33 goals for 33 years of life

Hello Friends! I stated in my last diary entry that I would be sharing my 33 goals for 33 years of life.  Writing down your goals and dreams helps to create a life that you truly love living.  While some people prefer vision boards, I prefer writing my goals down.  It gives me a since of accomplishment when I can finally cross it off the list.  Whatever your preference may be in terms of goal setting, the most important thing is that you spot your prey, study it and seize the moment!  Since I am a to-do-list person, I have committed my goals to writing.   It may seem like a lot to accomplish but I have strategically set some small daily wins and some big smart goals to add to the list.  Keep reading, you may find that we have a lot more in common  and that it’s not as complicated as you think!

I am a numbers person.  If you know me personally, then you would know that the number 7 is my favorite number.  I believe that there are times in the BIBLE where God is communicating the idea of divine completeness, perfection and wholeness by the means of the number 7.  Let’s place this in perspective!  My birthday is February 7th.  My husbands birthday is September 7th, our wedding anniversary is January 7th, and our birthdays are 7 months apart.  Whenever I look around and the number 7 is somewhere near this is confirmation that I am right where I belong.  However, the  number 33 falls in line with the heart desires, maturity and personal expression.  It also encourages world harmony, spiritual creation and the understanding of the essence of being. With this is mind I have set 33 goals for 33 years of life!

Personal

1) Read 3 books.  I haven’t had the leisure time in a while because I am currently in Nurse Practitioner School and studying takes up a lot of my free time.  Once I finish school, reading leisurely will become more feasible.  Over the summer I was able to read a book by the world- renowned author Toni Morrison named, GOD Help the Child, this was a phenomenal book.  This book was a page turner and ignited by appetite to read more.

2) Lose 20 lbs. by the end of the year.  It is no secret that I gained an astronomical amount of weight and I don’t like it, so I must lose this weight!  Being healthy for myself, my husband, my family/friends and my future kids are a top priority!

3) Exercise 3-4 times a week.  Exercising provides all types of health benefits.  I preach this all the time to my patients, so I must practice what I preach.

4)  Participate in a 5k marathon.  Last year my husband and I participated in a 5K marathon in Charlotte, NC and surprisingly, I found it quite fun and challenging.  Building my stamina to run the entire race has now become apart of my workout regimen.

5) Travel on mission trip to an area of need. I must admit that this is a far fetch goal because of the cost associated with traveling and room/board, but I am placing it on my big, smart goal list because its something that I have always wanted to do ever since  I became a nurse.

4) Drink a 1/2  gallon of water a day.  I must say that drinking water can provide a variety of health benefits.  I have bought a cute gallon jug to help inspire me to meet this goal.  If you are thinking about drinking a gallon of water a day, please check with your PCP before initiating, because there are some diagnosis where drinking too much water can provide more risks than benefits.

5) Travel to 2 countries that I have never been before.  Bali and Thailand are for sure on the bucket list!

6)  Focus on being present and in the moment.  I shared recently about my personal struggle with anxiety and how sometimes my anxiety can take away from enjoying the present moment.  This year, I plan on being present and staying in the moment.

7) Refrain from using heat on my natural hair for 6 months.  They say that when a woman changes her hair, she’s about to change her life.  I have already begun to accomplish this by wearing protective styles such as braids.  I am committed to having healthier hair this year.

8) Apply makeup like a pro.  Everyone who knows me, know that I love makeup.  I am currently obsessed with my Rihanna Fenty Eyeshadow  Palette.  I have been practicing the technique and application whenever time permits.

9) Learn to speak some words in Japanese.  I have learned to say some words such as, “thank you,” “excuse me” and “hello.” I want to develop conversational skills and adopt the Japanese etiquette for socialization.

Spiritual

10) Tithe.  To much is given, much is required.  I want to show GOD that I am reliable and that I am committed to following his word.

11) Spend time with GOD daily.  This comes in many forms for me.  Meditating, praying, reading the bible, going to church, witnessing and volunteering.

