Organic Runner Mom

Embracing change and setting goals

With the change of seasons come new beginnings. It’s time to set some new goals!



This Monday feels like fall. Leaves are turning colors. The rain has cast a melancholy mood over the landscape. Sometimes this change is hard for me. I am trying to embrace the changing of seasons. The days that are settling back into routine unlike the wild and free days of summer. For the kids the start of the new school year brings new beginnings as they meet new teachers and new friends and rekindle old friendships. The start of the new school year is a time to plant the seeds of learning and a time to set new goals. It is the beginning of fresh growth in mind body and spirit. Perhaps this is the more positive way to view the forward motion of time rather than to long for days that have already passed.

This time of year often puts me into a funk. I feel especially jolted this year by the passage of time with my son now in Kindergarten. He is my baby and now he is big like his sister. Real school has started. Rather than to look at this as a hard change I need to look at this as a new beginning for me. This seems like to perfect time to begin thinking about new goals. It’s also a great time to set new goals because my 39th birthday is getting closer (it’s in the beginning of October). I have been thinking all about goals to challenge myself this year as it will be my last year in my thirties (which seems crazy to me! How did that happen?).

So here goes . . .

***************This list of Goals will be a work in progress and is always subject to change.***************

BIG GOALS for my 39th Year!

  • Grow the readership on this blog through improved content offerings including more organic food information and recipes, workouts etc., better organization and a schedule, and more interaction with my readers.
  • Give back through more fundraising initiatives connected to my running.
  • Learn more about nutrition the connection to running and triathlon
  • Gain a run coach certification through Road Runners Club of America or become a Run-Fit Specialist
  • Become a faster cyclist and swimmer to improve in race placement in Olympic Distance and Half Ironman Distance triathlons
  • Run another marathon. It’s been awhile! My last marathon was the 2014 Boston Marathon.
  • Achieve a new PR in the Half Marathon distance. This will take some hard work! My PR is a 1:37 and that was way back in 2012!
  • Relax. Sometimes I take life too seriously and when I do I lock up a part of me that the world needs to see. Life is too short.
  • Go to bed earlier every night and wake up more refreshed!
  • Laugh often! Surround myself with people who bring out the giggles. There is something so healthy about laughter.
  • Play a little each day with my kids and somedays play and explore the whole day with them. Adventures await around every corner and its important to be present!
  • Hug more. I’m a hugger. Hugging makes people happy. It’s science. It raises your serotonin levels. No joke!

I will be adding to this list as the year moves forward and hope to make some if not all of these goals a reality over the next year or so. Setting goals always helps me to continue forward moving through times of change which can create an uneasiness inside of me. By setting goals I am giving myself some balance that I need (I am a Libra  personality for sure and we just crave balance!)

What big goals or little goals await your over this next year? Do you embrace change or fear it?


21 responses

21 responses

  1. Not being a Mom myself I cannot relate really to that JOLT as you describe it… but I have certainly watched some of my friends go through it. Some cry and others are elated to have some ME time.

    I thrive on change – love to see new things and situations coming my way.

    I hope you have a wonderful NEW year!
    Elle recently posted…Slow and Steady Sunday ShuffleMy Profile

  2. I love reflecting in September. I’m signed up with Run-Fit – I just really need to carve out time to read the materials so I can write the exam.

    I quite enjoyed hearing Jason Karp at IDEAWorld, and that’s what motivated me to sign up with his certification.

  3. Great post! I definitely need to get something going for myself. I too need to go to bed earlier as well as laugh more often.
    I’ll have to think more about this and do my own blog post soon. ☺

  4. Great goals you’ve set. My blogiversary is coming up in December and boy have I learned a lot in just a short years time! I will refocus not only my blog goals but my running goals too. Right now I just wanna get past marathon training!
    Tricia@MissSippipiddlin recently posted…RooSport GiveawayMy Profile

  5. Aw. It’s definitely bittersweet when the littles one transition into “real school.”

    I don’t know. I kind of like change. It keeps things interesting. Of course, I am also an anxious person, so too much too fast can be a challenge, but I have come to terms with it.

    Love all your goals. Those will help all the changes pass smoothly.
    Jenn recently posted…week in review: 9.6 – 9.12My Profile

  6. These are great goals. I know what you mean about turning 39, I turned 39 last week and it’s kind of been a tough one. The realization that 40 is next year is scary!! My big goal? Take a year off from the marathon, really focus on shorter distances, strength and speed with the hopes of a BQ in a year when I turn 40!
    Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes recently posted…MCM Training Recap Week 10: Another great training week and a giveaway announcement!My Profile

  7. Hmmm now that I’m thinking about it, my only real goal right now is to complete my first half marathon in October. But then again, maybe it’s better (at least for me) to only have one goal at a time. I am often biting off more than I can chew.

  8. I love your goals! I’d like to look into the Run Fit certification also. I don’t want to coach, but I’d like to learn more about running.
    So agree about playing with my kids more and enjoying every moment.
    I’m a huge hugger too. Hugging is so refreshing!
    I have no doubt you will achieve every one of your goals!!! xx
    Natalie recently posted…Weekend Update: I’m Getting My Groove Back!My Profile

  9. Great goals. I want to do the Run-Fit Specialist. Maybe in another year though. Still trying to get my CPT this year. I often look forward to the change of seasons and next chapters. I hate things staying the same. But I’m also constantly setting new goals and so it’s an opportunity for me to try to squeeze something in and maybe now is finally the time!
    Coach Henness recently posted…You are what you feed your mind.My Profile

  10. My big goal is a sub2 half. However, I know it is my eating and not my running that is holding me back. I gained 20 pounds this year and that is slowing my way down – so my biggest goal is to get my diet back in check.

Comments are closed.

Organic Runner Mom
Please sign up to get the latest inspiring content first!
We respect your privacy.