Next Goal: Equanimity for 2018 (miles)

January 1, 2018

Miles run: 4
2018 total: 4/2018
Days without spending money: 0/365

New Year’s Day goals. Most people at least contemplate the idea for a moment. Some flat-out reject the concept, while on the other end of the spectrum, some place all of their bets on them.

Eat clean. Play. Plunder.

I think I’ve spent more time over the last week thinking about the crazy, sometimes unpleasant, sometimes amazing, ride that was 2017. I’m grateful to be able to look back and know that I’m leaving the year better off than I started. That’s not to say the year was perfect; far from it. But I’m in a better place.

Looking forward, and onward, to 2018. I’m trying to keep my goals simple, yet extremely relevant.

Mind: In a word: equanimity.  One of the “four immeasurables,” of Buddhist virtues. I want to improve all of those qualities (love, compassion, joy, and equanimity), but right now, cultivating the ability to, essentially, be chill in the face of anything life throws at me, needs the most work.

Body: Of course, I have running goals. For the first time in years I don’t have a big race on my calendar. Yet. But I am going to go for a crazy mileage goal: 2018 miles in 2018. That’s 2018 “running” miles. Not tracking every step I take on my Garmin. Just the running ones.

Tidy for 2018. For now.

Finance: I’m not joining any of the “official” 2018 mile groups. What does this have to do with money? Because another goal of mine (not running related, but still) is to only spend money on “needs.” I don’t need to pay anyone to track my miles. My Garmin will do.

I have other things I’m working on but they aren’t really tied to the new year. The inward focus has been on getting enough sleep, eating clean, “me time,” and moving. The outward focus has been on being present with my husband and sons, and finding ways to make a contribution to the world.

What is your current focus?

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