2013 Year in Review

I love New Year’s. I love reflecting.  I love a fresh start. And I love resolutions.

Some people think they’re dumb or overrated or unnecessary, but I enjoy setting goals. So here goes!

2013 was a pretty incredible year. And it went SO fast. I can’t really believe that it’s over. Here’s a little glimpse into the past year for da Heger’s (or, well, mostly me with a few mentions of Steven and Dixie).

Running thingz

Guys, I still can’t believe I’m a runner. (I hesitate to call myself that. But I guess I am). I’ve never hated and loved something so much!

Last year, I wrote a post about my running goals for 2013, and I accomplished most of them.

I ran my first 10K in June, and then MY FIRST HALF MARATHON IN OCTOBER. Never, ever, in my wildest dreams did I think that would be possible. I never thought I would run a 5K, much less a HALF MARATHON. I cried when I saw the finish line. I couldn’t believe it.

Half MarathonThe goals I didn’t reach are affiliated with time, of course. I did not get faster training for a half marathon. I just got pretty good at running slowly for a long time. My inability to finish in at least the top half of races or of my age group is very frustrating to me. I try to not let it get to me, because in all honesty, I’m breaking some pretty big personal records by just participating in races. Buuuuut it does. It really does. So, I’m going to try some more intense speed training, see my doctor more regularly to get my asthma under control, and try to be faster in 2014. But if I’m not, then I will try very hard to just thank my body for taking me the distance. After all, this body was not made for running!

Running Goals for 2014 (please don’t laugh at my times!):
5K –> Under 30 min, current best time 30:45
10K –> 65 min., current best time 69 min.
Half Marathon –> 2:30, current best time 2:43
Also, would love to get a group together to do the Brew to Brew! Come on people, it would be fun.

One week into an intermediate 5K training program, and it’s going well. I just hope I can stick with it when work picks up again later this month!

Other Stuff

2013 was filled with weddings. In fact I was a bridesmaid in three weddings in two months. It was a whirlwind, but such a blast. I love weddings. Can’t complain when you spend your weekends getting dolled up and drinking for free! Oh and wedding cake. Oh and seeing your best friends so blissfully happy. Oh and slow dancing with your husband. Weddings are the best. 

Goals for 2014

Read More
I’d love to read at least one book a month. I think it’s possible. But I will need to consciously make time for it.

Write More
At least one blog post every other week. Doesn’t have to be extensive, but at least something. I’d love to throw some personal essays or columns in there too, but I don’t want to get too ambitious. I’ve also thought about enrolling in one of those online writing courses that send you prompts and lessons. But the only ones I’ve found have been a bit expensive. Suggestions?

Volunteer More
My church (Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church) does a lot of volunteer work, ad I’ve been wanting to get more involved. I’ll make it happen in 2014. I would love to also get more involved with food banks and homeless shelters in Johnson County.

Stay in touch with friends
Many of my friends are spread out across Kansas, and the country. (HEY CHEL!) It’s difficult to stay in touch, especially when I feel like I hardly have time to see the people who live here in KC. But I will try to make more phone calls and write more e-mails, because you make time for the things (and people) that/who matter.

Travel More
In 2013 I traveled to Washington D.C. (thanks to work, although that trip included zero sight seeing), Arizona (thanks to a good friend’s bachelorette party/weekend), and St. Louis (again, thanks to work, again, no sight seeing). I definitely want to do more traveling this year (depending on time and money of course).

Europe has been on my bucket list since like….ever. Steven has promised that we will go, and we’ve talked about it for a while, but it’s never really been affordable. Although I really really hope we can take that trip this year. :-/

Would of course love to go back to D.C. or to NYC (and bring Steven with me!). I also plan to make it out to St. Louis to see my cousin. And, would love to spend a weekend in Mexico, Missouri (quite the happen’ place!) to see my grandmother. I think I might be overdoing it with all these traveling goals……

It really is going to be tough to beat 2013, but I have faith in you, 2014. Especially if you bring me a national championship for my Jayhawks (or, I’d settle for a Final Four), AND a new governor. (Er, um, yeah, training for an October half marathon during election season? Yup. This whole list is looking rather ambitious….)

Catch ya on the flip side, Internetz.

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” ~ Walt Disney

Comments: 6

  • Kelsey Tillman
    January 6, 2014 10:57 AM

    I like your goals, yes people make fun of resolutions because the vast majority of them have no follow through, but since when is attempting to make yourself better a bad thing? And so what if most of them fail? That means that some of them still succeed. And isn’t it a funny thing when you find running and you hesitate to call yourself a runner but all of a sudden it becomes an important part of your identity but you still don’t feel like you meet the requirements of a runner because that would be someone who runs a marathon every day and doesn’t even sweat… but no, you run, therefore you are a runner.

    • Erin
      January 6, 2014 11:40 AM

      I agree! I’ve always liked resolutions. And the beginning of a new year is the perfect time. And you’re right. I am a runner…it just feels strange to call myself that! Also, glad you stopped by my blog. Hope you’re doing well!

  • Kelly
    January 8, 2014 7:55 PM

    Erin, Coursera is a site that offers some pretty cool FREE courses! There might be a writing course that you can take, doesn’t cost a dime, and you can work it to fit into your schedule and based on what you want to get out of it.
    I am taking a couple classes through it now, since I still have the time as I job hunt (cross fingers I find something!). I am really enjoying taking some amazing environment courses and broadening my knowledge further. Hope this is useful for you 🙂
    You’re awesome and doing awesome things! I really look up to you, a fellow activist, and enjoy seeing what you’ve done and the action you are taking for the causes you are so passionate about! Keep kickin’ ass, lady!

    • Erin
      January 9, 2014 4:01 PM

      Aw, well thank you Kelly. 🙂 I will definitely have to check out coursera!

      Good luck on the job search! I remember how stressful and rough that was for me. I promise though, you will find something great!

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