Wow. Is 2017 really over? I’m still riding an adventure high.
According to my calendar, though, we’ve landed in 2018, and that means I need to set my New Year’s resolutions.
Last year I hit some big goals. I definitely added more adventure to my life, – by rappelling down a 38-story building, running a naked 5K race and jumping off a 10-meter platform at the University of Texas. I improved my photography skills, but still have a long way to go.
Other goals I didn’t hit. I didn’t finish my book. I didn’t reduce stress in my life. I didn’t swim another 200 butterfly.
That’s OK, because I can aim high again this year.
I try to cover all areas of my life when I set my yearly goals. I try to keep them attainable and at least some of them measurable. I like variety, too, so I usually include stuff that keeps me healthy and fit, personal goals and something wacky or unusual.
Here’s this year’s list:
1. SHOOT MORE: I made strides in my photography skills, but the more I learn, the more I realize I need to learn. I want to work on composition and lighting and getting interesting, compelling pictures.
2. FINISH THAT BOOK: I intended to turn in the manuscript in December, but that didn’t happen. I’m two-thirds of the way through my book about J. David Bamberger, an 89-year-old environmentalist who made his fortune in fried chicken and vacuum cleaners. Texas A&M University Press is publishing.
3. PADDLE: I discovered a new passion in 2017 – paddling. I canoed or kayaked six different rivers last year, and bought my own aluminum canoe. I’m going to enter a short paddle race this year and go on some paddle camping trips.
4. BACKPACK SOLO: Last year I camped alone for a single night. This year, I’m going to do a short solo backpacking trip.
5. CRUNCH IT UP: I’m going to do 50 abdominal crunches after swim practice at least three times a week.
6. SWIM-RUN: I was sidelined from running for a year and a half due to plantar fasciitis, but I’m finally running again. And swimming hard. This year I’m going to compete in Swim-Run Georgia, an endurance event that combines both those passions in a race that features 9 miles of overland running and 4 miles of open water swimming. (I’ll also continue biking to work.)
7. THRILL: More adventure, please. (I know, I know.) That means travel, and I’m going to scuba dive, hike, wander, explore and discover new places, and write all about it.
8. EAT RIGHT: More grains, less meat, more vegetables, less junk, more water.
9. JUST SAY NO: I’m overbooked and overstressed. As tough as it is for me to do, I’m going to say no more often.
10. CELEBRATE: This year marks my 20th at the Austin American-Statesman. In October, I’ll also mark 20 years of marriage to my husband Chris. I think that deserves a celebration or two.