Does it seem like 2013 is the year of excitement over New Year’s Resolutions and goal making? I sure feel like everyone I’m talking to is pretty into this year, which is unusual to me. But maybe that’s because I’m usually one of the people that’s not big into resolutions. I’ve already set my fair share of goals for 2013 with my Year of Resolutions, but I am sooo excited about my goals that 12 goals in one year just wasn’t enough! *end crazy voice/sarcasm*
But I’m serious. Like I mentioned in the Year of Resolutions post, goals are what work for me. Goals motivate me and inspire me. Without them, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today. Actually – I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today. Anywho, while I was mulling over the many choices I had for my monthly resolutions, I came up with some ideas that just didn’t work into the neat little 12-month plan. Those goals are now my yearly goals for 2013.
1. Keep a diary: Obviously, I don’t have to explain my love for writing, being a blogger and all. But writing in “real life?” It doesn’t happen that much. I’ve kept many diaries over the years, but I stopped most of them part way through a year. However, I really have a great need to write. Writing helps me organize my thoughts, lets me vent appropriately, and makes everything make more sense to me. Thankfully, my wonderful hubby got me this outstanding Paris-themed journal. It has a book marker, which is genius for a diary, and a cool map of Paris on the back. Love! Hello, new diary! (Note sneaky Beans appearance in photo)
The reason I didn’t make this a monthly goal is because that’s all it would be: something I do for a month. Then I would quit writing again. By making this a yearly goal, I hope to focus on writing the whole year through instead of just extra good for one month. And since I’ve made all these goals, I’m sure I’ll have plenty to write about!
2. Log all my miles: I saw this on a blog recently. A girl had tracked all the miles she’d run in a year! I thought that would be so cool to know you ran X amount of miles in a year, just to say you did. I have no particular goal in terms of mileage yet, but as soon as 2013’s first run happens (dang you, cold weather!), it’s gonna get tracked. I started a workout log for my usual workouts, and while I will put my runs on there, I’m going to keep a separate running log to make it easier to reflect on later.
3. Read these books: Reading is one of my monthly goals too, but just like the diary one, I don’t want reading to be something I did for one month instead of throughout the whole year. There’s a certain stack of books that I’ve been neglecting to read for far too long, and so it’s time I commit myself to reading the books already.
All of these books in the stack are actually Christian reading. I think I got on a huge kick once and bought all the good Christian reading material I could find, but then got so overwhelmed that I didn’t make it through any or even start some of these books. I have plans to read The Love Dare for my March goal of focusing on my marriage, but the others I will just have to read when the time is right. I’m starting with The Raggamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning to get me going.
4. Run a second Half-Marathon: Okay, so this one is a monthly and a yearly goal. Mostly just because this goal is so important to me. This goals is both monthly and yearly because while I am running the race in only one month of the year, it’ll take me the span of three months to train for it – aka a good chunk of my year. I’m determined to run at least one more half-marathon this year, if not more (maybe?). Right now, I have my monthly goal set for September but that is subject to change since I haven’t even signed up for the race I want yet (registration hasn’t opened). But as long as I run a half sometime in 2013, it’ll be all good.
5. Walk Beans Regularly: Okay, I promise I am a good dog mom, buuuut sometimes walks just aren’t happening. In the summer when I had a lot of free time and the weather was nice, I was walking him almost every day anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour and half. But that has all since ceased. Since Beans is also really content being on my lap most the time (hence adorable picture of him wrapped in his all-time favorite: fleece), I think I forget that he’s a dog and he needs a walk. I definitely want to walk him at least once a week from now on.
Okay, I promise I’m done announcing new goals now! Can you tell I’m determined, focused, and excited for this year?
- Question for you: Do small goals like monthly goals or larger-scale goals like yearly goals work better for you? Do goals work for you at all or are they discouraging in the end?