New Year's Resolutions and Top 10 Goals Update

July 3rd, 2012

Way back on January 1 of this year I declared my

Resolution: Become More Flexible

Progress: Little to none.

Last Friday I took a fitness assessment at our wonderful new gym. The personal trainer took me through a variety of tests which compared my metabolic age to my actual age. After the strength training and I think that is only because that is the maximum age on the metabolic scale.

I tell you this story because I have not stuck to my New Year’s Resolution. I had all these plans to stretch every day, to sit on the floor and jump right into exercise.
I know my weaknesses, and I feel as if I am on the right track.


Goal #1: Pay off student loans.

Progress: Completed

Kristin and give.

Goal #2: Save $10,000 for an emergency fund.

Progress: 63%

We are well on our way to completing baby step number 3. Having money in our emergency fund will allow us to put more money into retirement, save for baby Jane’s college fund (or her extravagant wedding), and beyond.

Goal #3: Facilitate 25 paid EA events.

Progress: 13 Workshops – 52%

As of July 2nd, I have facilitated 13 Experiential Adventure workshops. I love doing these trainings, and Brazil. This is one of my goals I am the most excited about, because I thought it would be one of the hardest to accomplish.

Goal #4: International Leadership Camp

Progress: Completed

Brazil Baby! What a wonderful trip. I am currently working on a post specifically reserved for the amazing things we were able to do in Campinas, Sao Paulo and we hope to add one more to the list before the huge Antarctica trip in 2014.

Goal #5: Project Adventure Training

Progress: Completed

This one was completed in a hurry. Murr, my personal assistant, was able to find a training in Boston in January that fit our needs. We loaded up on a plane, flew to the Northeast and increased my repertoire. I fully intend to have this goal on my list in 2013 since this training was so beneficial. Also, because of Murr’s excellent personal assistance during this trip, I have noted it on his annual performance review.

Goal #6: Read 52 books

Progress: 20 Books – 38%

So far I have read 20 books in 27 weeks. I am a little behind schedule, but I am very close to finishing three other books, and summer is the best time for me to read. I fully expect to complete this goal by the end of the year. Below is a list of the books I have read this year:
72. Back Pocket Adventures – Karl Rohnke & Jim Grout
73. The Resolution for Men – Stephen and Alex Kendrick
74. Cowstails & Cobras II – Karl Rohnke
75. Games That Teach: Experiential Activities for Reinforcing Training- Steve Sugar
76. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
77. Shorn – T. Suzanne Eller
78. Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins
79. Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins
80. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Washington Irving
81. Dracula – Bram Stoker
82. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
83. Swiss Family Robinson – Johann David Wyss
84. The Jungle – Upton SInclair
85. Always Know What to Say – Peter Murphy
86. The Bounce Back Book – Karen Salmansohn
87. Talent – Tom Peters
88. Dear Coca-Cola – Terry Ravenscroft
89. Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Jules Verne
90. Project Dad – Todd Cartmell
91. Games for Everybody – May C. Hoffman

Goal #7: Check 12 things off of the Bucketlist.

Progress: 4 items checked off the list – 33%

I love my Bucketlist. So far I only have checked four things off my list this year.

  1. Spend the night in a haunted house.
  2. Eat at a Brazilian Steakhouse in Brazil.
  3. Visit an orphanage in a foreign country.
  4. Stand beside the Christ the Redeemer statue.

I fully expect to check more things off of my list when I have the opportunity. I have already booked a trip to Europe at the end of this year, and will certainly get to check off a few more (1. Try to make a guard laugh at Buckingham Palace, 2. See Stonehenge, 3. Kiss on top the Eiffel Tower, 4. Walk around the Colosseum in Rome).
However, I still have some work to do before I can accomplish this goal. I still want to skydive, bungee jump, visit Mt. Rushmore and then check it off.

Goal #8: Set a World Record.

Progress: 0%

I will admit…I have done absolutely nothing to achieve this goal. I have done all of the necessary paperwork to set a world record, but I have yet to train or attempt to have my name entered into the Guinness Record Books. After I complete the Branson Half-Ironman in September, I hope to focus more of my time on this goal.

Goal #9: Get six-pack abs.

Progress: <33%

I currently weigh 200 pounds, and trained fairly well for the past six months, but I have not achieved the results I desire. I am putting in extra time right now to achieve this goal. I know the six-pack is under this layer of fat, I am just trying to find it.

Goal #10: Get back into church.

Progress: Getting there.

Kristin and as a Christian.
Welp, those are my goals I set forth over 6 months ago. Three goals are completed, and most of the others are over halfway there! Help keep me accountable. If you see me, ask me how my goals are coming along.
How are your goals at this halfway point? There is still so much of 2012 left to accomplish amazing things. If you haven’t started on your goals, write some down and start accomplishing them today.