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!
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ran another 10K on May 9, the Wildcat 10K.
- 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.
- Contact Cal State University East Bay, review my remaining unit requirments, and create a 2016 plan for finishing my Master’s degree. Process 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.
- 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.
- Write and post five short essays to this website. One down, four to go.
- 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.
- 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.
- Encourage my daughter to try a musical instrument. Completed – although in the end, she decided it wasn’t for her.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!