Year End Goals…

2015 has been quite the busy year! At the beginning I selected one word to define the coming year and that was “Growth“. I’ve definitely seen a lot of that both personally and professionally. In addition to my word for the year I outlined 5 specific Goals for 2015. Believing that goals are fluid and always evolving I did a little check in over the summer and thought now was the perfect time to revisit them again:  goals

Define my blogging priorities. The beginning of the year had me questioning both where I wanted to go in terms of blogging and how much the blogging landscape has changed over the years (not necessarily for the better). I’ve made a conscious effort not to do many sponsored posts and keep my affiliation count low so I can focus on quality relationships and more personal content.

Mainly through my Blogher affiliation, I do engage in social share campaigns (mostly Twitter/Instagram) which are a nice way to offset self hosting costs. What you can find on Mar on the Run are posts related to my adventures running, racing and traveling, particularly as I continue in my quest for running in all 50 states; DC Fitness class reviews (and beyond if I happen to travel); of course our weekly Friday Five linkup; and general health and wellness topics.

I’ve really enjoyed this space and how much it has grown over the past few years! If I’ve learned anything it’s to continue to be yourself – authenticity is so important – and just remind yourself why you are doing this. If there ever comes a time when it no longer feels good or natural, you don’t have to do it! But fear not, that’s not happening anytime soon πŸ™‚ .

Stay injury free. Holla, Hallelujah, and thank goodness for small miracles. Injury free in 2015!

Run sub 2 hour half. During my summer goals check in I used that opportunity to assess and create some short term ones. Given commitments with work, school and clients I pushed the sub 2 hour goal to the back burner along with running another marathon. The mental aspect of my running had suffered too much for the pressure of trying to achieve this time goal. Looking ahead to 2016 though! 

Be more present. I’ve continued my monthly tech free weekends and even leave my phone downstairs overnight (finally learning to use my real alarm clock!) daily so I’m not looking at it before bed. That has helped my sleep a lot. 

Go back to school. As of last week my practicum work has been approved and I now officially have a Certificate in Health Coaching from Georgetown University. Huzzah! There is an application process for the paper certificate so I expect to receive that in a couple of weeks. Georgetown

So what’s next? While I am starting to think about what 2016 will bring, 2015 still has 7 weeks left. Now is a good a time as any to develop some short term, year end goals! 

Year End Goals:

YearEndGoals2015 marontherun.comLaunch my coaching services and business website. I have been working a lot behind the scenes to get the business side of my health coaching practice and personal consulting organized. While I have been doing some human resource work and spending time with Georgetown’s new health coaching students, I’ve waited on the health coaching piece until I was official.

I’m keeping this separate from the blog for two reasons. First, as a human resource professional it’s important to have more of a focused approach to those services. Second, while I may mention health coaching topics from time to time, Mar on the Run the blog is more conversational and personal and I’d like to keep it that way. My self imposed deadline is December 1 for this to launch and I’m pretty excited. (bookmark!) 

Lose weight. The past year has been crazy for me: leaving my full time job to consult, dealing with a Vitamin D deficiency, going back to school and just general stress (not to mention, now being in my 40s). I started gaining weight during marathon training over a year ago and these things just added to it. I’ve been in denial for awhile and mentally checked out of the running game. 

BUT the Milwaukee Half gave me the boost in my confidence I needed to get off the struggle bus. I’ve already changed up my eating habits and am looking to lose 10-15 pounds in the coming months. I’ve never dealt with weight issues before so this was definitely something to wrap my head around. With the holidays around the corner it may not seem like the best time but I’m determined to get back to some version of my old self! Harder but not impossible.

Be more present. This was already on my goal list for 2015 so it remains. Mindfulness is an area that has centered me a lot these past few months. Mar Peace marontherun.comI thank my health coaching studies for bringing awareness of this topic to the forefront. As I mentioned above I still try to take my technology free weekends once a month and no longer sleep with the phone charging upstairs which has been so helpful. I’ll definitely be talking more about mindfulness on the blog in the weeks and months to come. 

So, there you have it! Three short term year end goals. I’ve loved everything 2015 has had to offer and want to relish in the final moments with Thanksgiving and Christmas with family to look forward to. 

