A Warm Place


Confession: I strongly dislike New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. First of all, there’s the hassle of having to pay a cover to get into your favorite bars, which will be overflowing with novice drinkers who can’t hold their liquor. Then there’s the big come down of counting down until midnight, when the crowd erupts despite nothing at all changing, except having to write a new year on your checks (yes I still write checks sometimes).

I will confess, however, into buying into the fervor of making goals for the new year. As someone who views most of their life as a failure to live up to expectations (sorry, I’ve never been known for my optimism), the promise of new beginnings and opportunities is exciting. This past year I met my main goals of finding a house and finishing (barely) a full marathon. And now, since I know you’re all on the edge of your seats, I present to you my goals for 2013:

1) Study for and *hopefully* pass the Series 7 exam: For those of you not in the financial industry, the Series 7 is a license that essentially allows you to buy and sell securities. It also means earning more money in my current position. I’m kind of fond of money. I’m not fond of studying, however, and the Series 7 is on par with the Bar Exam in terms of difficutly.

2) Run another marathon, break five hours!: Not just break five hours, smash it to pieces. My Detroit finishing time of 5:20 will shit it’s pants when it sees the new PR that 2013 is sure to bring. I’ve already registered for New York’s Wineglass Marathon in October. Debating on running a spring marathon as well.

3) Stop being such a pussy: It should be evident from reading this mess of a blog that fear and anxiety run my life, especially the social realm. It took a lot for me to show up to my first day running with Your Pace or Mine. I did put myself out there though, and was able to meet an awesome group of people (some of whom I’m running with at the Wineglass Marathon). I’m not saying that being an introvert is something that needs fixing, but being timid and scared of perfectly nice people does. Last night I went to a party thrown by some YPOMers. It was akward and I didn’t talk too much, and I also tossed and turned all night worrying about what I did say, and whether or not I embarrassed myself. WHAT A BLAST! Being confident in social situations has been a life-long struggle, so I don’t expect it to be resolved by the end of the year. I just need to keep taking more risks.

I don’t know about you all, but I’m super happy the holidays are over and I actually have some time to myself to plan and scheme. I’m excited to be running a half marathon in January, appropriately titled the Snowman. Winter can kiss my ass! You will not derail my running!

Enough about me though. What are YOUR goals for 2013? What would you like to do more of (or less of)? Make me a happy girl and leave a comment below.

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5 thoughts on “A Warm Place

  1. Matt says:

    Happy New Year! Great goals. I haven’t set many yet, but one of mine is similar to one of yours…I want to finish the CPA Exam this year. I took (and passed) one part of it in 2012, and hope to take (and pass) the remaining three parts in 2013. Good luck on the Series 7!! Not fun, I’m sure, but well worth it in the long run. 🙂

    How far are you willing to travel for a spring marathon? The Kalamazoo Marathon is on May 5. We’ve run the half there the last two years, and I’ve heard very good things about the full. It isn’t the easiest course, but it isn’t awful, either. It’s easier said than done to just start having all kinds of confidence in social situations, but you definitely have the right idea to take more risks. And remember that there will probably be someone who is much worse than you in virtually any social setting. It’s kind of like a race…think of your worst ever race, and I’ll bet there were a lot of people who still finished after you.

    Happy New Year, and good luck in your remaining training for the Snowman!

    • lboogiebean says:

      Hi Matt!
      I would LOVE to have done the Kalamzoo Marathon, being a former Bronco and all. However I had already signed up for a half in Indianapolis that same day. Maybe next year. I love any excuse to go back to K-zoo.

      Good luck with the final part of your CPA exam. I know a few people who have taken that and I hear it’s brutal. At least the Series 7 is over in a day.

      Thanks for all the kind words. Happy New Year to you as well!

  2. You seem to be right on track for making those two marathons your bitch. I however, need to get more acquainted with the half. I loved the fact that by week 10 of training for the full, I could run 13 miles, hungover on two hours of sleep and recover just fine.

    I’m signed up for the Hanson’s Race Circuit this year which means lots of 5k and 10k races, something I skipped out on for the most part last year.

    • lboogiebean says:

      Good luck with the circuit, what are some of the races that are included? I want to do more 10Ks this year. I really missed my opportunity to PR a 10K this summer. Lots of bad circumstances- illness, short courses, 90 degree humid weather, etc.

      • The circuit is kinda odd to explain. I have 20 race credits. Just about every race managed by Hanson’s is eligible, but some cost more credits than others. I get a monthly newsletter with upcoming races and their cost.

        I hear you on the 10K. I should of done one at like week 10. Would have kicked its ass.

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