New Year, New Goals for 2015

Ok, I know I’m a little late with the 2015 goals post, but honestly I just needed a little extra time to figure out what I wanted my goals to be. In the end, I’m keeping it fairly simple. A couple are sort of extensions to goals I had last year, and a couple are new.

Goal 1 – Keep Cooking

I’m not setting a specific goal for a number of recipes or anything – just the goal to keep cooking. Luckily, I’m already off to a nice start for the year. I busted out my new Crock Pot on Sunday night and made some buffalo chicken! More on that later this week, but here’s a sneak peek.

lettuce wrap

Goal 2 – Be Open, Be Present

Last year I had the goal of getting more comfortable with change. This year, I’m expanding that a little to work on continuing to be open to changes, challenges and choices. To me, this means taking on new experiences, being open to the good and the bad that may come, and enjoying all of those moments as they’re happening. I have a feeling far more good will come from being open than bad, but it’s always that small chance of something bad happening that can often hold me back.

Goal 3 – Work on Strength

I tend to slack on the strength training, but I want to make it a more regular part of my workout routine. At least doing something 1-2 days/week.

Goal 4 – Run the Twin Cities Marathon

Yes, if all goes well, 2015 will be the year of the marathon! When I first started running, so many people asked me if I was going to run a marathon. At the time I always said, “I doubt it.” It wasn’t on my radar at that point. Over the past few years, I’ve continued to take on new running challenges and distances and a marathon crept up my running bucket list. Successfully making it through the TC Loony Challenge this past fall pushed the marathon up to the top of my list.

I’m not gonna lie, it scares me a little. It’s a commitment. It’s a lot of time, training and dedication. But, in the spirit of being open and being present (please refer back to Goal 2), I don’t want that fear to stop me. I’ve felt that fear before taking on other distances and I’ve always been able to conquer them. I’m ready for the challenge, and I’ll be able to share the ups and downs on here. If anyone has training advice for a novice – let me know!

morning run 5.21 3

What are your goals for 2015? How do you stay open to new experiences?

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