My life has been crazy these past few months. I even forgot to tell you about my 29th birthday. Or that this blog is 2 years old! GASP. Iknowright?
I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions per se. I prefer to make life goals. A goal is easier to accomplish, in my mind. A resolution seems so rigid. But a goal… a goal can change… morph… evolve.
Therefore, here are the 29 goals I would like to accomplish before I turn 30. Because I waited almost 2 months to write this up, I am giving myself an extension for most of these goals to December 31, 2012. I have divided them into categories.
- Continue to work out, eat better, get healthy.
- Run a marathon.
- Run a half marathon without walking.
- Run 100 miles in a month. (I have done 100 miles of activity in a single month, but never ran 100 miles in a month).
- Run/walk/bike/elliptical/etc 1000 miles in 2012.
- Run a race in at least 3 different states – any distance (I’m fairly certain this will happen, so I have an extended goal of 5 different states).
- Do a duathlon, triathlon or “extreme” race.
- Complete my work’s Get Well Incentive Program. And get a HSA bonus for 2013!
- Go vegetarian or vegan at least once a week. Unfortunately, I can’t do much more than a couple of times a week. Remember? Last year I found out I can’t digest fiber very well. Stupid lazy stomach.
- Write more (Start that book. Blog more. Write letters to friends and family.)
- Take a class (or attend a conference).
- Network with education professionals (bonus if they specialize in social media, web communications and technology).
- Complete a 365 project. I have an iPhone app that should help remind me to take a photo every day. I will be sharing the photos via social media. You can also see them in this Flickr set.
- Document 2012 weekly using my Instax. I’m going to take at least one photo a week all year long and compile the Instax mini photos (think polaroid) into a scrapbook.
- Make pretty things.
- Pay down debt (working on this, but I have a long way to go).
- Create a budget. And stick to it.
- Support local and/or small businesses. Buy local when possible. Support small businesses.
- Family time. Continue to make an effort to spend time with family – even if it is by phone, text or skype.
- Help people. Whether it’s donating time, talents or money, help others. Doesn’t have to be charitable.
- Friends. Make time for those who truly matter. Reconnect.
- Faith. Pray. Worship. Devotion.
- De-Clutter (this is going to be a big theme for me in 2012).
- Find and settle in to an amazing apartment.
- Get a tattoo (I made a pact with peeps to get one if I raised money for charity. I just have to get around to making the appointment!)
- Read. Catch up on RSS feeds. Read books. Read the paper. Read blogs. Avoid JSOnline comments.
- Travel. Bonus points if travel involves any of the following: Road trip, Besties, Running, Airplanes, Booze. Super duper bonus if travel involves a passport.
- Make time for me. I have been getting better at this over the past couple of years, but I still overcommit and say “yes” to things I’d rather not do. I need to learn to say no to others and yes to me.
- Laugh. It’s the best medicine.