Goal Setting for 2015! (Also Looking Back on 2014)

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...

2014 goals:
1. PR in a race - hopefully a 5K. Not a 5K, but a 10K!
2. Volunteer at a race.
3. Do another trail race, or two, or three... well, I got one in.
4. Run a 5K with my son. YASSSSS.
5. Clean out the junk areas in the house - a couple of closets and drawers are getting scary. So much win on this one - all the closets and drawers!
6. Learn how to use the DSLR in manual mode. 
7. Plan another family trip. I am counting the trip to Great Wolf Lodge, yes I am.
8. Make that damn will.
9. Read more books than I did in 2013. Yay! I read 46 this year (here's my year on Goodreads), 3 more than 2013.
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!

January Goals:
  • 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.
Happy New Year!


  1. If you ever want to nail #6 (the DSLR one) let me know, I've got some fine books and can probably answer most questions!

  2. I've been craving some trails lately too. I ran day 368 of my run streak today and sometimes I just feel like trails are a good place to recharge when you are streaking. Unfortunately it's been raining non stop down here and I'm not in the mood for a muddy run! Here's to an awesome 2015!

  3. I much prefer to set monthly goals instead of yearly ones. It feels like they are more achievable and you can definitely adapt and grow as the year goes on! I haven't sat down to nail down goals for January yet. I want to get past next weekend's Goofy Challenge before I start thinking about where I really want to go next.

    Happy 2015!