13 January 2013

2012 Year in Review

Last year I put together a 2011 Year in Review where I listed all of the things I had accomplished and laid out some goals I hoped to achieve for 2012. As it's the season of 'Lists' I feel inspired to do it again. So now for your reading "pleasure", my 2012 Year In Review!

It's kind of funny really: I often find myself wishing for a little time machine - I always want to know what will happen in just 3 months, 6 month, a year. Where will I be? WHO will I be? What will I be doing? Will I be happy??? Turns out, I know myself better than I thought. It would seem I'm pretty good at predicting where my life will take me (or at following my predictions, you decide).

Here are my 2012 goals in last year's post:
  • Run at least 10 miles a week with the goal of hitting 600 miles this year
  • Lead a 10c/d outside, and cleanly top-rope an 12a inside
  • Travel to a new international destination (to maintain my streak starting in 2005)
  • Read 23 books
  • Move to Boulder

And these are other goals that, at the time, had not made the blog:
  • Take up a new sport
  • Buy a car and/or move to a new place
  • Find a job that I love

How did I do? Here are the 2012 accomplishments!
  • Ran 756.63 miles over 159 days for a total of over 133 hours spent running (That's nearly 5 full days!) My average run length was 4.66 miles and I took 72 laps around Greenlake!
  • Completed my first marathon! I also set a new PR for the half distance in my fifth half marathon!
  • Lead first 10c outside. Cleanly TR'd an 11b inside.
El Potrero
  • Traveled to MEXICO! Got my new country and upheld my 8 year streak! I also posted too many blogs about El Potrero Chico, MX, for a short five-day trip, but it's my life and I'll write about it if I want to dammit! Here are parts one, twothree, AND four
  • Read 13 books. Yeah, definitely didn't come close to this goal. Wah wah. My excuse? I no longer bus commute, so I've got less designated time to read per day. I am hoping to right this in 2013 and read more.
  • I also didn't move to Boulder, but we know why. In case you missed my emotional journey to choose to stay in Seattle, here are parts one and two.  

As for the other goals?
  • I took up Backcountry Skiing and have absolutely fallen in love with it. In case you can't tell. Which means this is the first blog of mine you've ever read, because seriously I have not been able to shut up about it! 
  • It's hard to pick a fave BC day, so here are a few fun posts: Baker SummitAdams Summit, (also where I got my Christmas Card photo this year), Little DevilSlot Coulior, and Helen's Birthday Ski!
Teaser photo from New Year's BC Ski Trip to Keith's Hut. Photo courtesy of Andrew Sullivan.

Regarding a new car/new apartment - I opted to save my pennies for travels and am sticking with Layla for now, but I did find a new apartment which is decidedly more sunny than my last location. And let's be honest, when you live in SAD inducing Seattle, the more sunshine in your life, the better.

So what's left? And what's next??? As you may have seen in a few of my blogs, I was inspired to create a 30 Before 30 list and I've been working on that basically since my 28th Birthday in May. I have a few items I'll only announce when I'm all done, but so far I've:
  • Skied from summit of 2 volcanoes (Helen's, Adams) - also summitted Baker, but only skied from 7k feet. That means I need to ski from the summit of either Hood, Baker or Rainier.
  • Ran a Marathon
  • Paid off student loans
  • Hiked Mt. Si
  • Traveled (twice!) for Mumford and Son's Show
  • Ran 100 Miles in one month - 116 miles in September
  • Completed a 30-day alcohol-free cleanse
  • Skied 12 (now 15) consecutive months!

And last but not least - the highlights of what's left to accomplish on the 30 Before 30 List:
  • Ride the STP
  • Participate in the Fremont Solstice Parade
  • Ride an Elephant
  • Lead an 11a outside
  • Kayak in Lake Union
  • Hike the Enchantments
  • Try Standup Paddleboarding
  • Publish 200 blogs (This is lucky #162 baby!)
  • Try every restaurant on Greenwood near my new home
  • Throw a kick-ass Thirtieth Birthday Party!

Thank you all for your encouragement and participation in this journey called life. I appreciate everyone single one of my adventure buddies (and of course my blog readers - if you made it to the end, kudos to you)! If you spot something on here that looks fun for you - let me know! Let's make it happen! And I hope this might inspire some of you to make your own lists! Life is for the living. Go! DO. BE.  

1 comment:

Matt Q said...

I am thinking perhaps you may need to add a few as you seem far too close to actually completing this list on time. And of course I volunteer for participating in the water sports items.