It's always a sad day when the holidays come to an end. I think one of the reasons it's fun to set goals for the year is so that we have something to look forward to! Although, going forward, I think I'm going to stick with a monthly to do list instead of a yearly one. As I pointed out last year, I do much better with short term goals and it's easier to add/change/adapt monthly goals throughout the year. Some of my proudest accomplishments from 2014 were goals I hadn't anticipated in January - namely NaBloPoMo, training a puppy, starting yoga, the run streak that I began in May (did day 222 today) and hitting 1,000 miles for the year (1012 total). Since I hadn't looked at my yearly list in MONTHS, I told myself that I'd be pretty pleased with myself if I conquered half of them. And, lo...
2. Volunteer at a race.
6. Learn how to use the DSLR in manual mode.
8. Make that damn will.
10. Redecorate/refurnish the kids rooms.
Six items out of ten crossed off the list and I'm calling that GOOD. Certainly I have some overarching goals for 2015: I'd like to keep the run streak going all year, hit at least 1,000 miles, PR a 5K, volunteer at a race AND in my kids classrooms (this is the fall they will BOTH be in elementary!), read more books than last year, and then some. And hopefully those will come by setting my smaller, monthly tasks. So! Overview on December goals:
Set up and decorate the tree. Done!
Hang the outdoor lights. Womp, womp. We never did this, probably because we were dealing with so much illness throughout the month.
Get all the Christmas shopping done. Done! Thank you, Amazon Prime.
Send out holiday cards. Done!
Make and deliver gifts for teachers. Done!
Make an appointment to see the eye doc first thing in January and maybe squeeze in a visit to my chiro. Half done, I'm all set for the eye doc, but I just keep putting off the chiro because I'm feeling fine. But I really should go as a preventative measure...
Decide on Christmas day menu and get shopping. Done!
Keep up with ye olde run streak. Done, even while sick!
- Decide on a plan for the Lake Sammamish Half and get to it! I've been wanting to do this race again for the last couple of years, but it's always the weekend after Hot Chocolate. I've decided to just bite the bullet, and incorporate the 15K into the training. It's only two months away and I haven't really thought of what kind of plan to follow. I'd like to do well. I don't know if I'm in a place to PR like I did three years ago, but I'd like to put forth a solid effort and continue bettering my time from my last few halfs.
- Keep up the run streak, of course.
- Reign in the alcohol and dessert consumption/get back to a normal routine. I only gained about three pounds this holiday season, and I consider that a total WIN. But I certainly want to get rid of it, get back to eating normally, and to our regular routine with the kids and the gym.
- Change the batteries in all of the smoke detectors - exciting!
- Get out and run the trails, maybe try and hit up a new one - gotta put a fun and easy one on the list.