First, Happy New Year! Although I’ve been MIA for a solid minute, I’m hoping to be back for a while. I wanted to start back this year with a little reflection on 2017 and sharing some goals and changes to the blog for 2018.
#1. If you had to describe your 2017 in three words, what would they be?
They would be: Exciting, Adventurous, challenging
#2. What, or who, are you most thankful for?
My friends for supporting me through the ups and downs that I’ve faced the past few months.
#3. What new things did you discover about yourself?
I learned a lot of things, but the main would be, when I put my mind to something, I’ll achieve it.
#4. What single achievement are you most proud of?
I’ve achieved a lot this year, but honestly, the thing I’m most proud of is my volunteering twice a week with Reading Partners and helping my RP become a better and stronger reader.
#5. What was the best news you received?
That I got accepted into the University I’m attending, which was my first choice #ReignCane!
#6. What was your favorite place that you visited in 2017?
Panama City, Panama. Hands down an amazing country with amazing food and people.
#7. Which of your personal qualities turned out to be the most helpful this year?
I’m going to say friendliness. Starting college requires you to go out of your way and be friendly to people since everyone’s trying to make friends.
#8. Which new skills did you learn?
I learned how to ask for help.
#9. What was the most important lesson you learned in 2017?
The only thing stopping you from doing something is you.
#10. What advice would you give your early 2017 self if you could?
Be excited about opportunities, and enjoy the adventure along the way.
Getting Excited About 2018
Despite the fact that any day of the year you can set a goal to achieve, January 1st seems to be the day we all choose to do so. I have three main goals this year. I’ve already been working on these goals whether I’ve actually started working on them, or I’ve just been planning the steps needed to achieve it. Here are the three goals I’m hoping to achieve or start the journey to achieve in 2018.
#1: Do well in college
I’m not going to lie. College is hard. There’s a transitional period that nobody tells you about. Which is that it takes you about half of your first semester to learn how to study in college because mid-terms and finals in high school are comparable to that of quizzes in college. So my goal is to keep my head above water this year, and the next couple of years ahead of me.
#2: Run a sub-2hr half marathon
I ran my first half-marathon this year. It was an amazing experience, and I did it with relatively little training. Don’t worry, that sentence makes me cringe too. At the time of which would’ve been time to train for it, I was on a D1 collegiate rowing team. Due to rowing being an endurance sport that requires a lot of strength, I was able to pull off a decent finish for my first half-marathon. With the races I’ve signed up for this year including 2 half marathons, I’m going to truly train for them.
#3: The Next Phase for RunningSoleGirl
It’s crazy to think I started RunningSoleGirl as a freshman in high school, and I want to continue on with it as a freshman in college. RunningSoleGirl has always focused on empowering women when it comes to health and fitness, and my mission is to continue that. However, I want to change it up a bit, but this has to do with my other two goals to begin working on in 2018. I plan on posting my training logs as well as tips to survive college. The usual health and fitness posts will continue on, but there will be some variety now. This makes it easier for me to continue posting on here, and I hope you lovelies support it.
Here’s to the journey that 2018 will bring us on!
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.