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2010 Welcome to MY life.

Many people write resolutions and goals in the beginning of the year. Normally, I would do the same, but the goal I’ve had for the past twenty four years of my life was to stop biting my nails. Magically in October, I just stopped. One day, I just stopped biting them. Now they are pretty and usually painted black and so I had to come up with something different, and of course, writing stop biting my nails wouldn’t be much fun, now would it? What do I want to accomplish in 2010?

There’s the given ones, like I want to save money, but that’s almost impossible at this juncture in my life, so I guess I hope I have enough money to run my heater next winter, unlike this winter, that would be stellar. Then I also want to try to eat healthier, which I hope to do by cooking at least one meal a week and bringing my lunch more to work. I started bringing my lunch more to work in December, so that is already a good situation and I have found lots of snacks to pack so I don’t get hungry and want to die at my desk. The eating healthier also plays into my wanting to learn how to cook, since I don’t know how to cook, AT ALL, so that is a pretty good goal on many levels since it seems to cover so many bases.

Then there’s the whole grad school goal, which I would be simply beyond the moon to go to grad school and work on getting my MFA in creative writing, but beyond that, whether I get accepted and can find someway to spiral myself into more debt, I would really like to focus on writing this year. I love writing and I know I can write some more cool pieces that I’m truly proud of.

Fitness goals basically can be broken down pretty easily. I want to run some smaller fun races, perhaps some marathons, pending funds, location and travel, and also I want to work on working out different muscles besides just constantly running all the time. I could tell how tired it was making me by the end of the year and that is why I got so sick for an extended period of time. I have rearranged my work schedule so that I go in earlier and leave earlier not only because I’m going to start tutoring some kids in English (hilarious, right?) but I also think it will be helpful when I’m trying to squeeze in workouts. I have found my gills and really do like swimming so I hope to be able to swim a mile by the end of the year. I want to work on my core a little bit more and develop a stronger back. Whether this be through yoga, running, swimming, weights, or biking, I know that implementing different types of workouts will be nothing but beneficial to me.

But my number one goal for 2010 would be the fact that I want to live vivaciously. It means lively in temper, conduct and spirit. I love that word and I want my life to reflect that. Sometimes I know I can be a baby about things, and I get scared easily. I have found that sometimes taking a little bit of a leap of faith can really be all that you need to do and you can be totally surprised by the outcome. I am going to try to be fearless, for my standards, and try new things. I started swimming this past month and I love it and am so excited about it, and without making myself ‘man-up’ for a second, I would have never gotten in the pool. I am NOT spontaneous at all either. I live by my planner and sometimes it really pushes me out of my comfort zone to be spontaneous, so I’m going to try to fly a little more by the seat of my pants, and let things happen, it seems to work out just fine that way as well, sometimes I just need to let things go.

Of course I want to be honest, caring, loyal, kind and friendly, but another thing I want to do is love with all my heart. I want to love the people who are in my life fiercely, because they completely deserve it. I am continually reminded how blessed I am and how many people do love me, and I want them to know how much I love them back. I am a very open and honest person and I want to capitalize on that and not be scared of what others think of me. It’s my life and I’ve only got one shot at it, so I’m going to live it to the best of my ability. I believe that you should live what you love, and that is going to be a big part of my life this year.

2009 was a fun year, and I really enjoyed it. A lot of things happened to me, I moved out on my own with DJ to a new city, I didn’t get fired from my job, I didn’t end up in jail, I ran four marathons and a handful of other small races, I made all my car payments on time, I made both good and bad decisions but I really found out a lot more about myself and who I am. I became completely financially independent, found out how important friendship is, made new, amazing friends, had a wonderful birthday present dropped into my lap and I also found out how many people love me so much. I am a lucky, lucky girl.

