Tuesday, December 21, 2010

working on 2011 goals and blogs

  Last year I made a goal to blog at least once a week.  So here I am!  I am not going to let that goal go to hell this close to the end of the year!
My creativity goes in spurts and I find being concise difficult at best most days.
Lately it has not been for lack of material to blog about but the time and ability to break the thoughts down into manageable portions that can be regurgitated here.

  I am thinking about how I love shoes....(does that surprise you??).... and yet being barefoot is the ideal accessory for running.   Shoes are a tool and when I find the ones that meet my needs both in use as well as aesthetics they make me happy!.....That thought is not complete as the words don't convey exactly what I mean.  Maybe they never do but its been invigorating to discuss it with my better half.  This is just fodder for a half written post for in the future.  See what I mean about being concise?

  The list of goals for 2011 are rounding out nicely.  Its become a balance of exercise, creativity, personal growth, and they all compliment each other in that they will make me a better person as a whole as I work on them.
  People have inspired me at just the right time lately!  When I needed inspiration it was there.  Maybe it was  that I was open to inspiration but not looking so hard that I missed it. I do know that my friends virtual or otherwise are people that make me think and dream and I am thankful for them.

  So, the goals are also balanced in that I have thought of them realistically and not set my sights so high that I am in fact setting myself up for failure in some other area of life.  For example, I want to run a faster marathon but to what costs?  If I make that sought after time, will I have lost time with my family or working on something else equally satisfying to meet that time goal on one race.   Or my yearly mileage.   It will be tough to get in the miles I want but not so tough that I will be a slave to it.  My time is very important to me.

  All of my goals are attainable yet not without work.  I will benefit from the work itself even if my goals are not met if other parts of life take precedence.  That is what I was looking for in making goals in the first place. Incentive, motivation, structure to my personal growth is what I need.


How are your New Years resolutions coming along?  Is this the first year you are setting some?  2010 was my first year of setting reasonable and attainable goals that I stuck with and I am pleased that I totally nailed it!!

What would you do differently in 2011?


Happy Solstice to all of you!  The days will be getting longer and that reality makes the beginning of winter manageable in my mind.

Cheers!

32 comments:

Cynthia O'H said...

Good post, Angie. I'm not a believer in resolutions but a believer in lifestyle. With that comes making plans and setting goals but, at times, they may need to be reevaluated and changed.
I have many plans for the year which are centred on running and racing but, like you, family and work and the time I devote to them are also important aspects of my life.
At the end of the day, we hope that we are better for what we have done. It's not whether or not we have attained those goals but what we have become along the way.

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Black Knight said...

Great post with wise words. Until now (by the day of the incident) my main goal was "running again". Now that the things go better I have another goal: a monthly race.
Last but not least: a weekly post.
Happy Christmas to you and family from Italy.

Janice said...

Happy Solstice back. I love it as the days get longer:)

I'm still working on my goals, but will post shortly. Mine will be challenging, but I think I should shoot for the stars. Even if I fall short, it will be good. I hadn't thought about creativity goals, but am going to thanks to your post.

Cheers from Ontario!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

I switched from resolutions to goals several years ago and have had much more success. Nice attitude to achieving your goals.

funderson said...

I'm way too lazy for goals OR resolutions. Also, I change my mind too much. :)

Emz said...

i love this post.
I love you - love shoes. ;)

you are so awesome.

penny said...

2010 was an amazing year for me. In January of 2010 I never thought about running a marathon. Even when my running partner said she was going to do a marathon, I said I'm out. Their is know way I can run a marathon. But I told her I would train with her just so we could keep running together. After our first 20 miler I decide I would just do it with her. I did my first Marathon in OCT. and loved it. This years goal for me would be to run the different races and a marathon in my VFF'S. Anything is possible right.

Julie said...

Hi Angie Bee,
I have missed you! I think for me next year I will ease back on my racing and train more. My main goal is to run a sub 4 marathon!

I hope that you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

The Merry said...

I love the idea of planning goals just after the Solstice. Somehow turning the corner, light-wise, makes it easier to think about getting out and achieving something.

ShellBell said...

You're such a smart mama! I'm so happy to have been able to get to know you better this year!

Matt Holton said...

2011 - More miles, more barefoot, faster and stronger and injury free.

Adam said...

I'm having a really hard time comming up with a lot of resolutions or a goal post. I'll do one, but it just seems to take forever!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Great post Angie!! Resolutions can be tricky and you framed this in a great way!

I really need to tackle my 2011 resolutions and the clock is ticking!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

I am attempting to be more open to change...and with that risk. I realize that I am not living the "kind" of life I want to be. Somehow it has slipped away from me a bit. I will find a way back to the life I am prove of but it will require change and risk. Two things I am not completely familiar with. I won't make a resolution I'll just try and allow the little bits of change to add up and help take me where I know I need to go. I don't know where that is I only know it's a place with more balance than I have now.
...and longer daylight would be a great place to start. ;-)

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