Friday, January 1, 2016

2016 Goals

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. -Zig Ziglar

I know some people mock resolutions. But I love goals, lists, and anything I can actually track with data. My goals are specific and measurable (oh special education degree you serve me well). They are more of personal challenges to keep me inspired and motivated throughout the year.

Achieving them is great, but I suspect that along the way, that more than anything, these goals will lead me to new places. I am a work in progress and I am excited to see what this year can offer.

Goals for 2015

Run more miles then 2015 
This year I've run 695.5 miles.(I've been rounding to 700 because I suspect I have logged at least 4.5 miles without my Nike & didn't learn to manually add them in for a loooong time)  2015 brought my highest mileage ever.  The best part is that I'm on the upside of it to start off 2016 strong. I want to stay injury and burnout free. So my goal for this year is to surpass 700  Maybe I'll blow it out of the water, but if not I know I can comfortably run a bit more ( esp when last January, February, March, April & May total equaled 155) .  If I am able to stay as consistent throughout 2016 as I have for the back half of 2015, I see some amazing running events in my future!

Log 100 Hours of Volunteering
I didn't volunteer as much as I would have liked in 2015.  I don't work during the summer, so really I have no excuse as to why this goal can't be reached.  I love to give back to races but hope to put in more hours at the pine bush & maybe expand into GED teaching like I had done while in DC.  At any rate, aside from running/training I have quite a bit of flexible time.  Someday I may be stretched thinner, but for now I should use my time and skills a bit more productively.

Read 39 Books
Every year that I reach my goal - I increase the challenge by 3.  I think my logic was that it would end up being one extra book over a 4 month period. I also hope to be a bit more diligent about adding reviews since I know I often take other readers suggestions.  That said, if you have any book suggestions - I'll add it to my library queue

Practice Yoga 78 times
After 5 years of trying, I finally got into the groove to do yoga a minimum of once a week (though truth be told, some weeks I did 0 and others it was 5). While yoga has become a huge part of my weekly workouts, I don't think I am ready to commit to doubling. So for now, the goal is 78.  (78 may seem random but 52+26)

Hike 1 mountain a month
I missed the mountains this year.  It felt like I was never hiking, even though I did 3 hikes in the ADK & 3 in the catskills. There are so many mountains that I want to climb - I can't seem to get my head on straight about it but my goal is to get out and climb any mountain at least once a month.

Complete 12 Bucket List Items
I don't know if I've ever actually accomplished this goal since its creation in 2011. But without seeming morbid, my health could change & life is short.  Some day these won't even be a possibility. I need to keep trying. Plus the journey towards some of these have been quite great ( I'm looking at you ADK 46r)

There it is-  I hope these goals will challenge me & change me (all in positive ways, of course)  Cheers to a happy, healthy, and fun 2016


  1. These sound like great, thoughtful goals. I like how you base them on your achievements from last year. That's smart!

  2. I'm reading the Snow Child right now, it's great!!

  3. I'll hike with you! I'm working on the fire tower challenge now, but would love to do some others also (AT trail, High Peaks, White Mountains, Vermont 4k, etc.)