Is it wrong that I’ve been excited about making my 2015 goals list since about mid-November? I’m not sure why I’m such a goal fanatic but the idea of setting goals and working towards them makes me unnaturally happy. Anyway, I now present to you my 2015 goals, some of which are old familiars by this point (either from my previous years’ goals lists and/or taken from my 101 list), but also a few new ideas to keep things interesting.
- Run two half marathons. I’ve already registered for the BMO Vancouver half and then I’ll pick one in the fall – Montreal Rock’n’Roll in September is a possibility, depending on my work schedule.
- Run a sub-2 hour half marathon. I’ve had this as a goal since I started running half marathons, but if I’m honest with myself, I’ve never really dedicated myself to the amount and type of training needed to achieve it. So this year, I’m really going to dedicate myself to the training for the BMO – and no amount of cold, rain, or hills will be allowed to be an excuse this time. I’ve even signed up for a Sunday morning running clinic so I’ll always have someone to do the long runs with. 2015 will be the year that I will get this one done.
- Run 800 km. I’m betting I can do better than the 82% of this goal that I managed in 2014, especially given that I’m planning to be more dedicated to my half marathon training.
- Add 5 new medals to my collection. The two half marathons will give me two medals, so I’ll just need to find 3 other races with medals. There’s the Hot Chocolate 5 km in March where you get a medal AND a hot chocolate, which is pretty much a no brainer. So I guess I just need to find 2 more.
- Complete the 100 pushup challenge. I haven’t tried this one in a while, but I figure it’s good for me to do something related to upper body strength, given that I have none.
- Bring lunch to work more often than I buy lunch at work. I have been absolutely abysmal at bringing my lunch to work, pretty much since I started my MBA, when I got too busy to do such things as buy groceries. I used to be really good about it before that, bringing my lunch almost every single day, but somehow I have not been able to get back into that routine, despite being done school for a year. I really just need to be a tiny bit more organized at getting groceries and doing some meal planning (because I love having leftovers for lunch!)
- Lose those last 5 lbs that I gained during my MBA. If I do the above 4 things, I think I’ll have a good shot at this one.
- Set up a new investment plan. As I mentioned, I did this last year, but now I need to do it again!
- Write a will. This is on my 101 list, but I’m putting it here as a prompt to do it sooner rather than later. Have to make sure that my kitties inherit my vast estate! 😉
- Pay off 7.5% of my mortgage principal. According to my trusty spreadsheet, just making my regular accelerated biweekly payments, I will pay off 3.4% of my remaining principal. But since I have the option to put lump sums on my mortgage, I figure I find some extra coin to pay off a bit extra.
- Complete 15 items from my 101 list. This is a bit more than 1 per month – that should be do-able.
- Apply for at least one research grant. I don’t have any specific ones that I’m planning on, but I really should get on doing this!
- Make 15 new food or drink items that I’ve never made before. I have a few ideas for this, including trying my hand at making puff pastry from scratch.
- Organize all my closets. They are a disaster, but I have a good idea of how they should be organized.
- Write 115 blog postings. That’s only 2.2 blog posting per week.
So there are my 15 goals for 2015!
Since it’s the end of the year, which means it’s time to check in on how I did with my 2014 goals!
|Complete Rick’s 90-Day Fitness & Accountability Challenge!
||I appear not to have actually blogged about this after the fact, but I did manage to complete 85% of my goal for the challenge (my goal was 6 workouts per week, which was a stretch goal from my usual 4 days per week at the time). I was happy with that, because it was a lot more than I’d usually do at that time of year, so I’m counting this one as a success.
|Run two half marathons.
||Hollywood Half Marathon (April) and Scotiabank Vancouver (June).
|Run a sub-2 hour half marathon.
||Sadly, I yet again did not achieve this one. But it’s totally going on my 2015 goals list and I’m making it a priority to go after this one!
|Run 800 km.
