As each year comes to a close, we begin to prepare for brand new chapter, a new beginning and set goals for the year ahead. A number of people focus on resolutions to get healthy aka lose weight, travel aka finally take that vacation, accomplish new household task, do more, do less, the list is never ending. I never spent much time on resolutions, I guess I never really focused on the beginning and the end so much. Time just kept on going.
That all changed when I was 29, and entering the year I would turn 30. Something shifted as I reflected on what had been amazing decade of love, adventure, and excitement. I’m not sure if it was out of fear or of the general curiosity of how much things in life would change.
Spoiler alert for those of you preparing for this. It doesn’t. Life keeps happening for better or worse as it always had.
However, I made a commitment to myself to do things with purpose from that point and focus on the things that truly made me happy, cherish the sweet moments, and appreciate everything that comes my way. So it was that January were I began writing out my goals for the year.
Is it me or when you actually write something down do you feel more accountable to them? Things written down, just become, well, more real. I supposed that’s why this blog. and many others are so meaningful. It’s real.
My first list, looked something like this:
Every so often I’d take a moment to review it and see how far I’ve come. It was gratifying to see that just with living my life with a purpose and more passion, it was easy to accomplish the things I had wanted.
As you’ve probably have guessed, I’m a runner. Life as a runner can involve a lot of dedication and training and goal setting so a number of my goals were related to my training, but that made it even more exciting to accomplish. Writing down my running goals was something I had already done, so it gave me the mindset.
I ran races, crossed trained more effectively, cooked more, traveled, and focused on myself. Each year since, I’ve gotten into a routine of goal setting, and it’s truly made me more optimistic person, as I reflect on the year and see that I’ve accomplished what I set out to do… with purpose.
So why am I telling you this. Well for one it’s January — and excellent time for planning ahead, but really because each year there was only one goal that I never even made headway on. Why? I’m not so sure. But it’s been eating at me and I just had to do something about it. I always put it back on the list, because I knew inside it was something I wanted to do.
While, I may be a runner by morning… I am a writer by day, professionally. However, I’ve always dreamed of writing a novel, but as my love for running and the community around the sport has grown, my focus has shifted.
So, while January is coming to an end. This is just the beginning for “Jenny Runs the World.”
Live with purpose. Live with passion. Live the hell out of this life.