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Eye of the Optimist -resolutions 2016, goals 5-10yrs



Resolutions for 2016:
a)FINANCES
Continue to suspend charitable contributions. 
Continue extra work for extra income, including editing and over-time classes.
Save 15,000,000w (=around $16,500CD in today's terms).
Limit my vacation travel (maybe only a short visit to Canada next summer).
Stick to a groceries budget.
Research retirement abroad.
Research non-teaching jobs I could do after I quit teaching in Korea (probably 2017).

b)SOCIAL LIFE
Continue to suspend volunteering.
Coordinate more social events.
Find a lover.
Manage friendship and coworker relationships.
Target some visits if and when in Canada.

c)WRITING
Continue the Optimist blog.
Find a title for and complete Novel 4 (Publish it online by February). 
Write more poems.
By mid-year, think up an idea for a new novel.

d)HEALTH
Continue healthy eating, reining in the consumption of chocolate and junk. (I've been slacking lately and regained the 2 kilos I lost last spring.)
Continue a lot of home cooking.
Continue the regular fitness routine (gym, hiking and other), especially for cardiovascular conditioning.
Add some swimming to the exercise agenda.

e)OTHER
Do the TOPIK test.
Take good care of the birds.


5-year Goals (age 60 to 65 years)
a)FINANCES
Save 70,000. Move funds to Canada upon leaving Korea. Sell my property and buy new residential property in Canada. Do overtime/extra paid work until age 65. Strive for professional work in education, writing or publishing, but withdraw from full-time English teaching. Aim for $40+K salary. Opt for owning a small business if necessary.

b)SOCIAL LIFE
Maintain contacts with friends, family and associates in Canada. Make new friends and associates in Canada. Try to get into a steady romantic relationship. Keep in touch with friends and associates in Korea, being open to hosting them in Canada should the opportunity arise.

c)WRITING
Complete Novel 4. Start at least one more novel. Promote and publish Camelia and Novel 4 in hard copy form (Self-publish if necessary/possible). Write another collection of poems. Develop a new blog and consider constructing a new website in line with my developing occupations and interests in Canada. Consider a writer's or other grant application if conditions are right.

d)VOLUNTEERING
Carefully choose a new kind of activism according to place of residence, community character, timing and current local issues, which could entail hosting/coordinating discussions and other activities such as cultural events, writing, and campaigning. Opt for long term volunteering abroad (likely to be teaching) if host provides food and lodgings, renting out the Canadian home, if income earning becomes difficult and subsistence becomes the immediate aim.

e)HEALTH
Keep it up: exercise, especially gym workouts with weights, get check-ups,eat well, get outdoors and relax.

f)OTHER
Take the TOPIK test.
Start learning another European language (Italian or German).
Travel now and then.


10-year Goals (age 60 to 70 years)
a)Strengthen my financial base and budget myself accordingly. Live in an affordable, low-maintenance, comfortable and interesting arrangement. Look for and adjust to an economical retirement lifestyle. Work to earn a living, at least part-time. Get involved in a positive and fulfilling way in the community Be a relevant and effective activist on critical issues. Keep writing (socio-political research or journalism, opinions and creative stuff). Have new friends and associates that are supportive, warm and suitably interesting. Travel short term (up to 6 months) for vacation and perhaps for activism/volunteer projects and personal interest. Learn another language or two. Stay fit and healthy. Get outdoors. Have more pets. Pursue cultural activities such as music or painting. Research seniors housing and care for the 80+ years. Do not worry. Do not be afraid.






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