2018 Goals!

Now is about the time that many people are falling off the wagon with their new year’s resolutions and goals, so I figured now was also the perfect time for me to share mine. I don’t really ever set resolutions, but I like to have some goals to focus on.

I’ve actually got some pretty big goals that I’m keeping private for right now (but if we’re friends IRL, please ask me about them!), but here’s what I’m putting out there for the world:
 

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1. Read every day.

In 2016, I set a goal to read 52 books, or one per week. I actually surpassed this goal and read 53! I knew I wanted a slightly less aggressive goal in 2017, but I read even less than expected and probably read somewhere around 25-30 books (which is still a lot!).

To get back into reading more regularly, I’ve set a goal to read every single day (and so far I’ve still got a perfect record!). I use Goodreads to track my reading, and I’ve set a goal on there to read XX books, so I’m hoping daily reading time will help do the trick!

I’m not putting further parameters on what “read every day” means - so some days it may be a chapter, or other days might be a bit more, like the day recently where I had 3 hours of flights and read a few hundred pages.

I’m also committing to reading all of the unread books on my bookshelf (as opposed to the hundreds of unread books also sitting in my kindle app haha!)



2. Run 2 marathons.

I’m already registered for the 10th anniversary of the Pittsburgh Marathon in May (on my birthday!), so that’s one for sure. I’ve got a free entry for Akron in September and had a great experience there in 2017, so I’m definitely considering it again as well. I’m also tossing around some other ideas!

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I'm also participating in the Run for a Reason program once again and am looking to raise $1000 for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation. I'm currently 15% completed with my goal. I'd love to see my friends and family sponsoring my race at $1 per mile (that's 26.2 miles, folks!). Even $0.50 per mile is a HUGE help and goes a long way towards funding a cure. You can donate by clicking HERE!

First things first - I’ve got to get back into a rhythm with running. The past few months have not included much running and while I’m ok with that and know I’ll get back into it, I also know these next few weeks will probably be rough, particularly with all the gross weather we’ve had.

 

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3. Create a plan and budget for a trip to Europe.

A Eurotrip has been high on my bucket list for many years, so I’m determined to finally start making some plans!

I won’t be going on the trip or setting dates until I’ve met some financial goals I’m working towards, but I’m also hoping that making more concrete plans will help keep me focused on those goals.

 

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4. Stick to my #powersheets.

I haven’t used a planner in many, many years thanks to technology because I keep my calendar and task list in Google Calendar, but I decided to try one out this year in hopes that seeing my goals in writing, on paper, in my own handwriting, will help me stay focused on them and not lose momentum. I figure if I’ve got to drag this book everywhere with me, I may as well smash the goals and plans written in it, right? :-p

After looking at a few options, I settled on the #powersheets planner from Cultivate What Matters. Unfortunately, they were sold out of the 12-month planner and aren’t restocking their inventory, so I purchased a 6 month calendar. I’ve been chipping away at it a little bit at a time and hope to have all of my action plans laid out by the end of next week!

This goal also encompasses achieving those other goals I vaguely mentioned at the beginning of this post, so it's actually more than just writing in a planner (though I'm definitely going to buy some fun new pens to write in it!)

 


Do you set New Year’s resolutions or goals? Share them in the comments!

52 Books in 52 Weeks

I've had a Goodreads account for several years now, but I used to forget about it for months or years at a time. When I'd remember, I'd log on and update my "Books I've Read" list with as much as I could remember (and synced it to my Kindle account!), scroll through the newsfeed to see what my friends were reading, and then promptly forget about it again. I don't know why, considering I have always loved reading and books.

Towards the end of 2015, I was on the Goodreads app and I noticed a "Reading Challenge" section. I learned you can set a goal for how many books you'd like to read in a year, and then use the app to track your progress. If your friends have challenge goals, you can also follow along their progress and see which books they've read to help them reach their goal. I'd never had a reading goal before, and again, I don't know why.

I decided to read 52 books in 52 weeks - one book per week for an entire year. Considering there have been times where I've blown through an entire book in a day, I figured this goal would be easy-peasy! And for the most part, it was, though I did have to read 7 books in December to finish off my goal. I didn't put any restrictions on myself in regards to genre or book length - just 52 books in 52 weeks. Some were print books, some ebooks, and a few audiobooks as well. I did read 2 books that were advanced copies of not-yet-published books. Since they aren't on Goodreads yet, I elected not to include them in my count. I also read a few boxed sets or 2-in-1 books and I counted those each as one book (since they show up on Goodreads as one book).

Here's my reading list for 2016:

1.

Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking)

by Christian Rudder (print)

2.

