Goals Update

Goals for 2012:

Complete the Couch to 5K training program to get back into running
I’ve been working on this one slowly but surely. I was doing pretty well but I’ve been sick for about a week, so I haven’t been running at all. I felt like the first couple weeks were really too easy but then week 4 came and it got a lot harder. I started by increasing the speed of the run sections from what I used to run, but that’s definitely become harder as the amount of running has increased. I repeated week 3 just to help build up. I’ll be repeating week 4 once I can go for 30 minutes without coughing repeatedly.

Read at least 18 books (progress can be tracked on my blog to the right)

As you can see to the right, I’ve read 7 books already in 2012. I love reading and I’ve been lucky enough to have some free time to sit down and read. I think it’s safe to say that I’ll reach my goal of 18, but I don’t want to jinx myself because life will only get busier as the year goes on.

Complete a second Photo A Day project
So far, so good on this. A lot of them have been taken on my iPhone, which is becoming my main camera  lately. It’s easy to pull out and use whenever and with the iPhone 4s, the camera is quite a bit better than my previous phone. I really enjoy looking back over a year of our lives once the project is over so I’m really interested to see how 2012 pans out in picture form.

Make a realistic budget with my husband and stick to it

Stephen and I sat down and looked at our spending habits and have constructed a budget that should work. We have had a couple unusual things so far this year (additional income via tax refund, additional expenses to fly me to CA and later to send us both to Nashville) that makes things slightly different, but we’re hoping to be able to use this going forward. I guess we’re in the “testing to see if it is realistic” stage.

Actually finish the Bible Study I bought an embarrassingly long time ago

I haven’t actually started on this one. It’s next to my bed and I really don’t have an excuse. I’ve been so wrapped up in the novels that I’ve read that I just haven’t made the time. But I will.

Get pregnant again (God willing) and have a happy, healthy pregnancy

Well this is really in God’s hands, but I’m still taking the steps to make sure it starts healthy. I’ve continued to take prenatal vitamins and I’ve been cooking more at home to try to eat healthier. Thanks to Pinterest for the recipes 🙂 I’ve also been able to use Pinterest to get some really cute ideas for when we have our future babies.

Blog more frequently
A work in progress, but I think I’m off to a good start.

Spend more time nurturing relationships
This one is probably going to take the most time. This is the one that truly pushes me out of my comfort zone. Spending time nurturing relationships with the people that I’m already close to is not going to be uncomfortable for me. I just really need to spend the time to check in more often and see how my friends are doing. It’s a little more difficult being so far away but I really need to take the time to do it. I’m heading home to California this weekend and hope to be able to catch up with some friends while I’m there about their lives. It’s going to be tough due to the time constraints, but I really would like to do so.The really hard part is going to be nurturing new relationships that I’m forming out here in Colorado.

Truth be told, I’m really an introvert. Some people may not think so because I’m friendly, nice and once you get to know me I am very talkative, but I am not particularly good at meeting new people and developing relationships with them quickly. I do not enjoy going out and being in large groups of people (like at a party or something) very often and more often than not I’d rather sit at home, just the two of us, and read all night. I tend to turn inward in social situations unless approached. I prefer movies at home to movies in the theatre and I like going for long drives alone or with one other person more than I like any large social setting. I’d rather have a really important or deep conversation with one person than engage in small talk with multiple people. I enjoy having friends over very much, but afterword I’m tired, not energized. It’s just the way that I’m wired.

We’ve recently met a few new girls out here through some of the guys we know. And I really want to be that person who is proactive and welcomes them into the group and spend the time getting to know them better. So I’ve added them as friends on Facebook and suggested getting together in a smaller group. And I intend to actually do so. And yeah, that might not seem like much, but it’s a step in the right direction. It doesn’t come naturally to me to do things like that. I make it a point to be nice to people when I see them and to try my best to make them feel welcome and show interest in their lives, but that’s more a result of being raised right than feeling comfortable doing so. So, going forward, I’m going to try to get better at getting to know people better.  We have a friend out here named Kelsey who is amazing at this. Literally within like 30 seconds of meeting Kelsey, she is asking you questions about yourself and getting to know you and within 30 minutes, she probably knows your life story. It’s so impressive. I adore Kelsey because she has really taken the time to get to know me and to talk to me about some serious issues in my life. It is truly a gift. That is what I would ideally like to be like (or at least something closer to this). But it’s going to be a process to get there and it’s going to take baby steps.

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