Leading The Good Life

2013 Goals

Here is my original post on my 2013 goals.

Start researching adoption specifics. - Katie and I have talked a lot about having kids...in a very non-specific way. In fact, neither of us are 100% certain that we want kids. But the truth of the matter is, it will take a lot of work, time, and money to grow our family. Since adoption is something we want to consider, we need to start researching what it will entail. I'd like to at least get the ball rolling and have some serious conversations about it. I'd also like to set up a savings account that is purely for adoption costs.

Run 2 marathons...and set a PR. - I have run a marathon each fall for the past 4 years, training throughout the summers. And then I sat on my butt through the winters. I thought that challenging myself to run 2 marathons this year would help keep me moving during the colder months. I've already got a race picked out for late April, and my 2 best running friends and I will be making a weekend out of it. Not sure yet which race will be #2, but I'm hoping that I'll be able to train hard this summer and set a PR in the fall.

Visit my grandmother. - My grandmother moved from Omaha to Massachusetts to live with my aunt several years ago. She has been back to visit a few times, but I miss her a lot. We stay in contact via letters and emails, but I realized recently that I really need to go visit her. The more I think about it, the more excited I get!

Redo our front porch. - A big front porch was on our "nice to have" list while house hunting, and we got one! I envisioned us eating dinner out there when the weather was nice and sipping cold beers on warm summer nights. However, it's become sort of a dud. I want to redo it with paint, plants, furniture, and a new front door. And maybe even a puppy gate so the dogs can enjoy it with us.

Get CPR certified. - This has been something I've been meaning to do for years but have never gotten around to. I figure it's a small thing I can do that might make a big difference to someone later down the line. Putting it on this list will hopefully move it to the front of my mind.

Make it through a BodyPump bicep track with 10lb plates. - I still love BodyPump and am planning to continue to use it as my main form of strength training. I saw a lot of progress last year, but my biceps still feel surprisingly weak. Currently I can almost eek out an entire track with 7.5lb plates, so I definitely have some progress to make.

Volunteer at a race for each race that I run. - I have volunteered at a handful of races, but it's nowhere near the number of races I've run. Which makes me wonder...who are all of those volunteers?! During the Des Moines marathon I saw several volunteers on bikes with boxes of tissues strapped to the back so you could just grab one as they rode past. So great! It was then that I decided that if I'm going to continue to run races, I need to give more back to the running community. (And just to be clear, this goal isn't aimed at getting me to race less but to volunteer more.)

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