Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Planning for 2012

I've been thinking some over the past few days about what I am planning for 2012.  I have also spent a lot of time going through everything in my place... reorganizing things to work better for me and getting rid of a ton of stuff I no longer need or use.  It feels good to start the year with my home in order.

As I think about the coming year, I feel like it's full of promise and possibilities.  It seems that time goes by so quickly, but going to Disney World about a year ago feels forever ago.  I know there's really no way to know what this year holds, but there are a few things I want to plan for this year.

Running - I've decided that I want to run this year for the fun of running.  I definitely think it is still a passion, but I don't think I care right now about PRs. That doesn't mean I'd turn any down or that I won't try for one here and there, but I don't think I'll be training hard for any specific time in any specific distance.  I may change my mind later in the year, but for the next few months in particular I want to run, be fit, and have fun.

Relationships - I want to do my best to fully engage with all of the people that I care about in my life.  I think that I am very relationship-oriented and that I am a pretty good friend, but I know that in 2011 there were some times when I was having a hard time and felt liked I needed my friends more than what I was giving to them.  I know that's what friends are for, and I'm thankful for the ways they were there for me on the days when I felt a little dissatisfied with life.  BUT.  I think 2012 is going to be a good year, and I hope that entails having a ton of fun with them.  I want to take road trips, run races, and have game nights.  I want to meet for coffee or grab a bite to eat or exchange long emails about life.  I really want to connect with everyone that matters to me in a way that is unique to our relationship.

Travel and Adventure - I want to continue to travel and go to new places.  I am still brainstorming on what all this will include, but I know for sure that I'm going on a ski trip next month and then to New Orleans for the first time ever in March. I'll also be heading up to Canada in June for one of my best friend's wedding. But I hope to plan a few more trips and find many other adventures this year, and I'm down with some of them being more local or weekend type adventures.  I know there's a lot in a close radius to Nashville that I haven't done that could be fun.

I do have some other specific goals and plans for the next six months that I'm choosing not to share publicly right now, but when I achieve them I'll definitely fill you in! (Or if you're really curious, just ask... I'm more willing to share on a one-on-one type basis.)

I think it's going to be a good year.  I love how January 1 always brings with it a feeling of a fresh start.  I'm very optimistic in general, but I just have a good feeling.  2011 seemed to be a hard year for a lot of people I know, and I really believe 2012 is going to bring us all many blessings!

Happy new year!

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