At the start of 2017 I set myself these goals based on my night time resolutions. Night time resolutions are the things you tell yourself you are going to do more of just before you drift off to sleep and by the time you wake up you've forgotten about your grand plans, that is until the next night. To cure this constant battle I decided to tackle the nagging thoughts head on and attach a number or a challenge to them in the hope that if I actually have a goal then doing more of these things then might become habit.
The How and Why
1. COMPETE IN 5 RUNNING EVENTS
- I have signed up for 2 races and 1 event already, the St. Helens 10k in March and the Edinburgh 1/2 marathon in May. The event is part of the Trailfest monthly social in Mugdock Park and is just 5km.
I have also got eyes on a few other running events but I am contemplating leaving them until after the summer so I can concentrate on other projects.
2. CYCLE 50 MILES IN A DAY
- I set this challenge in 2016 but without having a bike it was quite the challenge to complete. I have now bought myself a bike and signed up to do PEDAL FOR SCOTLAND : The Classic Challenge - 45 mile , Ill cycle 5 miles prior to the start I figure. The event is 10th September. I believe I could do 50 miles already but its the actually dedicating a time and day to it that I have found the most difficult so if there is an event I am tied into I am compelled to do it. Personally I find with goal setting like this is that I am more likely to achieve it if I have a tangible date or time I can work towards, basically that it would be hard to back out of. I'm excited about this one because I wont be tackling it alone, I'll be taking it on with my boyfriend Liam.
3. BAG A MUNRO
- Well, I have lived in Glasgow for three years and seriously it feels like everyone spends their weekends (or sometimes evenings!) hill walking except me, it's like in their blood. A munro is a hill in Scotland over 3,000 feet and climbing one is known as bagging a munro, its basically a right of passage for anyone who likes the outdoors. I love getting outside and walking but I'm generally a bit rubbish at knowing where to go or provisions to take, I would most certainly put myself in the fair weather beginner category. This challenge is my incentive to get out and discover Scotland and the amazing walks and hills it has to offer.
4. SUB 26 MINUTE 5k
- My PB currently stands at 28.24 in my local park run, which I recently discovered and would encourage everyone and anyone to go to. I'll continue to chip away at this goal every week I am able to attend ParkRun.
5. MAKE A SHORT FILM
- I work as an Assistant Producer in Factual Television so this should be an easy one, or you would think. For the four years I have worked in this industry and the three years at uni before I have been promising myself I will make a short film. Now I have some interesting goals coming up I think its really time I did something about it.
6. WATCH 12 FEATURE DOCUMENTARIES
- As I say I work in television, largely factual but I watch hardly any docs, SHHHH! To make me a better film maker and inspire me I am committing to watching all those docs I have queued up on my Netflix account.
7. READ 12 BOOKS
- Like the 12 feature docs this seems pretty doable but considering last year I read no books this is a significant jump. So far I have managed to read Caitlyn Moran, How To Be a Woman and Mindy Kaling, Is everyone hanging out without me. With my time being spread thinner and thinner I think I am going to struggle with this one.
8. COMPLETE A RECIPE BOOK COVER TO COVER
- Cooking is a passion I share with Liam, as is eating. We binge watch Masterchef Australia and My Kitchen Rules Australia and NZ like people binge the latest HBO drama, except these are 50 1 hour episodes. We are always striving to be better cooks and I think this challenge will be fun for us to do together. Tackle the recipes that persuaded us to buy the book and also the ones I usually flip through because they take longer than an hour or they have one ingredient I have never used before.
9. VEGGIE FOR A MONTH
- I don't know what has compelled this challenge, I've never had a compulsion to be vegetarian in my life. I think its perhaps increased awareness of the environment and animal cruelty or maybe thats sentiment and its actually the curiosity of if I can manage it. I now need to just get a month in the diary to do it.
10. 10 x PULL UPS AND PRESS UPS
- Just because I think it will make me look really badass and feel super strong. I do crossfit around three times a week and I adore it so I will use my training here to build my strength until I can do it. Lifting has this odd ability to make you feel like superwoman and who wouldn't want to feel like that.