“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” Lewis Carroll
How we’re going to make 2015 great!
We’re big believers in the power of goal setting. Not just talking about goals and dreams, actually writing them down and creating a road map for success. The goal setting process itself can be quite inspiring. It forces us to think about what is truly important and gives us focus and direction.
We often set goals for ourselves but this is the first time we’ve published our personal goals on this blog. Why now, you ask? I have no idea. It just feels right to share our goals with the universe. It’s the beginning of a new year, a clean slate, so it’s nice to have a clear picture of what we want to accomplish this year. It also means we can’t hide or fudge the goals later in the year. I guess on some level we’re looking for you to hold us accountable to these goals.
The way we approach this goal setting exercise is simple. We write our Top 15 goals in private, without distraction or influence from the other person. Then we share our goals with each other. We challenge each other’s goals and look for ways to simplify the goal so that it is clear and measurable (we have to know if we hit the goal or not). We then eliminate 5 of these goals, the one’s that are least attractive or attainable, leaving us with our Top 10.
See the results and explanations below.
How Cam is going to make 2015 great
- Travel once per month – with 2 little boys, full time jobs and a juicy mortgage, our ability to travel long-term is simply not feasible at this stage in our lives. Instead of really big trips, we now opt for more short trips and weekend getaways. Here’s our simple strategy to traveling more often.
- Visit 3 new countries – building on the above goal, we want to make sure our travels include a few new destinations this year. Although we managed to travel 10 out of 12 months last year, we did not visit a new country. We want to change that this year.
- Attend the Rugby World Cup in England/Wales – ever since our hometown hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics we’ve been looking for a world event to attend. With the Rugby World Cup landing in the UK in 2015, the decision practically made itself.
- Visit 5 ski resorts – this year we’re switching things up and trading the sand for snow. We usually visit 1-2 ski resorts every winter, but this year we want to make an effort to visit a few new ones. We’re well on our way to achieving this goal.
- Complete Tough Mudder – I’ve signed up for the Tough Mudder event so I’d better complete it, right? This 19 km military-style obstacle course is hosted in Whistler in late June. It’s not going to be easy because I currently cannot run 1 km without needing a break. Training has begun.
- Lose 20 lbs – See above goal. The two are linked. I’ve gotten quite soft over the past few years (okay, I’m getting fat!), so this needs to change. Training has begun.
- Experience 15 sunrises – the key word in this goal is ‘experience’. Driving to work before the sun comes up does not count. Sunsets are easy, but sunrises require a different level of commitment. I want to be fully present for at least 15 starts to the day.
- Teach Braydon to ice skate or ski – one of the best parts about being a dad is teaching your child new things. We love the outdoors, so this winter we want to get Braydon comfortable with skates and/or skis. Hopefully he enjoys one of them.
- Complete a multi-day, overnight trek in the mountains – we live in British Columbia, home to some of the world’s best hiking trails. I cannot believe that I have still not completed a multi-day hike that includes camping in the mountains. How is this even possible? That changes this year.
- Read 5 new books – I spend way too much time online. I read a lot of blog posts and news articles at the expense of cracking open a good book. I actually have 5 new books sitting on my bedside table that have not been opened. I keep putting them off or finding some excuse to open my tablet or smartphone instead. I must make more time for these books.
How Nicole is going to make 2015 great
- Visit 3 new countries – similar to Cameron’s explanation above, I want to make sure that we continue to visit new countries and destinations.
- Attend the Rugby World Cup in England/Wales – same explanation as above.
- Get better at photography – photography requires time and patience, which is hard to find with two little boys. Now that our youngest is starting to find his legs, I have more time to practice my photography. I want to learn how to properly use my DSLR, to move past it’s presets and auto function.
- Teach Braydon to swim – I’ve already signed him up for swimming lessons and we’ve completed one class. It’s nice to have this special one-on-one time with him.
- Have date night once a month – our lives are quite full with our little boys, so it’s important that we commit to at least one date night per month. A few hours of alone time isn’t asking too much, is it?
- Learn to cook 4 new meals per month – I’ve never been much of a kitchen person. This year, I want to experiment more and get comfortable with new dishes. I’ve even got a new cook book for inspiration.
- Try at least 2 new adventure activities – in the past 4 years I’ve been either pregnant or nursing an infant. Because of this, my adventurous side has been neglected (although, one can argue that raising two boys is quite an adventure!). I’d like to try ice climbing, snowmobiling and cross country skiing, to name a few.
- Go horseback riding at least 2 times – I love horseback riding. I grew up riding horses but it’s been a long time since I’ve gone riding. I’d like to change that this year and go riding at least a few times.
- Girls weekend – it’s been hard staying in touch with my friends over the past few years. Many of them are also raising little ones, so it’s difficult to find the time to get everyone together. This year, I’d like to organize a weekend getaway for just the girls. No husbands, boyfriends or kids. I can’t wait!
- Lose 10 pounds and keep it off – like most people, I’d like to lose a few more pounds. I’m happy to have lost most of my baby weight, but there’s still an extra 10 pounds of unwanted weight that needs to go away.
What about you? What are you doing to make 2015 a kick-ass year?