I think I'm ready to try goal-tackling again. After going full throttle on 30 While 30, and not quite succeeding in hitting all of the goals (partly because I met a dude; partly because I may have aimed a bit too high in doing 30 goals in one year), I had a bit of goal fatigue. (Though I am reviewing that list now and I realize I got much of it actually done without realizing it in the past two years. Huzzah!)
Well, 2012 is coming up (in which I'll be 32, and no, I am not going to attempt 32 goals). But how about 12 in 2012? That seems quite doable.
Yesterday afternoon, over beers and a tuna melt at Tune Inn, Zach and I brainstormed some goals. Here's a few I came up with.
1. Go to Glacier National Park (the one goal I never hit from my 30 while 30 list that I truly regret not doing)
2. Attempt to recreate Bar Pilar's pork trencher. This is one of my favorite restaurant dishes in the whole world. If you've never had it, it's this wonderful mess of shredded savory-yet-sweet pork atop a garlicky, crunchy piece of bread, and it's so fantastic. I have no idea what goes into it, but I'm going to try anyways.
3. Qualify for the Boston Marathon. For my age group, this requires a marathon run in 2012 in 3:35 or under. I think I can, I think I can...
4. Relatedly: Beat my brother in a half marathon. That's detailed here.
5. Go one-month booze free. How hard can this be? Very hard, I think. I'm trying to think of since the age of 21 if I've ever gone a month, let alone a week, without having at least one drink. That is kind of sad. I'd like to try this out. Any tips on how to make it happen while still having a social life of some sort?
6. Go hiking once a month. I miss hiking and camping and I don't put enough time into making those happen more frequently - all I really need is to suck it up and rent a car once a month and go out and find some good trails.
That's all I came up with so far. Any ideas on the other 6? For the record, here are the goals I did not finish from my 30 while 30 list. In the interest of starting anew I'd rather come up with new ones, but still:
-Go to the top of the Washington Monument
-Visit Glacier National Park
-Learn to change a bike tire
-Cook a five-course meal
-Do a solo overnight camping trip
-Get an article published
-Find a signature scent
-Get some real lingerie
-Take a skiing class
That means that (eventually, not necessarily in 2010) I finished 21 of the goals - not bad!