Hey there, 2017! I’m so excited to meet you and see everything that you have to offer.
I know that New Year’s Resolutions and all that have such a bad rap. And, I don’t blame it. There’s so much hype around it (kinda like New Year’s Eve…) that it makes it impossible for you to feel fulfilled when you set your resolutions and try to accomplish them (plus, because of the negativity, it is hard not to get into the mindset that you are going to fail).
Like I mentioned earlier this week, I’m all about the goals for the new year. Last year (hehe), I said it was the “year of me” and set a few goals around it that made sense. This year, I’m going to do the same.
This year is going to be the year of stepping outside of my comfort zone.
I feel like I’m starting to get comfortable in life in Minneapolis. I have a great circle of friends, love my job, have some great running trails near me, live in a great apartment, am close to family, you name it… it’s all piecing itself together. Which I love. But I also love change and challenge, and I think that if I keep going at the status quo, I might go a little insane (on the other end of the spectrum compared to last year where I felt like my mind was going to blow up).
So, what does this mean? I have some great goals (ahem, not resolutions ;)) centered around this — for both running and other areas of life. Some of them feel a little ambitious, but hey, read the quote above.
The Year of Challenging the Comfort Zone
1. Set a PR in the 5k and the half marathon
I also have a goal to PR in the marathon, but that’s the distance I love to run, so why not focus on the distances I’m not that big of a fan of? Yeah you heard me right, I really don’t love the 5k or the half marathon. Sorry. I also don’t love my times for these races and think that I can definitely PR in both of these distances.
2. Try something new every single month
Last year was the first time I set this as a goal, and I totally crushed it. I want to do it again! There’s no better way than going outside of your comfort zone than to try something new each and every month. So excited to see what comes up on the calendar with this one!
3. Read one book a month
I swear this has been on my list every year for a few years and I just can’t get there. THIS year will be different! I am excited to make this a priority and actually make it through (plus, is it cheating, but I’m already halfway through one book. ;)).
4. Strength train at least two times per week
I think this one is a really hard one to set, because how can you measure it? There will be weeks where this doesn’t happen (hi, vacation and/or marathon recovery). But, I think in general, if I can hit strength training at least two times per week, I’ll be happy.
5. Get my age of money up to 45 days
I mentioned this last year in one of my finding balance posts, but I recently started using You Need a Budget as my budgeting tool and LOVE it. One of the measurements that they have is your age of money, which for me, currently sits at like 13 days. I want to get it up to at least 45 days by the end of the year… at least.
What are your goals for 2017? How do you get out of your comfort zone?
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