||I was doing really well on this one thanks to being in a running study at the start of the year, then training for my two half marathons and then for a couple of 10 kms at the end of the year. But then I had no races left to train for and it got really cold and I totally wimped out. So I ran a total of 661.2 km or 82% of my goal, which really is a fair bit of running – and an improvement on last year’s 604.5 km. So while I didn’t reach the goal, I’m still happy with the amount of running I did.
|Bike 800 km
||This, on the other hand, was an abject failure. I biked a mere 105.4 km
|Lose 10 lbs.
||I’ve lost 5 of the 10 lbs I wanted to lose, so at least I’ve been moving in the right direction! I’m not quite down to the point that I can fit into all of my pre-MBA clothes, but I can fit in a few things that I couldn’t get on at the start of this year.
|Return to freelance work.
||This one happened without much effort on my part. I got offered a contract for a cool little project out of the blue, which was very exciting.
|Set out a new investment plan.
||I did set up and implement a new plan in March, but since my financial situation changed both with buying my place and getting a new (and better paying) job, it’s actually time to reassess my strategy yet again. So I guess I know what’s going on my 2015 goal list!
|Write 314 blog postings here on NTBTWK.
||Not even close. In my worst blogging year ever, I only managed 88 posts in 2014 – a mere 7.3 postings per month or 1.7 postings per week! Obviously, I was having far too much fun doing all sorts of other fun things to be blogging much this year!
|Write 52 blog postings on drbethsnow.com.
||Another epic fail. I only managed 19 postings and pretty much all of them are just me having a place to keep notes on webinars/conferences I’ve attended and stuff that I’ve been reading for work (i.e., probably not of interest to anyone but me)
|Knock 28 items off my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days.
|| With only 16 items completed, this one was a fail.
|Make 14 new food items that I’ve never made before.
||This one was a solid success, with 19 new items made!
|Find a reliable cleaning person.
||Got a recommendation from a friend and I now have someone coming in regularly to clean up after me and my cats!
|Find a solution to my spice situation.
So that’s 7/14 or 50%, which is worse than last year’s 65%, but better than the previous years’ – 2012 at 44.5% or 2011 at 40%). Given that I achieved a whole lot of other epic things that weren’t even on my radar when I made my list of goals, I’m still pretty satisfied with 2014!
And now I’m sure you know what’s coming next…
Just had a look at last year’s “Year in Review” blog posting for inspiration for this year’s “Year in Review” blog posting and saw that I ended last year’s “Year in Review” blog posting with: “I feel like I need to start making some plans for something epic for 2014!” I had been commenting on how my 2013 was basically one amazing trip, but everything else was just lots of school. Well, I didn’t actually plan a bunch of epic things for 2014, but they just sort of happened.
I started the year off by completing my MBA, which had been my primary focus for the past two years. In fact, I got word that my final paper was accepted – meaning my MBA was 100% complete – on my birthday! That was a pretty spectacular birthday present and a great start to my year!
Then I got my kitties, the awesomest kitties to ever have kittied. They are cute, smart, funny, and very loving and they make me happy every day.
Other epic occurrences included my MBA graduation, buying a condo, and getting an amazing new job. And then, as if all that epicness weren’t enough, in July I met an amazing new guy. Like 100% made of awesome. You may have noticed him on such blog postings as this race and this race. And he makes me happy every day!
And while minor by comparison to the above, I also won a hockey championship (and came within one game of winning the summer season championship too!) and ran a total of 5 races, including achieving my second best ever half marathon time in Hollywood and my personal best 10 km at the Rock’n’Roll Vancouver. I worked on a successful political campaign, improved my hockey game by taking lessons and started salsa lessons. I’ve also started on a top secret project with a friend of mine that I’m hoping with turn into something awesome, but that will be revealed in due course.
So, long story short, 2014 = best year ever… so far. I’m anticipating 2015 will be pretty epic too!
It’s been a year since I last shared my favourite tweets here on ye ole blog, so I took some screen shots for you. It seems that more of my fav tweets were related to politics than in the past, which makes sense given that 2014 was a municipal election year, but there’s still quite a few funny ones in there. (These are in reverse chronological order, because Twitter). Enjoy!