12) Get involved with a church home in Okinawa, Japan.  To be honest, my husband and I have visited a church in Japan and simply stated, we were disappointed.  We’ll keep looking, because this is something our hearts both desire.

Marital

13) Go on a solo trip with my husband.  We’ve been so busy adjusting to Japan, him adjusting to his role as Chief Postal Officer and I, just trying to wrap my head around actually living in a foreign country that we haven’t thought about traveling.  Additionally, in the spirit of “keeping it real,” we’re living on a one income budget and traveling is just not on the to-do-list.  As my uncle in my head, Sam Cooke said, “A change is gonna come.”

14) Cook a new recipe monthly.  Thurman-my husband loves to eat.  Its only right that I introduced new healthy recipes into our diets.

15) Read the book of Job together.  Someone once prophesied that I was going to marry a man with the heart of Job.  I want to know what my husbands heart is made of and its important that he knows too, because our hearts are one in the same.

16) Save money for our dream home.  Who knows when we will actually “plant some roots,” the military life is so unpredictable and ever changing, but while we are transitioning, we are preparing for our future.

Financial

17) Get a Nursing job on base.  I can not believe how difficult it has been, in getting a nursing job on base.  My advice to anyone who is transitioning overseas due to military orders is to keep trying, timing is EVERYTHING!

18) Buy property in my hometown.  No matter where I go, Jacksonville, FL will always have a little piece of my heart, after all its where my mother resides.  It is important for me to have some property where a piece of my heart lay.

19) Save money.  Only shop for nonessential items once per month( i.e. shoes, clothes, makeup). Honestly, I spend way too much money on clothes and makeup. I  wear them once and then never wear them again and I use the makeup a few times then on to the next. This hurts my bank account and it has to stop.

20) Start re-contributing to my 401k.  Saving for retirement is the most important financial goal you will have, so saving for retirement is a must-to-do.

21) Pay off all Credit Card Debt. I just want to be free!!!

22) Save $10,000.  Proverbs 21:20 “The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down.”

Professional/Philanthropic

23) Obtain my Masters in Nursing. My expected graduation date is 5/2018, so I am almost there. Its getting harder,  so that’s how I know that I am almost near the finish line.

24) Pass my certification exam to practice advanced nursing. Its not enough to graduate school. I must sit for a state licensure exam. I have already begun to study the material.

25) Attend one professional nursing workshop.  Since these courses are usually offered in the states, when visiting family/friends in the states, registering for one of these classes will be on the to-do-list.  These courses help to promote growth and professional development in nursing.

26) Become involved with the Okinawa Nursing Association.  Becoming involved in your states nursing association can help to advance your professional development.

27) Volunteer with the American Red Cross.  I have already begin to volunteer with the American Red Cross in Okinawa, Japan.  My goal is to receive a Presidential Service Award, it’s for those volunteers who have donated 1000 hours of their time.

28) Donate money to Florida A&M University alumni association. I bleed orange and green-after all I will have 3 degrees from my alma mater.

Brand/Blog

29)  Invest in TheKashDiary.com.  Write at least 2 diary entries per month.

30) Attend a bloggers workshop.  Learn more about blogging ins and outs.

31) Grow my page views to 300 per entry and increase my blog following.  When I first released by blog on my birthday, I had over 300 views on my page.  I would like to keep the momentum with every blog entry.

Influence

32)  Help one person to accomplish one of their life goals.  Assisting others in reaching their goals inspires me to be a better  mentor, friend, co-worker and wife.

33) Help to send someone to college with a one-time scholarship.  When I went off to college, I was offered scholarships, some big and some small which helped with offsetting the financial costs.  I want to help someone, because I was helped.  I will carefully plan when I initiate this goal.

Whew!  This was a lot, 33 goals for 33 years of life!  So, tell me what are some of your goals, are we similar in some aspects?  Leave me a comment, I would love to know how I can help.