Do you practice mindfulness? How often do you check in and revisit your goals? 

112 thoughts on “Year End Goals…

  1. Wow, great goals list! I like the tech free weekend one. That would be tough! So much of our lives are embedded in apps nowadays – my food tracking, my Fitbit, directions to drive to races, not to mention all of the social connections. Good luck pursuing your goals!
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      1. I love setting goals and I get the best sense of accomplishment reaching them. In the past, though, I suffered from setting what I thought were goals but were really dreams because I didn’t have an action plan to achieve them.
        The best method I’ve found is to break them down in actionable steps so I am always working on something.
        You’ve done a lot this year, Mar, and I admire you for realizing you have to make adjustments to fit your life instead of stressing yourself.
        I’m looking forward to hearing more about your coaching entrepreneurship too. All the best with it.
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        1. I so agree with this! It’s not enough to just set goals but to create actionable steps along the way. So very true! Thank you for your kind words. It’s taken a lot of life lessons to figure all that out!

      2. I don’t usually tweet or IG on Saturdays because I spend most of the day in church or doing religious activities – I’m a sabbath keeper – but all weekend without social media would prob make me anxious. ????
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  2. You are really inspiring me to to be tech free. It’s slightly challenging in that I work from my phone when the kids are sleeping (like now) but I feel like I am too much on the phone. I hope you have a fab day and congrats on meeting so many of your goals!!
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    1. I don’t typically blog on the weekend so it’s easy to have some downtime then. It’s amazing what a level of awareness it can bring to be tech free – even for a day!

  3. Nice to see you in the blog hop. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you better the last year and always enjoy your recaps. Sounds like a smart idea to switch up your running goals if they are stressing you out. Running is supposed to be a stress reliever right? Looking forward to hearing more about your health coaching business. Have a great day!
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  4. Congrats on completing the Health Coach Certification! That’s a great accomplishment! I too struggle with vitamin D and we’re going into the season where it gets really tough. You’ve had a great year Mar, and I wish you all the best going forward!
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  5. It’s nice to see you in the blog hop and get to know you better. I’m a long time fan of the Friday Five. Congratulations on earning your Certificate in Health Coaching. My goals sort of went out the window once I developed my current foot stress fracture. The only thing I can do now is get healthy it look forward to creating my 2016 goals. I’ve been chasing a sub 2 half for a while too. Maybe next year.
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  6. I like the idea of having mini goals. I made some goals at the start of the year but although I’ve been working in them I haven’t done a catch up on my blog. It’s probably a bit too late now, I’ll just do an end of year round up but it’s something I’ll try and do next year.

    Good luck with launching your coaching website!
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  7. It is always great to do an assessment on previous goals set, see where you are and make new or tweek some goals. I don’t think we truly know where we’re going if we don’t see where we have been. I love you idea of tech free weekends, I see this becoming such a problem not only for me but those around me. We (I) am so dang dependent on my phone. I am looking forward to seeing what 2016 had to bring for you πŸ™‚
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  8. This must have been the year to re evaluate blogging goals and practices, I did the same thing back in January and decided to do very few sponsored posts, and concentrate more on different aspects.
    That is awesome you do tech free weekends, as I read this I so wish I could do that too! I do however, when I take a trip or disappear for a while leave the phone behind. (Mostly because generally where I go in the mountains doesn’t have cell service, LOL) But it is nice to not be attached!
    A sub 2 hour, that is awesome!!!! I haven’t yet broke the 2 hour mark on a half, I came close in training a few times, but haven’t done it in a race yet:)
    Also, big congrats on the health coach certification, way to shoot for your dreams that is one of the things I love about you and your blog your go get it attitude!
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    1. Yes, it really was a year of assessing priorities! I’ve seen too many bloggers get hung up on the “stuff” and not know what their blog is really about. Thanks so much – I’m really excited for what comes next and really want this space to remain a positive and hopefully inspirational place! And big KUDOS to you for organizing all this!

