Setting Goals for 2018

It’s that time of year again! No, I’m not referring to Christmas. Though it is my favorite holiday! We’ve reached those last couple weeks of the year when it’s time to start planning goals for next year. I am having trouble picking what to focus on in 2018. The main reason is that the biggest goal of 2018 is we are going to try and get pregnant again in the fall. Just writing it makes me nervous. Two kids that’s going to be SO much work! I need to start reading some blogs about moms of multiple kids reaching big goals, pronto!

This is where setting running goals gets tricky. I can obviously set a spring race goal, and I know I’d like to work on my speed over the summer. Maybe get some 5k and 10k PRs. What should that spring race goal be a PR in the marathon or half marathon? Should I plan a goal race for the fall in case my pregnancy goals don’t go as planned? Also, should you plan like you’re not going to be able to get pregnant just so you don’t jinx yourself? I didn’t have trouble getting pregnant with Chicken, but you never know. Every pregnancy is different. Or so I am told.

If I wasn’t planning on trying to get pregnant, I would probably go for a PR in the half this spring, speed train over the summer, and then go for another marathon PR in the fall. So what do I do? Just go about training like I’m not going to get pregnant in 2018 and change my plans if I do, or make my plans to assume all goes as well?

I still have a few weeks to figure it all out. I do have a few other goals for 2018 that can strive for either way. I plan to finally start a daily push-up habit, and hopefully, my new strategy is so easy I won’t’ set myself up for failure. I plan to start with one push-up a day for the first week and increase by one every week for a year. I am going to feel completely silly for a couple weeks, but eventually, I will get up to a respectable number. The goal is not how many I can, but to develop a habit that’s why I’m starting so easy.

I also have a few goals for work, and probably the biggest one that I am most likely to fail at is finally getting us moved into our new house. We moved in last April, and I got us about 3/4 the way there and then stopped. I really want to finish and get to living without boxes tucked everywhere and pictures sitting in and behind furniture. If only I could decide on a wallpaper I like! Ugh! There are so many choices!!!

So here’s to 2018! May it be full of achieved goals and to the ones I fail at may they offer great life lessons!

I will leave you with some wallpaper samples for you to tell how much you hate them!

Top 3 for my dining room and bottom 3 for my downstairs powder room.

Arcadia WallpaperDutch Garden Wallpaper

Garden Buzz Wallpaper

Dog-a-Day Wallpaper

Dog's Life Wallpaper


I’m back…

So, I sort of gave up on this whole blogging thing, but here I am back again. I’m not sure why I stopped writing, except maybe I got busy with you know, life. Lately, everything I felt like writing about seemed uninteresting, but if I’m honest this blog isn’t for anyone but me. Although I stopped blogging, I did not stop mothering, running, and hunting. If I had stopped mothering that would have been terrible, poor Chicken! I guess I will just fill everybody in on what’s been going on in our lives over the last few months.

In regards to my running, it’s on full force. I am gearing up for my third marathon. I will be running the St. Jude the first Saturday in December. I have also decided to run my first ultramarathon, a local 50k in mid-January. The training has gone reasonably well with a few hiccups along the way. I am currently in the midst of the high mileage weeks, so I am just trying to not eat everything in sight and get plenty of sleep, which has been easier since Chicken is finally sleeping through the night. YAY!

Life with Chicken is ever changing. We took her to Cape Cod to visit her grandparents in August. We had a blast, and it was so nice to spend an entire week with them. Chicken also got to meet a lot of her extended family too! After the trip, I weaned Chicken from the breast. It was super easy for her, and a lot less so for me. Oh, the hormones!


Chicken putting her feet in the Atlantic Ocean for the first time. It was a bit cold!


Over Labor Day weekend, I took Chicken on her first Roberson Family Dove Hunt. My family does an annual dove hunt with everybody plus some, and it is always a blast! By went on her first hunt, I mean dressed in camo and road the Ranger around with her Pops. But I was so proud to have her with me on a weekend that has played a big part throughout my life. She was darn cute in camo too!


That’s one proud mama!


Chicken turned 1 in mid-September! I know! I can’t believe it either! She has grown up so much in the last couple of months. She went from baby to toddler overnight. I swear someone must have stolen my baby and replaced her with this walking, talking, giggly girl. I mean she’s pretty great, but I’d have liked to say goodbye to the previous one. Just saying.


Smash cakes have to be the cutest 1st birthday tradition of all time!


So now, the Burke family is just working, dealing with my training schedule, chasing this little girl all over, and waiting not so patiently for duck season to start. Probably be able to wait a little more patiently if Ole Miss was better at football, but we might have to wait forever for that.