2014 was an interesting year. I can only claim success on one of my four goals from last year, but I have good excuses for all and notable progress on 2 more. To recap, my goals were (here’s the full post if you want to see why I picked them):
Run a 4 hour marathon.
Read 12 Career Focused Books
Achieve Administrative Excellence
Finish Korean Level 2 on Rosetta Stone
I had a great year of running, but I did not run a 4 hour marathon. I ran 1020 miles including completing the Pittsburgh Marathon for the first time since 2011. I really enjoyed getting back into some of the best shape I’ve been in for years. Two bits of bad news though. First, I was in worse shape than I thought I was at the beginning of the year last year. I ran almost 400 miles in the first quarter of last year and was still in not nearly good enough shape to meet the 4 hour mark in the early May Pittsburgh Marathon. I had hoped to do one later in the year, but a minor injury from Pittsburgh (and, if I’m honest, a bit of laziness) had me getting in worse shape not better until October. I have been pretty good lately and optimistic that 2015 is the year I will hit four hours, but more on that when I make resolutions.
I read 8 books on actual pages (well, mostly Kindle pages) and started a ninth. I read three more work related books on audio. While 11 isn’t 12, it’s close enough that I consider this goal a success. It’s more of a discipline I wanted to instill then a distinct goal and, to that extent, I have been successful. Similarly, I have become a zero inbox guy who keeps detailed notes and lugs around relevant documents to meetings. It hasn’t been easy, but I think I have administrative excellence down too.
I broke up with my (now) ex in March. She, and being able to speak to her parents, were the real reason for getting started with Korean. I briefly thought about sticking with it even after we broke up, but both the opportunity and the desire aren’t there anymore. I can say hello and sound out the words when/if I go to Korea, but I won’t make it any further on that goal.
So, as I said at the top, one of my four goals was fully completed, two more were successes and the last one I had a good reason to abandon. Next year I’m hoping to do even better with resolutions.