Monday feels like the right kind of day of the week to share my goals for the year. Here's what I'm hoping to accomplish in 2016! This year I split them up into categories.
1. Health and Fitness
> PR at the YWCA women's triathlon. I did my first triathlon last year and didn't have a challenging goal going into it since I didn't know what to expect. Now that I have one under my belt, I am ready to try even harder and see how much I can improve my time.
> Run a sub-4 hour marathon at Grandma's marathon. Yes, this means I am doing another marathon. Going into the Twin Cities marathon, I really thought it would be my last, but my disappointment over not making my goal led me to register for Grandma's marathon, which is in June. If I don't run a sub-4 there, I think I will just have to accept that it's not in the cards for me and move on, but I want one more shot!
2. Personal growth
> Identify an organization to volunteer with and volunteer on a consistent basis. I've done a good job of making financial contributions to charitable organizations, but this year I want to focus on also giving them my time. I think I have identified an organization to volunteer with as I am going to the Minnesota Literacy Council's volunteer information session later this month. Through this organization, I could volunteer to work one-on-one with an adult or I could co-teach a class. I clearly feel very passionate about reading and know how powerful the ability to read is, so hopefully this will be a good fit.
> Finish all of the books on my nook.
Last year I treated myself to a new Kindle Paper White. I still had some books left on my Nook but I thought I'd get to them eventually. Then I fell so in love with my Kindle that I didn't want to read things on my Nook. But I don't want to waste the money I spent on those books so I am going to make a point to read them this year. There are only 4 and I've already started to read the longest of the 4 (The Goldfinch).
> Read 12 physical books that I already own.
This was one of my goals last year and I am making it a goal again for this year as I still have many many many many unread books on my shelves!
> Complete the 2016 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge.
I had so much fun doing this challenge last year so I decided to do it again. I really like the categories they chose this year. Many of the books I will read for this challenge are books that I already own or books I've been wanting to read for awhile. I can't wait to get started!
4. Mental health
> Have one "shouldless" day a month and blog about it.
Last month I talked about my desire to have more "shouldless" days so I decided to incorporate it into my goals for the year. My goal is to have one per month, usually on a Sunday, and then in order to hold myself accountable, I'll share what I did on my shouldless day on my blog.
So there you have it! I love the excitement of having a new set of goals to work towards and am ready to attack this list with gusto!
Do you make goals or resolutions? What would you like to achieve in 2016?