It's a new year and time for new goals! I've found this works out best for me if I stick to things that are measurable because I need something concrete to aim for. I've also learned I'm better off when I hold myself accountable with quarterly "check-ins" to evaluate how I'm doing.
1) Rank in the top 10 in my age group in a sprint triathlon. My plan here is to sign up for one of the triathlons I did last year, only this time around I will have a serious time goal. This will take some hard work, but is absolutely attainable. Of course, whether or not my time goals put me in the top 10 depends partly on the other athletes that show up that day, but I have a general idea of where I need to be based on last year's results. My rough goal will be a 10:30 400m swim, a 41:00 12mile bike, and a 32:00 5K run with transitions in the 2-3 minute range. If training is going well, I'll bump this up to ranking in the top 3, which will require something along the lines of 09:00 swim, 39:00 bike, 28:00 run
2) Redo the header at the top of my blog. All of those pictures up there are 2-4 years old. Time for something new, I've just been putting it off because the program I used to make that one is no longer available and I haven't branched out to learn something new. I'm quite the luddite for someone who does so much work on the computer.
3) Finish school by the end of May. We took an extended winter break unexpectedly and now we've got to get our momentum back. There's plenty of time to catch up and still finish before our non-homeschool friends are out for summer, but I have a feeling I need to have this as a stated goal to make sure it happens and we're not dragging through lessons in June. That end of March goal check will keep me honest when the spring weather is enticing us to just play outside all day.
4) Take some sort of first-aid and/or CPR training. I still need to work out the details on this one based on what's available in our area and how much they cost. The schedules/prices haven't been released for 2014 yet.
5) Pay at least $1,000 extra on student loans. Last year packed a bit of a one-two punch to our discretionary income. I'm going with a more conservative goal this time around, but hoping to accomplish this by the middle of the year and then raise the goal.
Come on 2014, let's do this!