Looking forward, making plans

2018 brings me the dubious honour of turning 30 and although the idea fills me with dread, I do at least have another 11 months to get my head round it. The year is already filling up with weddings and trips and fun things and dull things and there’s just so much I want to do, and so much I have to do, that I’m not quite sure how it’s all going to fit in. But here’s a few things that I do want to make a priority over the coming months:

Run more races. Specifically, Cornish races, because my days of travelling hundreds of miles to voluntarily put myself through agony are over, and there are plenty of events in this fine county I have yet to complete. So far we’re signed up for the Falmouth half marathon in March and..that’s it. These things are expensive! And hilly!  But other potentials on the list are the Plymouth half, the Looe 10 miler (described as ‘hillish and hellish’ so no thank you) and maybe a repeat of the Eden or Imerys halves. Basically my running mojo is back and I want to take advantage of every second of it.

Save a load of money. Or rather, pay off overdraft (again, ugh), stay out of it, and continue to throw every (well, nearly) spare penny in the ISA. The long term goal here is to make a rather large purchase of the habitable variety, hopefully by the end of 2020. This feels harder than it is, and is just taking a bit of focus, but we’ll get there, slowly slowly.

Say Yes More. That’s it really. I’m going to be living solo for 2 months over the summer and I know that it would be all too easy to effectively hibernate and isolate myself for a while, and then be miserable and lonely, and then hideaway more. So I’m not going to do that, and instead will use that time to explore more, with different people, maybe even initiate a social activity, imagine! With the added bonus too of taking away the pang of missing Paul (he’ll be in Cyprus, so no sympathy for him please).

Read more/buy fewer books. 2 joint goals there. My to-read pile is still slightly out of hand, and the plan is to donate as I read through them which works perfectly as long as they don’t get replaced by others…So far have only bought 1 this year, but also have not finished any, so. Baby steps.

And my final super secret goal for the year is to play an open-mike night. There, I’ve said it now, it’s out there so it’s got to happen. My guitar playing is improving at a painfully slow rate and I can now strum at least 2 different patterns, so maybe this is one for later in the year. A lot later.

All of this is happening alongside the usual of 45 hour work weeks, netball training and matches, looking after disaster-prone cat, attempting to be ‘healthy’, run a house, step up at church and oh yeah, do fun stuff. Life just keeps rolling on and getting busier and busier, but that’s where goals come in, to guide and focus, and keep priorities straight.

Here’s to 2018, and may it be a good one!

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