Thoughts, Hopes and Goals for 2017

Can you even believe it? We are 5 11 days in to 2017, y’all.

I’ll pose the same question I ask myself at the end of many long runs – where does the time go?

For example, where did the time go from January 5, when I started this post, until today?

In the process of considering my goals for the year, I’ve admittedly found myself at an impasse of what I want to do with my blog, because there are so many different things I want to accomplish. However, with so many desires at odds, the only thing to do is compromise with myself and prioritize what ideas are most important to me. The common theme in all of my goals for my blog, as well as personal life goals is to achieve balance and equilibrium. I don’t want a boring life, but I do want a sustainable one.

So I’m taking a lunch break today to share a few goals – blog-related and otherwise – that I’ve set for myself this year.

1. Post more original content here on the blog.

I want to post about topics related to how I incorporate running, training recaps, etc. into a balanced lifestyle.

Many New Years resolutions are out the window by January 15, but not to be deterred, I’m starting on this one here and now (I’ve learned slow and steady wins the race). I plan to continue to do running-related product and race reviews, but take on less of them. Again, life is all about balance, which I’ve learned through running. However, I am not just a runner and I always felt intimidated by runners because I felt like they worked so much harder than I did. The truth is, now that I’m a runner, much of my life is still the same, and I don’t ever want anyone to feel like they can’t relate to me. Yes, I’ve come a long way, but I’m still the same ‘ole me.

2. Incorporate travel and lifestyle features.

This ties in with the above. Running is one way to get from one place to another and see the world. To me, travel also makes sense because it’s a very active hobby, and offers a different perspective. Lifestyle in the sense that I want to post about food and how I make things healther, etc. Or how I don’t eat super healthy 100% of the time. Again – it’s all about balance.

3. Set better work-life boundaries.

I love what I do, and I’m pretty career focused, but I’m also realizing that I will get burnt-out if I try to take the world by storm. Plus, I want to make time for my blog, running, and everything else I’m trying to do outside of the hours of 8-6 9-5. Has anyone else encountered this, made changes and created a better balance? Teach me your ways. Taking a lunch break to wrap this baby up, though, has been a successful first step, I think.

4. Read more.

I used to read a lot, and now I don’t. What happened? I don’t really know, but I want to take more adventures on the Reading Rainbow this year.

5. Take some dance classes.

Christmas 2015: my husband purchased dance classes for me because I’d been dying to go back to ballet. January 2017: I still haven’t used them. Wife fail. Good thing Chris knows me well, so they don’t have an expiration date. After seeing La La Land (which you MUST go see), I really, REALLY want to go back, and my goal is to schedule at least one before the month is over. Again, cross training is so important for any balanced running regimen. So this should be an easy way to kill two birds with one stone.

While we’re on the subject, what goals have you set and what would you like to see more of here on the blog? Fill out my poll, please! I really appreciate your feedback. 🙂

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Cheers to 2017 and thanks very much for stopping by!

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