2020 is here and I have no idea what happened to the last few months of 2019. This past year has been an absolute whirlwind and there is no indication of things slowing down any time soon. New Years resolutions were never my thing until 2019 when I had to make some promises to myself or else I would keep falling down a slope of unhealthiness even though I was good at hiding it. I made it a goal to lose 30lbs and run more, but I ended up losing over 40lbs and running a marathon which I never expected to happen. Needless to say, setting some goals worked for me, so I need to continue the trend. I went a little crazy with my goals for the year, but broke them into 4 categories and made them easy to quantify and track (S.M.A.R.T. goals FTW). Grab some coffee and sit back, this might take a while.
Last year, I made some personal goals, but since I burnt through them pretty quickly I had to reevaluate and made some beyond stretch goals which included running a marathon. I want to keep that train going with running 1000 miles in 2020. As of this writing, I’m five days into 2020 and have crushed out over 25 miles on the trails so I might be refining that goal mid year. Two other goals that will help towards that mileage total are running my second marathon and my first 50k. Ultramarathons were always a goal of mine even before I completed my first marathon, so that has to happen this year. Another goal that will most likely be accomplished by the mileage is getting down to 175lbs.
The last goal in fitness is to help at least one person run a race. I had an enormous amount of support in training and running my marathon, and I could not have done it without that support. Exercise is imperative to a healthy lifestyle, and I want to do everything I can to help someone move down that path. That being said, if you want some encouragement, and accountabili-buddy, or just someone to chat running with, hit me up on instagram. (@adamingle1)
A lot of people don’t like talking finance, but it is such a huge part of our lives, it needs to be brought to light. Some of these are echoed in Sarah’s goals…but I wrote my first so she stole them. I would like to either pay off my truck or downsize. I got it when I was in a rush after my old one was totaled and am over the big truck phase of life. That being said, we would like to put that money towards getting Sarah a new car. While this is happening, we want to continue to give at least 10% of our income. Most of that 10% goes to church in our normal tithe because we believe in the work that they are doing, but we like to have some set aside in case we feel called to give to another source.
Along the financial line, Adeline is four years old and I believe that is the perfect time to introduce her to basic financial principles such as savings accounts, interest, and her learning that any time the card is swiped or cash is handed over, that is hard earned money being traded for her Olaf apple juice at QT.
This probably should have been the first topic, but it can be summed up briefly with just spending more personal time with each person in the family. I want to have a date with Sarah as well as a date with Adeline alone each month. We also need to spend more time outside and away from screens, so we will be taking more trips to the trails or lakes. Our kids have yet to see the mountains and have been to the beach multiple times, so this year, daddy will be planning a trip to the mountains for once. As the great John Muir wrote, “The mountains are calling, and I must go.”
Since most of my waking time throughout the week is dedicated to work, it has to be part of my resolution list. There are a few aspects here that are to make me a better employee, and some to make me a better dad and husband. One goal that I’ve been working on for years, is if a task is requested that takes less than 5 minutes, do it immediately. I don’t need my task list cluttered by small quick tasks I’m putting off. Speaking of that list, I want to have a daily task list completed in my gratitude journal by 9AM each week day. This will help keep me focused on the task throughout the day. Focus is important for my final work goal of not working between 4:45PM and 9:00PM each night unless it is an emergency. I need to dedicate this time to being present with my family and unwinding.
You made it through, good job! What do your goals look like? Do you just have one or do you make a list? Reach out to me and let me know. While you’re at it, give me a follow on instagram…because my secret resolution is to increase my reach to 500 followers.