My 2016 review and goals for 2017

Welcome to another edition of my annual non-New Year’s resolution blog post, where I list my top three goals for the year to come: one fitness-related, one professional, and one personal.

I started publicly sharing my goals back in 2012 as a way to keep myself accountable, but also so I could look back and see where I was at the time fitness-wise, professionally and personally.

My 2012 and 2013 years were tough professionally and personally, as I was leaving one long-term relationship and moving into another, and transitioning from a tough contract job into a government position. In 2011 I completed my first triathlon and was a running machine, signing up for almost every local race I could afford. But in 2013 my focus shifted, and for some reason I made it my goal to “have abs” in 2013. I’m glad I decided to run my first ultra instead. That’s a much more bad-ass goal.

In 2014, I actually achieved all the goals I set out for myself, which I was super proud of — especially getting published (and featured!) in a print magazine and qualifying for Boston. In 2015 I did okay, but as I explained in this post, I was having another “transition” year, as I like to call it — where a lot more stuff was going on than what was shared on this blog.

Although I completed zero of my goals for 2016 (I missed qualifying for Boston twice — I got injured at the Phoenix Marathon in February then missed it again by 12 seconds at the Victoria Marathon in October; I pretty much forgot about writing a book proposal; and I did not pay off 50% of my debt – although I did set up an aggressive payment plan and opened an RRSP), it was a much better year overall. Matt and I had a blast at Disneyland and Vegas in February. We finally moved in together. We added another furry child to our pack (Gus the English Springer Spaniel). I went to BlogFest and got to meet all my favourite wellness bloggers IRL. More friends got married and had babies. All my family and friends stayed healthy this year. I stayed healthy this year. I had close to 160 freelance fitness articles published online and four published in print.

Running the Beat the Blerch race was a highlight in 2016 for sure! Especially when I got a 1:38 PB!

So overall I’d say 2016 was a pretty good year!

I’ve been thinking about my goals for 2017, and honestly, I don’t have any particular fitness, professional and personal goals for the year. There are certainly things I would to have happen, such as get into the UVic MBA program (doing a masters in 2017 was not even a thought in passing in my brain last year, but here I am half way through the application process!), read more books, go on lots of fun trail runs, continue to have good relationships and stay healthy and happy. I’ve already signed up for the Vancouver Island Trail Running Series and Seaweeze; I’ve already booked a two-week vacation to Maui; I have a huge stack of books on my bedside table just waiting to be read; and I’ve planned dates with friends and more vacation with family. I feel like I’ve already taken the steps I need to achieve my “goals” for next year so far. And as for Boston, my dream of running the race one day will have to be put on hold if I get into the MBA program, and potentially again if we decide to start a family in the next three years.

Our growing fur family!

So for right now, my only goals are to keep learning, loving and living to the best of my abilities. To make time and space for family and friends. To appreciate the little things and to stay humble. To keep moving. To love my body more. To only do things in my spare time I really enjoy and ditch the rest. To ask myself daily if my actions are serving myself or others in a positive way, and if not, to stop doing those things. To be gracious and giving. To make a difference in someone’s life for the better (be it an animal, nature or a person). To be a lighthouse – steady and strong in my convictions to draw others to the light. To be fearless and open-minded.

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.

Neil Gaiman

What are your goals for 2017? Do you usually set SMART goals? Do you have fitness, professional and personal goals for this year? How did you do last year with your goals?