Last August, I set very specific and measurable goals (yes, the consultant in me creeps into all aspects of my life) to round out my roaring 20s. For accountability’s sake, I’m sharing my progress on those goals in five key areas—Health, Style, MilSpo, Intellect,and Home.
1. Health: Train efficiently for and run half-marathon.
Done! I used a training schedule designed by Kim Maxwell, a USA Track and Field coach. The schedule consisted of relatively short runs during the week (3-4 miles) and a long run on Saturdays. My favorite part of the training was that there were no two days of running back-to-back. My knees had sufficient time to recover on the cross training days so my running days were much stronger. Special thanks goes to my supportive husband who was my mobile water unit on my long runs, either driving to meet me at key points or planting water and encouraging love notes along my route. What was the result? I crushed my last half-marathon time (ran 10 years ago while I was still in college) by ten minutes! I finished 13.1 miles in less than 2 hours!
2. Style: Invest in a DVF dress and 2 new designer work pumps
I was cutting this one close, but just this week I received my order of, not one, but two gorgeous Diane Von Furstenburg dresses. One is a classic blue wrap and the other is a black and white printed bodycon style that was on sale. I justified the purchase of two by signing up to be a DVF Insider which rewarded me with a 25% off coupon. BONUS: They called me the day after the box arrived to ensure that everything in my order was correct and that the dresses fit properly. What a treat!
A far less exciting check-in-the-box was my purchase of two new pairs of work pumps (both from my current favorite work shoe designer, Ivanka Trump).
3. MilSpo: Participate in an event on base
We were lucky enough while being stationed at Quantico to have a fabulous FRO (Family Readiness Officer) who planned several events for the spouses of Marines in both of the schools my husband attended in the past year. We had dinner at the Commanding General of Marine Corps Base Quantico’s home, a tour of the Home of the Commandants led by the First Lady of the Marine Corps, Mrs. Bonnie Amos (pictured below with me and our matching “USMC” pins), and a few other exciting social events. In addition to that, I joined (and actually attended) the Quantico Officer Spouses Book Club! I met some really amazing women and shared lots of good conversation while keeping on track to accomplish my next goal…
4. Intellect: Read more
Between my long commutes from Stafford to DC and joining the book club, I read (and listened to) many more books than I have in years past. I set out to finish 29 books in my 29th year. Well, I didn’t get to that many, but I felt very enriched by the books I did finish (and not so much for two that I stopped reading because they weren’t worth finishing). My favorite books I read this year were The Shoemaker’s Wife (soft-copy) and Call the Midwife (audio). A WWI Italian Alps love story and a coming of age tale set in 1950s London, both stories had me from introduction to epilogue.
5. Home: Get the apartment to an 80% decorated state
This goal did not get accomplished. Between commuting to DC for work, getting a kitty (pictured below with my home decorating magazines), and moving to North Carolina last month, there just wasn’t enough time or reason to continue to decorate a home we were preparing to vacate. That being said, we successfully (and somewhat stress-fully) moved to North Carolina and purchased a new construction home that I cannot wait to decorate!!
Time to formulate my goals for my “next 30 years…” Or at least the next one that lies ahead.