So 2010, I welcome to my life, and I expect nothing but the best from you. I’m sure we’ll get along great, you seem to be treating me just fine already and let me tell you, I live a crazy life, but it’s my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way, so hang on! 2010 promises to be one of new adventures, laughter, love and memories and I can’t wait to tackle them all, and perhaps even share some of the highlights with everyone who reads this blog.

xoxo

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32 Comments

  • Reply Sarah

    happy 2010, Danica! I love your goals and look forward to blog posts to come!

    January 1, 2010 at 8:16 pm
  • Reply naomi

    wow – i am blown away. this post is honest, heartfelt and truth. i love it. thank you for sharing so freely. i am truly inspired by you and hope to be able meet up one day in 2010. cheers!

    January 1, 2010 at 8:17 pm
  • Reply Laura Scholz

    Great post! I love the word “vivaciously.” So very you! I would definitely recommend Pilates–it’s helped my core and back SO MUCH, which is great for running! Happy 2010!

    January 1, 2010 at 8:25 pm
  • Reply Robin

    Hi Danica – I’ve been reading your blog since just before you ran Malibu, and I want to thank you for your openess and your “never give up” attitude. You are an inspiration. I just ran my first 5k in December – but I’ve got a lofty goal of running LA in 2011. =)

    January 1, 2010 at 8:34 pm
  • Reply David

    “WOW” is right! if only more people thought this way…

    wish you the best of luck on your goals!

    January 1, 2010 at 9:02 pm
  • Reply Alisa

    Happy 2010 chica!

    Pilates is fantastic I second that recommendation.

    Also, pending travel, etc, if you find cheap flights to Ptown you’re always welcome to come up and do a race here =).

    January 1, 2010 at 9:31 pm
  • Reply laurel

    Great, great post. And I love the fact that you are excited about not ending up in jail! Ha!

    Congrats on a wonderful year. Sounds like you have great goals in mind for 2010.

    Happy New Year!

    January 1, 2010 at 9:42 pm
  • Reply Leah

    Girl, your resolutions sound great!! I can’t wait to watch you grow, learn and accomplish all of your goals for 2010 and beyond. This is sure to be one “fab” year!! Bring it on!

    January 1, 2010 at 9:48 pm
  • Reply Jordan

    Can we help each other stay on track for quitting fast food and cooking more?

    Wendys just came out with these $2.99 meals, it’s a small fries, medium drink, and a sandwich with crispy chick and BACON! Ridiculous how good that is. So hard to quit this fast food habit.

    January 2, 2010 at 2:45 am
  • Reply doneker

    Danica…that was almost my name! then my parents changed at the last minute! i stubbled upon your blog yesterday and very glad i did. I just started running and hope to make it part of my life. i come from a back ground of competing in fitness and figure so this is new to me, and be able to eat a few more calories is exciting ha! i look forward to reading about your runs, I find it inspiring and who knows maybe I’ll even get up the guts to run a 5k! LOL! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the world!

    January 2, 2010 at 5:22 am
  • Reply Kelsey

    I love your blog and I completely relate to your resolutions. Mine was to live fearless. Much along the same lines as your resolutions. I look forward to reading your blog this year to see how you’re living vivaciously and breaking away from the planner (I can sooooo relate)!

    January 2, 2010 at 5:25 am
  • Reply Tim

    OutSTANDING post. Love the angle / tone / voice that you chose. Great content, and refreshingly different than most “resolution” posts.

    LOVE it.

    Love your stuff. Keep sharing. :-)

    January 2, 2010 at 6:08 am
  • Reply Caroline

    Great post! So honest, truthful and reflective.
    Happy 2010!

    January 2, 2010 at 7:12 am
  • Reply Marci

    Happy New Year!! Great post, we only live once, embrace the moment, great “resolution”.

    January 2, 2010 at 7:42 am
  • Reply Marlene

    Great goals for 2010, Danica! I hope it’s THE YEAR for you.

    I need to stop biting my nails! WHAAA!

    January 2, 2010 at 7:45 am
  • Reply Joseph Tai

    I like to read your blog and I like your thinking and attitude towards life. I wish I can do that like you. I am a 62 year-old Chinese come from Hong Kong 30 years ago. I took up running 3 years ago after I retired from my job. I ran 3 marathons and I like running because it builds up my leg muscles. I will run some half and 1 full marathon in 2010. Have a nice new year to all people, especially runners.

