I don’t think I’ve written an annual goals post in the past, and if I did, it likely wasn’t worth it. I’m about as cliche as them come when it comes to New Year’s resolutions: I make them (sometimes) and break them within a month or so. I assume a lot of this has to do with a total lack of accountability. In an effort to avoid falling into my usual set-it-and-forget-it trap, I decided to write a 2017 goals post. I love reading these sorts of posts on other people’s blogs and their monthly check-ins on those goals as well, so it made sense to me to do my own.
Goal #1: Publish at least one freelance piece
When I quit my old job, I told myself I’d continue writing professionally by freelancing in my spare time. I didn’t consider it a goal so much as a given. I had been writing professionally for 3.75 years, and I expected to get freelance assignments from my previous employer. Well, the person who took over my old job has a different approach to the position and doesn’t use freelancers, so there went that. I spent at least half of 2016 thinking, “I really should get into freelancing,” Googling “how to get started freelance writing,” getting overwhelmed, and doing absolutely nothing. Freelancing makes a lot of sense for where I currently am in life and where I hope to be in life later, so I want to start building a portfolio now. Publishing one piece will (hopefully) be a low bar to clear, and in a perfect world I’d like to have several pieces published by 2018. But I’m going to start with one, and we’ll see what happens from there.
Goal #2: Get rid of 50 things
I’m low balling it on this one, too, and ideally would like to get rid of a lot more than 50 things. My trips home for Thanksgiving and Christmas (and the related packing that went into those trips) really made me realize just how much junk I have. I’m sick of it. I don’t know the exact dimensions of my bedroom, but if I had to guess, I’d assume it’s somewhere in the 7×10 to 7×12 range. (It’s definitely no more than 7 feet wide, considering my room is as wide as my bed is long, and 7 feet is probably a bit generous for the length of my bed). Regardless, my room isn’t all that large, and I have stuff piled up in every free corner. It feels cluttered and messy and overwhelming at all times, and I HATE it. I know I could never be a pure minimalist, but do I need two yoga mats? Do I need the foam roller I haven’t touched once since I got a new one for Christmas 2014? The answer, obviously, is no. I also don’t need all the t-shirts I never wear, the clothes I’ve been hanging onto for years “just in case,” the work bag I haven’t used since before I moved to my current apartment two and a half years ago, the freaking plastic case my pillow came in: you get my point. I have junk, everywhere, and it needs to go. Getting rid of 50 things shouldn’t be a challenge at all. I also don’t know what my landlord’s going to do with my apartment (he thought about selling it last year and kicking us out at the end of our lease, but ultimately changed his mind), so if I do have to move later this year, it’d be great to get a jump on purging earlier rather than later.
Goal #3: Finish Dutch on Duolingo
I started learning through Duolingo on January 1, 2016, and got through 37 lessons. There are 27 lessons left in the course, so this should be doable. I just have to stay dedicated to moving forward rather than taking the easy way out and reviewing things like “Basics 1” to keep up my streak without actually trying. On a related note, I would like to keep up my Duolingo streak. I only missed one day in 2016, and I’d like to not miss any days in 2017, if possible.
Goal #4: Stay healthy and out of PT
Realistically, I think I would’ve stayed out of PT in 2016 if I hadn’t run two marathons in three weeks, but I did, and it was more than my right foot could handle. If all goes according to plan, I expect to have higher yearly mileage in 2017 than I had in 2016. That means strength training, stretching, foam rolling, getting enough sleep, eating healthfully, and all those other bonuses that go into successful training are going to be even more important than usual to keep me on track. In order to accomplish this, I hope to:
– strength train once per week, minimally, during running season
– stretch after every run
– foam roll after every run, even if that means with a Moji rather than a full-blown foam roller
– do at least three PT exercises twice per week
(I do realize that completely ignores the sleep and eating healthfully pieces of the puzzle, but I don’t know how to quantify those in a way that I know I could attain, so I’m going to stick with the ambiguous “getting enough sleep” and “eating healthfully” and call it good 😛 ).
There you have it: my goals, out on the internet for all to see. Hopefully this will help me follow through!
Do you have any goals/resolutions/hopes/dreams for 2017?