Friday, January 2, 2015

friday five: 2015 goals

i am linking up with eat pray run dc, you signed up for what?! and mar on the run for the friday five linkup. i'd like to be a more... social blogger, so to speak, so i'm going to try and participate in more link up events. every friday the ladies mentioned above have a linkup for a common theme. this week’s theme is (appropriately) 2015 goals.

to be honest, i haven't felt inspired to think of any 2015 goals before today. being down and out and injured for so long has left me in a serious funk. i'd love to go with my usual goals; lose weight, run faster, figure out how to be happier, etc, but it feels like i need to dig deeper, or at least pick goals that have stronger substance this year. it's hard to have an action plan for a vague goal, but if i can pick something that is specific, it's a bit easier to develop, navigate and stick to a plan to reach said goal.
1) heal my back and continue the work to stay injury free.
pretty self-explanatory but i need to write it down multiple times to stay accountable. getting through this round of PT isn't enough. i need to continue to put in the work, as boring as it may be, so i can prevent further injury and be able to run. whatever at home work the therapist prescribes for me is what i'm committed to doing in 2015.

2) complete my before 30 bucket list.
this year will be my last year in my 20's. i'm currently working on the items on my "before 30 bucket list" and i really want to complete whatever it is i put on that list. i want to leave my 20's knowing i did as much as i could to feel fulfilled and accomplished in my life thus far.

3) tackle my demons head first and don't give up. 
as i'm getting older, my life is changing in many ways; traditions are changing, i'm changing, my family and friends are changing and i'm getting married this year (a big life change). there's a lot going on in my little world and to say the least, it's been overwhelming. it's also caused a lot of my personal demons to roar back into my life with a fury. while i've wanted to crawl and hide many times, i'm really trying to fight these demons head on and learn how to move forward with my life so that i can truly live and love openly, freely and be happy. this is not an easy thing, in fact it's quite terrifying, but i'm focused on 2015 being the year to start facing all these fears head on.

4) some kind of run goal.
okay, i know i said my goals needed to be specific, but without knowing in this moment what my back injury treatment will look like a month from now, i have no idea how soon i will be able to run or how far or how fast - who knows! the one big goal i have in mind for myself is to run my first marathon. it's a big audacious goal coming from someone who is out with a back injury and can barely walk to her car, but i've been wanting to complete a marathon for so long and it's on my before 30 bucket list. if, for some reason, that is out of reach, my runner up goal is to focus on 5k's again. i will likely do a "round two" of the 5k challenge so that i have something to keep me active each month. if it worked before, it will work again.

5) find the energy, bust the excuses.
again, another vague goal, but i have a very specific execution in mind. this past year was my first full year in my new job. it has been a much harder and exhausting transition than i thought it would be. i find that my new job has a totally different level of stress than my previous one did and it takes all of my mental energy to get through the day sometimes. as a result, i come home from work and have no energy, physical or mental, to do anything but morph into a couch potato like state. i want to change that this year. i'm not sure how to do that, but my goal is to figure it out and apply whatever process that is to other areas of my life where i feel i lack energy and excuses tend to take over.


so there you have it. i will print this list and post it in all the important places as a daily reminder. did everyone else set goals for 2015? what are you going to do to hold yourself accountable?




14 comments:

  1. Congrats on getting married this year! Lets hope 2015 is a healthy and injury free year for you ( and me too)!

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    1. Thank you! And yes, I hope we can both stay injury free this year. I'll make sure to share any pointers I find along the way, if you do :)

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  2. Nice list! Enjoy your last year in the 20s (30s is just as fun... hehe... well I am only 2 years in). I should dust off my old 30 before 30 list and update it to 40 before 40 :)

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    1. Thank you! I have heard the 30's are awesome, so I'm not too freaked out.. yet, anyway :) You should share your list! I bet you've got some awesome ideas on it!

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  3. hope your back feels better soon. Here's to a healthy injury free 2015 for both us. Nice to "meet" you today #FridayFive

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    1. Thank you! And yes, here's to an injury free 2015 and meeting virtually! :D

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  4. Fantastic goals for 2015. So sorry to hear about your back injury...keeping up with your exercises outside of PT are SO important!! The 30 before 30 list sounds great, I plan to do it next year!

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    1. Thank you! If I come up with any gems for a before 30 list, I will share. Well, I'll share regardless, but that's beside the point. And YES - I'm only 4 sessions into PT and it's already proving valuable. I just can't get eager beaver and think I'm "fixed" at the first sight of no pain!

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  5. Wow wow wow. Congrats again on your engagement! This will be an exciting year of planning and adventure! Your goals are good, even though you say a couple are "vague." The fact that you even tried to put pen to paper is a solid start. You know what you want for yourself deep down inside. If these things represent that enough, I think that's all the specificity you need. :) I say this with such confidence because I'm experiencing similar challenges this year. I know what I want, and it can't be narrowed down to a simple statement...it's more that it's comprised of many simple baby-steps to accomplish. So, good for you, girl. Looking forward to seeing what 2015 brings us! :D

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    1. Thank you soooo much! I have a hunch 2015 will be a great year. For setting the goals, I tried to take the areas I knew I wanted to improve, or got frustrated with or have been weighing me down and tried to extrapolate a larger goal out of that, if that makes sense. I hope this method to my madness works, anyway!

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  6. What great goals for 2015! I wish you all the best as you work towards them!

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  7. Those sound like great goals, Alicia! I'll be cheering you on from WI as your back heals up and you work toward your first marathon :)

    Btw, love the new blog look!

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    1. Thanks, Sun!! I hope you will shed your wisdom on me if/when I am able to train for the marathon!

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