We are on the cusp of a new year and while my mind is totally focused on 2017 and all the exciting things it will hold (like marrying Phil!!), I want to take a little time to assess how I did on my 2016 goals.
1. Health and Fitness
> PR at the YWCA women's triathlon. Did not complete. I'm not counting this against me since I couldn't have done this due to my hip surgery.
> Run a sub-4 hour marathon at Grandma's marathon. Did not complete. I'm not counting this against me since I couldn't have done this due to my hip surgery.
2. Personal growth
> Identify an organization to volunteer with and volunteer on a consistent basis. Completed! I started to volunteer in an ESL classroom for immigrants through the Minnesota Literacy Council. This has been so rewarding and I feel that I've learned more from my students that they have learned from me. I had to take a break from volunteering starting in November as I got overwhelmed by my schedule but I would like to volunteer on a monthly basis in 2017.
> Finish all of the books on my nook. Sort of complete. I read 3 of 4 books. I could have read the 4th book but it didn't really interest me and I would have been reading it just for the sake of completing this goal. Life is too short to read books that you aren't really interested in.
> Read 12 physical books that I already own. Completed!
> Complete the 2016 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. Completed! This is the last Read Harder Challenge I will do, at least for the foreseeable future. While I loved doing this challenge for the last 2 years, I've recognized that I need to read what I feel like reading instead of what I think I "should" be reading. Lord knows I have enough to-do lists in other areas of my life!
4. Mental health
> Have one "shouldless" day a month and blog about it. Sort of complete. I managed to have 10 shouldless days this year, which is pretty good. This is a goal I'll be keeping for 2017 as obligation-free days are so good for my soul.
All in all, not my best year in terms of completing all my goals, but I am not going to beat myself up over it. I accomplished more than I would have if I hadn't made this list of goals.
I'm definitely taking a different approach to my goals for 2017, which I'll be sharing next week!
Did you set any goals this year? Did you achieve them?