Modern Romance

by Aziz Ansari (print)

3.

The Quotable Walt Disney

by Kiki Thorpe, Dave Smith (print)

4.

A Secret Kept

by Tatiana de Rosnay (print)

5.

Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Business and Influence Friends

by Tim Sanders (I had him sign a copy when he spoke at a conference I attended in 2015!)

6.

The Girl on the Train

by Paula Hawkins (audiobook)

7.

Ready to Run: Unlocking Your Potential to Run Naturally

by Kelly Starrett, T.J. Murphy (print)

8.

A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival

at Jonestown by Julia Scheeres (print)

9.

The Perfect Witness

by Iris Johansen (audiobook)

10.

Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner

by Dean Karnazes (print)

11.

Never Never: Part Three

by Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher (ebook)

12.

November 9

by Colleen Hoover (ebook)

13.

The Best Goodbye (Rosemary Beach #12)

by Abbi Glines (ebook)

14.

Leif (Existence Trilogy #2.5)

by Abbi Glines (ebook)

15.

Why Not Me?

by Mindy Kaling (audiobook)

16.

Beautiful Burn (The Maddox Brothers #4)

by Jamie McGuire (ebook)

17.

Work Rules!: Insights From Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead

by Lazlo Bock (print)

18.

Heaven is For Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

by by Todd Burpo (audiobook)

19.

Running Until You're 100

by Jeff Galloway (print)

20.

The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic

by Hazel Gaynor (ebook)

21.

Fire Country

(Country Saga #1) by David Estes (ebook)

22.

My Year of Running Dangerously: A Dad, a Daughter, and a Ridiculous Plan

by Tom Foreman (audiobook)

23.

Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

by Michael S. Kimmel (print)

24.

Yes Please

by Amy Poehler (audiobook)

25.

Marrow

by Tarryn Fisher (ebook)

26.

Hot as Hell

(Deep Six 0.5) by Julie Ann Walker (ebook)

27.

Wild Irish Ride

(Weldon #1) by Jennifer Saints (ebook)

28.

Confess

by Colleen Hoover (ebook)

29.

Hopeless (Hopeless #1)

by Colleen Hoover (ebook)

30.

Losing Hope (Hopeless #2)

by Colleen Hoover (ebook)

31.

Up in Flames (Rosemary Beach #13)

by Abbi Glines (ebook)

32.

Devil and the Deep (Deep Six #2)

by Julie Ann Walker (ebook)

33.

When SEALS Come Home Boxed Set II

by Anne Marsh (ebook)

34.

It Ends With Us

by Colleen Hoover (ebook)

35.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

by Elizabeth Gilbert (print)

36.

Adnan's Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial

by Rabia Chaudry (print)

37.

A Beautiful Funeral (The Maddox Brothers #5)

by Jamie McGuire (ebook)

38.

Under the Lights (The Field Party #2)

by Abbi Glines (ebook)

39.

Always You

by Missy Johnson (ebook) 

40.

Once She Dreamed (Once She Dreamed #1)

by Abbi Glines (ebook)

41.

Stubborn Love (Stubborn Love #1)

by Wendy Owens (ebook)

42.

Broken Flowers

by Robert M. Drake (print)

43.

Born For This: How to Find The Work You Were Meant to Do

by Chris Guillebeau (print)

44.

The Chemist

by Stephenie Meyer (ebook)

45.

Too Late

by Colleen Hoover (ebook)

46.

Christmas in Alaska

by Debbie Macomber (print)

47.

The Last Orphans (The Last Orphans #1)

by N.W. Harris (ebook)

48.

She, the Kingdom (She #1)

by Olivian Pope (ebook)

49.

Once She Dreamed (Once She Dreamed #2)

by Abbi Glines (ebook)

50.

A Christmas Homecoming

by Melissa McClone (ebook)

51.

The Christmas List

by Chrissie Manby (ebook - Kindle Single)

52.

Married for Christmas

by Noelle Adams (ebook)

BONUS: 53.  

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime: Comfort Classics, Freezer Food, 16-Minute Meals, and Other Delicious Ways to Solve Supper!

by Ree Drummond (print)

There it is - the complete list of books I read in 2016 (as of December 27). I included the last one because I received it as a Christmas gift and read it cover to cover. I've already flagged recipes I'm excited to try! I finished with a week to spare and even finished a bonus book.

I haven't set a goal yet for 2017, but I'm thinking somewhere around 45. Yes, I know some people would set a goal that was even bigger than 2016's, but I'd like to keep it fun and don't want the pressure of having to read books quickly to finish up (that sort of happened in December). 

What were your favorite reads in 2016? I am looking for recommendations! Comment below with your best suggestions!