The last time I wrote a post of goals for the year was 2020. Well, we all know how that turned out. Since then, my goals have been more along the lines of just surviving. Last year moved a bit towards a more normal post pandemic life. This year I finally feel that I might be able to control my goals a bit more, instead of having Covid constantly throw wrenches in my plans. (I know it’s still out there and I know I can’t control everything, but here we go…)
- Get back to racing. I ran one in person half marathon in 2023. It went better than it should have and I loved getting back out there. I’ve got a plan to race one race a month, with at least 6 being half marathons, but I have not yet actually sat down and planned which races.
- Add some new states to my 50 states quest. I would love to get back to this, but we have two kids graduating this year and Beer Geek’s job is pretty crazy, so I’m not sure I can pull this off. I have a goal of at least two states. Everything I need now is west coast, so I need to make it count when we do manage to work on this.
- Keep lifting (heavier) weights. I’ve done a really good job at maintaining consistency since the pandemic started. I will never be a power lifter, but I’m trying to challenge myself more with heavier weights.
- Experiment more with new recipes. Now that the older kid is away most of the year, I’m able to try a lot of new things. My younger kid is much more adventurous and appreciates new recipes.
- Get back to eating healthy. I enjoyed the holidays. A LOT. My jeans are crying. I don’t really focus much on weight loss in my life or on the blog, but I do try to maintain a range where my clothes all fit. Thanks to way too many cookies and nights out, that’s not exactly the case at the moment.
- Blog, um, occasionally? As much as I used to love blogging, it’s really not a big thing for me anymore. However, I do want to continue chronicling my 50 states goal and some of my other races. So, for the most part, I’ll only be here if I run a race. I’ve actually stepped away from being an ambassador for companies or blogging for product.
- Maintain balance with my new “career”. I left the race world this fall. Instead, I am now consulting with a couple of non-profits to clean up their CRMs. I really enjoy the work and it brings together many of the skills I’ve developed as a librarian and as an operations manager. It doewsn’t suck to have my weekends back either. Unfortunately, I have committed to a little too much for the next few months. I need to be more realistic about how much time I have available to work for pay.
- Continue cleaning and decluttering. OMG, this is never ending! We made the decision during the pandemic that we are not going to move out of the DC area after Beer Geek retires. That means I will not be packing up all the stuff in our house (a perfect opportunity for decluttering), so I need ot make an actual effort to get rid of stuff. We got rid of a huge number of beer glasses last month. I think this month I’m attacking the kitchen. I’m also selling a ton of my Skirt Sports items that I no longer wear.
- Take a trip with Beer Geek. We have a trip to Belgium planned this spring, but Shoo will be with us. Beer Geek has to travel for work as well, so I may be joining him for those (having adult children who can stay by themselves AND care for all the pets is kind of awesome). Hopefully in the fall we can actually figure out a real vacation for just the two of us.
A lot has changed since the last time I made actual goals. Jones is in a final semester in college. Shoo is about to graduate from high school. Beer Geek and I both have crazy but good work things going on. Epic the Gecko passed away, but we still have a cat, a tortoise, and a bunch of roaches.