The title says it all. It is a brand new year. A year full of new goals and resolutions. Yes, I am one of those that gets a little excited about a new year, a new start. But isn’t every day a new start? We wake up again with the chance to do it all again. But do we do anything different? Do we just stay in the same rut and routine? I am guilty of it. Everyday I say I will make that change I have been wanting to make, or try a new hobby I have been wanting to try. Or write more blogs, (of which I only wrote 10 in 2019). Or what about the best one? Get more financially stable. It is so easy to say what we want to do, but never actually do them.

So will this year be any different than the others? I sure hope so and I truly believe it will. Yes, I have my running goals, that never really changes. I always have some sort of goal or race that keeps me motivated to keep on keeping on. So why should actual life be any different? Why is it so hard for me to reach my other goals? Because it is easier to quit than to keep pushing forward. Last year’s “New Year Blog” was about how life was going to change and that I had started going back to school. Blah, blah, blah. Now when people ask how school is going I just have to laugh and say I really don’t want to talk about it. And honestly that is how I leave the conversation. I don’t want to talk about it. It was just one more thing that didn’t pan out.

But I did try to make 2019 better than 2018 and some ways I did. Mentally I became better, not perfect, but better. I really tried to stop worrying about what others thought of me or whether they liked me or not. Of course, I still have days where I allow everyone to determine how I feel. But I am better. Physically I stepped up my running game and accomplished something I never thought I could do, which was complete a 50k under 8 hours. (7 hours 41 mins 49 secs) I also learned I need more gym time and not just running, as I spent over half of that 50k injured, dealing with pain. Financially? Well I don’t want to talk about it. But I do have some hopes of knocking one debt out in the near future.

Life is just hard. There are no easy answers and life will not change just by writing a bunch of silly resolutions down on paper. Until we pick one and stick with it and work hard at it, it is nothing more than words. And I don’t know about you but I am really tired of not doing what I say I am going to do. So what is your major goal/resolution this year? Mine is to focus on the dollar signs. And that is hard. Because everyone tells you to live life to the fullest and you can’t take it with you. But we also have to be able to live day to day without stressing over how we may or may not pay the bills. Or buy the groceries. So, while I have my secret resolutions that yes, I will write down on a piece of paper and look at them daily, I have this one main goal to achieve. That means saying no to a few races, or that second beer or actually to the first one. And I hope as I am typing up my 2021 blog that I can report that I did succeed in this at least somewhat. I do not expect a miracle but I do expect improvement. And I will have to hold myself accountable on a daily basis. So feel free to share your one major goal for 2020. And stick with it! Daily!

I hope this year brings so much joy and blessings to everyone. I do have a feeling it truly can be a great year if we really set our goals reachable and then strive to attain them. Keep positive people in your life and try to keep positive thoughts in your mind. Know goals are not always simple and may take a lot of  hard work. And you may even have people stand in your way. Keep that head up and that smile on your face. This is your year, now go live it! Happy New Year!




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