  9. I admire you greatly for all you’ve accomplished so far this year! Hard to believe there are only 7 weeks left in 2015, I truly feel like the year just started! I love the idea of tech free weekends and perhaps will add that to my goal list for 2016. It’s tough in an industry such as online coaching/training (which is what I do) because many of your clients are online on weekends and want/need your help. I have defined my “office hours” per say so my clients know that if they contact me on weekends it may be a bit before I get back to them. That’s my piece of advice for you when you get started! πŸ™‚ Good luck with your new venture I am sure you’ll be fantastic!

  10. Way to go with your health coaching certification! Congrats girl! I am so excited for you to break the 2 hour mark in a half…that will be awesome! Increasing my blogging traffic and re-designing my blog were also big goals for me this year…how fun!
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  11. Hi mar,
    reaching goals isnt always easy.
    Last Sunday i reached my biggest goal .
    I didnt count on it this year .
    Last year i started Running in November and last Sunday i was Running 46,2 k in the Mountains on a private trailrun .

    I always think what my next goal will be, i hope my body will be better the next months.

    1. Hi Pascal! thanks for visiting. No, reaching goals are not always easy. But it’s nice when you can meet them for sure. Learning and adjusting along the way. Congrats on your race!

  12. Congrats on the goals you have achieved and your continued quest to always improve yourself! I had an accident over the summer and some of my goals got set back a bit but I’m ready to start racing soon and hope to be back on track. Here’s hoping for a blessed 2016 for you!
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  13. Hello from the blog hop! Love the mindfulness and goal setting – I often write down goals I’d like to achieve, but don’t always go back to revisit them. I’ve had occasions where I wrote a list of goals/things to achieve…and found them years later – and if I hadn’t dated them, I had no idea when I wrote them down! Not the best example of goal setting! You’ve inspired me!!
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  14. This year has been kind of topsy turvy with so many changes in my life that I forgot about my goals and just winged it. With thing settling down a bit now I think I am ready to start re-evaluating some of my goals for this past year and maybe adding them to my list for 2016. I am definitely following in your footsteps of being more present. I realized recently I’m addicted to checking emails and I need to learn to put my phone down.
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  15. I love that you have technology free weekends! if you asked me a few years ago to do a tech free weekend I would have said “heck yea”. I was never ever a techy person. But now that we have the blog I feel like I need to uphold my part ( ya know, visit blogs and involve myself more) since I have more time on the weekends. It definitely is a delicate balance and I don’t know if i’ve got it quite right!

  16. Hey Mar! Today I am visiting through Grow Your Blog Hop but I first know you from your fun Friday Five! It’s one of my favorite link-ups. Anyhow, I love that you have definite goals for next year as well as for the end of this year. I like all of your goals and may take a few for my own. My favorite one is Be Present. I really like your unplugging idea. My grandson actually brought that to my attention. When he’s around, I can seem to let everything else go just to find out that things are still OK! lol Have a great time carrying out your goals and Happy Blog Hopping!
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  17. What a thoughtful goal list! Love how much thought you’ve given it. Definitely some great stuff to work on. I don’t think I could do a tech-free weekend. Maybe I should try it since I think it sounds so hard. LOL

  18. Wow, that’s quire a list! A sub-2:00 half was on my goal list for this year. I achieved it last month, my time was 1:59:57. I think that one will come when you least expect it. I gained weight during marathon training last year. I was hungry all the time and I thought I should treat myself after every long run. I can’t tell you how many Birthday Cake shakes from Zaxby’s I had during those 18 weeks of training. I’m trying to be more mindful of my eating habits this go round. Good luck with your goals for 2016!
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  19. Nice to meet you again through the Blog Hop!

    Awesome goals!!! You have had an amazing year so far!!

    Congrats on your certification on Health Coaching and your transitions!

    I need to write down my goals to be able to check them and hold myself accountable!!

    I like how you checked in on your goals and made realistic assessments and adjustments.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hey you! Nice to see you through the Hop as well! Thanks so much, it’s definitely been a stressful year but I’m glad to have made it through, this far. Having goals really helps.

