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Goals for 2017---->2018
January 6, 2018
For the past two years or so, I've kept a running list of "goals" I have for the year. I like goals more than resolutions because, for some reason, they are not as strict as resolutions. In my mind, goals are something I can attain at ANY time...regardless of the day, month, or year. Also, I tend to kind of strive WAY too hard and put WAY too much pressure on myself in general and I definitely do NOT need anything to cause more stress than it needs to. Before I get on with my goals for this year, I thought it would be neat to see what goals I accomplished this past year that I made last January.
Write a note of encouragement to someone each week
Give A LOT more hugs
Seek to understand before judging
Call grandma and grandpa at least once a month
Call family once a week
Devote time each day to pray
The only three I can say I accomplished are giving more hugs, seeking to understand before judging, and devoting time to pray each day. The other ones, unfortunately, did not happen. I did, however, create a texting group with both of my parents in it that I use pretty regularly. It's pretty great.
Get on the Dean’s List both semesters
Keep a 3.8 or higher GPA
Practice piano at least three hours every day
Do one challenging piano piece each semester
Read at least ten books (outside of textbooks) a semester
Find a direction for my blog
I actually did practice at least three hours a day both semesters last year. We'll see if that happens in my last semester. Ha. I also did do some pretty challenging pieces in the past two semesters, too! Yay! I feel accomplished.
I definitely did not read ten books a semester....probably more like ten in total.
I'm still trying to figure out a direction for the blog. I'm not sure if it should stay as is, or if I should it expand it to other topics besides my own personal updates. You all seem to really enjoy my personal posts about what I'm thinking, so maybe I'll do more of those this year.
Journaling happened for the Spring semester last year sporadically, and man...it was awesome. The Fall semester, because of all the change, journaling got pushed aside.
Stretch every day
Lift two to three times a week
Run a 5k
Practice TKD once a week
Do one dead hang pull up
Do the splitz
Chest press over #100
I stretched almost every day. At one point last spring, I could almost do the splits, then summer happened and then the fall semester happened and I got out of the habit.
Lifting has been my JAM this past year. I LOVE IT. I definitely lifted more like three-four times a week in the fall because I did not feel like doing any other type of workout. The thought of doing cardio made me want to barf.
I did do TKD over the summer, which made me SO happy, but when I went back to school I didn't practice any more. ):
Still working on the pull up.
See above to learn about my splits situation ^^
I didn't focus on chest press as much as I thought I would this year, but I still love them! I'm at a pretty comfortable #65 and I'm hoping to up it a bit this semester, but I'm cool with not getting above #100 right now.
ALMOST THERE. I'm at #115 and I keep psyching myself out to go higher. I don't want to hurt myself, so I'm taking it painfully slow. Slow and steady wins the race, though.
Also, I should mention that my word for last year was value, and I truly believe I have come to value so many things I never would have thought to value. Last year, more than ever, I have come to value community, warm hugs that last more than .001 seconds, home-cooked food, friends that brave the cold to walk to the gym with you at 8:30pm, a word of encouragement after a hard day, the joy of dancing alongside new and old friends at our wedding, quiet moments before the sun rises, early morning breakfasts with my husband, and so, so, so much more!
SO. Without further ado, here are my goals for this year.
Get together with friends at least twice a month
Meet up with a new acquaintance (or old friend!) once a month
One date night a week with Andrew <3
Have at least five piano students by the end of the year
Find a full-time job (outside of teaching piano)
Read 20 books
FINISH COLLEGE (HECK YES)
Take more walking/reading/breathing breaks instead of getting on social media
Pay off a fourth of my student debt
Blog once a week while in school, two-three times a week once I'm done
Run a 5k
Do one unassisted pull up
Incorporate more dynamic movements in my workouts
Practice TKD once a week
Stretch at least five times a week
Word for the year: BE
Not necessarily be more of anything, but just...be...to abide in who He has created me to be--a daughter, sister, wife, friend, student, etc. Ah...I can't wait to settle into this word and can't wait to share what I learn after a year!