Goals for 2011

3 Jan

This is my first yearly goals post, and I’m kind of excited about it! It’s not that I haven’t posted goals before, but it’s been pretty random (like here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here – and that’s all within the last year). Not very helpful, especially considering I’m still facing most of the same challenges 😦 .

For the last few years, I’ve assigned the freshmen in my New Student Seminar course to write SMART goals – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-Bound – for their first or second semester of college. I guess it’s about time I practiced what I preach 😕 .

My Goals for 2011

  • Write at least three blog posts a week
  • Lose 20 pounds by June 1
  • Complete at least two 5K races – all running, no walking
  • Complete a backpacking trip

I think this is more than enough to tackle in 2011. Some things are already on my calendar, like the backpacking trip and one 5K. The weight loss is a work in progress, and I hope that my daily posting can keep me on track with all of these goals.

Question of the Day:

What is one of your goals for 2011?


Taking the Next Step

1 Jan

As I looked back over my blog for my 2010 post recap, I realized how much I’ve grown as a blogger over the past year and how much I’ve come to enjoy this new part of my life. I’ve taken my blogging much more seriously, and I want to take it as far as I can. This realization has prompted me to take the next logical step in my blogging journey: getting my own domain!

Of course, I’m doing this right after sending my blog address info to several of our family and friends in our Christmas cards. I’m smart like that 😉

So now, firstclassgreatoutdoors.wordpress.com will become simply firstclassgreatoutdoors.com. Hooray!

If you have my blog linked on your blog or website, first of all, THANK YOU, and second, please update the link with my new address – http://firstclassgreatoutdoors.com. Also, be sure to update your feeds, Google Reader, etc. with the new address – http://firstclassgreatoutdoors.com/feed.

I’m really excited for my little blog to grow up. I hope you are, too 🙂

A Look Back at 2010

31 Dec

The start of our Yosemite 2010 conditioning: Hiking Bald Bluff in the Kettle Moraine in April.

Lone Tree Bluff, home to the “stairmaster” from hell. 😦
Lone Tree Bluff, 5/2/10

I’ll be seeing a lot more of this in advance of our High Sierra Camp trip.
Lone Tree Bluff, 5/2/10

Two of my favorite hiking companions.
Emma Carlin Trail, 5/16/10

Emma Carlin Trail, 5/16/10

Someone is excited to go on her first hike!
Happy Thea

Just before my life would change – for the better – forever. 🙂
We've Arrived!

Pure joy!
We've Arrived!

Yosemite Valley
Tunnel View

Glacier Point

Our first bear!
Our First Bear

Vernal Fall
Vernal Fall

Making my way to the top of Nevada Fall.
Getting Closer...

Happy hikers!
Happy Hikers

Contemplating life. Seriously, that’s what I was doing. 🙂

Jason in His Element

Such intensity!

We’re officially land owners!
It's Ours!

My first 5K in well over a decade.
I Finished!

Jason giving Bailey a little love.
Bailey Dog Love

Our happy camper!
Bailey in Baileys Harbor

Hardest working man I know. 🙂
Getting to Work

Pooped after our busy year.

Wishing you a safe and Happy New Year’s! May 2011 bring you fun and adventure!!