Never Too Late

by Holly on September 16, 2010

in goals

In case you didn’t know, it’s September.

Like, as in September…2010.

Don’t be afraid, however.

While the dreaded anticipation of a complete Y2K meltdown may be long gone, you may still be feeling like the days, weeks, months and yes, even years are slipping by too fast for your Everythingtarian-reading soul to handle. You may be thinking there is just not enough time to do all the things you want to do – marry Jake Gyllenhaal, wash the three days’ worth of dirty dishes in your sink, embark on an Argentinean love affair, stop and smell the roses, watch The Queen on Netflix after getting it in the mail more than two months ago, be on The Price is Right (even though you are protesting that show because Bob Barker is no longer the host).

Or maybe that’s just me…

Anyways, it’s not too late. These past two weeks have reminded me that life is often way too short, and we need to grab it by the balls, make it our b!tch and seize the day.

I don’t mean spew such crass words, but a girl’s gotta to do what a girl’s gotta do, ya know?

Did you make a list of resolutions for 2010? Because I did.

Let’s do a fun activity.

Go grab your list.

Sit down in a comfortable chair with a pen and paper.

Once you have yourself a lovely libation (mine is kumquat green tea + packet of tangerine Emergen-C), let’s track our progress on those 2010 goals. To make things even more beneficial, for every goal we have not yet achieved, we are going to write down one thing we can do this week to get closer to the prize.


I’ll start.

  • Pay off my credit cards.
    Status: Incomplete
    Goal for this week: Sit down and write a detailed payment plan for the rest of the year. I actually have something similar already done, and if I follow it, I shall be credit card debt-free by December!
  • Run two 1/2 marathons at a sub-1:50 pace.
    Status: Incomplete
    Goal for this week: After running the Madison 1/2 Marathon in 2:01, I am going to be realistic when I say this goal is probably not going to happen this year. However, I am going to be running a 5K race the last weekend in September, so how’s about a 5K PR instead? This week, I shall officially register.

  • Put an additional $2000 in savings.
    Status: Incomplete
    Goal for this week: Similar to my savings, I’m going to make a detailed financial plan for the rest of 2010 to ensure I have two g’s in the bank come December. That means one thing:
    no shopping. Goo.
  • Study Spanish.
    Status: Complete! I took a Continuing Ed Spanish course earlier this year. Now, if only I could remember what I learned…
  • Write a story + get it published.
    Status: Complete! If you remember, I contributed to the 55 Knives cookbook where I wrote an original recipe as well as a personal story. It’s not the freelance article I was envisioning but still counts!

  • Cook one new recipe a week.
    Status: Incomplete
    Goal for this week: Cook a new recipe, of course! I haven’t tracked every single week, but I think I have done pretty good thus far.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, The Queen and I have a long-overdue date.

How are YOU doing on those 2010 goals? Sharing is caring!


Alex @ IEatAsphalt September 16, 2010 at 7:43 pm

I rarely set resolutions for myself. I did set a goal to run my first marathon… which is paid for and will occur in November. I recently set a goal to sign up for a century bike ride in the spring. We’ll see how both of those actually turn out.

Erica September 16, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Great goals. I hope you PR on that race for sure! My general goals are to perfect my group fitness techniques, spend lots of time with the man, family, friends & puppers, and make an effort to get to know new people/make friends. I also have one more secretive goal ;) Will let you know about it later!

Angharad September 16, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Damn it! I went back to your original post hoping I had listed some goals but I didn’t even comment. Hmm. I feel like we shared some emails about this. I’m gonna go check!

…. YESSSS! I found them.

1. Stop biting my nails
Kinda. They look okay.

2. Run a half marathon.
YAY! Did it with you chica.

3. Go to England! Once, twice, I don’t care, but I need to go HOME. End.
I did indeed go home in March. It was amazing.

4. Work on house and make changes that I want to happen.
I don’t even know what that means so we’ll call it a fail.

5. Volunteer and take a class
Yes to volunteering and no to taking a class. Got one planned for the new year…darn.

6. Go out more! Participate more in the arts, go out dancing more and say yes to social stuff. Because it is way too easy to play on the internet and watch “Hoarders” instead.
I am hilarious. I would say this happened.

Love you xxx

Liz September 16, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Your post reminded me that I keep a google doc with my resolutions every year, and this is probably the first time I’ve checked it since January. Ooops! My list includes: run a marathon (hopefully will happen in oct), run a sprint triathlon (check!), call or email a far away friend once a month (B- on this), procrastinate less at work – no fun web sites from 9:30-11 am (VERY BIG FAIL!).

VeggieGirl September 16, 2010 at 8:05 pm

I’m doing VERY well on my 2010 goals, actually – finally healthier, stronger, and living it UP.

