Hey there! How is your week going? I am still recovering from the Dopey Challenge where not only did I earn some shiny new medals to add to my collection but I also ended up with a nasty head cold. While I am still working on my recaps from last weekend, I wanted to share my goals for the new year. We may be two weeks in but I figured that it was better late than never, right? Plus, I actually had to change one of my goals because I achieved it over the weekend.
In the last few weeks, I have spent a lot of time thinking about what I wanted out of 2017. Last year was truly amazing on a personal level. I couldn’t have asked for much more …except for maybe travel the world but that is about it. One of the big differences between last year and previous years was that I didn’t make any New Year’s Resolutions. Instead, I set a few goals to help me stay focused throughout the year. My only goals were to simply get through the year of wedding planning and have an amazing wedding. That was all I really wanted out of 2016. By the end of the year, I had achieved those goals as well as maintaining a running streak and developing a new fitness addiction.
In the past, I have always struggled with keeping my New Year’s Resolutions. I believe that it came from the fact that I set them knowing that I wasn’t actually going to achieve them. A bit of a crazy mind set but that is how my brain works sometimes. A lot of times resolutions are made at the spur of the moment and because everyone else is doing it. I am as guilty as the next person of doing just that. For years, I would set the obligatory New Year’s Resolutions because everyone else around me was doing it. My resolutions would inevitably be just like everyone else’s. Lose weight. Get in shape. Eat healthier. Read more. Relax more. Stress less. After a while, I started feeling like a broken record especially since setting resolutions just didn’t work for me. I would start to lose interest and completely forget about them within the first month of the year. It’s not exactly the best way to keep up with a decision to do or not to do something for an entire year.
Rather than setting myself up for yet another year of failed resolutions, I decided to take an approach similar to last year’s. Instead of creating a vague decision to create change in my life, I am planning to make changes to achieve the life that I want. I have resolved to set some big, hairy, audacious goals (BHAGs) for myself this year. Honestly, I have never really been the greatest at setting goals and achieving them mostly because I would set them and give up on them before giving myself a chance to fail (or succeed). It may seem like my brain is seriously screwed up sometimes but the reality is that I don’t like to fail. Instead of giving myself the chance to fail, I actually quit before I get ahead. Totally messed up, I know.
Before I set my BHAGs for 2017, the first thing that I wanted to establish my mission for the year. What was the purpose behind my goals? What was going to drive me throughout the year? As I was thinking about what I wanted to achieve this year, one thing kept coming back to me. No matter what happened, I wanted to truly enjoy everything about the first year of marriage. I wanted to make sure that Pete and I didn’t miss anything. That we didn’t just go through the motions or to simply capture the moments. I truly wanted to make sure that I lived in the moment. Realizing all of that, I decided that my mission for 2017 was to be present.
With my mission for the year in mind, I went about setting my goals in the six major areas of my life: personal, social, financial, health, home, and dream big. My new planner from Inkwell Press helped me come up with those areas.
Personal Goal: Refocus on my blog.
I am not going to lie. My blog has suffered a lot over the last few years especially when I moved in with Pete. It wasn’t until I finally had the weight of the wedding off of my shoulders that I realized just how much I missed this space that I had created for myself. Over the course of the year, I want to make small changes in my routine that will allow me to focus on my blog continue to move it forward.
Social Goal: Be more engaged.
This goal runs along the same lines as my personal goal. I feel like my social life has suffered a lot. When we got engaged, I went into a bit of a hibernation mode in order to save as much money as possible for the wedding. I miss hanging out with friends., the interactions on social media, and the engagement. As with my personal goal, I want to make small changes that will allow me to be more engaged. One thing that is definitely happening will be planning a girls weekend with my best friend.
Financial Goal: Pay off my credit card and build up my savings.
Both my credit and savings took a bit of a hit from the wedding. With the wedding behind us, it is time to move forward. By the end of the year, I want to have my credit paid off and start building my savings back up. Pete and I have been talking about the possibility of finding a new home in the next few years. We can’t really start that process until we have some savings built up.
Health Goal: Set a new half marathon and full marathon PR.
This is the goal that I actually needed to rework. My original goal was to the break the 6 hour mark for my marathon time. Since I accomplished that goal on Sunday, I figured that I should work towards some more difficult goals. My current half marathon PR is 2:25:08 that I set on November 6, 2011. I am so ready to beat that time. I would also LOVE to break the 5:45 mark for my marathon time. My plan is to clean up my eating habits with a few rounds of the Whole30 program, adding in some structured running workouts (tempo runs, speed intervals, etc.), and continuing with my barre classes.
Home Goal: Get organized.
Pete and I actually started this process over the Christmas holidays. For the last few years, we have been saying that we are going to do this project around the house or that project. I want to actually start to projects and finish them. Each month, I want to tackle a different spot around the house.
Dream Big Goal: Work on my photography.
Photography has always been a passion of mine. My hope is to use my personal goal to help me towards developing my photography skills. I have bigger goals in mind for my photography but I am not sure that I can accomplish them in a single year. Pete and I are going on our honeymoon later this year so I am hoping that I can use that trip to really focus on my photography.
All of my goals are S.M.A.R.T. despite being vague in nature. I wanted my goals for the whole year to be large and somewhat intimidating. I wanted them to scare me so that I would be feel that much more empowered when I achieve them.
What are your goals for the year? Are you successful with keeping your New Year’s Resolutions?