Five Goals On Turning 50

I was going to skip this week’s Friday 5 2.0 link up because I already shared my fitness-related goals/resolutions in my Runfessions post and will be sharing my non-fitness goals in tomorrow’s Ultimate Coffee Date post–please stop by and join us! But then I realized that I should be setting bigger goals for 2017 because this is the year that I will turn 50. 

goals on turning 50

So, thanks to Fairytales And Fitness and Running On Happy 
for the nudge to set some more meaningful goals on turning 50.

Goals On Turning 50

1.Do something that scares me. This probably will involve cycling. Maybe even a trip inspired by this book I got my husband for Christmas?

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2.Travel somewhere new for fun. I traveled a lot last year, but mostly for work. While I make the most of my business trips by squeezing in a run when I can, I want to go somewhere new for fun with my husband. We’d both love to go hiking again–maybe that should be our August getaway? 

3. Serve meals to the homeless. My old church staffs a hypothermia shelter several days in February and March. While I can’t stay up all night as required to be a chaperone, I have volunteered to serve the evening meal, but missed out last year. My new church runs a food pantry that also needs volunteers. It’s easy for me to rant on Facebook about how we need to be more kind and compassionate, but I need to put my money body where my mouth is and take time to serve.  

4. Spend more time with friends. I am that friend people write to “Dear Amy” about who never takes the initiative in making plans, even though I do enjoy spending time with my friends. I tried to be more intentional about maintaining friendships last year, and will continue those efforts this year.  

These friends even let Fit Stanley tag along!

5. Enjoy my children as adults. Both of my kids have graduated from college and, as of today, are no longer living at home. Over the past year, we saw our relationships change as they embraced adulthood and responsibility while still seeking our advice (but not always taking it) and wanting to spend time with us. I am still learning that just because they tell me about a problem doesn’t mean I need to offer a solution–I can be more helpful as a sounding board as they work things out themselves–and am looking forward to enjoying more time with them as adults.

What are your goals for 2017? 

Do you have a “bucket list”?

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21 Responses to Five Goals On Turning 50

  1. I do have a mini bucket list that I’ve accomplished a fewt hinges on over the years. I’m almost done creating my 201 goals but still need the wrap up my 2016 ones.
    Great list!

  2. I’ve been slowly making my way through that list of things I wanted to do after turning 50! Big Sur was huge, and now I’m pretty content just to keep running, traveling, and enjoying my family.
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  3. I hope I am one of those friends who gets to spend more time with you this year! We did a cycling tour through France a few years back such a blast and certainly out of my comfort zone.
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…Focus on What You Really Want-2017 GoalsMy Profile

  4. Chaitali says:

    This is a great list for a milestone year! I especially love the one about doing something that scares you 🙂 I figure this is a milestone year for me as well (turning 40) so I’m going to work on being daring too.
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  5. I used to travel all the time for work during my last job and that was the last thing I wanted to do on my days off. But now that I no longer travel for work, it is fun going away now that it is not work related.
    Lacey@fairytalesandfitness recently posted…Things to look forward to in 2017: Friday 5My Profile

  6. Wow, didn’t realize you were approaching the 5-0! You’ve got some great goals for the year. I’m also hoping to spend more time with friends this year…sometimes I get stuck in my own little world, lol!
    Janelle @ Run With No Regrets recently posted…December Monthly Goal Recap and January Running GoalsMy Profile

  7. ((gulp)) I have a big birthday approaching in a few months, too…..not able to say the number out loud…or even type it….yet LOL I especially appreciate the one about grownup kids. Our oldest (now 22-1/2) has always been mature for her age (even though she was one of the youngest kids in her graduating class), but since moving to Pennsylvania she has really come full-circle. It’s pretty incredible watching all that happen 😉
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  8. Darlene says:

    No real Goals. Just stay healthy enough to run lots of races. And not slow down too much.

    I’d like to do more hiking too.

    Hope you have a great year. 50s are the best. That’s when I decided to start running and haven’t looked back since.
    Darlene recently posted…Friday Five 2.0 – 2017My Profile

  9. These sound like good goals. I’m now counting down to 60 and my goals are fewer. I’m trying to live my life with intent.

  10. Sounds like an epic bike ride is in your future 🙂

    Travel and time with friends and family are constants on my list. Like Wendy, I’ve kinda been working on a “now that I’m 50 list” – lots of travel “to do’s” on that list 😉
    Michelle @ Running with Attitude recently posted…One word and 2017 goalsMy Profile

  11. Rachel says:

    Sounds like you’ll have an awesome year this year! Have you hiked the PCT? I’ve heard great things.
    Rachel recently posted…5 Bucket List Races in 2017My Profile

  12. Sonia says:

    Wow a big birthday celebration coming up! Can’t wait to hear how you’re going to celebrate. It’s wonderful that you’re thinking outside the box for these goals. These are all admirable goals!
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  13. 50 is fabulous! Do have some fun! It is interesting how are relationships with our kids change as they get older- one thing I have learned- they still need their mom 🙂
    Mary Beth Jackson recently posted…Hot Coffee January TalkMy Profile

  14. I like your list! I had a list of 40 things to do the year I turned 40 and then to have it done before I turned 41. Let’s just say I am still working on it and and I am more than 41. 🙂
    Zenaida Arroyo recently posted…Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Half Marathon Training Week 6My Profile

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