2015 Goals

In keeping with my values, I set out this year to attain specific and measurable goals, in order to hold myself accountable and measure progress in my quest for personal development. I also thought it would be fun!

My goals:

Physical: This year, I made my physiological health one of my central points of focus. If I’m not healthy, I can’t support my family with energy and dedication. For example, after years of difficulty and failed attempts at controlling and medicating my hypertension, I finally researched the issue and found the right medication for me.

  1. Run a 5K. Completed on March 22 at the Oakland Running Festival. Not only did I finally run my first organized race, but I finished under my goal. My time: 28:18.
  2. Run a 10K. Completed on April 12, in Santa Cruz. My second organized race, and again I finished under my goal. My time: 57:39.
  3. Ran another 10K on May 9, the Wildcat 10K.
  4. Run a Half Marathon, on August 15, in Oakland. Completed!! Wow! I finally did it! This is something I’ve dreamed about doing for a long time. My goal was to finish in under 3 hours, and I did (2:44:27).

Career: I am lucky enough to love my job. I’m thrilled to be back in the classroom in the fall of 2015, teaching third grade in Richmond. I have lots of plans for my students.

  1. Contact Cal State University East Bay, review my remaining unit requirments, and create a 2016 plan for finishing my Master’s degreeProcess begun…

Finances: Like most Americans, I have debt – more than I’d like. With the help of my brother (a great financial and personal advisor), I reduced spending and created a budget.

  1. Create a 2016 yearlong plan for debt reduction.

Creativity: I used to play music, and while I am not inspired to pursue that right now, I would like to write more. I love to read and learn about the world. In particular, I am interested in science, prehistory, psychology, and various social science topics.

  1. Write and post five short essays to this website. One down, four to go.
  2. Read (a book) for 30 minutes each day for 30 straight days.

Family: The most important people in my life are my children, Katie and Stephen. Of course, I spend as much time with them as possible. I love them with all my heart, and want very much to help guide them through life and prepare them for a rewarding adulthood. I’ve set a few specific goals to help me measure my commitment.

  1. Run a 5K race with my daughter. Completed on May 30: the Nitro Trail 5K at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline. As a bonus, I ran another 5K with my daughter on August 1, the Summer Breeze 5K at the San Leandro Marina Park and Hayward Regional Shoreline.
  2. Encourage my daughter to try a musical instrument. Completed – although in the end, she decided it wasn’t for her.
  3. By the end of the year, help to transition my son into Transitional Kindergarten. He’s had some developmental difficulties, so this is a critical goal. Completed.
  4. Acquire passports for my children, so that we’re ready for international travel at a moment’s notice. Completed.

Attitude: It’s important to me to nurture in myself a positive attitude toward life. It’s so easy in today’s world to be stressed, and to focus on the negative. I want to do specific activities to increase my happiness and sense of well-being.

  1. Take a class at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. I’ve wanted to attend a class at Spirit Rock for a long time. Buddhism and mindfulness interest me greatly.

Personal: These are goals that are just for me. I’ve had this item on my to-do list for almost twenty years!

  1. Get my United Kingdom passport reissued. Completed.
Future Goals: I have various “bucket list” goals, many of them related to travel. One of my dream goals is to travel around the world.