    January 2, 2010 at 7:45 am
  • Reply Lara

    You’re going to get accepted to grad school, you’re a fabulous writer, smart, creative and vivacious, 2010 is going to be great!!

    January 2, 2010 at 7:52 am
  • Reply Joe Run For Dom

    Vivacious. Love it Danica. Good for you. 2010 has no idea what it is in for.

    Best,

    Joe

    January 2, 2010 at 8:29 am
  • Reply Kristen @ Savor the Small Things

    Great post! Very honest and inspiring. I had to laugh at the nail biting thing…that is a goal of mine every year, too! If my nails aren’t painted, I will bite them :)

    January 2, 2010 at 9:11 am
  • Reply ShutupandRun

    Great post. It’s always good to keep growing and moving forward. Vivacious is a great goal. Feel the fear and do it anyway is my motto!! It’s helped me to have some crazy and memorable experiences.

    January 2, 2010 at 9:15 am
  • Reply Denise

    Congrats on not going to jail in 2009!!

    Great goals!

    January 2, 2010 at 10:33 am
  • Reply Candice

    This is an amazing post! It’s very inspiring, and I’m so excited for you to grow in all the ways you want to. The nail biting story is hilarious, too. Congrats on that! I’ve been wanting to write down some New Year’s goals for the last couple days, but I just haven’t felt inspired. Now I feel ready more than ever…thanks!

    January 2, 2010 at 11:48 am
  • Reply Astro

    Once again your writing moves me. It would be a good thing if I could open up more like you here in the vast internet. I’ll say good luck, but do not think you need good luck.

    Goodness comes to open, honest and caring people, and though I do not officially know you personally, I can say you are one of those people.

    2010 welcomes you with open arms.

    January 2, 2010 at 11:53 am
  • Reply JohnnyTri

    Great Blog and great recap of 2009. I look forward to following along in 2010.
    btw, I stumbled on to yours from another blog, Un-athletic runner via Chasing the Kenyans.

    rockon’

    January 2, 2010 at 12:32 pm
  • Reply The Laminator

    Hey D- Lots of success in 2010! I know you’ll continue to dazzle and amaze amidst the craziness! Best wishes for a great year!

    January 2, 2010 at 3:03 pm
  • Reply alex @happygolucky

    You completely captured what I struggled to get out in my post- ‘vivacious.’ Love it… that’s now my adopted goal!
    You will accomplish great things, Danica- its in your cards.

    January 2, 2010 at 11:38 pm
  • Reply Felice

    Live vivaciously! Yay! You’ll do it, too. You will.

    Happy new year!

    January 3, 2010 at 5:39 pm
  • Reply aron

    awesome post girl :) cannot wait to see what an awesome year 2010 will be for you!! <3

    January 4, 2010 at 12:00 am
  • Reply Charm City Kim

    Great post! And I love the word vivacious! I think that’s a great “goal” for 2010. I might have to try it myself. :-)

    January 4, 2010 at 8:02 am
  • Reply Cory

    No need to change your diet. Have you seen the Taco Bell Drive-Through Diet Commercials. For some reason I think of you when I see them. Not because you need to lose weight but because you love fast food.

    January 4, 2010 at 8:48 am
  • Reply Glenn Jones

    This is such a grea post o so many different levels. It takes a lot of courage to open up and be honest with a bunch of people. Thank you for being courageous and sharing!

    About that living vivaciously – I’ve been around a little more than twice as long as you. If there’s one piece of advice that I give to my kids it’s no risk no reward. Yeah – you may fall on your butt every now and then (heaven knows I have physically, professionally, and personally), but I just refuse to belong to the would’ve, could’ve, should’ve club. Grab life by the horns. After all, what’s the worst thing that could happen? San Diego should have given you a hint….

    January 6, 2010 at 10:29 am
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