  20. You are one busy lady! Running goals can be consuming; putting your sub-2 on the back-burner for a while is probably a good idea. When things settle down a bit and you aren’t as busy, that sub-2 will still be there.
    I really admire your blogging goals. I have blogged for a few years, put in on the back-burner while dealing with aging parents, and just started up again this summer. Like you, I try to focus on content and quality writing.
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  21. I loooove the fact that you are so focused on mindfulness and have actually listed being more present as a tangible goal! I think that is sooooo important and something that most people (including myself) need to work on. In our time it is so easy to get caught up with technology; especially when trying to run a blog and be part of growing online communities. But it is more draining than we think and takes us away from equally important parts of life that are happening right around us. Good for you girl! You have inspired me to focus a little more on putting down the tech from time to time myself.
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  22. I love that you take time to check back in with your goals, and that you give your self permission to change them when necessary. This is something I had to do with my 2015 goals as well, which were extremely ambitious. I had to get real and tell myself that I was doing awesome with adjusting to baby #2, finishing my degree with straight A’s, getting into a prestigious program, and starting a new job!My race goals where just set way too high with everything else happening in my life, and that’s ok, hello 2016 πŸ˜‰ Good luck starting your coaching service! So exciting!
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  23. Thanks for this post, Mar! I needed a kick in the pants to evaluate my goals. I had 40 small ones the year turned 40 but this year I have been flying by the seat so to speak so… I will do it!

    Great year for you. You took on and accomplished A LOT! Good luck with the year end goals. There are some great holiday challenges from Sweat Pink and Coach Jenny for reminders on the weight/exercise front. I participate every year and it helps!
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  24. When I was having trouble sleeping, I turned off the computer, Ipad, phone etc. at least one hour before bed and it helped tremendously. Plus, it got me reading more and spending more time talking with my husband, all good things. I do like to revisit my goals periodically, and it is about time I go back to the beginning of the year and see what I hoped to achieve in 2015!
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  25. Congrats on finishing your program! How awesome! And I hear you on the weight issues. I’ve been really struggling with mine for the last year and none of my usual “drop the pounds tricks” are working anymore. Gonna have to up my game in the weight room and at the table, sigh. 40+ is hard…
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  26. Absolutely loved this post! πŸ˜€
    I’ve been working on goal setting, and have been trying my best to consistently check back in with my goals. It’s so hard because there are so many habits I want to create and goals to reach its hard to get them all down! I am hoping to brain dump some 2016 goals and then focus on each one or a handful each month so by the end of 2016 I have a successful accomplishment of achieving them all!

    BTW I am totally stealing your mindfulness goal! I’ve been doing a major declutter overhaul of my storage unit and just found my own alarm clock I use to use during my university dorm days! So I am going to use this to help wake me up for now on because I too charge my phone next to me and end up on the internet with it. Leading to sleeping much later than when I initially go to bed to sleep! Thanks for sharing your goals! You have inspired me πŸ˜€ And congrats on your business endeavor and growth!

    1. starting by writing them all down is a good first step! then pick a theme or rank them in order of importance. Having too many will dilute the significance for sure. Good luck – and steal away! I post these to share with others and hopefully inspire someone else to do the same.

  27. All amazing goals! congrats on the certificate!! Can’t wait to see where this takes you. I like the idea of leaving the phone downstairs. I’m terrible at lying in bed messing around on it with the lights out. That is going to be one of my goals for the new year. I don’t think I can leave it downstairs, but maybe put it on the other side of the room? My hubby travels so much that I feel like I need it accessible if anything were to ever happen!
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    1. Thank you my friend! I look at the phone too long too if it’s in arm length distance. I can hear the phone downstairs if it happens to ring as my desk is at the bottom of the stairs. But I would hope someone CALLS me for an emergency and not text! Other side of the room would work!

  28. I love your goals! They are totally doable! I love that you chose to be present both years! That is something I just blogged about because it is one of my goals too! I am also trying to lose about 10-15lbs to finish getting back in my top fitness shape, because running with weight hurts! I mean running pretty much hurts me all the time, but as I lose weight it starts to be less on my feet and knees!
    I goal set every month it is something I started when I started my fitness journey. It really does make a good start off point and I try to keep my goals obtainable so I don’t get discouraged. Hard enough to work at easy enough to finish.
    I really enjoyed your post and can’t wait to get to know you better!

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