K September 16, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Yes… it is definitely Sept – 2010. Insanity! I love that you went back to your list. With my entire life changing in a week I think it’s a great time for me to make a new list… a Spain list. Maybe I’ll work on that on my flight over. Thanks for the inspiration.

Susan September 16, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Pardon my French, but my 2010 goals have gone to shit. Well, most of them. Let’s review:

1. Run a half marathon. Didn’t and won’t be happening. I had one picked out for October, but this summer was so hot/crazy that I couldn’t bring myself to train for one. Plus, I didn’t need the stress of a race looming over my head.

2. Complete a duathlon. Fail! I was planning on doing one in Moncton in June. I was no longer living in Moncton in June.

3. Complete a metric century. Triple fail! My bike chain broke in the spring and I never got it fixed. Plus it’s hard to cart a bike around when you’re homeless. I haven’t been on my road bike this season!

4. Get my first client as a personal trainer. I’m training four people a day and have about 20 clients all together now. So this one is definitely done. Can’t believe I’m doing it full-time now! In January it was just a distant wish…

5. LIVE life. This is the goal that makes the other failed goals not matter. I’ve gone above and beyond at achieving this goal. Not only have I been living my life to the fullest, but I’ve also been changing my life for the better. Without knowing it, this goal has turned 2010 into one of the best years of my life :)

Lauren September 16, 2010 at 8:34 pm

You did so awesome on your goals!!!!!! So proud of you girl! :)

Katie September 17, 2010 at 6:58 am

Trust me, you don’t want to get caught up in an Argentinian love affair! =P Ha!

Good goals! I think you can master them. It looks like you have a set plan. :) I think I am going to do a goal post. It sounds fun. :D

Katie September 17, 2010 at 8:09 am

One of my goals was to read at least one book per month. I got through January and life got the best of me and I didn’t have time to sit down to a book. But I made up for it this summer by reading my little heart away. So, I’ve decided to make a slight change in that resolution – read 12 books this year! I’m caught up and am on number 9. :)

brandi September 17, 2010 at 9:23 am

you can do it!

I don’t even remember what my goals were…maybe I need to look them up :) I’m pretty good at NOT making tangible goals…just so I can be lazy about them ;)

Kaleigh September 17, 2010 at 9:42 am

OOOhhh! I love this idea! I had SEVERAL resolutions and took another gander of them about a month ago. For the sake of space, I’ll only mention some :)
1. Pay off our credit cards (we had four): incomplete, but now we only have two! By the end of the year, we should have only one… so pretty good!
2. Run in the Bolder Boulder: missed it… i was in a really bad place health-wise at this point… goal for this week… find another similar race I can sign up for by the end of the year (the underlying goal with this goal was to get healthier and I HAVE certainly done THAT.)
3. Make our wedding scrapbook…incomplete. goal: pull out pics from the honeymoon and wedding and brainstorm where I want to take the whole project.
4. Learn how to play my guitar…incomplete. goal: set aside at least an hour a week that I work on this
5. Go on two vacations: incomplete. Money was tough this year. We went on a mini backpacking trip, so that counts as one but my goal for this week: see if we can fudge a mini get-away before the end of the year
6. Volunteer at least two times a month. COMPLETE!!! My husband and I are officially youth group leaders… awesome!
7. Take a huge step in my career…COMPLETE!! I got an awesome job as a nutritionist!

All in all… I still have a lot of work to do! Thanks for the reminder and good luck on finishing up yours!

Megan (Braise the Roof) September 17, 2010 at 10:13 am

I love that you made a list of goals rather than a big, overwhelming resolution! I think we’ve all learned by now that saying “I will get to the gym every day” or “I will not spend more than $20 on food/week” leads to failure by February! I met my goal of increasing my 5K speed (and increased my endurance at the same time), which I’m proud of. I didn’t make many goals this year, but I’m sure I will for 2011!

Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) September 17, 2010 at 10:32 am

I love goals!

A few of mine at the moment:

– Continue with my strength-based body recomp plan
Status: In the works. I’m liking my results, even if a month of over-snacking put me back a tad

– Read every night for pleasure
Status: Def. getting better! All it takes is a good book

– Get more sleep
Status: Uh…kinda…definitely getting better quality sleep, if not quantity

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) September 17, 2010 at 10:38 am

True story – Whilst running on the treadmill yesterday, I saw an ad for “The Prince of Persia” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and nearly fell off the belt. That boy is finnnnnee. Obvi, I thought of you and your future wedding.

As far as 2010 goals go…I have been failing at my ab/core/hip strengthening exercises. Womp, womp. Maybe tonight? hahaha. Or not.

janetha g. @ meals & moves September 17, 2010 at 12:51 pm

dude. not only is it september.. but it is almost OCTOBER. geez. you are doing great on your goals. seriously! and you have had a fun year. that’s what matters. you’ve been living.. no worries about those cards or that bank account.. as momma b says: “it’s just money, we will make more”–it’s true.

my resolutions: run 400 miles (it’s a lot for me!) and don’t drink soda. going strong on the second one, but i am a little behind on my 400 miles. i have 3 more months to get there!


