Eric took me out to dinner on Friday at an amazing Southern restaurant in Somerville called M3. I had the most delicious chicken and waffles. And I wasn’t asked for an I.D. when I asked for a glass of sangria. As someone who is oftentimes mistaken for a college student, I am carded the majority of the time and it’s a big deal when I’m not.
But then it happened again on Saturday at the hotel bar. And again on Sunday at dinner. Apparently, a person turns 28 and all of a sudden they finally look old enough to legally drink!
My birthday was Sunday (aka Mother’s Day) and I am now 28 years old. The big 3-0 is looming for the first time ever. I’ve never been one to stress out about birthdays and getting older, but I gotta say, I’m finally feeling it. And that’s ok.
I thought it would be a good activity to think about what I’d like to accomplish this next year, so here’s a list I’ve been mulling over the first few days of this new year:
1. Get a Boston Marathon bib for the 2015 Boston Marathon.
2. Run my first marathon (preferably, the Boston Marathon) (I’m kind of a masochist and this chart illustrates why anyone who runs Boston is also a masochist)
3. Run 6 half marathons (June, July, August, and October are already scheduled!)
4. PR in one of those half marathons (Hit just under 2:10 at last year’s Smuttynose Rockfest, so my goal is to beat that when I run it again this year!)
5. ACTUALLY begin doing yoga regularly again.
6. Eat clean(er).
Quit that coffee habit Check! No longer do I get headaches on days I don’t drink coffee, and I definitely don’t drink coffee every morning anymore. So, the goal is to keep it up!
8. Make our new house a home. (It’s been 2 weeks and I’m beginning to think we’ll never be unpacked. I have a lot of ideas and plans for the space – I just need to make it happen).
9. Check out November Project on a Wednesday morning.
10. Get back to my goal weight… and stay there.
11. Officially apply to the Harvard Extension School’s Master of Liberal Arts program.
12. Get 200 followers for my blog – I’m currently at 50!
13. Hike the Alps (THIS IS HAPPENING! August 2014).
14. Run a sub-25 minute 5K (my PR is 26:17).
15. Plan my next Ragnar Relay (Cape Cod? Napa Valley? Las Vegas?).
16. Pay off those credit cards (and get better at balancing my love for frequent flyer miles with not over-using my credit cards).
17. Check out Brooklyn Boulders in Somerville and (maybe) start rock-climbing again.
18. Find a place to volunteer 1x a month. I want to give back (walking dogs at the dog shelter? yes please) but I already overwhelm my life with activities so I don’t want to sign myself up for something that is going to make me feel even more overwhelmed. I want to look forward to the activity and enjoy the activity, not feel like I’ve added a chore. Maybe that’s selfish, but at least I want to do something? #sorrynotsorry
19. Spend more time with family (Sister is moving 0.3 miles away and I could not be more excited about it).
20. Talk to friends more often (Many of my closest friends do not live in Boston and I’m horrible at talking on the phone #Fail #PoorPlanning).
21. Blog at least once each week.
22. Try acupuncture. I already see a chiropractor monthly for my lower back alignment issues, but I’m interested in seeing what acupuncture might be able to offer. There’s even a place down the street from my chiropractor, within a mile of my house!
23. Keep a plant alive… without Eric’s help. I have two leafy green plants in the apartment and can’t seem to remember to water them regularly. I’ve killed multiple cacti in the past. I just bought two little potted flowers from Traders Joes and they already look like they’re struggling (and I’ve watered them!)
After doing some crowd-sourcing on Facebook for more ideas, I got the following ideas that I think are great:
24. Cook 28 new foods/dishes (thanks Chris for the suggestion). I love cooking but oftentimes stick with the easy/basic. Giving myself this goal will allow me to explore a little bit (especially since I have a bigger kitchen and more time to cook these days) AND I can blog about all the (hopefully) yummy things I make.
25. 28 days of running at least a mile every day (thanks Dan S. aka Courtney’s hubby for the suggestion!). This might be a great way to get runs in during the colder winter months. If I can tell myself that I only need to run 1 mile every day, I’ll have an easy way to motivate myself to get outside!
26. Find a stranger in a bookstore and get a book recommendation (thanks Taryn!). With my brand new “reading room” I expect to/better spend a lot of time reading. Even though my commute is so much shorter (I literally don’t have enough time to take out a book and read two pages), I do have more time in the evenings AND I’m not taking a class this summer, so book recommendations will be critical/necessary.
27. Plan the next big trip (taken from travel location tips from cousins Bat Chen and Mike – I miss you both!). Already this year, I’ll be in Michigan for family, North Carolina, New York, and Maine for weddings, and Switzerland for a 6 day European adventure, so I don’t think I can add any more big trips to my 28th year (and that is TOTALLY ok with me – that’s already a LOT of traveling!!). BUT, that won’t stop me from racking up frequent flyer miles so that I can start thinking about where we should go next!
And…. drumroll please…
28. Ok, let’s be honest. I don’t want to just run the Boston Marathon. I want to DOMINATE the Boston Marathon. I want to work and train hard for it so that when the big day comes, I feel good and positive and confident. I want to remember the day as one of my greatest accomplishments, one of the best days of my life. So, this blog is going to be pretty dedicated to that topic (let’s be honest, it already was…). I’m counting on all of you to keep me accountable and make sure I’m training as hard as I can!
What do you think? Book recommendations? Ideas for what we should do in six days in Switzerland? Great recipes that I MUST make?