New Year’s Resolutions

What a year! In this year, I finished my PhD, got married, moved, and got a new job. I cannot wait to see what the next year brings 🙂

Next year, I want to take better care of myself. Physically – I want to return to good shape. I need to return to running more regularly (and farther), as well as resuming some degree of strength training. Mentally – I want to continue learning. I need to read more, and I need to study more. I’m not in school anymore (for the first time since, idk, 1993?), so I need to take this into my own hands. Emotionally – I need to give myself permission to wind down, to relax, to take care of myself, and to be well.

I enjoy breaking things down into quantifiable items in lists, so here is my plan:

1. Read 30 books.  This year my goal was to read 20 books, and I read 21! Most of those were in the last few months of the year. This year, I think I can do better 🙂

2. Run 600 miles. I ran 556 miles this year, and that was after taking, essentially, 2 months off. I think I should be able to do 600 no problem.

3. Earn a half marathon PR. This year, I promised myself that I would run a half marathon every year for as long as I was physically able. I want to make sure that I am always in good enough shape to do a half marathon. Even if I’m not able to finish it quickly, I want to be able to do it. This year, I want to try to do it a little faster than my best (2:05:32).

4. Volunteer more. I realize that I just said I like quantifiable things, and that this isn’t a quantifiable measure. However, I want to make sure that I am on the lookout for more chances to contribute.

5. Go somewhere cool.  My husband and I are going to take a trip this year. We’re not sure where yet, but we’re going to go somewhere totally breathtaking and it’s going to be awesome.

6. Go at least one month with no alcohol, and at least one month with no meat. I don’t think I’m interested in giving up either of these things entirely (not at this point anyway), but I’ve found that when I’m mindful of both of these things, I tend to make better dietary decisions overall.

7. Read the entire Bible. I’ve read most of the New Testament, and much of the Old, but that isn’t the same as reading through the entire thing. I need to be disciplined enough to read it cover to cover, and I’ve decided that this is the year to do it.

Not too exciting, but these are my goals. Happy New Year, everybody!

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