27 was a great year for me. I went through a lot of big life changes, but despite all the ups and downs, I truly think I am in a better place now on so many levels. Last year on my birthday I posted some hopes for my 27th year, and here’s how I did with them.
Run a FULL marathon – Scheduled for October 30, 2011!
This one did NOT happen. I announced my decision to drop out of the marathon pretty far into training (I already had 16 miles under my belt), but I am very confident that I made the right decision, even now. Though it wasn’t a goal, I did go on to run two more half marathons while I was 27, and PRed in one of them, with a time of 2:08:52.
Select a triathlon for 2012.
This also did not happen… I am sensing a trend here with fitness goals! Maybe this year.
Become a Leader for WW.
This is one I am proud to say I accomplished with flying colors! I went to Basic Leader Skills training in Chicago this past October, and started leading meetings in early 2012. Though I was really bad at it at the beginning, I’ve truly hit my stride and am loving it. When I first took over my Tuesday morning meeting, it had 15 members. As of this past Tuesday, I had 41 members, almost TRIPLING the number I started with. Yay!
Maintain my weight (or lose a few lbs!) throughout my 27th year.
This one is something I’ve really been struggling with lately. I came clean about it a few times on the blog, but have sort of backburned weight loss with all the big life changes going on. That said, I really want to move it front and center for year 28.
Get fully out of debt and have a hefty emergency fund of 6 months of living expenses saved before turning 28!
I am proud to say that I am completely debt free and have even made significant progress on saving money, too. Right now, I have about 2 months of an emergency fund saved up, and my hope is to have the full six months saved by the end of this year. This one was a HUGE accomplishment for me because I had been swimming in debt since college!
Plan an international trip for 2012 – I haven’t been out of the country since I was a kid!
I did go to St. Maarten in April with my sister and her family, and technically that is half French, half Dutch, and I am going again in less than two weeks for a friends wedding.
That said, I really want to have something on the books abroad abroad (aka not the Caribbean) by the end of the year.
Redesign Beth’s Journey and move to a self hosted domain.
Check! I have been self hosted/redesigned for almost a year now, and it’s so much better than it was before!
So though I only accomplished about half of those that I hoped to, I did a lot of great things this past year and am feeling good about where I am.
Year 28 Hopes
Now that I am officially 28, I feel like I’m actually an adult. Even though technically I may have been one for a while and I still sometimes don’t act like it, I really want to focus on my career this year and achieving balance and moderation as best I can. Outside of my career, I also want to focus on getting back to my goal weight in a healthy way, and trying my best to live in the moment and not let life get away from me too quickly.
Here’s what I want to do this year:
- Get back to my goal weight and maintain it. Duh.
- Workout 3-4 times a week, including strength training, through this year.
- Run at least one half marathon (I’m signed up for the DC Rock ‘n Roll Half again in 2013) and a few other races.
- Limit drinking to 2ish times a week, which means doing things with friends more that don’t revolve around alcohol.
- Try my best to be present and enjoy where I am, not constantly looking forward to the next thing, which is my tendency.
- Really focus on my new job, because I feel like position is truly the start of my career. They are very into work/life balance, so I have plenty of time outside of work to focus on other things.
28 is going to be a great year. I can feel it!