With a new year, I think it’s a good time to breathe new life back into this dead blog of mine. Writing in general wasn’t something I did the best at in 2016, including blogging. But this past year had plenty of other lessons for me to learn.
The biggest lesson was about determination and staying motivated. I went back to finish my degree, and this time I could more easily tell what things would hurt my motivation or focus on my studies. With that, I was able to finish my final set of classes, even if it still wasn’t the easiest. My determination was also tested in some other events. I finished a marathon for the first time and ran a second one later in the year. Other full-day fitness events like the Spartan Beast were just as difficult. These long events helped me learn that determination can be as simple as putting one foot in front of the other as long as it helps you get closer to your end goal.
Another important lesson I learned was to plan realistically. This is more a lesson I learned by failing rather than succeeding. As I became busy with first school and later my first post-graduation job, I came to realize that if I didn’t carefully plan my own deadlines and set aside time to do things that are important to me, they won’t happen. It’s easy to dream about doing a lot of things or even to do a lot of things when there isn’t much taking up my time, but as life gets busier, it’s obvious that the only way to fill it with the important things is by making space for them.
After reviewing this last year, I can say that it was a good one for me in many areas. I achieved most my realistic fitness goals like summiting 16 mountains, running 2 marathons, or completing the Spartan Race trifecta. I achieved many small goals like practicing Spanish almost every day or doing two small musical performances. I feel like I really made these things a simple and easy part of my daily habits to build towards these successes.
What didn’t work this last year were my goals for creativity and connection. I got too caught up in the trap of being busy and didn’t take much time to create or strengthen friendships and relationships. With my creativity goals, I feel like I got lost in the divide between the huge project-based goals and the small but undirected daily goals. Because of the disconnect between the two, I ended up procrastinating or not doing much.
I’m happy with the results of 2016, but like always, I feel I can still do a lot better, especially with the lessons I learned throughout the year. 2017 is going to be a great year, and I have big plans, which I’ll talk about in my next post.
PS: Oops, I wrote this several weeks ago, but let my busy schedule get in the way of reviving my blog! Expect a few posts a little more packed together since I now have a little backlog of things I wrote for January.