The 2014 Goal “Plan”

We made it! We are now successfully existing here in 2014.

I’ve really missed the boat on my “New Year Resolution” post to the point where I’m guessing most resolutions are already broken.  But I am known for my creative timing, so here we are.

Now that things have finally started calming down a bit, I’ve been trying to put together my plan for 2014.  I realized a long time ago that I wasn’t very good at resolutions.  Turns out I’m not very good at Bucket Lists either as evidenced by my attempts over the last two years.  I think I crossed 9 items off of 2013’s list.

Luckily, by definition, you can’t actually fail at a bucket list, so that’s why I chose that route in the first place because failure sucks.  But I do believe in using opportunities…like new years…for improvement.  And I really like making goals and lists of goals, even if I don’t keep them, because goal setting is what gets things done.

And this year in particular is a big one for me, because, as you have heard (and will likely continue to hear), I will be turning 30 in September.  Even though 30 is the new 20 and blah blah blah, I’ve had a heck of of a lot of fun during this past decade, and I know just by virtue of maturity, my 30’s will involve a lot more saving (as in, putting money away instead of going on impromptu vacations), a lot more Saturdays spent working on the house instead of out on the town, and probably kids at some point which is just far more responsibility than I can even handle thinking about for right now.  So, the next year holds a lot of pressure to leave my 20’s with a BIG bang.

So, in the most ideal (but really, the most realistic) of circumstances, this is what I hope to have crossed off my list when the clock strikes midnight on December 31, 2014:

1) Run another Boston Qualifying marathon: More on when and where later, but after a racing hiatus, I’m itching to train hard and crush goals.

2) Establish Financial Security: I say this every year because it is the right thing to say, but I’ve never truthfully actually meant it.  While this qualifies as more of a “30” responsibility than a “29,” suddenly, I get it. I need to pay off debt and have at least have 2 months worth of expenses in savings. We made some good strides this year (we both started saving for retirement and we bought a house and already have some equity established), but I still feel unprepared financially to face a crisis, and that makes me uncomfortable.

3) Get to Europe: I believe that travel is one of the best forms of education, so I feel like it is almost a crime that neither of us have been to Europe.  Of course, this all depends on the financial security issue because I think that is more of a priority at this point, but I would not mind adding some stamps to my passport this year.

Nope, the Disney World version of Germany doesn't count!

Nope, the Disney World version of Germany doesn’t count!

4) Work toward a fitness model body:I sign up for a New Year’s fitness/weight loss challenge every year through the gym where Aaron works, but I’ve never actually taken it seriously because I tend to care more about how my body moves rather than how it looks these days.  But I’m pretty sure if I don’t do it now, it won’t ever happen because the metabolism isn’t quite what it used to be.  But don’t worry…I don’t plan on posting daily gym selfies on Instagram.

5) Write every day: I technically have “writer” in my job title, so I write a lot, but I’d like to write recreationally every day whether here on the blog (because I miss it!), or on that novel that I’ve been attempting for 2 years. You don’t become the Jane Austen of modern times (or even the Danielle Steele) by not writing.

6) Once a month, try something I’ve never tried before: This is taking the place of an actual 2014 bucket list, and I’m going to be pretty flexible on what I do and when I do it.  The point is to experience new things when opportunities arise instead of mapping out ideas in January and NOT doing them.  Some ideas including SUPing, taking a cooking class, and going on a full moon midnight hike, but I’m open to suggestions!

7) Continue attempting to cross items off the 2013/2014 lists: Because really, most of these do sound like a lot of fun!

 * Run a race in a crazy costume

* Organize all of our medals, bibs, and pictures into an impressive display

* Compete in a triathlon

* Get 4-pack abs (6 pack abs is asking too much I think)

* Be able to do 50 push-ups in a row

* Hike up a 14er

* Learn to swim.

* Explore 2 of New Mexico’s “must see” places (Carlsbad Caverns and Chaco Canyon)

* Get Passport stamp #4

* Go on a White Water Rafting weekend expedition.

* Do one big random act of kindness

* Take an art class

* Study up on the history of Israel vs. Palestine

Read my way through Newsweek’s Top 100 Books of all time (the list and my progress is here on a sub page).

* Relearn French

* Brew our own beer

* At least once a month, choose a recipe and cook dinner with Aaron

* Host a ridiculously over-themed Mad Men Party

* Ride in a hot air balloon.

* Learn how to use my camera and take awe-inspiring photos.

* Win something (anything) in a radio contest.

* Invest in a piece of artwork.

So we will see how this year turns out!

How are your resolutions working out? 

Any suggestions for “new experiences” I can try?

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27 thoughts on “The 2014 Goal “Plan”

  1. I didn’t make any resolutions this year, so I guess I’m doing great so far! I think #2 is a big one for me this year and learning to use my camera has been on my list for awhile. I took an intro class for digital photography with a DSLR on Monday though, so I’m working on that one!

    I love your list of trying new things. I’ll let you know if I think of anything to add 🙂

  2. First of all, and I’m only going to say this once: stop freaking out about turning 30! As someone firmly in her 30’s, I can tell you that I have loved my 30’s even more than my 20’s. It helps not to be too nostalgic about your 20’s — yes, there were a lot of fun times, but also lots of drama, insecurity (financial, personal, professional), and growing pains. Anyway, moving on… good luck with your list! I’m excited that you’ll be training again soon. My running goals are going well, but I’m already falling behind on the non-running ones, such as making 2 new recipes a month (0 so far) and reading 2 books a month (1.1 read).

