Holidays and year in review

I’ve been ignoring the internet, relatively speaking, for the past 3 weeks, but I’m back. Here’s what’s been happening…

We spent 10 days in Texas with my family, including our 9-month-old niece. One baby, 13 adults…do you think she went home a little spoiled? There were presents and food and also what passes for a winter storm in Texas.

In between family time, I managed to read close to 3,000 pages of fantasy (I was sick for a couple days, but also, according to my husband, I read like a competitive eater eats). I also finally got in a couple of runs after almost 6 weeks off.

My husband managed to severely roll his ankle while playing Ultimate frisbee. It is still swollen 10 days later, but on the plus side it looks like an ankle, which is more than you could say for it the first few days after the injury. May 2018 be the year neither of us injures ourselves, because goodness knows we had enough of that last year to last us for a while.

Oh…and of course there were pre- and post-trip hikes.

2017 in review…

2017 was a year I should be glad to leave behind me. And yet, “good riddance” doesn’t seem quite like the appropriate response. I didn’t meet a single one of my personal goals for the year:

  • I started a daily journaling habit, but quit about halfway through the year. Probably 80% of my entries were some variation of “why am I so tired”… and I got tired of listening to myself whine. So I went from daily journaling to not even opening my journal for the rest of the year, and honestly? I didn’t miss it one bit.
  • I never even registered for my goal race. I was sick or injured for the 5Ks that were supposed to be my replacement goal. In fact, I only made it to one race the entire year. But I definitely set a PR for number of races DNSed.
  • I made it halfway to my goal of hiking 20 new trails.

And of course, I capped the year off with a frustrating health diagnosis. I thought I would be ready to throw 2017 out and start fresh…but I’m not. Instead, in 2018 I want to have more of what was good about 2017: More sleep. More reading. More vegetables. More outdoors. More baking. More yoga. More writing (but probably not journaling). More runs.

I’m a bit behind on getting the year started (in fact, I’m about to head to campus to get a PIN so I can register for this semester…why yes, classes do start in 2 days), so plans to accomplish all these “mores” are still forthcoming. And they probably won’t be as quantifiable as I usually like my plans (as my Type A self cringes). But I’ll have more about that after I’ve thought about it some more.


What do you want more of this year?

Linking up with Meghan for week in review and Holly and Wendy for Weekly Wrap

21 Comment

  1. Great strategy to build on what went well, rather than dwell on what didn’t. Best wishes for a great 2018!
    Wendy Hammond recently posted…Yankee Springs Winter Challenge 50K Recap + Why I Love My Running CommunityMy Profile

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Same to you!

  2. I like your list of what you want more of in 2018. I feel like that’s a more fulfilling way to approach goals and I may borrow that!
    Elizabeth recently posted…Weekly Review: The ReturnMy Profile

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I am just over goals for the moment, but I’m sure it’s a temporary feeling.

  3. Wendy says: Reply

    2017 was full of amazing and sucky. So I’m going with the amazing and bringing it in to 2018.

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Yes, exactly!

  4. Your bit about the journalling made me laugh. I’m pretty sure I’d write the same thing too. “Day four, still tired.” 🙂

    Ave was so spoiled at the holidays (hello big family) that I stashed some of the presents we bought here and am saving them for her birthday in April.

    Happy New Year! Here’s to the good stuff.

    Oh and what fantasy book were you reading?
    Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets recently posted…Week in Review: The Recap Edition (#114)My Profile

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Happy New Year!

      4 books total for all those pages – The Name of the Wind, The Wise Man’s Fear, The Curse of Chalion, Paladin of Souls.

  5. I’m not really sure what I want more of in 2018. Although 2017 had a huge roadblock nestled in there, I’m pretty much at peace with everything, and actually quite happy with how things played out and what I learned along the journey. Sorry…that got a bit introspective LOL Hope 2018 brings you awesome new adventures!!
    Kimberly Hatting recently posted…Winter Running Hacks for 2018My Profile

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Hey…at peace is a good place to be!

  6. I love your honesty about your goals for last year! Sometimes things we think we want to achieve (like journaling) don’t make us happy. We shouldn’t keep doing it just for the sake of a check mark. Even though 2017 had good moments, it was also a year of feeling “broken” for me. I had physical struggles one after another. I’d like 2018 to be the year of being “unbroken”. Thanks for linking!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I feel you on that – let’s not “break” this year!

  7. Cora says: Reply

    Hey, getting half way to your goal of 20 new trials is still damn cool and impressive. I’m not sure I got to two 🙁

    Adding in more of what was good about a year is totally how we need to look at new years. The whole new year thing is starting to make my head spin, so I’m going to try and focus on this instead. Thank you.

    Ps Your Texas “snow storm” gave me a chuckle

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      The new year “thing” needs to chill a bit, yeah?

  8. I hope that 2018 will be even better and more prosperous that the previous year, Hannah! Keep sharing your stories and experiences!

    1. Hannah says: Reply


  9. I can’t blame you on breaking your journaling goal. I just can’t get into journaling! My life isn’t very interesting 😜

    Here’s hoping 2018 will be a brilliant year for you so that it makes up for last year!
    Kristy from Southern In Law recently posted…Recent Things: Must Reads and Bargain HaulsMy Profile

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      My life isn’t that interesting either…and writing things I’ll never read again just isn’t motivating to me!

  10. I’m in Texas! And yes, that’s considered a winter storm for us. 😉 Which part were you in?
    Jessica recently posted…Last Week’s Workouts: Energy City Half Marathon Training Week 2My Profile

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      My parents are north of Dallas, so they do get bigger “storms” than this every so often. And my siblings are scattered across Texas & Arkansas.

  11. […] the spirit of doing more of the good things this year, I planned to sit down and plan out some ways to make that happen. That’s become a […]

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