Last night – a few hours before the calendar turned – I posted the following on Facebook:
2017 was a shitshow. 2018 *must* be better.
Over 40 people instantly agreed.
2017 was such a hard, hard year.
In the end, I am here and so are the people I love, and that is the most important thing.
But it took a lot to make it so.
I don’t think I handled 2017 with particular grace, but there were some wins, particularly professionally. Personally, I have a long way to go.
My goals for 2018, in no particular order:
- Train for and successfully complete races. I’m leaving the exact races and distances vague, but I want 2018 to be a better running year. I only did one race in 2017 (a half marathon) and while it turned out ok in the end, I was woefully undertrained and the whole thing did not feel good. I also set a goal to get a PR in a fall marathon and dropped out of training two months before the planned race. That felt like a failure. By “successfully complete races” I mean that I want to confidently step up to the starting line and finish strong.
- Appreciate and encourage the unique qualities of MGM (10) and Trixie (8).
- Be well. Eat healthy food. Exercise. Spend time outdoors. Take some time off.
- Get taxes done prior to April 15th.
- Find a suitable new home for all of us. Move.
- Celebrate 20th anniversary with Spouse. I tend to downplay birthdays and anniversaries, sometimes nearly forgetting them. I know. Bad. Our 20th anniversary is in early June, and I plan to celebrate all summer long. I already have two trips planned (one for just the two of us, one for our whole family) to bookend the summer. Considering that my wedding ring took an accidental spin in the garbage disposal over a year ago, a new ring would also be icing on the cake.
- Continue to grow our medical practice. Practice medicine to the best of my ability.
- Cultivate friendships, old and new.