I am usually careful about not taking on too much at once. By setting limits and saying no to some things, I have confidence I can achieve my goals and not overstretch myself.
For the year 2018, I set out several goals for myself. One is to buy a fifth wheel and start using it for short trips. The goal is to explore the world of RVing and decide if we want to pursue a full-time RV lifestyle in our next stage of life. We have now purchased our truck and fifth wheel (Arctic Fox 27-5L 2014). We are already learning a great deal even though we only managed to buy our fifth wheel, bring it home, then discover problems and take it back to the shop for repairs. We also realized that we need a gravel driveway in our side yard for the fifth wheel, so we (mostly Hubby) spent more time than we have in years out working in our yard. And I can see that the time investment needed in order to start enjoying our RV is not done. We need to outfit the kitchen, etc. More to come in future blogs, I'm sure.
Another big goal and time investment is to get my coaching certification through New Ventures West in San Francisco. This is a year long program, with quite a bit of time and energy involved. I recently completed my first onsite training session in San Francisco. It was a wonderful experience and I came home with new daily practices, reading to complete and homework assignments. This is definitely going to be a learning experience.
I have goals for my day job as well, of course, with one big project ahead of me that will require shifting our organization towards a new way of doing certain things. It will require me to be creative, tenacious and collaborative. I believe it will stretch me in ways I don't even know yet.
And today I agreed to another goal for the year. My husband and I signed up for a 50K trail race in October. It will be my first 50K. Hubby has done several a few years ago, but has been injured and is starting over now from scratch. This week I ran 15 miles in total, with a long run of 4 miles. In September, we need to run at least one 25 mile training before the big race. We have a big ramp up ahead of us!
Some days I feel a little overwhelmed with all of these big goals. It is outside my comfort zone to take on so much at once, but I feel good about all of them and I don't want to give any of them up. I have amazing support from my husband, great support at work, and a new coaching support system that I'm sure will help me through it. I wanted more adventure in my life and I feel like I am on the path to an adventurous year. Let us see how it unfolds.