Thursday, January 10, 2019

2018 Goals: How'd I Do?

After reading several of my blogger friend's posts last year about the goals they had set for the year, I decided to sit down and write some goals for 2018 as well. Here's how I did:

  1. Run in three races (not counting the Hood to Coast Relay). I only managed to get one race in. I talked Sis and my oldest niece into doing the 4th of July race with me, which kicks off the Independence Day parade every year. The race was 2.6 miles, and then we walked another 2 miles back to meet up with our family. The parade was just ending by the time we made it back to them! 

  2. Complete the Hood to Coast Relay.  I did it! Goal completed. I may not have done the three smaller races I had wanted to do, but I did do a pretty good job of training and getting myself prepared for Hood to Coast. I ran three legs of the race, for a total of 15.1 miles, at a 13:44 average pace. I didn't break records by any means, but I am so proud of myself for this accomplishment! This was my 10th Hood to Coast relay over the years, but it had been four years since I'd last done it.
    My Hood to Coast team

  3. Lose 25 lbs. I honestly have no idea how much I weigh right now, but I can for sure say that I most definitely did not reach this goal. Our scale needs a new battery, and I haven't taken the time replace it. We've been without a functioning scale since we moved in June. I was doing pretty good when I was running consistently, but once daylight savings hit and I couldn't go running at night after putting the kids to bed... Based on how my clothes fit, I have not lost any of those 25 lbs.
  4. Read three books. Goal accomplished! I read Two by Two, written by Nicholas Sparks and I read a few books I had borrowed from the library. I can't remember what they were though. Eye roll. I did not manage to finish the Unbroken book I had tried to read over the past three months, before I had to take it back to the library. Insert another eye roll. I made note of what page I left off at though, so I can check it out again and hopefully finish it.
  5. Finish painting the inside of our house. Oh man. I did so much painting in 2018! Before we moved, I finished painting the living room, and did touch up painting in the kitchen. I also painted the trim in the hallway in preparation of selling our house. My mother-in-law helped by painting our downstairs bathroom. Then we bought a new house and the entire house needed new paint. All three bedrooms have been painted, the living room, the kids' bathroom, the dining room (except for one wall that still needs done), and half the kitchen have been painted.
  6. Finish organizing the garage, hopefully with Aunt D's help. I wouldn't say we finished organizing the garage, but we almost did! And then we moved. And now our garage is once again a disorganized mess of boxes that still need to be unpacked, and stuff that just needs to find a home.
  7. Get a resume put together. I did this! I had to submit a resume when I applied for the softball coaching job. It's not quite what I had in mind when I set this goal though. Updating my softball resume wasn't hard. It's putting together a more professional resume that is the challenge for me, and it still needs to be done.
  8. Mail birthday cards to all my nieces and nephews. This was a big fat fail. I did not get one single card sent in the mail. I thought about it several times, but then their birthdays would fly right on by and it never got done.
  9. Celebrate our anniversary with another overnight weekend away sans kids. This didn't happen either. We had so much going on with our new house that drained both our time and our money, it just wasn't in the cards for us.
  10. Go hiking as a family once/month May-September. We went hiking at the coast on Mother's Day in May and that was it. Tony was afflicted allllllll summer with a gout flare up in his foot that never went away. It got so bad that we had to dig out the crutches because he could barely walk, let alone go for a hike! The kids and I did get one more major hike (7 miles) in at Glacier National Park with my sisters and their families on our trip to Montana, but the intention behind this goal had been to hike more as a family with Tony.
    Mother's Day hike
Hiking at Glacier National Park

So I accomplished some of my goals and failed at others. Overall, I think I did pretty good. The only one I'm disappointed in is not sending out the birthday cards. Of course I would have liked to lose the weight too, but the fact that I spent my summer running and able to participate in the Hood to Coast makes me pretty proud of myself. Now it's time to set some new goals for 2019!


  1. You aced the goals you didn't know you were going to have - including moving again and getting a job! Plenty of time for any of the others which you still feel are important : )

    1. You are so right! Thank you for always having such nice things to say and brightening my day :)

  2. My dear, I think you did pretty darn good achieving the goals you did especially considering all that you had happening with the move, the job & Tony's gout & just life! You should be very proud of yourself!!! & you had a LONG list of goals...that in itself is pretty darn impressive that you even had hopes of achieving that long list & again I say YOU DID DARN GOOD!!!! Had to chuckle over the "hopefully with Aunt D's help"!!! Yes one day that will happen as that is a goal of help you get completely settled into a home & get all those boxes cleaned out & organized in your garage!!! One day!! Love & hugs & a big pat on your back for a job well done!!! Love you, Aunt D

    1. I think I did pretty good too, especially considering all the unexpected BIG life things that I hadn't anticipated when coming up with my goal list. I don't think it was a super long list though, considering it was for the entire year! lol. As for the "hopefully with Aunt D's help," haha! That goal was written with our house in Veneta in mind and I knew you were coming for a visit! Although the same goal does still apply, wink wink. LOL

    2. LOL!!!! Okay, I hadn't even thought of Veneta with the goal for Aunt D!!!! But yes, I suppose it does still apply!! One day!!! & it is an ambitious goal list considering my goal is just to survive one day after the next!!!!

  3. I know that you are not sure if you have lost weight, but it certainly looks like you have lost a bunch between the 5K picture and the Hood to Coast picture!

    Moving is such a big endeavor- especially with two kids!- that I would cut yourself some slack on not getting to your goals. Bring on 2019!

    1. It may be true that I lost some weight between the two races, but it most definitely didn't stay off! I went to the doctor last week and got weighed in. I'm pretty much where I was at the start of last year now. At least I don't weigh more!

  4. It's a good thing you live in such a beautiful state for hiking. ;) Girl... Sometimes we feel like failures when we write our goals down and we didn't hold to them. Give yourself grace. You're BUSY!