Goals for the New Year 2016: Here We Go Again.

A few people shared their goals for the new year on yesterday’s post and I was quite inspired by my cousin, Hannah. I too need to strengthen my prayer life. Our Bible study has taken a break for the holiday season and that has left me a little unfocused. So though most of my goals are physical in nature my main focus is going to be getting my thoughts and prayers back on track. It’s crazy how we can get so busy we don’t take time to talk to the Lord. I think my theme verses for this year should be Phil 4:6-8.  I’ll let you look that up. Also, if you go back and read “I Run, But I Don’t Consider Myself a “Runner,” You’ll understand what running means to me spiritually.

I believe measurable goals give a sense of accomplishment. If I say I’m going to “eat better” I have to define that. What does “eat better” mean. What measurable units can I put to that? Is it a calorie count? Is it avoiding a certain food all together? (I’m trying to avoid sugar, currently, not a goal or anything…just “trying” to avoid it.) Now you know where I’m coming from. I truly think that if you will make your resolutions measurable goals you will have more desirable outcomes. No matter what the resolution is. That is why all my goals have numbers. I can measure numbers. These goals are in no particular order.

  1. I will run 6 races this year. (yikes…the most I’ve ever done was 2) So far I’m thinking: St. Patrick’s Day 5K, Prairie Fire Half Marathon in May, Rock N’ Roll Half in STL in Oct. and the ATL 10 Miler also in Oct if I can find a way down there and if I don’t feel like I am about to die from running the half the previous weekend.  I think the other two races will be 5K’s.
  2. I will climb two 14’ers…my first. (Scared to death about this one actually…plans are in the making.) My Aunt Reneta from Mississippi and I are going to tackle Mt. Elbert and hopefully Pikes Peak via Devil’s Playground in Colorado in Either July or August.
  3. I will stop eating a bed time snack. (I normally eat a giant bowl of cereal right before bed….this is actually a really hard habit to break.) So, 0 bed time snacks 🙂

That’s all I’ve got for now. Pretty terrifying that this is out for all to see.

View of Pike's Peak from Garden of the God's in Colorado Springs. Google images.
View of Pike’s Peak from Garden of the God’s in Colorado Springs. Google images.

Mt. Elbert. Green highlights the trail. Photo from http://rickcrandall.net/wp/mt-elbert-my-first-fourteener-northeast-ridge/
Mt. Elbert. Green highlights the trail. Photo from http://rickcrandall.net/wp/mt-elbert-my-first-fourteener-northeast-ridge/


  • Luke Catlin

    January 6, 2016 at 11:48 am Reply

    I have no doubts you will accomplish these my love. You inspire me and I marvel at your determination, tenacity and will power. I’d wish you good luck, but I know you don’t really need it :-).

  • Neeter

    January 6, 2016 at 12:07 pm Reply

    I’m so proud of what you’ve set yourself to do ! I know you will mark each one off with much thankfulness! I’m more than excised to mark one off with you! Can’t not wait to get to the top and scream with joy of the memory we made!!!! I love you !

  • Regina

    January 6, 2016 at 6:10 pm Reply

    Okay…I feel like maybe I haven’t set enough goals for myself. Haha…
    You set your expectations high. I’m always in awe of your energy and goals you set for yourself. I think this will be a stellar year for you. I’m going to push myself farther than I thought I could because of you. Travis and I are really looking forward to running the 10 miler out here and achieving something that maybe feels a little impossible right now. Baby steps…one day at a time.

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