Happy New Year to all my reader's out there! The beginning of a new year often makes people reflective and they make resolutions for themselves that really only seem to last for a few days, maybe if they are lucky they last a week or two. I personally hate resolutions, they seem impractical to me, maybe it's because I am goal-oriented and resolutions seem to vague to me. So instead of the resolutions I've come up with Goals for almost every aspect of my life!
Quit my current job to take that leap of faith to really focus on Blue Sunflower Interiors and Design - as most of you know this is something that I have been working on for a while, I'm right on the edge right now of taking that leap and jumping to the other side, but I'm terrified of falling flat on my face!
Attend at least 5 different networking events for IIDA, USGBC and other Interior Design Organizations because they are a good way to meet more people, learn more about the field and it will expand my comfort zones.
Volunteer some of my time for Habitat for Humanity - this is something I have wanted to do for a while, I helped build a house in Bloomington Normal when I was in college and I found it to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I think it's important to volunteer time, because while I don't have a lot of money or resources at this point I do have some time in which I can give back to the community.
Run the Chicago Marathon - as most of you know I have already run it three times, so really it's not that hard of a goal for me to attain. However, I have NEVER run it without being in so much pain at the end that I am crying. I've worked over the last year with Jose to make sure that my knee is in tip top shape so that I can really run! I've even gotten faster! So the goal is to run it un-injured, shatter my previous times and get a Boston Qualifying time. The Boston Qualifying time might be a LONG shot but I think its a good goal. You never know until you try right?
Complete the Muncie 1/2 Ironman - I was supposed to have completed it this past summer but life sometimes takes turns that you don't expect. I want to try it again and obviously get there this time un-injured!
Join a Running Club - I think a running club will continue to help me to get faster and challenge myself as a runner, probably more than I would really be able to challenge myself.
Loose 15lbs - I know, who doesn't say that they'd like to loose some weight in the new year? But I'd like to loose some weight because I know it will make me a fast runner and triathlete. I have the fitness thing down but really need to focus on more proper eating habits. They are pretty good but I think there are some areas in which I can improve.
Take an "Emily" Day - I've been so busy lately that I haven't had much down time, pulled in numerous directions and in some ways trying to be everything to everyone. As a result I've been extremely stressed out and that's pretty abnormal for me. So I've decided to take one day a month dedicated to myself (I know probably sounds a little selfish) in which I can do anything I want to do - stay in bed all day, hang out with friends all day but no work is allowed. It's a day to relax and re-charge my batteries.
Just a few goals that I really plan on tackling, starting with today being my "Emily" day and heading to the gym! Happy New Year to you all, I wish you all the best in this coming year. May it be prosperous, and filled with so much happiness for each and everyone of you!