Virginia September 17, 2010 at 3:33 pm

you’re right, it’s december, but i’m not thinking about my new year’s resolution list, i’m thinking about my christmas list ;)
and that, so far, is:
-new perfume: i want a different STENCH.
-good quality/cute measuring spoons and cups: because i’m domestic like that.
-new workout clothes: because da hotties always manage to show up when I’m at my sweatiest. might as well look cute.

BroccoliHut September 17, 2010 at 5:59 pm

I loved reading your goals!! After reading this post I actually went and dug up my resolutions that I wrote down last January:
Floss. Check. I do it every day now.
Wear sunscreen. Fail.
Run a 10K. Check. I completed it in February…but sadly that was the last race I did.
Complete a double-digit run. Fail. Still flirting with the 10-mile mark.
Be grateful. Check!
Live in the present. Eh, I’m working on it.

A good mix, I’d say!

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) September 17, 2010 at 6:41 pm

I love your flashback on all of your goals. You’ve completed so many of them!! You’re way better at this then I am…haha. :D

Although I *did* learn to just chillax and not take life as seriously for my last semester of school. It took me four years to realize that freaking out over exams does no good, but it’s better late then never. ;)

Madeline - Greens and Jeans September 17, 2010 at 9:39 pm

I’m still cracking on my biggest goal for the year which is to land a sweet freaking job! But on the plus side, I’m about to put a huge check mark next to my running goal!

Special K September 18, 2010 at 8:40 am

You are such a phenemenal visionary…I think instead of “accomplishments” we should measure our progress towards our resolutions by our intentions. The intention behind financial stablity, would be a sense of stewardship, spending wisely, planning for the long term and yet living each day unattached to tomorrow. Rather than see “i failed at…” look at who you are now and are becoming. I am so inspired by you, as always.

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) September 18, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Wow the goals and the sharing…thanks for keeping us updated! Congrats on the 55 cookbooks action, very cool and the spanish studying too!

All the other things that are incomplete. Honesty is refreshing, thanks for not trying to sugar coat that you’ve stashed 20g’s and that you’ve traveled the world all by Sept of this year :) I mean if you did, I’d love you, but the fact that you’re keeping it real and hunkering down more to make those things happen….bravo!

My goals are always to get off my computer, be with my family, live REAL life more…I would say I am not better or worse with this. Some weeks I suck. Some weeks Im better. I have scaled down the length of my posts which has helped but i am still a slave to my email and puter. It’s like my blog generates ALL these emails and questions from people and i just get sucked in to it all.

Have a great day honey!!!!



Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 18, 2010 at 3:53 pm

I had 2 main resolutions- to make As and Bs in school and to gain weight. I made the grades (after having to retake one..-_-) and I gained the weight! So I guess I’m good :P

This is a cool post, though…resolutions always tend to be forgotten a month of two after making them so it’s awesome you brought them back up!

Lynn @ The Actors Diet September 18, 2010 at 7:41 pm

love seeing your goals come to fruition!

Rachael September 18, 2010 at 9:33 pm

God, the reminder that the year is drawing to a close is a little grounding. I’m not a big goal setter – classic under-achiever ever since I peaked in high school with a 4.16 GPA and perfect SATS…glory days, but it’s all been downhill since then…) I believe instead in polite suggestions – as in, it would be wonderful if I could finally write something to back up the whole I’m-a-writer deal, or the very polite, no-pressure-whatsoever suggestion that I get the whole mom gig a rollin’. I’ve got what, three months left?
Kudos on accomplishing what you did, and since the calender is a human construct anyway, I don’t think anyone would fault you if you magically extended the allotted timeframe to accomplish the other stuff.
Have a great rest-of-the-weekend!

Chelsea September 19, 2010 at 8:54 pm

That’s really worth of applause. I feel like most people don’t bother with goals, or if they do the goals are short-lived because they’re completely unrealistic. I guess I’m one of these “people,” but it’s nice to see that not everyone is this way. I’m trying to work on real goals.

Diana @ frontyardfoodie September 19, 2010 at 9:39 pm

I just looked back at mine and they all got screwed when, five days after writing them, I found out I was pregnant. So no half marathon, no hardcore garden (I did garden a lot but not as much as I wanted to), no veganism……however, I did do a couple of them and now that I had my baby last week I can get crackin on some that I had to pass up!

Nic September 20, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Hi, I just found your blog and I am loving it! My goal this year was also to run a 1/2 in under two hours. I ran Fargo at 2 hours 39 seconds. I’m serious. I just can’t get into the training again so it’s going to have to wait until next year! Hopefully we’ll both be able to check that accomplishment off our list in 2011!

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