The new year is underway, and like so many others I'm thinking about new goals. I used to think new year resolutions were pretty stupid, but I gave it a whirl last year and I am a reformed thinker. You see, the key is to make realistic goals, to not take it all too seriously, but just seriously enough. I didn't ace all my 2014 resolutions, but I exceeded in some departments, and since I'm the grader here, I decided that it makes up for falling short in other areas.
Here's my 2014 review:
1. Run my first-half marathon. Check plus! It was at my second half marathon of the year and ever that I was quite pleased with myself, and at my third that I was totally gloating!
2. Better my time management skills. They have been bettered. However, they surely aren't at their best. So, this one is staying on the list.
3. Grow something. I had various herbs and a few flowers throughout the year. However, I let them all die once it got cold. So, I did indeed grow something. I know I should have brought them in, but I was worried about my cats eating them. I'll figure something out for the next go round.
4. 24 in 2014 Book Challenge. I definitely exceeded 24 titles, but I veered from my original list a bit.
5. Eat carrots. That lasted about a week. I tried.
6. Join a club or social group. Done! I joined the best city running group in existence!
7. Take the GRE. Did it! I just meant to give it a whirl, have some scores for "just in case." Well, here I am heading into my second semester of graduate school next week!
8. Stop being cranky. In my opinion, the crankiness had decreased.
9. Be a volunteer. I don't think I ever got to wear a badge, but I did raise my hand on a few occasions.
10. Attend yoga regularly. I was on the namaste boat for a few months, but then none of the offered classes at my gym fit into my schedule once I started grad classes. However, I am thinking about joining a yoga studio this year, so the "regularly" could extend past a few months this year.
11. Recycle. I'm officially more green than I was a year ago!
12. Meet long lost family members. Done wonderfully! I met my two long lost sisters in Wisconsin, and it was awesome!
And now, here's what's on the clean slate for 2015:
1. Run my first trail half-marathon. I'm signed up for the Gristmill Grinder for April.
2. Keep bettering those time-management skills.
3. Lose ten pounds...I type such a cliche resolution with gritted teeth, but what can I say, the holidays were brutal on my waistline.
4. Be a volunteer at a race. Because running karma is a thing.
5. More yoga. It makes such a difference in my running and my brain!
6. Journal regularly.
Did you make any resolutions?