my goals for 2013, I see some definite successes, and some room for improvement. My goals were divided between overall health and creativity categories. One was to set realistic goals, but considering I had 12 goals total, right out of the gate I was unrealistic.
The goals I most accomplished were practicing gratitude, searching for new experiences and new places to see, especially in the Bay Area, and to take more pictures. I kept a (mostly) daily gratitude journal. I tried 23 new restaurants (!). I visited one new state, eight new local cities (here, here, here, here, and here), and visited many more new towns in two places I had already been to (here, here and here). I took a ton of pictures everywhere I went, a lot of times taking a camera with me even when just running errands.
The areas that need the most improvement were mostly related to health. I did take two trips, but one was only a weekend (here and here) and almost doesn’t count. I need more vacations. One important thing I have really realized the most couple of months is that while I have been very good about protecting my mental health during the craziness of working full-time and going to school, and giving myself daily downtime to relax, I haven’t been very good about protecting my physical health. I pretty much stopped exercising. I ate crappily, especially during the fall when I started taking two classes. I did cook for myself, but not enough. I didn't sleep well due to stress. But, I did start acupuncture and tried to treat myself to facials and pedicures from time to time. Small progress was made, but more needs to happen this year.
Despite the room for improvement, I’m relatively happy with how 2013 went:
Now, to spend some more time solidifying my goals for 2014. I have some good ideas, but after starting to write this and realizing that I had 12 goals and only really accomplished about four of them, I need to reevaluate the list to bring about even more success this year!
On Sunday, I took a little day trip down to Los Gatos and Saratoga. It was my first visit to both places, which are about an hour south of San Francisco. Both cities are popular places to live in the Silicon Valley area.
Los Gatos had some really cute Victorian houses and a nice downtown. It was bustling with a farmer's market, shoppers, and people going out to eat.
And a couple of Victorian cottages
This intriguing house is covered with cobblestones.
Grover House, a pioneer cottage from 1895. It's on the Main Street of downtown and is sometimes used as retail space, but looked empty. I thought it looked quite cute, albeit a bit ramshackle and in need of some love.
To my pleasant surprise, we came across two Julia Morgan buildings, one of my favorite architects. This is the Saratoga Foothill Club. It's on the National Register of Historic Places. Both are on Park Street.
The Saratoga Federated Church is across the street from the clubhouse. Even the sign is pretty!
Both towns were so cute, for different reasons. I definitely want to go back to Los Gatos to see more of the Victorian houses and wander around downtown. Saratoga has a lot of Julia Morgan buildings, plus some wineries and other fun places to check out. It was a great little outing for the last weekend of 2013.
Speaking of which, I am still astonished how quickly this year went by. I'm still thinking about this year - what I accomplished, what I experienced, and what I can improve upon for 2014. I haven't finalized my goals for 2014, but I'm going to try to keep it simple like I did for this year, to make things more achievable.
I am going to spend tonight in a very low key manner - Breaking Bad marathon (got the whole set for Christmas, yay!) and a glass of wine! I hope you have a wonderful New Year's!
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It’s been an exhausting past few months, but I have survived my first semester taking two classes while working full-time! So happy it's done for awhile. To celebrate the end of the semester, I went down to Half Moon Bay with a friend for a little day trip. Half Moon Bay is about half an hour south of San Francisco and is a cute little coastal town.
We walked around and looked at the buildings in my Architectural Guidebook, and then wandered around the town. First, we saw the Dutra Funeral Home, built in 1928. It has some art deco details. 645 Kelly Ave.
Next up was the Estanislao Zaballa House, one of the oldest houses in the town. It was built in 1863. It was cute, but is a bit strange because it’s now in the center of a strip mall and hotel. I think the house is now the reception for the hotel. 324 Main St.
Then we wandered by a cute little Gothic Revival cottage from 1872. Love the little lacework on the top. 546 Purisima St. I love the Gothic Revival style.
The Methodist Episcopal Church was built in 1872 and is also in the Gothic style. It has an amazing door and modern stained glass windows done by one of the parishioners. It was locked, but when we were outside taking pictures, one of them came by and started chatting with us and let us inside. It has a manual bell tower that they still ring.
We had lunch at the San Benito Deli, then got some yummy cookies from the Half Moon Bay Bakery.
Next, we went by the Half Moon Bay Library. It’s a pretty nondescript building, but I did a group paper on this library during the class I took over the summer, so I wanted to see it. It was quite large inside and packed, especially with kids. They had some nice displays and things inside.
We drove over to this model home made of concrete, built for a railway through HMB that never happened. It was built in 1908 and is at 460 Poplar St. It was made from concrete because it was shortly after the 1906 quake and people wanted fireproof homes.
On the way back, we went up Highway 1 through the not-so-new Devil’s Slide Tunnel, which I hadn’t been through yet. It was definitely a much less scary section of Hwy 1 with the tunnel. Now, I plan to just relax for the next few weeks and get caught up on all the things I ignored since August!
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I hope that you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I had meant to take an original picture for this post, but ran out of time. Such is life!
I keep a gratitude journal and try to note at least one thing a day, no matter how small, that I am grateful for. Today, I have much larger gratitudes. I am thankful that I was able to reconnect with family earlier this year and that my uncle, who was recently diagnosed with ALS (aka Lou Gehrig's disease) is still happy and reasonably healthy considering.
On a less serious note, I'm also thankful that the semester is almost over. This is my first semester taking two classes at once while working, and I have been utterly exhausted. Although I'm enjoying learning these new things, the winter break will be a nice respite.
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!