I’ve spent several weeks thinking about these, trying to come up with a well-rounded list that included a tangible tracking mechanism so it would be easier to determine success. Without further ado, I present Alissa’s 2018 Goals:
- Listen to 15 audiobooks.
- Post on my blog bi-weekly (or at least average two posts a month).
- Run in three adventure races with Tony.
- Go on one big adventure.
- Make more memories doing stuff. With the kids. With Tony. With my parents. With my sister. With my brother. Focus less on things.
- Help DARI hit it’s 2018 sales goal.
- Decide where we’re going to live and make it happen.
- Stay within my lunch budget each month.
Some of these will be pretty easy to do. (I’ve already listened to two books this month.) Others will require work – training, writing, thinking. And my favorites will require quality time, something that I’m cherishing more and more as I get older.
Update: I decided to add an additional goal to my list (see #8 above). It seems like a simple one, but it’s going to be a challenge… I always like challenges.
As 2017 was winding down, I revisited my list of goals (I keep it on my desktop for easy access) to see how I had done. I had started the year with 5 pretty simple goals:
Get rid of all the baby stuff. Check!
Thanks to a very successful garage sale in May, I can say that almost all of the baby/early toddler days stuff (clothes, contraptions, toys, etc.) is gone. There are still a few items remaining that Kate’s continued to use (crib, stroller and high chair, specifically), but I’m not going to rush her out of them. When she’s ready, we’ll get rid of them too. I’m certainly not in a hurry for her to grow up though.
Spend more quality time with each kid each week. Check!
This was a somewhat subjective goal. I didn’t put any measurements in place to hold myself accountable, but I was especially mindful of this goal in particular and worked really hard to spend more quality time with the kids. I’m certain I did better with Leo and Kate than I did the year before, but Alex… well, he’s such a daddy’s boy that it’s a bit harder for me to get one-on-one time with him. That is something I’m going to work on though.
Improve my strength and general fitness level. Check!
I intentionally didn’t set specific criteria for this goal. I honestly didn’t know what was possible or how I wanted to focus my efforts. Regardless, I’m certain I’m stronger and more fit than when I ended 2016. I’m playing competitive volleyball on a regular basis. I ran in a couple of adventure races without totally embarrassing myself or wanting to divorce my husband. And I was finally able to get back to playing softball at a level that I felt good about. My daily steps goal (as tracked by my Fitbit) was 7,500, and according to my annual data, I actually averaged closer to 8,500 steps. I still feel like this is an area where I can improve, but I feel great about the work I’ve put in during 2017.
Listen to/Read at least 12 books. Check!
I totally rocked this one. I didn’t keep track, but thanks to my commute, I think I listened to (and finished) around 20 books during the year. I covered a wide span of genres from tech to biographies to non-fiction. If you know of a great audiobook I should listen to, let me know. If you’re looking for a good book, just ask! I can give you a few ideas. As for reading… well, if you count children’s books I read a BUNCH (many over and over again), if we’re talking actual adult books… well, not so much.
Push DARI to marketing success. Undetermined.
I feel like I could give myself a “Check” for this one, but because “marketing success” is somewhat ambiguous, I’m leaving it at undetermined. 2017 was a big year for DARI. Our system sales grew significantly from 2016. We had some great PR, brought in some awesome new clients and are starting to get some brand recognition in the performance market. I launched a few websites, created new reports and marketing materials, developed strategies, got feedback from clients, implemented feedback from clients and a whole host of other things. I guess the biggest reason I’m not considering this a “check” is because I know there’s so much more to be done. DARI will be big. 2017 was about building a foundation and getting our ducks in order. 2018 is where things will get really exciting.
So now that leaves me to think about my 2018 goals and what I want to accomplish. I have a solid starts on a few ideas, but I’m giving myself another week or so to flesh them out a bit deeper. Look for another post on that coming soon.
Running has never been something I’ve enjoyed. In fact, it’s probably fair to say that I loathe it. I mean, I really, really hate it.
In fact, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out why I’ve never been able to get into running. Because in theory, there’s a lot of things about it that would seem appealing to me. It’s:
- Productive “me” time where I can sort out my thoughts.
- An effective stress reliever.
- A good excuse to listen to loud music.
In the end, I’ve come to the conclusion that throughout my years of sports practice (and years of running any time we got in trouble, didn’t do something right or lost in a competitive drill), I was always punished by having to run. And after all that running, at some point, I just started to associate running with being punished.
Well, the reality is, I’ve not been in a practice situation like that in more than a decade. So it’s time to get over it and finally embrace running. So 2012 is the year I run.
I’ve already signed up for a few 5k races this summer and am scouting a few others. And I’ve started training and tracking my progress with RunKeeper. I’m hoping the visualization and race commitments will help keep me motivated.
Wish me luck.