Happy beeps here, buddy. Come on.

The kit bag, ready to go.

I should probably be a lot firmer with my goals this year. I had a vague set of outcomes in my head last January, and that seemed to come together in the end (although I suspect with no help from me). I ended the year fitter, a little healthier, and with more words in hand than when I started.

Obviously, I kick off 2018 with a week of sinus headaches that leave me feeling like a useless sack of idiot whose list of things that need doing is growing progressively more insurmountable.

But, I have great friends and an awesome partner and if they can be upbeat, then damn it, so can I. 2018 goals it is.

Fitness

Getting to the gym seems to be the thing that slips most easily out of my schedules. Feel ill? No gym. Kids playing up? No gym. Got a lot of work on? Skip it. Swimming is easier to stick to because the classes are v expensive and missing a session involves asking the question: are you willing to lose that investment. But generally speaking, I think exercise has improved my quality of life across the board and it’s something to persevere with.

I would like to run at a 5 min/km pace over 5k and (stretch goal!) 10k distances. Right now I’ve got an inconsistent 5:20-5:30 trend on good days, but I think with a good wind and a kickass playlist, I can make it happen.

I don’t have goals in mind re: weights, but I do want to start building a programme that is a little less slapdash. Part of that means managing a workout diary, and putting together a training programme. I feel like the mix of compound lifts and bodyweight/resistance band stabilisation work is paying off right now (no injuries! no joint pain aside from this weird shoulder thing I’m working on!) so by spring I want to have a better overall idea of what I’m doing for any given session. The worst workouts are the ones I don’t plan ahead for.

Swimming: I would like to be able to do that this year. The current standard is more of a “almost but not quite drowning”. Needs work.

Books and writing

I need to read more. I always need to read more. It’s the other thing that falls by the wayside when other stuff comes up. Mostly I find myself falling asleep by the time I get eyes on the page.

Solution: use your commute, idiot.

I’m writing a thriller about a copycat killer who turns out to be something much, much worse than that, and really that should take me through to the summer if I am really lucky (unlucky, or “more likely”: the autumn). I would LOVE to be able to write something else either towards the end of the year or concurrently (spoiler: it won’t be concurrent) because I have a sharp, really nasty and completely fun fantasy story that I’ve been chewing on for what feels like two years now and I really want to just get it down on paper.

So…the thriller will happen. Anything else will be a bonus.

I would love to do some short fiction or a novella or something for audio, but we’ll see. I spent a long time writing a good half

million words of short fiction only to have no real idea what to do with it. If opportunities show up, I’ll pounce on them. 

Other

I want to spend more time working on that cookery thing. Just being a bit more willing to break out the cookbooks, or to spend a bit more time on prep and make our meals that little bit more special. Good food is just worth the effort, you know?

So. 2018. Let’s make it happen.

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