This reply by my friend Cath to the Prime Minister really made me laugh:
Marcy’s dress reminds me that I could always be crazy cat lady-er.
Yes, those are McDonald’s coupons on my fridge. I have a weakness for Egg McMuffins.
Making this year’s list of books that I read was much easier than last year, since I started using GoodReads to track my reading
Fiction books I finished in 2014:
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
- Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
- Xenocide by Orson Scott Card
- Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card
- The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh
- We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
Non-fiction books I finished in 2014:
- The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown
- Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
- Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
- A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout
- Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Catalan
- Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
- A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
Books I’m currently reading:
So I read 14 books this year with 5 more in progress – the exact same numbers as I had last year – which surprises me, since I was still in school in 2013 and I figured that in 2014, with both not being in school and the addition of my Skytrain commute to work, during which I do a lot of reading, that I’d have read a lot more books this year. Perhaps I’ll make one of my 2015 goals to read even more books!
Merry Christmas from all of us at Chez Beth – feline, amphibian, and homo sapiens!
This was the closest I could get to a picture of the cats with bows on them.
Likewise, the frogs were not keen to have a bow on them. But they wish you all a “Merry Christmas” nonetheless!
Another item from my goals for 2014 list that I figured deserved its own posting was make 14 new food items that I’ve never made before. And this goal I not only achieved, but I actually surpassed!
This year, I made:
Salad rolls that I made with my friend Kim
Homemade pasta that I made with my friend Linda. Topped with pesto and feta!
BBQ chicken, corn-on-the-cob, roasted potatoes, and grilled zucchini
I also made guacamole devilled eggs a couple of times this year and I think the first time I made them was in 2014, but I’m not 100% sure I didn’t make them the previous year, so I’m not going to count them just in case. As well, I made *5* new drinks that I’d never made before – The Suffering Bastard, The Leveraged Synergy, and the Value Added Leveraged Synergy (all at my “I’m finished my MBA” party!) and the Mortgage Margarita and strawberry lemonade (for my housewarming party) – but I’m not counting those since the goal stated “food items”, but not beverages. But I don’t need to since, as you can see from the list, I actually made *19* food items this year! Hopefully I won’t regret using up extra new ideas this year when it comes time to try to come up with 15 new food and/or drink items to make in 2015!
Seeing as the end of the year is fast approaching, I’m starting to work on my typical year-end blog postings. And in doing so, I’m looking at my goals for 2014, which I haven’t looked at in quite a while, to see how well (or how poorly!) I’ve done on those goals. While there will be an upcoming positing summarizing all the goals, I thought I’d first do a preliminary one where I look at how many items I’ve knocked off my lists of 101 things to do in 1001 days, compared to my goal of 28. I say “lists”, plural, as my second 1001 day list ended on July 8, 2014 and my third one started on July 12, 2014, so I completed some goals from each of those two lists this calendar year. So let’s see how I’ve done, shall we?
From List #2, I completed the following 3 items in 2014:
5. get a cat
9. own property
43. make homemade pasta
From List #3, I have so far completed the following 13 items in 2014:
13. Install screen doors on my balcony doors
16. Get a jewelry armoire
18. Get a strong structure on which to place my frog tank
20. Clean my new BBQ
23. Replace my mishmash of old dishes with a nice set of dishes
26. Unpack everything from my recent move
29. Get a rack and pannier for my bike
32. See a show at Bard on the Beach
44. Go to Chicago
57. Participate in a political campaign
78. Get a promotion or a new job
80. Have a picnic
83. Make a Christmas wreath to hang on my door
So that’s 16 items total – far shy of the 28 I’d hoped for. A quick perusal of the list shows me a few that I could probably complete by 11:59 pm on Dec 31 if I tried, but not 12! Oh well, at least I did manage to accomplish a bunch – and I’ve made progress on some of the other items on the list as well, so I’m reasonably content. But I have to think seriously about what I’ll set as my number of items to complete as a 2015 goal…