Exercise, Fitness, Lifestyle, Meditation, Mental Health, Running

New Years Goals 2019

Better late than never, right?

If you’ve been following along for awhile, you’ll know I post my goals for the year here. I like to do this each year for my own accountability. It’s been shown that when you write down your goals, you’re more likely to achieve them. And even further than that, when you share your goals with others, you’re more likely the achieve them. So hey, two birds, one stone by posting my goals here!

For my new friends, I like to say these are goals instead of resolutions, because it’s easier to track your success and you’ll feel more productive as you cross goals off your list. For example, instead of saying “get in shape” or “exercise more,” setting a specific goal like “go for a walk every Monday after work,” or “run in a race each month,” is actually something you can track. I also believe you should set goals that build on goals from the year before.

Let’s recap goals for 2018:

  • Run three half marathons, and one in a different country
  • Set new PR for half marathon
  • Read 25 books
  • Maintain yoga practice of two classes per week and at least once a week at home
  • Maintain self care practice on Monday evenings

Unfortunately, the running goals took a back seat when I realized my serious injury. These were definitely difficult goals to let go of, because I knew it meant I would have to start over next year. On the other hand, it helped me realize my goal of doing more yoga and focusing on my mental game.

On to the goals for this year!

I was talking to a friend about New Year’s goals, and he explained he categorized his goals: social, mental, spiritual and physical. I really liked this idea, so I’ve done the same for this year.

Building off the goals set for last year, here’s my goals for 2019:


  • Slow down my “activities” to make more time for friends. I’ve already done this by eliminating some of the obligations I gave myself in the past, and it feels so much better.


  • Read 25 books
  • Practice Chinese at home, daily.  Listening to Chinese news radio, reading a Chinese novel, watching Chinese dramas, at least one of these once a day.


  • Restart meditation practice, using the Calm app on my phone. Setting a reminder to take at least five minutes every day.


  • Injury free year! which means taking time to stretch, roll, and build strength in my hips and ankle
  • Maintain yoga practice at studio (at least two days a week) and at home (at least once a week)


No time like the present to set some goals – doesn’t matter if it’s January 1st or February 24th.  What goals have you set for this year? Anything you didn’t achieve last year you want to add to your list? Let’s work on them together!



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