Goal 1 // FULL-TIME COLLEGE
So as most of you know, I’ve been doing college part-time in conjunction with my full-time professional gigs for the past three years, and I’ve done pretty well at it (continually maintaining a 4.0 GPA). But I’ve discovered something: It drains my soul. Like dementor-esque soul sucking. I don’t know if it’s the fact that I’m getting older, but I had to put a stop to it for the sake of my health. I’ll admit that the idea of going to school full-time has been incredibly daunting. It’s not something I look forward to, specifically in terms of accumulating debt via loans, but it’s pretty much fish or cut bait time. I’ll be 30 soon, and I’m (finally) willing to admit that I can’t do everything.
GOAL 2 // MORE YOGA!
I really love CrossFit, SUPing, kayaking, hiking, and the occasional cycle class, but yoga pretty much trumps all of that, purely based on how ninja sauce one becomes when they master it. The last time I was doing yoga consistently, I got really bendy and strong. I remember I couldn’t do a forward bend for 2+ months, and then one day, it was like a light switch – I bent over and my forehead touched my knee. Boom! CrossFit is awesome for its versatility, and the fact that I LOVE olympic weightlifting, but it takes a backseat to yoga this year. Ninja mode, here I come!
GOAL 3 // COMPLETE & PUBLISH MY BOOK PROJECT BY JULY
This is one of several book projects I’ve been planning, and I happen to think it’s a pretty good one. And so do some of the people who I’ve shared the idea with (to be fair, that list is short). I have already requested submissions for this book project, and I’m really excited about some of the works that will be submitted by people who inspire me most. I can’t really go further into it just yet, but rest assured, when I complete this goal (and I will), you’ll be the first to know.
Goal 4 // DONATE MORE BLOOD
The American Red Cross is filled with a bunch of vampires, apparently. They can’t seem to get enough of my blood! In fact, they call me about 6x a week inquiring about the next time I’ll donate. They just love the sweet, sweet taste of my O-negative blood type, I guess. No, but seriously, my blood type is universal, and can be donated to anyone in need, so I really owe it to the world to share my gift. Since there’s an 8 week limbo time between donations, I think my lofty goal of 10 pints last year will be dropped down to 5 pints. So, get excited ARC! I’m giving you that B.
Goal 5 // WRITE OUT A BUSINESS PLAN FOR A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION
I’m really big into philanthropy. I really believe if you’re not giving, then you’re not living. And as I ask myself more and more what I want to do with my life (besides the obvious: writing), the phrase “help others” always comes to mind. So, I asked myself, “How can I help others without giving up having a roof over my head?” And then someone told me a little bit about how non-profits work, and that’s when it occurred to me! I have a few ideas off hand, but I really need to spend more time fine-tuning my strengths and how they might apply to these ideas. Either way, by the end of this year, I will have written out an entire business plan for this non-profit, and I’ll update you guys!
Goal 6 // COMPETE IN AUSTIN’S ROOKIE TRI
There’s a rookie triathlon happening in Austin in early May, and I’m going to give it a whirl. It’s a 300m swim (in a lake mind you), an 11 mile bike ride, and a 2 mile run. I’ve done all of those things separate of each other, and I think if I can finish a Tough Mudder at 6,000 ft elevation with a sneaker filled with blood for 12 miles of inclines, then this mini tri should be a piece of cake. Right?
Goal 7 // RUN A HALF MARATHON
This was actually on my list of goals last year which admittedly I did not complete. So I’m putting it back on the list. I hate running alone, and that’s really been my issue. Trying to get someone on board to train for a 1/2 with me is not easy. But that’s an excuse, and I hate excuses. So come hell or high water, I’m training for a 1/2 marathon. Thank the baby Jesus for the 8tracks app, y’all.
Goal 8 // FALL IN LOVE
This seems like a silly goal (and it probably is), especially because I don’t have control of whether I meet someone I could fall in love with or not, but since I’ve spent the last two years doing some major work in the personal growth department, I know I’m ready for love. The kind of love where you’re best friends, lovers, partners in crime, snuggle buddies, and the dynamic duo, all rolled into one. The kind of love that comes from a place of desire, not desperation. The kind of love where you allow them to rest their worries, woes, fears, joys, accomplishments, and everything in between, on your shoulder, and you don’t mind at all. The kind of love where their presence in your life is a compliment, not a place holder. A conscious love, derived from a place of intention, not autopilot. “I love you in a way that will always make you feel free.” - Thich Nhat Hanh
Goal 9 // KEEP UP REBECCA THE RED
I’m not even sure who reads this thing anymore, especially since I basically booted my CrossFit demographic, but I know that when I write something on my blog, it usually makes me really happy. I love sharing this stuff with you guys, because I like sharing my heart with the world. I love showing you that I’m vulnerable, so you can be vulnerable too. I just want to lead by example, and I think this blog has always done a pretty good job of that. I vow to write in this blog more often, even if it’s just a quote here, and a blurb there, because writing has always brought me joy.
Goal 10 // MEDIATE, MEDITATE, MEDITATE
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, meditation is the bomb dot com. There’s really nothing I can think of in this world that beats it besides maybe truffle, risotto, and kobe beef. More and more scientific research is proving that meditation is extremely beneficial for the human psyche, and all the baggage that comes with it. So, then why is it on my goal list? Well, despite how beneficial I know meditation is for me, I still put it off sometimes. It’s like exercise and eating right; I know they’re good for me and usually make me feel 100x better, but when the day gets the best of me, they somehow slip off my radar. Luckily, my best friend suggested this cool new app called Buddhify Squared. They have meditations you can do as you wake up, when you go to sleep, while you’re at work, while you’re on a walk, if you’re stressed out etc. And the best part? Some of them are only 5 minutes long. Since I tend to be an all-or-nothing type person when it comes to things that are good for me, I fall into this trap of, “If I can’t meditate for 30 minutes, then forget about it.” This app has brought me back to reality, and back to consistent meditation, and I love it!