Friends, it’s time to check in on my list of “things I wanted to do in 2023”. These lists are always put together a bit lackadaisically and I sometimes forget to check in with this list throughout the year, but I did last summer and was happy to see that I made some tangible progress. Here’s where things stood at the end of the year.
✔ Complete (another) 365 Peloton Streak.
Yup, my third year. I told you I would put this on the list again although you’re probably not surprised by now that this is something that is relatively “easy” for me to accomplish (what with all my trackers and challenges every month). It’s still a nice resolution every year.
✔ Complete the virtual Route 66 Challenge.
Tanja and I had signed up for another Conqueror Challenge at the beginning of last year and we virtually ran, walked, and biked the 2,280 mi (3,669km) of the iconic Route 66. The workouts were tracked through your smartwatch or fitness app and I accomplished the distance in September, three months before my deadline. The miles were tracked in the Conqueror app, which shows you where you were on the map and how much distance you have accomplished at any given time (and also if you’re “ahead or behind”). As you know, I thrive on any type of challenge, but these long-term challenges are super fun and motivating for me!
Buy a bed frame.
Hahaha, this is becoming a little bit of a joke. I don’t think this will make a reappearance on my 2024 list. Don’t get me wrong, I still want a bedframe. I am just not going to talk about it here anymore (maybe that will do it.) I am contemplating getting rid of the box spring – because most modern frames I have considered in the past don’t require one – especially because I recently found out that the city will pick up larger junk items for free twice a year.
Finish my summer travel recaps.
I finished some, but not all. Sigh. It’s kinda ridiculous to continue after this much time, but I think I want to finish them for my own sake. If I could only get my act together.
Get my hair done professionally.
Nope. Wasn’t a priority at all. Long hair is so easy to take care of (for the most part) and I’ve been ok with trimming the ends myself. I also saved a bunch of money in the process.
Finish the Outlander (Book) Series
I’m not finished, but I made a good dent. As you might know, these books are tomes so it’s taking me a while (and I’ve only strayed a couple of times for a “quick read” of something else). Two books left.
Travel home for Christmas
No, that didn’t happen. As you might recall, Jon’s Dad died in August, and then his mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Then we decided to spend the holidays with her, which was the right thing to do and we had a lovely time. What’s another year not being home for the holidays? Sigh.
✔ Complete Project 365 on Instagram.
I really enjoyed Project 365 on Instagram and managed to post one picture every day for all of 2023. It was fun. There were days when it was hard to come up with something to share, but overall, it was a good exercise in posting more intentionally and not just snippets on IG stories. It also made me focus more on my own photo feed and less on stories.
✔ Advocate for myself better.
I want to say that I’ve been better at this in 2023. I’ve pushed for field work (that I was scheduled for and that I enjoy), stood my ground during a presentation when my presenter time was about to get cut short, had some more direct talks with my supervisor about how to move forward in my career, and received some great advice and mentorship from a colleague, who pushes me to be more self-confident in my work (and boy, do I need this). Of course, there’s still a lot of room for improvement, but I’ve been much better at communicating with my supervisor about my needs and boundaries and I am hoping to get some more support from him going forward.
I am pretty happy with how things went in 2023. There will always be things that won’t get done, amirite? But I want to – again – embrace what Elisabeth refers to as her “ta-da list”, a list of things that weren’t put on the official list but were accomplished nonetheless.
So, here’s my 2023 TA-DA LIST:
- I ran the Rock’n’Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon and met up with a bunch of my Streakers365 friends. It was such a special weekend.
- I set a new PR in the half marathon and finally got my official sub-2.
- I participated in two PeloFondo weekends and completed four Power Zone Pack Challenges.
- I mostly figured out the RSS issues with my blog by myself (yay me!) and was able to get the right people to push the right buttons. I am so glad Feedly is working again for my blog!
- I continue to bake sourdough bread almost every weekend (Linus, my starter is doing very well) and it’s been one of my favorite weekly rituals (not to mention, a delicious one). I started this at the beginning of the pandemic three years ago and have not stopped.
- I kept up monthly Skype calls with a dear 92-year-old family friend. The conversations were delightful and enriching and I hope we’ll be able to continue this for a very long time.
- I completed another year of NaBloPoMo with a bunch of lovely (some old- some new-to-me) people. I am so thrilled that this exercise in blogging has gained more traction again in the last couple of years (thanks to you, my dear readers!)
How did your 2023 go? Did you accomplish everything on your list? Will something be put on the list for 2024?