2014 Goals

I keep a personal journal for all my dreams and goals.  I make to do lists, goal lists, things I should be doing…things I want, it’s honestly a center piece of my life.  My entire thought process is in that book and it keeps me sane and organized.  To give you a glimpse of what that book looks like I’ve typed up my 2014 goals for the year exactly how I wrote them down.

In 2014 I want to conquer the world.  Though 2013 was fun I’m ready for a year where I live in the same place.  Thinking back, going to college you don’t spend a full year in the same area.  When working in Oswego I didn’t spend a full year there either…I am now spending the first full year living anywhere since 2007.  That blows my mind!

Here is my 2014 bucket list:

Break 18 minutes in a 5k (PR=18:35)

Break 39 minutes in a 10k (PR=39:21) (Possibly ERR?)

Run a 3:10 marathon (Either Chicago or Wineglass)

Bigger goals:

Run a 1:23.XX half marathon (Shamrock, NJ half…who knows!)

Raise 2000 dollars for the Lake Effect half marathon and eating disorder awareness!  You can still donate and/or email a story or information!  I really want to reach 1000 before January 15 and I’m currently at 680 dollars!  

Life goals:

Find a big girl job that I enjoy.

Get out of my comfort zone.  That is always something on my yearly to do lists.  As most people know I suffered from social anxiety a few years ago and I’ve been slowly working on it.  Not slowly because I don’t want to change but slowly because it’s been a life long commitment.

Continue to live the dream.

Questions for you:

What is the longest you have lived in one place?  Shortest?

What are your goals for 2014? 

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  1. I know how you feel about living in one place! We moved last year, to where we currently are and I hope we stay. In 2010, we moved three times – from Orlando, to NoVA (just two months!), to Charlottesville VA and that was enough for me. The longest I have lived in one place was 14 years in Japan when I was a kid.

  2. Growing up I never moved, but once I hit college and beyond I never lived in one place for more than a year thanks to the military. My shortest was 3 months. I’m thankful I’m finally in a place where I can dig in some roots. Moving can be fun and exciting but there’s something to be said for a little constancy.

  3. It’s actually hard for me to imagine moving that much. I’ve lived in the same place pretty much all my life, and while the stability has been nice, part of me feels like I’m missing out on not experiencing life in different places… I’ve never had to leave for school or work, so it’s a little hard to find a reason to just pack up and leave.

    Happy New Year, Hollie 🙂

  4. I guess we’re complete opposites, because I’ve lived in essentially the same place for my entire life. New places and situations are pretty terrifying to me, so I’m in no hurry to move anywhere in 2014!

    In terms of goals, I’d love to finally get that sub-1:30 half (in my dreams…) and a sub-3:20 full. No idea which races I’m going to try to make ‘goal’ races at this stage though! Outside of that I’d like to finally get things sorted with my PhD, but that’s largely out of my hands.

    Happy New Year – I have no doubt you’ll smash all of your goals in 2014 🙂


  5. I’ve lived in Indiana for the past 14 years, but between college, post-college and getting married, I’ve lived in a lot of different places for short amounts of time! It feels good to be settled in a house.

    I love your goals, and I know that you’ll accomplish all of them!

  6. I am not a mover at all. I am such a homebody! I lived in my childhood home until I graduated from college. Then for a little less than a year, I had and apartment w/ a roommate, 4 years alone in an apartment, and not 5.5 years in a house with my husband. I love our house, I don’t mind if we’re here forever. It feels like home. 🙂

  7. I keep going back to my goals for 2014. I have a lot of ones, a lot that are fairly lofty but I think it helps knowing there are others out there working towards something as well. And I for sure know you will dominate many of these this year.

  8. I deal with social anxiety too; you’re right, overcoming it is a life long process. I’m trying to accept the changes I’m ready to make now and trust more improvement will come in time when I’m ready. That said, one of my goals for 2014 is to be more vulnerable–say things in the past I’ve hidden for fear of how people would judge me. Looking at vulnerability as something brave people do rather than a weakness will help me put myself out there more and make more strides in overcoming my social anxiety.

    1. That is a great goal and one I can completely relate to! I’ve always struggled with how people outside the internet see me and at the height of my social anxiety it was a huge issue!

