2017 goals

I don’t make resolutions…I think it’s silly to wait until a specific day/new year to resolve to do something that you could do “today.”  I do like to make a list of sorts though, to encompass my goals for the year.

Last year my goal was to survive 2016. And I can proudly say, I DID. Amidst broken vacuums, running toilets, blown out furnace (while living in Chiberia), my dog going through severe depression, teenager angst, pre-teen wanna-be angst, holding down a career where I supervise one of the largest pathology labs in the greater Chicagoland area, and maintaining a house…yeah. I survived. It wasn’t always pretty. There were meltdowns and crying fits a many. In about a month I hope to wash my hands of the stress of this year, and focus on all that I achieved. But I wont count my chickens before they are hatched.  We still have a month or so (give or take) to go before my hubby returns. And then we will have the reintegration period which I know can be hard. But I digress…


THIS YEAR I’ve got a few goals in mind. First being, training and running the Chicago marathon in October.  I swore I’d never do that race again, but, well, it’s Chicago and it’s the 40th anniversary of the race so I couldn’t help myself. We’ve already got a hotel booked so that will help tremendously with the logistics of packet pick up and getting to the start line which was one of the main reasons I never returned to the race that “popped my cherry” so to speak. The race where I became a marathoner. It was such a life changing day, and even though my sister won’t be running this time with me physically, she’ll be there with me every step.

My sister and I at the finish line of the 2012 Chicago Marathon

Secondly, I plan on really getting back in the kitchen. I’ve ordered a couple text books, one from the Culinary Institute of America, and one on sauces that came highly recommended from a few Chefs I know so that I can better learn more about this passion of mine. Sure, I am a good cook, but if I ever hope to open my own restaurant (pipe dream more than likely but it doesn’t hurt to try)one day, I need to hone my craft. The ultimate goal is to be in the food industry in a creative aspect be it cooking, plating, photography so I think studying these two books will really help.


Lastly, my goal for this year is to do my best to live each day to the fullest. Slow down, take deep breaths, let ALL the anxiety this last year has caused me GO and move forward with my wants and needs, even if just a little. While I have done my very best to do this over the last year, I know the last year was lived for my kids and my husband alone. Any needs or wants I had, took a back seat. Everyone needs a little something for themselves, so I am looking forward to a little ME time again. I just haven’t figure out what that ME time will be yet, LOL. I’m hoping more running, more cooking, more writing, and lots of time with my hubby and family this year. More focusing on what I have, not what I don’t have. More light, more traveling, more sunshine both outside and in my heart. You know…all the good stuffs I’ve sort of shadowed this past year.:-)

What are you goals for the year? Do you make New Year’s resolutions?

Cheers!  Thanks all for reading and commenting!


32 thoughts on “2017 goals”

  1. If you’re ever in my area, the Culinary is right up the street! 🙂 I”m with you – I don’t like New Year’s Resolutions – I try to make lasting changes in my life. But the new year is good to reflect upon what has worked and what hasn’t! Miss E

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  2. You summoned up your needs so beautifully in the last paragraph.
    Wish you all the best in this coming year and hope you will get all that you have planned for yourself. Me time is so important dear and hope you get it.

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  3. I’m so glad to hear the “reintegration” time is drawing near. I’m not a resolutioner but there is something about the New Year and the fresh start that it symbolizes that makes me wanna reevaluate and go forward.

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  4. That’s exciting that you’re planning on the Chicago Marathon again! Good luck 🙂 That’s great that you’ve already got your hotel nailed down. And living each day fully is a great goal. Me time is so important.


  5. I know that that reintegration can be really difficult — I hope it’s better than you think.And you absolutely deserve some ME time — you’ve deserved it all along. I hope soon you can begin to focus on things that make your heart sing, again (and of course a safe return for your hubby).

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  6. YEAH you survived! It hasn’t been a second of easy, and let’s be honest, it might not be this year either. But you know that you have strength beyond measure, and that will never leave yoU!


  7. ‘Me time’ is something we all need…hope you find plenty of it when your household returns to ‘normal’ and your hubby returns home….best of luck Michelle! 🙂


  8. Hi!
    What great goals you have set for 2017! Good luck at the Chicago Marathon! Also,I hope you find the time and motivation to spend more time tending to yourself and doing what you obviously love doing – running, cooking, travelling, reading and writing! Good luck to you and your family in 2017!

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