 

Peace and Blessings

KASH

 

 

 

 

 

 

HI THERE, I’M KASHEIKA…

Hello There! If you are reading this today, it is my 33rd Birthday and the word for this year in my life is BOLD.  If I can be honest, after my 30th birthday I have always approached my birthdays with resistance and guilt -resistance because I realize that I am no longer a 20-something year old adult and guilt because I knew that I let yet another year pass without accomplishing a goal on my to-do-list. With this personal new year in mind, I am approaching life BOLDLY.  Bold career moves.  Bold speech.  Bold faith.  Bold impact.   With this I must say that Lord, You are faithful and loving in all of your ways.  YOU have molded me, YOU have kept me, and YOU have sustained me for yet another year, and I give you ALL the honor and the praise.

I decided to share this online journal today, on my birthday because it is a symbol of new beginnings and it is something that I have always wanted to do.  So keep reading, here’s a little about me:

I am a 33 year old Florida native who currently lives in Okinawa, Japan alongside my husband who have spent over 21 years in the Marine Corps. I am a graduate student at Florida A&M University studying to obtain a Masters in Science in Nursing. I love Nursing! GOD has given me a desire to help others in somewhat could be an unfortunate time in their life. My journey to pursue nursing came from obstacles that I endured while living in Chicago, IL in my early twenties. My desire as a Nurse Practitioner is to provide quality healthcare to an underserve community which can provide both rewards and some challenges. Additionally, I believe in paying it forward, I would love to be a nursing educator. I am a firm believer in that quality nurses come from quality education and quality education needs to have quality educators. Being a nurse educator is so much more than teaching, it is aspiring those next generation of nurses to take pride in the service that they provide. I have so many more professional and personal desires with the most important involving philanthropic work.

I am a self-proclaimed fashionista who loves traveling, studying different culture/norms, writing, watching documentaries, scratching off my to- do-list and cooking. Currently, I am enrolled in a Japanese cooking class. Did you know that Okinawans are some of the longest living people on the planet and its partly due to the foods that they eat. Some of the foods that I am learning to cook are ramen noodles with fried dumplings , a variety of rice bowls and egg rolls, and homemade Japanese soup. For my husband, family and friends this is for you to enjoy.

To my husband I am the love of his life. To my family I am the first. My mothers  first and only child,  the first grandchild, the first great grandchild and the first niece, so you can easily say that I am a natural born leader. To my friends, some may say that I am the baby of the group and others may say that I am the “mature” friend.  Ask anyone of them to describe me and you may receive a different response from each on a different day (I’ll talk more about this on a later diary entry).  To you, I just want to be Kasheika who lives intentionally, fearlessly and gratefully.

More importantly, I am a believer in Christ. I am on a spiritual journey to study, to pray, to reflect and to grow my relationship with GOD. This process is unique and individual as each individual is unique. I believe that it is important to become the best you by pursuing your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. I am interested in purchasing a book by T.D. Jakes called, Soar! Build Your Vision from the Ground up. The reviews are positive, and I believe that this will be the right book to kick start my personal new year. Does anyone have any suggestions? Leave your suggestions in the comment box below.

THEKASHDIARY.COM

What will start out as an online diary will hopefully grow into something more where I am encouraging my self and others to live their best life.  I have so many ideas and have started consulting website designers to add some vigor to the site.   I started writing an online diary as I was sitting home on the couch in Okinawa, Japan and wanted to write and to share my personal thoughts and experiences.  Journaling helps to enhance ones life.  It gives an opportunity to understand yourself better, it motivates you and makes you self reflect.  Furthermore, I have always wanted to write and to encourage others with thought provoking discussion on various and sensitive topics. TheKashDiary hopes to aspire you to live your best life, to invest time and energy in your relationships, personal goals and to trust GOD. This diary will resolve around my journey to become the best me in my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being, so I invite you to tag along in the journey of self-discovery, self-fulfillment, and self-reflection

Thank you for stopping by on my birthday,

Kasheika

EST: 02/07/1985