    • Yeah, I’ll believe this whole “30’s are so great” thing when I see it 🙂 I am freaked out about this milestone, but I’m trying to use it as motivation to get off the couch and do stuff. Two books a month is ambitious! 1.1 is pretty impressive considering we’re only half a month in! Good luck with your goals too!

  3. Long’s Peak is a great 14er, and while admittedly the only one I’ve hiked, it was a gorgeous trek. August is the best time of year to go. And Shiprock is not on your 2014 list. Strange, you must have forgotten it …

    • Shiprock is still in the “maybe” pile, but I am trying to nail down our race schedule for the year here pretty soon!

      Long’s Peak is also on the list of maybes, but the most likely 14er will be Pikes Peak which appears to be much more user friendly!

  4. These are awesome goals! I decided this year to try a new thing every month but new doesn’t have to be crazy hard, it can be a new hike that I’ve never been to. I also have been trying to write every day and so far the weekends (when I should have TONS of time) are the only days I don’t. Good luck with your list!

    • I like the way you think! And yeah, I’m far more unproductive with things like writing/reading/emails during the weekends than I am during the week. I’m not sure why. Good luck with your goals too!

  5. I am just going to copy your list…much easier than thinking about my own! I am with you on the Europe thing…it weighs on me. You can get all of these done in 2014 and close out your 20’s strong!

  6. I’ll be 30 next month. Where did my youth go? I’ve won something in a radio contest, but they never sent me my prize (a digital radio). I got a bunch of apologies, and promises to send it out ASAP….. no joy. I’m also grateful I’m basically in Europe. Flights are cheap! 😀

    • That’s a bummer about the radio contest. I am definitely jealous of your proximity to cool things. We basically have 4 airlines that fly into Albuquerque, so even getting to the East Coast costs a small fortune.

  7. There’s so much here I was nodding along to, primarily because next month I turn 39 which basically means I’m nearly 40 and that, honestly, is terrifying. 30 is wonderful – you become a proper grown-up and people take you seriously. And kids are amazing, honestly! But I’m starting to think about all the things I want to achieve before I’m 40 and it’s quite daunting, so I feel your pain!

    I would just say…go to Europe now. Before you start saving, before you start a family. You can obv go to Europe with kids (we love kids) but your trip would be very different. Not worse, just different. You need to experience it without kids. Of all the things the Husband and I have wasted money on, we have NEVER regretted a single trip or a single time we went travelling. Book the flights today! Happy to advise, help you plan. I’m good at it 😉

    • I’ve always had a list of things that I wanted to do before kids (marathon, house, Europe), and I think Europe is the last to be conquered, because I absolutely agree about experiencing it first without kids. But if you could just give my husband a call and tell him everything you just told me, I would appreciate it! 🙂 I will absolutely consult you before we go for lots of pointers!

  8. Sorry, don’t know if I can keep reading your blog if you’re not going to post gym selfies all the time. Isn’t that the whole point of blogs after all????

    I like the idea of trying one new thing per month. It gives you more flexibility depending on what’s going on in your life. AND you know I am totally going to stalk your reading list. 😉

    • The gym selfies are out of control right now!

      The reading list has very slow moving progress. I read about 3 non-classics in between trying to finish one on my list! But, I do feel so much smarter 🙂

  9. Oooh, I have so much to comment! In no particular order:
    – a great documentary about Israel and Palestine from an Israeli perspective is ‘The Gatekeepers.’ All about Shin Bet (Israeli intelligence) from the 1960’s to now.
    – When coming to Europe, not all countries will stamp your passport. Although I’ve been to France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland (flying into most), I don’t have stamps for them. Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK ALWAYS stamp though, so at least fly through one.
    – with regards to artwork, buy someting small (like 8×10), and go from there. I’ve got plentnty of smaller pieces that are affordable. Those with vast art collections take years to accumulate, and it’s only the few that have large and numerous pieces of orinigal art in their house.
    – Pat and I started a joint savings account, where our bank automatically deducts a specfic amount from our own accounts into joint savings account each month. It’s a great safety net for those unexpected expenses, but also for a trip here and there.
    Good luck with everything, you’ve got lots to work for!

    • Thanks for the book recommendation! I need to read that! And weird that not all countries stamp passports. I’m still a bit bitter that I’ve been to Canada twice with no stamps to show for it. My poor post-marriage passport only has one, and it is getting lonely.

      • ‘The Gatekeepers’ isn’t a book, it’s documentary, all in Hebrew too.

        With regards to passport stamps, some countries have agreements between them which basically result in no passport stamps when you arrive at immigration. I think the European countries I mentioned are part of those agreements, and maybe you being American, and the previous close ties we had with America, resulted in you not getting stamped. Pat has a passport stamp from Canada, but he’s got a UK passport.

  10. Love the “try something new every month” one. I think I might join you on that! It’s not too hard, could be simple things, but I like that!!! I’m adding it right now to mine…editing post….now….

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