Never one to pass up an opportunity to make a list, I usually try to make some goals every January 1st. Yes, it’s contrived, and arbitrary in the grand scheme of life, but unlike those people who take all my treadmills for 4 weeks every year (6 weeks, max), I do usually work on my goals all year long.
For example, last year I decided I would run my first half marathon in 2014. I ran 3. #overachiever
I also decided I would work on forgiving my ex-husband and his wife. Am I there? No, but I continue to work on it, each and every day. And I do mean, each. and. every. day.
1. Run 1000 miles. When I first thought of this goal, I decided to go back through my Runkeeper for the year and see how close I was in 2014. Lo and behold, I hit the 1000 mile mark on Dec 29th! However, I trained for 3 (three) half marathons in 2014; I only plan on doing one in March. The challenge will be to consistently run shorter mileage each and every week while doing 5 and 10ks.
2. Speaking of 5 and 10ks, I want to FINALLY break a 30min 5k (officially – I’ve done it on the treadmill). My current PR is 30:06. SO CLOSE. I’ve only run one 10k, so any PR in that will be great.
3. Take my daily vitamins. Oh, I have vitamins. I just don’t take the vitamins.
3. Read for pleasure. I almost never read for pleasure, even though I read daily (the perils and pitfalls of teaching senior English). I’ve fallen into the habit of watching television every night before falling asleep, and while I’m not giving up my favorite shows (what happened to Olivia Pope? Will Joel and Julia get back together? Will Derek and Meredith kiss and make up?), I do want to make a concerted effort to carve out time to read. I’m thinking 1 book a month.
4. Put down the damn iPhone. When I’m at school, I’m fairly disciplined (teaching is not conducive to scrolling through Twitter and Facebook). I’ll check in at lunch and during prep periods, as a reward for being productive (Grade 2 essays? Check Facebook. Grade 2 more? Check Twitter). But when I’m off the clock? I can easily zone out and lose
30 15 minutes before I know it, just mindlessly surfing social media. I have justified it because I’m pretty darn productive to begin with, but just imagine what I could accomplish with that extra time! (see goal 3. And goal 1).
5. Finally, as always, the forgiveness thing. I won’t elaborate too much on that one, except to say that there is a lot there. A lot. But when I compare who I am at the end of 2014 with who I was at the end of 2010? I know that all the work is worth it. My children, my husband, my friends and family have all commented to me, in various forms and expressions, that I am happier and “better” than I have ever been. But there is still much work to be done.
In that spirit, my 2015 mantra comes from one of the best.
Happy 2015! May we all become the best versions of ourselves (or at least, get a little bit closer).