Iâ€™m not going to lie, traveling has me totally thrown off with dates. Iâ€™m not complaining, I just keep thinking itâ€™s the first week of January when itâ€™s almost the third! Time is weird.
So that means that this goals post is coming to you later than most other bloggersâ€™ but itâ€™s also given me time to think through what my goals are.
I love the idea of a guiding word or two for your year â€” and Iâ€™ve arrived on gentleÂ and focus.
Gentle:Â Iâ€™m so hard on myself in a lot of ways. Watching my mom get diagnosed and die of cancer (in addition to all the other crap that happened to me in 2017) was obviously a lot on me emotionally, so Iâ€™m trying really hard to be gentle with myself.
Focus:Â After spending basically two straight years worrying about and then/now grieving over my mom, I let a lot of my own goals fall to the wayside. I know I can be a little gerbil-like, though â€” I have so many things I want to do!! â€” so I am attempting to focus down to a few.
1. Get my personal trainer certification.Â
Omg, Iâ€™m sick of me saying this too â€” Iâ€™ve been saying it for years. But I finally have the test scheduled for late February. I just need to sit my ass down and study, and luckily my BFF is a physical therapy professor, so sheâ€™s going to help me with the anatomy. (I also bought this anatomy coloring book per a recommendation from Heatherâ€™s blog.)
2. Develop my business(es?)
Right now, I really want to be self-employed. My job gave me a lot of flexibility when my mom was sick, and even though that was for a crappy reason, I came to value it. Right now, my ideal work situation (please refer back to gerbil comment) is doing a few things: social media/blog consulting, freelance writing and running/fitness coaching. (Shameless plug: Iâ€™m at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need running coaching or social media/blog help! You can learn more about run coaching here and my social media/blog consulting here.)
3. Write, write, write.
After living solely in the short-form (hello 140 characters!) game for quite a few years professionally, losing my mom andÂ my job has Â helped me re-embrace my identity as a writer. I have three writing goals.
3a. Write. every. damn. day. I consider myself half morning person. Iâ€™m so much better than I used to be, and I certainly get up earlier than I used to, but I still hit snooze every day (I know, I know) and am useless until I get my coffee (donâ€™t you dare say a word about giving it up.) So, I tryÂ to write in the morningâ€¦but itâ€™s usually shit. That said, I want to write nearly every day to stay in practice, and because I never know what will come up that I might want to come back to, either for myself or to try to get published.
3b. Which is a great segue to these next two goals. More bylines! I want to increase the names in my portfolio. Should you happen to be an assigning editor readingâ€¦ I write about health and fitness, most specifically running and mental health, and also grief. (Write what you know, or something.)
3c. Write a damn book proposal. I have wanted to write a book my entire life and have been scared of writing a proposal. Iâ€™ll never get rejected if I donâ€™t try it, right? Well, after all the shit that happened in 2017, whatâ€™s a little rejection? (If youâ€™re reading and an agentâ€¦) Iâ€™m doing the free Blogger to Book ecourse to help me narrow my focus.
4.Â Lose ~15 pounds.
If I look on my MyFitnessPal graph, Iâ€™ve gained 15 pounds since my mom got diagnosed. (Whatâ€™s emotional eating?!) I would love to get back to the weight I was when she got sick, but more importantly, I want to be able to fit into my clothes and feel more confident in my body again. Iâ€™m giving myself all year to reach this goal. For now, what thatâ€™s meaning for me is eating closer to Paleo (thatâ€™s whatâ€™s worked best for me in the past) and doing what a friend calls â€œDamp January.â€ So, not Dry Januaryâ€¦but less boozy. Iâ€™m also focusing more on strength training in conjunction with my running â€” going to both Uplift (disclaimer: free because Iâ€™m working with them on social media) and Orangetheory.
5. PR in some race distance.
Iâ€™d love for this new focus on strength + running to result in a PR. Ideally the half, but I know thatâ€™s pretty ambitious right now, so Iâ€™ll take any distance. (Maybe 15K or 10-miler; thatâ€™s my slowest-paced race PR right now.)
Y tu? What are your goals?