Upon my graduation, people insisted I find a job immediately. I could have, since I was already given a job offer even before I officially graduated. But for some reason, I turned it down. And instead of finding a position in some top-notch international company, I found some time for myself. I started my own blog. I enjoyed a lot of good novels from my long queue of Books to Read. I marathoned some of my favourite TV shows which I haven’t had time for in the past couple of months. And I went through countless days of doing nothing but eat and sleep all throughout. And I’m not even sorry!
But now I guess the 62 days of a sedentary lifestyle have started to take its toll on me, so I finally decided to sign a contract with a company.
Behold, I am now an official Application Management Delivery Consultant at Hewlett-Packard! This coming July 7 would mark the first day of my working life.
And so, as a celebratory feat for this momentous occasion, I decided to put into paper a list of personal goals that I need to accomplish on the first year of my career. YAY! (Don’t fuss. This is how I celebrate things. Yes, I’m weird like that.)
Here are the 7 things I’d be busying myself with for the next 12 months. I already spared those lavish tangible items from this list (simply because they don’t need to be written on a sacred list to prod me into buying them). LOL.
1. Stay In Shape
By staying in shape, I don’t just mean attending yoga or boxing classes, or going to gym regularly (thanks to the rebate from HP); but essentially having a healthier lifestyle from the very basic. This is to face the fact that I’ve already stepped onto my 20s and that my body isn’t getting any younger. The junk that I’ve been feeding my body all these years – fast food, sweets, COKE – would eventually lead to the death of my organs. So from this day forward, I want to reverse the potential turmoil that a life in the corporate world could inflict upon my wellbeing; because being seated in an air conditioned room and staring at my computer the whole day everyday isn’t going to make me any fitter.
2. Learn something new
There are a lot of things I’ve been dying to learn to do ever since but just couldn’t find time to squeeze between my acads; things like cooking, speaking a foreign language, pole dancing, swimming (a prerequisite to scuba diving), biking (yes, I still don’t know how to this day), and a lot more. Hopefully, now that I’m officially past the academe, I’d have the time and resources to tend to these things.
3. Rekindle an old hobby
As a child, I took a few years of piano lessons, but immediately gave up practicing as soon as the lessons stopped. I could also say that I was blessed with the skills of drawing and sketching before, but I took this for granted as I entered a science high school (since only math and science skills were constantly utilized there, anyway). These are only some of my hobbies during my childhood years which I now regret of letting go. I recently found the desire to do these again; maybe somehow I can revive the talents as well.
4. Buy a designer bag
Now I know I said I would avoid extravagance in this list, but I want to make an exemption. Anyway, apart from the fact that bags do NOT depreciate in value over time (unlike gadgets and cars), looking your best is also a requisite which most people tend to ignore. Harvey Specter couldn’t have said it any better, “people respond to the way we dress, so like it or not, this is what you have to do.”
This is at the least of my priorities though, since I already have a few to use by now. ;)
5. Start a personal book collection
Most (if not all) of the books I’ve read are not my own. I either download an eBook from the internet; or perchance, grab just about any book I find at home. These books, however, have enlightened me to a point; so I would like to return the pleasure to the persons behind the glory in any little way that I can. Let me start with getting legal copies of my own. :D
Vacation leaves expire, so better not put them to waste. Plus, it’s always going to be more thrilling to travel the world in my youthful vigour.
7. Save, save, save!
I saw an article once where persons in their 30s have confessed their regrets on not being financially smarter during their initial years with a steady income. I don’t ever want to be put in that position come my time. Not that I yearn to save millions on my first year of work, but hopefully I can at least comply with the perfect ratio on saving, splurging, and spending (20-30-50 respectively).
Aaaand, that does it. I’ll be going over this again come July 7, 2015 just to see how much I was able to accomplish in a year. Thank you if you’re still reading my post at this point, by the way. LOL. Here’s to an abundant first year of work!