It’s crazy how fast this year has gone. I’ve said it many times, but it seriously is so amazing how time has flown this year. So much has happened, and it feels that in a blink of an eye, it’s gone from my birthday to summer to the last little bit of December. As I’m starting to accept the idea that 2018 is nearly over, I’m beginning to think about what I would like to focus on during the next year. It’s not really so much of a “New Year’s Resolution” as it is a planning session with myself. New Year’s Resolutions often turned into lofty goals I had for myself that I would put effort into for the first few months, but afterwards would return to my normal habits. I don’t want to do that. Along with that, resolutions felt like more of a cross off the list type of goals, not committing to a solid habit, but rather accomplish something for a period of time, and move on to something new. This has often been my experience, so the last several years, I tried to identify words for the year. That seemed to help me, yet still was something I would lose sight of after a period of time. With these goals, they are more about the process rather than a definitive achievement. It’s the journey rather than the destination.
Complete a Spartan Race and half marathon. These are probably going to be the most challenging goals I have for the year. I have been working hard this year on my fitness, and have made huge progress. I’m in better shape than I was when I was in high school, and my first years of college, which were up to this point my best fitness level. I’ve worked hard this year, but the goal has been to complete a Spartan Race. I have had it in my head that I have wanted to complete one since James completed his Spartan trifecta back in 2015. There were several obstacles I had to overcome, and I am happy to say, I believe I am to the point where I can achieve this goal! My hope is to complete the Spartan Beast (half marathon) or the Sprint (5k run) in June. If I chose the Sprint, I would like to complete a half marathon at a different time. In order to accomplish this goal, I will need to maintain focus at the gym and continue the momentum from the beginning of the year.
Focus on creativity. There are so many creative things I enjoy doing including painting, writing, cooking, and photography. My goal is to schedule more in and allow for increased practice. For so long I believed creativity would just come to me in spurts of inspiration, yet as I’ve read more about the creative process, I have learned that this is not often the case. I plan to really sit down and pencil in time for my creativity, sitting with it and allowing myself to experiment with each aspect.
Be more mindful. This goal is something I will probably always strive for. In a world where I am very much a “go go go” kind of person, slowing down and being present is something I constantly strive for. It’s hard to be present sometimes when all I can do is create a mental list of all the things I need to get done in a day or week. My intent is to be mindful during each day, but also specifically towards vacations and trips. Instead of focusing on just getting there and doing the things, I want to really allow space to explore and enjoy serendipitous moments.
Become a more consistent blogger. There’s a lot of content I want to cover. A lot of ideas I have in my head for blogging, yet for some reason, when it comes to sitting down and doing it, I struggle. I want to make 2019 different. I have begun the planning process, and am going to schedule time each week to work on the blog. In the same vein as scheduling time for creativity, I plan to schedule time for blogging.
As I consider these upcoming goals, I can’t help but smile. This feels like the first year where I don’t have a million things I want to get done. There’s so much that I have accomplished over the last several years, that 2019 feels to be a wonderful respite for my soul.
What goals are you setting for yourself for 2019? Do you view them as resolutions or something different?