At the beginning of the year, I set some resolutions I wanted to hold myself to and this a recap of those successes and failures.
- Run 1000 miles – Well this was a disaster. It started off pretty good and then devolved into basically nothing. My yearly recorded mileage this year is under 270. I did more than this, but that I what I have logged on MapMyRun. More about that below.
- Read at least 2 books a month – I did some reading. Not to the level I wanted but did some. Favorite book I read this year was God: A Human History by Reza Aslan. I highly recommend it as a read.
- Travel abroad – I went to the Dominican Republic for an extended weekend, so there is one stamp in the passport. My honeymoon will be stamp number two.
- Apply to a program to acquire a terminal degree – At one point, I thought that I would need to put this on hold because I was getting married in March 2018. But after conversations with my partner, we both recognized that I should not wait. I missed all the deadlines, so I started to get my application materials together for the following year. Serendipitously, the program opened up the application process to add a few more students to Cohort 27. I luckily had everything together, applied, interviewed, and was selected to start in a matter of weeks. My first semester went extremely well, and I am glad to be back in the “academic saddle.”
- Get back down to 185 and stay there – This was by far the most disappointing part of the year. I did not meet this goal, and in fact, made it worse. I am sitting closer to 220 now, which sucks. I put in a ton of work 3 years ago to get healthier and let it all go to shit. Timehop is really depressing some mornings when I see the physical transformation I made. So, now I am trying to get back into a better routine where I am taking care of my self physically. It is disheartening to have to start over, but I am changing some habits to make this goal accomplishable for 2018.
- Donate at least $25 to non-profit groups 1x a month – I did not donate at this level but started to donate to a few new organizations this year. I also did more smaller monthly donations, which I like better now I think about it more and will probably do instead for next year.
- Reduce debt by at least 1/3 and hopefully 1/2 – Made some positive strides in this area. Still, work to be done. This will be a focus next year too.
- Post a blog entry at least every 2 weeks – I wrote more this year. Mostly academic and work-related, but I still wrote more than in past years. Now that I started writing again, the plan is to transition more work to this platform too.
Other positive things from this year!
- Got engaged on March 18!
- Planned the vast majority of a wedding, with my partner, Lauren, her family, and my family (and no bloodshed)!
- I was runner-up for President Excellence Award.
- I received a grant for an AmeriCorps VISTA to assist my office in the 2018 academic year.
- Reusing’s wedding.
- Family in town.
- Lots of other good work related things.
- Bunch of 30th birthdays and parties with friends and family.
Overall, 2017 has been shitty in some ways and great in others. Lots of things happening that are frustrating and infuriating. Lots of other things that have been amazing and fascinating. At this point, looking forward to what 2018 holds. The good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful.