25 before 25 – Checking in at 24

As some of you might know, I made a list of 25 things to do before I turned 25 a couple of years ago. I just turned 24, so I thought I would post an update of the list. Of course, I have changed some of the goals on the list because I just stopped wanting to do them. Take my old goal number 6 — Get married (well…after I find the right guy!) — Well, guess what? I have not found the right guy, and even if I did miraculously find the right guy sometime in the next 11 months, I don’t want to marry him before I turn 25. If, in the future, I actually find a man that I love and want to spend the rest of my life with, I will then marry him (if he decides to ask me). Until such a time occurs, guess who is not going to get married? Yep. That’s right. Me. So I’ve changed my goal number 6 to one of much greater importance — Be Happy –.

So these are my goals. The bold ones are DONE!, the italicized ones are in the works, and the regular ones are not yet completed.

  1. Get bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.
  2. Get master’s degree in Computer Science (If all goes as planned, I should be done by the end of October which will be before my 25th birthday).
  3. Visit Florence.
  4. Visit Paris.
  5. Visit Spain (this used to be ‘visit Ukraine’, but with the political situation there, I decided that I wanted to visit Spain instead. Much less exotic, I know. And I did)
  6. Be Happy (I’m happy right now. So I just have to stay that way. =D I’m glad I’m a happy person, because it is going to be really easy to reach this goal)
  7. Build an operating system from scratch.
  8. Buy a big monitor (either two 20-inch screens or one >24 inch screen) 
  9. Use a raspberry pi to build a home server (I have a Raspberry Pi and COULD use it to build a home server, but that wouldn’t be very useful considering that I already have a really good webserver. But I built my Raspberry Pi and can boot it, so I’m marking this as finished anyway)
  10. Read a book about German history (this used to be write an App for Android, but I’m not a big fan of mobile development. I could write an App for Android easily with the skills that I had, but I have recently discovered an interest in non-fiction which I much prefer reading in my free time. I would like to read a good book on German history. Preferably in German, but I will probably have to ask around to see what is recommended)
  11. Learn to program in Python (I learned it last spring and was unpleasantly disappointed. Not that it isn’t a great scripting language, but I would NEVER use it to build a large application).
  12. Learn another language (I took a year of Spanish at the university. I need to start practicing regularly again, but I don’t actually know if I will be successful at this goal since I won’t have the opportunity to immerse myself in the language).
  13. Finish reading the Tintenherz trilogy.
  14. Get 10,000 hits on my blog in one year.
  15. Learn how to develop web-pages with php
  16. Buy graphic tablet and learn to do a bit of graphic design (I bought a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and made this comic which was all I really wanted to do, so I consider this to be done. I would like to practice copying other cartoonists so that I can learn to draw better (like Adam@Home or Big Top which are drawn by Rob Harrell. I didn’t realize that they were both drawn by Rob Harrell until I looked them up. Weird. I just know that I want to be able to draw like him. Not that I would complain if I could draw like Mark Tatulli (Lio) or Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine)))
  17. Read through the Life-study of the Bible (I’m plugging away, reading one message every day. I finished the Life-study of the Old Testament, and I am almost 80% finished, but we will see if I actually manage to complete this task. I have 414 messages left (as of this morning), so if I double up and read two messages a day for three months, I might be able to do it. We will see!) 
  18. Get into the habit of exercising at least 2-3 times a week (I’ve been really bad recently, but as soon as I get back into my rhythm, I should be able to get back into the habit. I have a running group on Mondays and go to yoga on Wednesday which is technically twice a week).
  19. Visit Amsterdam.
  20. Learn how to remotely access other computers
  21. Build a website from scratch 
  22. Go to the Opera (I got to see Magic Flute! Which was AMAZING! Love Mozart!)
  23. Build up a habit of having morning revival (I’m working on this. It is such a wonderful way to start my day. Now I just have to keep it up for another year!).
  24. Organize/scrapbook all of the souvenirs I have.
  25. Read through the Bible again (I’m hanging out in Philippians, but I’m sure I’ll finish on time. I am just taking longer than I normally would because I like Paul’s Epistles so much that I have been reading them much slower than I normally would).

15 DONE!7 in the works, and 3 to be done!

I’ll let you know in a year how it turns out. =)