The Big 31 of 2013

2012 has sucked a big one. Not just for me, but for many of those closest to me who have had obstacles and devastating losses this year. I don’t know about all of you, but I am ready to move on from 2012 and start anew.

I have always been a big goal setter. Never have I been one to sit back on New Year’s Day without a resolution or goal in mind. The only year I have not achieved the goal I set was this year, 2012. Now, I don’t want to make excuses…that’s not how I roll. But I know that there were many things that came up this year that prevented me from accomplishing what I had wanted to. Some physical challenges, and most definitely, some emotional setbacks. Over the course of the past month I have done a lot of thinking and reflection on who I am and what I want to make sure I accomplish in 2013.  One thing was apparent to me: there were many things surfacing on my 2013 goal list. Since I am presently 31 and don’t celebrate my birthday until July, I figured I would incorporate my age into my 2013 “To Do” list. Therefore, I present you with Katie’s Big 31….the goals I have set for myself in the year 2013.

KATIE’S BIG 31 OF 2013

– Run 31 Races:  We know that I love to run, and this past year I did not run nearly as many races as I wanted. I have my race calendar already created for the upcoming year, and I am looking forward to competing in the various races I have selected. The feeling of completing a race is a feeling that I could never duplicate.

– Cook 31 New Recipes: My Pinterest addiction is pretty serious. In fact, it is to the point where I think I should perhaps look into a support group. My relationship with Pinterest is great, however, I don’t always take advantage of all of the amazing things I pin, especially not the recipes. This will change in 2013 when I make 31 of the recipes I have pinned. I hope the people in my life are ready to eat.

-Complete 31 Acts of Kindness: I have been blessed with a wonderful life full of incredible people and opportunities, and I know how lucky I am. I also know how unfortunate so many others are and how badly they need help from others. I have always helped others, but never to the extent I would like to. The world would be a much nicer place if we all were just a little kinder. This year I am going to make sure that I complete at least 31 acts, if not more.

Read 31 Books: There are so many books that I want to read, and I usually read about 2 books a month as it is. Reading is like running for me…very therapeutic.

-Complete 31 Photo Shoots: 2013 is an important year for my new photography business…it is its first year in existence! This year is a building year for me, not a moneymaker. I am looking forward to completing some awesome photo shoots to add to my portfolio and my upcoming web site. Get ready to Say Cheese!!!!

– Share 31 Stories of Awesome Friendship: My friends are so important to me…they are the reason why I am who I am today and are family to me. Last week one of my dear friends was in a horrible automobile..one so awful that he remains on life support today. It occurred to me after I learned of the accident that he probably didn’t know how important he is to me….many of my friends probably don’t. I am so lucky to have such amazing people in my life, and I want to make sure everyone knows it. Not just when something bad happens, but every day.

-Make 31 Crafts: Back to Pinterest…man, I hate that site….just kidding. There are so many things I want to make. I have a little calendar already made for each month for the crafts I want to make….I’m so excited!

-Buy 31 New Pairs of Shoes: I don’t feel like I need to explain this one. I love shoes. They make me happy. You can never have too many. The end.  

All of these goals mean something to me… they contribute to my health and happiness, and I look forward to completing all of them…and blogging about them all, of course.


I had the privilege of running a 5K with two of my amazing friends this year…it was the first 5K they had ever done. I felt like a proud parent when Christine and Andy crossed the finish line. Andy is the friend I mentioned on life support currently fighting for his life, and I ask all of you to pray for his recovery, even though you don’t know him.
This may have been our first race together, but I know we will do more in the future.
I love you guys.

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