1. Volunteer more. Now that we’ve been in Nashville for almost two years (!!), settled into our house, and made some friends, I think it’s time we give back to the community. We’re looking into ways that we can volunteer through our church or other organizations. Locals: Any charity/volunteer opportunities that you know about?
2. Run less. I don’t know if I should say “run less” or “race less,” but a while back I declared that I’m taking it easy on the running front for a while. I’ve been enjoying just running for fun lately and it’s been kind of freeing in a way to not have any races on the calendar. Training for life!
3. Sew more. I’ve been learning how to sew over the past couple of months and really enjoy it! I don’t think I want to branch into clothing but I’d love to become a master of handmade table linens. Right now I’ve nailed down the basic square napkin and just completed my first table runner. I’d love to get faster and learn some fancier stitches in 2016!
4. Take dance lessons. Anthony and I decided that we want to pick up a new hobby! Dancing sounded fun. Apparently there’s a salsa dancing group that meets up once a week in Nashville — we’re planning on starting next week!
As I was writing down my goals, I thought about some other resolutions that might be on people’s minds. Most of my resolutions are personal/hobby-related, but I know that health/fitness-related goals are pretty popular this time of year, too. I’ve written down some tips for resolutions below. If yours is on the list, I hope the following thoughts help!
1. Train for your first half marathon. I bet a lot of you are already runners (since you read this blog, after all!) but if you’re starting out or looking to increase your distance, now’s the perfect time to start training for a spring half marathon! If you just build up mile by mile, 13.1 will seem easy in a few months. Related posts: Training tips for your first half marathon | Top 5 half marathon hacks2. Boost your strength. I consider December – March the “off season” for running and try to focus on strength training more than speed. It’s a nice change from the long summer runs/high mileage and a good way to avoid slipping on ice during the toughest months for running outside! Plus it all pays off on race day — strength and flexibility are just as important as speed and endurance. Take advantage of all the fitness studios’ new year’s specials and try a new workout! Related posts: Top 5 Bosu ball exercises | Strength exercises for runners | TRX for runners3. Become a morning person. I think one of the top secrets to success in life is making the mornings as productive as possible. Of course, I suppose those night owl people accomplish things, too — but I’ve never stayed awake long enough to check ;). Related post: 8 ways to become a morning person4. Travel more. Remember when I went on 12+ trips in 2013? That was crazy. I remember one of my goals for 2014 and 2015 was to actually travel less, and I think I made some progress! We’ve still taken a lot of trips recently, though — places as far as Slovenia and Australia, as well as close-to-home trips to Asheville, Chattanooga, and Winchester. Related post: 5 healthy travel tips.5. Eat out less. The older I get the more I complain about restaurants being too expensive/loud/dark/busy. Ha. We seem to cook at home more and more every year! I use Cook Smarts to organize all of my meal planning (huge time saver — only $8 a month!). Related posts: How to pack the perfect lunchtime salad | Fresh bread in a bread machine with less than 30 minutes of workHere’s to a successful 2016! Share your tips & resolutions in the comments section. Especially salsa dancing tips… anyone?