I know this is a little late, but I recently realized that I put a lot of thought into my running goals for 2012, but I hadn’t spent much time thinking about goals for other parts of my life. Running is pretty much the only hobby I have, but I need to remember it is just that, a hobby. During most my PhD program, I was barely keeping my head above water trying to get through the day to day, so I didn’t really have much time to think about longer term goals. That is over and it is time to set some goals for other areas of my life. Here is what I would like to accomplish financially, professionally, spiritually and family-wise this year.
I have two big financial goals this year: increase our retirement savings and create a true emergency fund. Both of these took a hit while I was in school. It was hard to save when that money could be spent on a plane ticket to see my husband or vice versa. Since I moved to Richmond, we have made a little progress on these, but we really need to step it up this year. Having some extra cash on hand will also make it easier to take advantage of opportunities that may come our way.
I want to work on setting myself apart from others in my field. Part of this will be working on my professional brand and getting involved with some of the professional organizations here in Richmond. My other goal for this year is to create a personal strategic plan and start to work the plan. It has been a while since I have done this and I am at a point where it would be appropriate.
I also need to make sure I wrap up my prelim paper soon. Once that is done, I will officially be ABD. While it doesn’t mean a lot, it will ensure that the two years I spent in Michigan were not a complete and total waste.
We just recently joined a new church here in Richmond and this year I want to get involved with the church and help out in the community. On a more individual level, I need to work on my faith. I believe God has a plan for each of us and the challenges we face are all part of the plan. I just struggle because it always seems like things are harder than they need to be.
One goal for this year is to call my parents more often. I am terrible about calling them, really I am terrible about calling just about anyone, but that is not a good excuse. I know they will not be around forever and I need to make sure I don’t regret the calls I didn’t make.
My second goal is to work on being more present in my life now. I know that everything is not exactly what I would like it to be, but I want to put more focus on the really great things that are going on right now. I have an amazing husband and we are living in the same place. That is a thousand times better than when I was in graduate school.
One of the things I strive for is balance and while I love it, running has been taking a lot of my time and attention the past few months. Now I need to work on balancing that with other things that are important. Not having a marathon on the calendar will help with that too.