Revisiting my 2014 Goals

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About a year ago I posted my 2014 goals. Since it’s closing in on the New Year, I figured I would take some time to revisit them and see what progress has been made (maybe next year I should check in once a month…maybe that can go on my list of goals!)

1) To walk without crutches. Done, over and over…and I am so, so happy about it!! It was January 9, 2014 when I got to drop that final crutch and walk–what a wonderful day! And I have to say that I still don’t take it for granted…each step is such a gift to me whether I am walking or running, it’s all pretty amazing!

2) To run again. You know that saying “you don’t know what you have until it’s gone”…the one they usually apply to relationships…well, I have come to find that it can be much more widely applied. I didn’t know how much I loved running until it was taken away–it was my “me” time. And I got my “me” time back in March.

3) To complete Ironman Chattanooga. Woohoo! I did it! It was amazing and you can read all about it by clicking here to be taken to the race report.

4) To climb on a glacier (have to be able to walk to do this, too!) So this one didn’t happen, but I got real close to a glacier twice this summer both the Hubbard and Mendenhall Glaciers.

Kayaking at the base of the Mendenhall Glacier
The Hubbard Glacier at Disenchantment Bay

5) To visit state 49 (Alaska) out of 50! Family cruise to Alaska this summer allowed me to cross this one off the list.

Ansley, Me & Brynn on the boat in Alaksa

6) To work towards closing streets in Baton Rouge periodically for safe recreation just as is done in New York City, San Francisco, Austin and more cities around the globe. It happened and it was awesome and I can’t believe that I never posted about it but you can check out some pics and an article written by the local newspaper by clicking here. Stay tuned for info about the 2015 event.

7) To try cooking a new to me recipe once a month. (I had contemplated once a week, but I think once a month is more realistic.) I can tell you for sure I did this in January, October and November. Definitely going to roll this one over to 2015 and going to keep better track of actually doing it.

8) To give more than I get–now this one might look more like a resolution, but it is simple in that if I buy myself a new outfit then an old outfit needs to be given away. I know I haven’t been good about this in terms of material things this year, but I have given a lot of my time and some money to some worthy causes. I need to be better about making this a way of life instead of something I do just once or twice a year and will start with somethings this week.

9) To celebrate and live out of my strengths–Connectedness, Individualization, Learner, Command and Belief. (yes, it’s written as a resolution, but working to make it more of a goal. will update it soon.) Another one which I wish could become a way of life for me as opposed to something I have to consciously work on. It will roll over to 2015 as I hope to continue to learn how to live this out everyday.

So there you go, five completed and the four other with some good progress. I firmly believe that when you set lofty goals you take a risk of not always achieving them, but you are certainly better for trying and if you end up somewhere in between you are still further along than when you started.

How did you do on your goals?

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