Can you believe it’s already 2018?
As I look back on this year, it’s crazy to think how far I’ve come. I got a master’s degree from a top university, I moved to the east coast, and I finally started a running blog that’s allowed me to meet amazing people (like you!). However, personally and environmentally, I consider 2017 to be a very transitional, painful year. Lately, I have found myself being anxious and stressed and I acknowledge that most of it has been self-inflicted.
That’s not to say pain is an inherently bad thing. When I was 11 years old, I grew 8 inches in one summer. The growing pains were unbearable. Most days, I sat in a hot bath crying and willing the aching in my legs to go away. When all was said and done, I shot up to 5’9″. Nowadays, I love being tall. It’s one of the things that makes me, me. But the bottom line is I had to go through a little pain to get there.
Today, I sat down and put a pencil to some paper and thought about how I’ve felt this year, and what I can do to grow from it. When I sit down next year, what will I have hoped I accomplished?
Volunteer once a month.
Whether it’s at a homeless shelter or a nursing home, I want to interact with the less fortunate. Giving back to others has always been a part of my life, albeit a smaller one. I find that it puts many aspects of my own life into perspective. I’m hoping to use this blog as my accountability – I want to recap my volunteering activities
Do one positive social event and/or travel somewhere new every two months.
I have a lot of amazing friends all over the globe. It’s been my fault losing touch or not traveling to places where they live. This past summer, I went crabbing with a bunch of girls in Baltimore. Hanging with natives was the most fun I’ve had in a long time whilst on vacation. Every two months, I want to plan some sort of positive activity with friends. Bonus points if I have to travel in order to meet them.
Treat my skin like it’s precious – have a clear complexion by March.
I used to have clear skin, but when I hit my late 20’s, the narrative totally changed. I’ve noticed hyperpigmentation, scarring, and worst of all, adult acne. Blech. It’s time to get on a positive skincare regime and stick with it. In typical SMART goal fashion, I’m hoping to show you results and what I’ve done to improve it by March.
PR a 5k this April.
This spring, I want to focus less on endurance and more on my speed. I ran a turkey trot over Thanksgiving and realized my times were slipping. I want to run a few 5k’s this spring and get my time down to 21:00.
Pay off my credit cards by September – start investing.
Remember that “masters” thing I talked about earlier? It absolutely savaged my bank account, and a lot of times I find myself panicking about my finances. It’s time to get this sh*t on lock and pay off those debts. I want to pay off my credit cards, gain multiple sources of revenue, and start investing. Otherwise, why did I take all those investment classes?
Lose ten pounds by November.
I lost 20 pounds and gained ten over the holiday season. Although I’m not in full panic mode, if I’m going to speed up my race times, I have to shave off some extra poundage.
Reach 100,000 views on Unicorns Welcome by December.
This blog has been such a great outlet for me. Even more, it feels like I’m dreaming some days when someone mentions a snippet of advice I gave and how it’s benefited them in some way. My only gripe is I never thought to do this sooner! In this new year, I hope to go beyond writing. I want to host/cover fitness events, make a few YouTube videos, and maybe create some of my own #SWAG.
And there ya have it. My ideal 2018.
I hope that my resolutions helped you come up with some of your own. And I hope you’ll hold me accountable to mine. Let’s all make 2018 the best year yet!
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