Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Goals revisited.

And just like that 2013 is nearly over.  Overall I am quite pleased with the progress I've made and I am starting to think up of my goals for 2014. 

Complete a 5k in 25 minutes. 
This goal ended up not being a major focus yet again.  Each time that my running improves I tend to lean towards endurance not speed.  I did reach a new PR this year 27:43 down from the 29:03 that had held strong for a few years. So while I didn't fully achieve this goal I did make progress.  

Yoga 1x a week. (19/52) (37%)
I was hopeful that I would make it to half way but it wasn't in the cards. In 2011, I only did yoga 11 times. 2012 I went to 16 yoga classes. It's hard to believe with so many days throughout the year I was only able to find time to do yoga 19.  3rd time still wasn't a charm and maybe it's time to call this goal and move on.

Complete 12 items off of my bucket list. (10/12) (83%)
3 bucket list items have been knocked off this month.  So I am finishing the year with 10 items crossed off.

  •  I finished off my 30 day of no booze, had a few beers and then had a killer stomach bug for 7 days after.  I know those two are not connected but it took me a few weeks to want beer again.
  • I also did karaoke for the first time.  I was super awkward and sang Call Me Maybe.  I was sober, it was uncomfortable for all of us.
  • I also attempted a food challenge.  I ran my mouth alot about how I could dominate a food challenge.  It turns out I couldn't, but it was fun and sometimes my bucketlist activities bring together my friends which is really what it's all about.
Volunteer 1x a month (6/12) (50%)
December flew by especially by being sick for nearly a week.  In 2011, I only managed to volunteer once.  2012 I volunteered 5 times.  There was improvement, but I know I can do more.  I definitely found more variety in my volunteering, branching out from races.  With the help of the volunteer meetup group I think this is a goal I'll have again next year.

Make my bed 1 morning a week(52/52) Complete! (100%)
I was surprised how setting this as a simple goal turned into a regular morning habit.  There is something nice about coming home to a made bed.

Travel outside of the Greater Capital District 1x a month. (12/12) (100%)
I traveled to Fort Myers Florida & Costa Rica.  This wasn't much of a stretch for me, and I think in a way I failed since I really wanted to use my traveling to expand my blog a bit towards my interest in travel writing.  This still leaves something to be desired but I think I can find my voice.

Read 33 books (33/33) (100%)
33 was a challenge but again I was able to meet it.  It wasn't until I was finished with my Montessori training that I felt like I could spend my free time reading for fun.  I definitely read more fiction than in years past, which i enjoyed.

Save an additional 100 bucks a month. 600/1200 (50%)
This was a tough one for me,  I would have loved to save more money.  I definitely need a finance bootcamp when I return from my holidays.

Run in 13 races for 2013 (13/13)  (100%)
Considering I didn't start racing again until April, I am impressed that I was able to accomplish this.  I can't wait to do a few of these races again (and improve on my course time) and a couple that I will never do again. (I'm looking at you Stockade-athon)

Hike 13 High Peaks (17/13) Complete! (100%)
Once I got in to the swing of hiking, my weekends didn't feel complete unless I was up on the mountain.  I exceeded this goal and went from thinking becoming a 46er would take 3 years to knowing I'll be done in 2014.  I have 16 remaining mountains.

Hike 13 Catskills 3500 (1/13) (8%)
I like the Catskills and think that I'll make my way down there more in 2014, but I don't regret no making it down there as I loved going north and exploring the Adirondacks.

Overall I had a great year sticking to my goals for 2013.  My completion rate ended at 72%.  It definitely helps that I take the time to review them each month, doing that definitely serves as a kick in the rear.  

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