Goals for 2018: More adventure, please! (Plus better photography, less stress and more vegetables)

Pam LeBlanc vpws to pack even more adventure into the coming year. Photo by Haley Robison


Wow. Is 2017 really over? I’m still riding an adventure high.

According to my calendar, though, we’ve landed in 2018, and that means I need to set my New Year’s resolutions.

Last year I hit some big goals. I definitely added more adventure to my life, – by rappelling down a 38-story building, running a naked 5K race and jumping off a 10-meter platform at the University of Texas. I improved my photography skills, but still have a long way to go.

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Other goals I didn’t hit. I didn’t finish my book. I didn’t reduce stress in my life. I didn’t swim another 200 butterfly.

That’s OK, because I can aim high again this year.

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I try to cover all areas of my life when I set my yearly goals. I try to keep them attainable and at least some of them measurable. I like variety, too, so I usually include stuff that keeps me healthy and fit, personal goals and something wacky or unusual.

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Have you set your New Year’s resolutions? I’d love to hear what they are. Please send me your list, along with a little bit of information about yourself. I’ll compile some of them into an upcoming blog.

The list actually goes on forever, but here are the first 10 entries.

Here’s this year’s list:

1. SHOOT MORE: I made strides in my photography skills, but the more I learn, the more I realize I need to learn. I want to work on composition and lighting and getting interesting, compelling pictures.

2. FINISH THAT BOOK: I intended to turn in the manuscript in December, but that didn’t happen. I’m two-thirds of the way through my book about J. David Bamberger, an 89-year-old environmentalist who made his fortune in fried chicken and vacuum cleaners. Texas A&M University Press is publishing.

3. PADDLE: I discovered a new passion in 2017 – paddling. I canoed or kayaked six different rivers last year, and bought my own aluminum canoe. I’m going to enter a short paddle race this year and go on some paddle camping trips.

4. BACKPACK SOLO: Last year I camped alone for a single night. This year, I’m going to do a short solo backpacking trip.

5. CRUNCH IT UP: I’m going to do 50 abdominal crunches after swim practice at least three times a week.

6. SWIM-RUN: I was sidelined from running for a year and a half due to plantar fasciitis, but I’m finally running again. And swimming hard. This year I’m going to compete in Swim-Run Georgia, an endurance event that combines both those passions in a race that features 9 miles of overland running and 4 miles of open water swimming. (I’ll also continue biking to work.)

7. THRILL: More adventure, please. (I know, I know.) That means travel, and I’m going to scuba dive, hike, wander, explore and discover new places, and write all about it.

8. EAT RIGHT: More grains, less meat, more vegetables, less junk, more water.

9. JUST SAY NO: I’m overbooked and overstressed. As tough as it is for me to do, I’m going to say no more often.

10. CELEBRATE: This year marks my 20th at the Austin American-Statesman. In October, I’ll also mark 20 years of marriage to my husband Chris. I think that deserves a celebration or two.

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