  9. Ooo, longest is where I am now, living with parents where we’ve been since I was 3, but have moved to other places since. Shortest place was Cardiff where I only officially lived for 6 months in an apartment, but had slept on couches, spare beds etc for 5 months before.

    2014 goals, keep at it, get under 19:00 for 5K, under 40:00 for 10K, under 1:30 for half & get as close to 3:15 as possible or faster by Berlin marathon

  10. Shortest I have lived in one place – 8 months… three times!
    Hopefully all of that is done now 🙂

    Thanks for sharing some of your goals. As much as I detest NYR (I mean really, why wait until a new year to work for your dreams) I love, love, love learning about people’s goals and aspirations.
    And I would be totally lying if I didn’t just text my friend telling her I had made two decisions which I needed her to hold me accountable for 🙂

  11. Nice! All sounds both hard yet realistic! I’m excited to see you tear it up. We’ve lived in Indy for 6 years now and no plans to move. I can imagine moving around so much would be crazy stressful! I hope you have a great time staying in one place. 🙂 Cheers to a fast and focused 2014!!

  12. Those are awesome goals Hollikins! And good for you on working on getting out of your comfort zone. Some resolutions take a bit longer than others 🙂 And I hope you find a fantastic big girl job 🙂

  13. I lived at my parents house in rural Williamsburg County, SC, for 14 years of my life before heading to college. That was the longest amount of time :). When I went to college I only lived with them for the summers. Then I lived in Florence for 5 years after college before moving here.

    Good luck with your 2014 goals, I can definitely see you accomplishing them. With the running, 10K isn’t as common of a distance but I bet you could do sub-40, your 5K times are just so good and you have tons of endurance (I always feel like I could excel in a 10K but there are so few in Charleston!). As for finding a real girl job, those are tough but if you’re persistent you will be fine. Around the holidays, it’s always tough to find a job that’s not retail because it seems like companies don’t hire as much. Everywhere I’ve worked, we did a lot of hiring in the Spring and Fall, so hopefully with the holidays being over you will have some more leads :).

  14. Awesome goals Hollie! I look forward to reading about you crushing them.

    I lived in Nashville for a week, LOL! No joke. I moved my shit down there, and then moved it right back home. Then I started traveling for my job, so I’d go on 13 week assignments to random places (MI, couple of places in CA, etc). Besides where I grew up, Pittsburgh is where I’ve been the longest. I moved here for good in 2004, after being here off and on from 2001-2004.

    My goal is sub 3:30 at WG. 🙂

    Happy New Year!

  15. My goals for this year are a new PR half and possibly more races 🙂 Also, to have a job when I graduate nursing school, hopefully in peds. I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for me!

  16. 2014 is going to be an awesome year for you, I just know it…and I can’t wait to celebrate all those goals with you because I don’t doubt your abilities whatsoever.

  17. That’s a good point about living in the same place. Yeah, I guess during college I spent time between two towns technically, and I studied abroad, but I never thought it that way before–probably because my hometown and college town were located so relatively close to each other!

    I’m so excited to see where 2014 takes you! You’ll find that big-girl job. People say it’s usually not the first or second one, but “striking out” at a few places makes the dream job seem even better. I definitely appreciate my job more now because I know what it’s like on the other side (i.e. magazine publishing). That being said, though, I don’t want to get complacent and not advance. We’re young, so we have to climb the ladder!

  18. Love these goals Hollie! My goals are to get stronger in mind and in body, be successful in (another!) new city, stay there for more than 6 months (hopefully many, many more), and be successful in a new career role. And hopefully to get to catch up with you at some point!

  19. GREAT goals, Hollie! I’m there with you on the job-front goal. While I’m fortunate to have a job, it’s not what I want at all. I’d love to see a big move for myself =)

  20. I have lived in St louis my whole life, except for a year and a 1/2 when I went to college in springfield mo (3 hours away from home 😉 haha)

  21. Continue to live the dream. I love that. Such a good goal haha! Also, I agree that getting out of your comfort zone is definitely a slow process, and a life-long commitment. Definitely tough, but worth it!

  22. Conquer the world lady!!! In college I lived in an apartment for 18 months and I have been in my current apartment since June 2011. I will be moving out in April though but that is still almost 3 years!

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