First, I just had to share this picture of the sunset from yesterday evening. Justin and I were in the middle of dinner with our friends Roxie and Steve when we dropped everything to step outside and capture this breathtaking moment. The sunsets in Central Oregon never cease to amaze me and this one did not disappoint.
Well, it’s officially the last day of 2013. What a YEAR this has been. I can’t believe I only started this blog 7 months ago. I have learned so much about the blogging world and hope to get more involved with it in the upcoming year. I have a feeling this next year is going to be a BIG one!
While everyone has their own opinions about making New Years resolutions (i.e., why not just start now, I always make them, they’ll just get broken, they inspire me), as someone who teaches a class on Motivation I happen to believe that making resolutions and setting goals is a good thing. Why? Because, it gives people hope, something to strive for as they enter the New Year, and provides an instant boost in energy and mood. Plus, a lot of people find it difficult to “start” these goals amidst the chaos and irregular schedule during the holidays. Why would I start something if I knew I was going to fail right away?
Goals give us a purpose and allow us to envision our lives and ourselves in an ideal way. Who am I right now? Who do I strive to be? A faster runner? A better wife, friend, daughter? A more giving person? A healthier eater? More successful at work? Basically, if we don’t have goals, we having nothing to strive for and no way of bettering ourselves (which for some, they are perfectly fine with). For me, if I did not have goals, I would not be able to rediscover myself and grow mentally, physically, and spiritually. Goals are vital to MY way of life.
My goal in 2013 was to become a better runner, which I believe I successfully accomplished with new PRs and several age group wins. I even received this surprise plaque yesterday in the mail from the Seattle Marathon.
This year my goal is to FINALLY venture into the world of triathlon and become a more well-rounded athlete. I also want to get more involved with people who share these same interests and do more volunteering in the community.
The first step in achieving these goals is to commit. I have researched and narrowed down a few events that I will be signing up for in the upcoming year including:
Some others that I am contemplating:
Any other recommendations?
I’ve also committed to a January running challenge that one of my husband’s coworkers has organized, where the individual who runs the most miles wins. Simple enough. After my extended break from running following the Seattle Marathon, I am hoping this challenge revitalizes my running legs.
Looking forward to an exciting year filled with new adventures. Adios to a wonderful 2013!!
What are your goals or resolutions for 2014?