Goal Board

This is a New Year post of sorts.  One year ago, on January 1st, 2017, I wrote up a “Goal Board.”  Not a “vision board,” per se, as is the buzzword, but semantics do matter, and a “Goal Board” sits better with me.

Last year’s Goal Board was on a big piece of white bristol board, with lots of bullet points, arrows, and colours.  I wrote it at our dining room table, using fresh new markers that Santa brought my children, and it organized my ideas in a way that I was surprised I couldn’t experience through thought alone.  Then again, I’m a visual learner and I love to write, so getting ideas onto paper matches my personality.  This year, my kids wanted in on the action, so it was a family affair in the dining room, with fresh bristol board, new Santa markers (St. Nick is the practical sort around here), and lots of conversation.

My five year-old’s Goal Board looks like this:


Not a traditional Goal Board perhaps, but she’s got a lot of what’s important to her on there, and she learned that 2081 is different than 2018.  She’s proudly hung her masterpiece on her bedroom wall.

My eight year-old, meanwhile, came up with this:


He wants to save $25 (which he’s begun doing by shovelling driveways in our neighborhood), learn how to do a cartwheel and a trampoline front flip, get a shutout in hockey, and do a 360° roll with his drone.

Now, I’m not quite transparent enough to share my entire Goal Board with you here for all to see, but I will share with you this section, which focuses on an important part of my world: running.IMG_7902

These three goals all fly in the face of the fear that nitpicks at the back of my brain whenever I sign up for a race or set a lofty pace goal.  “You can’t run that fast,” it says, “what if you fail?”  In fact, let’s call a spade a spade, I had two big running “failures” in 2017:

But I also had some great successes, like running a several-minute Personal Best to win the Moon in June 10K, being awarded the Most Accomplished Runner award from the Burlington Runner’s Club, and watching 39-year-old Lyndsay Tessier come in second place at the Canadian Marathon Championships in Toronto.

Enough success to keep me determined and enough failure to keep me trying.  Enough limits being pushed and enough self-imposed barriers being broken. Enough early mornings and enough late nights, enough work put in, enough dreams being chased, enough shooting for the moon, and enough aiming higher and higher.

Be brave, my Goal Board screams to me.  Be brave.

And in case you didn’t notice, this post isn’t even about running after all.


Be brave.


Halfway through 2014

Yes, it’s true.  When the end of June comes, the year will be half over.  Think back to six months ago….. January 1st, 2014….. did you make any resolutions?  Goals?  Promises?  I did, and I’m not usually the resolution type.  But with Summer approaching and school’s end upon us, I thought I’d take a look at my 2014 report card:

Resolution #1:  Floss nightly.

Sounds simple, right?  But for some reason, I cannot seem to remember to add in this two-minute undertaking every night.  I can remember two children’s bath/book/bed routines, my myriad of supplements, and every other household organizational task, but flossing takes a backseat in my brain.  However, I am doing much better, and now I probably remember more often than I forget.
Grade: B-

Resolution #2:  Meal plan weekly.

I make a plan on Fridays and my husband grocery shops on Saturdays.  Boom, done.  The grease board on our fridge has become our weekly menu, which is far different than the almost-daily trips to the grocery store that we used to make.  Not only has this saved money, but it’s also saved time and stopped the what’s-for-dinner stress.  This has been a game-changer.
Grade: A+

Resolution #3:  Follow this ’52 Week Money Challenge’:


The concept is simple- make a small weekly cash deposit and end up with $1378 at the end of the year.  The only downfall for me is that I rarely carry cash, so many weeks I don’t have the physical cash on me to contribute to this goal, and I end up making a lump-sum deposit once I remember.  Now, I suppose I could set this up online so that money is e-transferred into a ’52-week savings jar’, but it’s more fun to see a little jar of cash on the bookshelf.  Ironically, it’s cash that I end up borrowing from when I don’t have any cash on hand…
Grade: B+

Overall, I’m not doing too bad.  I’m not on the New-Year’s-Resolution Honours list, but I’ve improved.  And isn’t that the whole point?  What were your resolutions?