Back on January 3, I posted a list of a few very specific goals that I want to accomplish in 2008. Today, one month and six days later, I am providing an update on where I am in relationship to reaching the goals that I set for myself.
Goal # 1: Run a 10K
Progress: I have been running between 6 and 10 miles per week consistently since January 3. I've come across a few challenges that stand in the way of achieving this goal, but have been able to hurdle them so far. The first challenge has been making (or finding) the time to spend an hour or so on the treadmill. Once I'm on the treadmill, another challenge has been running through the pain in my heals and my knees. I'm not getting winded, but I do end up experiencing a pretty good deal of what I'm calling "impact pain" in my knees and my feet. Despite these challenges, running has become something that I look forward to and I think I will probably reach this goal.
Goal #2: Reduce our student loan debt by 50%
Progress: I'm a little discouraged to report that we are not on track to reach this goal. No big deal though. We don't pay our student loan bills with checks (thank you online payment) but if we did, it would be the easiest check to write each month. I'm not too worried about where we are on this one just yet because we are doing the best we can to reach it.
Goal #3: I would like to use my mind, my time, and my dime to make a positive impact on an organization that is making a positive impact on society or in the lives of others.
Progress: I'm working on this one. I've contacted a couple of different non-profits to see what kind of volunteer opportunities they have available. So far, one of them has gotten back in touch with me so we'll see where that takes me.
Goal #4: I would like to better organize my private world and be more deliberate about my relationship with God.
Progress: Some days are better than others and some days are worse. This is something I have to strive towards daily.
Goal #5: Evict Scrat the Squirrel from my attic.
Progress: I'm sad to say that Scrat (due mainly to a lack of time to coordinate my schedule with the schedule of the good people at Dog Gone Critters) is winning the battle on this one.
So... a recap. I'm making really good progress on one goal, I'm making OK progress on another, I'm not doing nearly as well as I want on two of the goals, and I'm failing miserably at goal #5.
How are you doing on your goals for 2008?