As something of a kick-off to my 30th year and my mom’s 50th, we ran a half-marathon back on December 3. It was cold but dry and sunny, and we finished! Now, I have ambitions to run a marathon with one of my good friends (who is also turning 30 this year) in May, but I’m not sure whether my knee can hold up – it hasn’t felt right since the half-marathon. Also, there’s this thing about time commitment. I enjoyed the structure and discipline required to train for the half-marathon. Someone plotted out the miles I needed to run and which days I needed to run them, and I did it.
No one does this for me for writing. Nobody sends me a schedule and says, SWells, sit down and give me 20 pages, and tomorrow, I want 20 more. Plus, the time I’ve dedicated to running has filled any time or energy I had for writing. I want to run this marathon (I think I do, anyway… I’m suffering short-term memory loss from the half-marathon). But I also want to write, now that I’ve gotten a few essays done, toward a book-length manuscript. I’d like to make year 30 the year I finish it, but that might be too ambitious.
There’s a few other things besides writing and running I’d like to have happen in Year 30:
- take a family vacation
- go on a fancy date with my husband
- go line dancing at least once
- take Lydia and Elvis on two special one-on-one “dates” each
- cut our credit card debt in half, with a two-year goal of being credit card free by our 10th anniversary
- blog once a week
- read ten books
- run a marathon (maybe… at least another half-marathon)
- write six or more essays toward the manuscript
- incorporate Bible reading and prayer into daily life more
- write twelve new poems
My immediate goals for 2012 are to get well – this sinus infection needs to go away – and to survive the next week of Brandon being out of town. He’s had a lot of work lately, and I’m ready for him to be home and around more.
Thirty years old July 30. This is a crazy life. I wonder what challenges and opportunities God will give us in 2012.