Let's first look at what I set out to do:
Giving ThanksYes! I totally nailed this one with a daily practice of giving thanks to different aspects of my life. I will be writing a longer post on this but I definitely hit this one between the daily practice of acknowledging things to be grateful for and then also writing a letter once a week to thank someone in my life.
Finish the BookWell this was flubbed and is part of 2017's goals. It just didn't happen and I should have prioritized it a bit more than I did. Here's hoping 2017 isn't a repeat of 2016 in this regard.
Running GoalsSo I didn't cross the 1500 threshold as I had an IT band issue that plagued me for months until I had to give up my Vibrams (still sad about that). However, my two other running goals were totally accomplished. I not only ran a 1:52 half-marathon in June (followed by a 24:30 5K two weeks later), but I also broke the 40-minute mark on my 5-miles, coming in at 39:59 on the annual Wild Turkey Run on Thanksgiving. That win was particularly amazing after not running for a few months because of my injuries.
Write moreI have gotten about half-way into a short story but have not done as much writing as I had wanted to--though given how much writing I'm doing for my PhD, that isn't entirely surprising and might be a bit of a pipe dream until I complete the dissertation.
This didn't happen and like the writing, may not happen in the next few years for the same reasons.
Other AccomplishmentsSo the following are accomplishments that I didn't set out to do at the beginning of 2016 but picked up along the way.
50 push upsAfter creating a daily reminder towards the end of 2016 to do 10 push ups a day, I slowly increased it by 5 every couple weeks and now can (almost) effortlessly do 50 push ups. Not a huge goal, but that I have never been able to do this before, it's something I certainly appreciate.
SwimmingIn taking a new job at a school that has a pool, I've taken to swimming and have been able to build up to swimming freestyle for 1/2 hour which I've never been able to do before as well.
15 pounds lighterOk, we'll have to reassess this one after the holidays for sure--hahaha. But I started Weight Watchers in April and it has been quite useful. I got down about 20-25 pounds and came back up to the 15-20 during the fall semester and winter break and will resume to a normal routine once life is back to a normal routine. But it has been a great adaptation that has been quite helpful throughout the last 8 months.
Most of my accomplishments this year were of a physical nature, which is not entirely surprising in that, it's the one with the most flexibility. My intellectual goals are largely focused on the PhD program. However, I am glad that I did manage some emotion goals with regards to learning to be more thankful and appreciative of the things in my life. My achievements for next year will hopefully be a bit more balanced! Regardless, I am glad that I was able to accomplish the things that I did and see those that I didn't as just something I need to reconsider and reconfigure to determine why these goals didn't happen this year and can I make it happen for next year.
What about you? What were some of your goals and achievements for the year? What are you setting up for 2017?
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