January 1, 2016

My 2016 Resolution and Goals

I hope you're all recovering this morning from a fun New Year's Eve! As for me, I'm heading to a free 5k that DC's Mayor is hosting. She also just announced that all city-owned fitness centers in DC are going to be free in 2016. How awesome is that?! It's an awesome way for DC to kick off 2016!

I love the start of the New Year. I always feel like there's so much promise and excitement, especially when the outoging year was a little tough. I didn't set any goals or resolutions last year, and I don't think that worked too well for me, so this year I am.

My one major resolution for 2016 it's going to be focusing on growth. 

I want to grow as a runner. I'm eyeing a few races this year and they all have more hills than I can even think of. The first race I ever signed up for was called the Heartbreak Hill Half-Marathon. The first race I ever ran had an elevation profile that was nothing short of terrifying. I was too naive to know just how hard hills are, but this year, I want to embrace them because I know that hills will make me a better, stronger, faster runner and I know that the prep work I'll need to be able to tackle those hills (hello squats!) will help me avoid injury.

  • Rub a sub-4 marathon
  • Run a sub-1:50 half-marathon
  • Actually strength and cross train (again, hello squats!)
I want to grow in the kitchen. My 30 before 30 list involves a lot of cooking! I'm hoping this year is the year that I really learn to develop recipes and experiement with new flavors and styles in the kitchen. Last year, I started following The Kitchn and became obsessed with their posts. I definitely feel like I started picking up a lot of tricks from reading them so frequently.

  • Shop locally at the farmers' market
  • Take a cooking class
  • Get better at meal planning
I want to grow my blog. I've been blogging for almost six years now and I feel like my focus shifted drastically from what it was as a result of the fact that I wasn't running. I'm not l
  • Write posts about trips I took before I had a blog
  • Try and land a sponsorship for a travel-related post
  • Use my running posts as a way to stay accountable with training
I want to grow my savings. I was actually awesome about this last year. I had a lot of financial blows last year but one thing I made a point to do was to never stop saving. I grew my Savings account by more than 40 percent last year and I'd like to grow it even more this year!
  • Pay off my credit card
  • Save a percentage of my gross income, rather than my net income
  • Budget!
There you have it! My 2016 resolution and goals! I'm so pumped for this year and really hope it brings a lot of wonderful things for both The Pilot and me. 

Oh and after months of tinkering with it, I finally pulled the plug and launched my blog redesign yesterday! I'm so happy with it! I was so sick of my previous look that I didn't even want to look at my blog anymore! I think this new design is much cleaner and more simplified. What do you think?

Happy New Year!

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