2021 Goals

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
~ C.S. Lewis

Overarching goals: The ABCs

A is for Accountability: I will hold myself accountable for completing tasks and projects within the timeframe that I set.

B is for Balance: I will find healthy boundaries between different elements of my life to be more motivated and disciplined.

C is for Calm: I will work to be more mindful and aware of my world both in terms of my own emotional and mental well-being to the physical environment in which I exist.

Read more about these primary goals here.

Measurable goals

In addition to my overarching goals, I have a set of measurable goals and objectives that I will work on throughout the year. Whilst it may seem that these goals are unrelated to the ABCs, I believe that these goals will help to succeed in the ABCs and that the ABCs will help to achieve the goals below. (Yes, it’s all connected!)

Health and Fitness

  • Run 800 miles
    • Stretch goal: Run 2021K (1,255.8 miles)
  • Beat all current personal best times (distances from 1K to a full marathon)
  • 5,000,000+ steps
  • Regular yoga practice (work towards 60 minutes per week)
  • 365 miles of walking

Travel and Adventure

  • Travel home to America (when possible to do so)
  • Climb 5 new summits in the Pentland Hills
  • Walk the full length of the Water of Leith Walkway

Professional life

  • Publish three academic papers
  • Secure a new job contract
  • Update my CV (full + online versions)
  • Update all professional social media/networking accounts
  • Update my academic blog (www.FrancesRyanPhD.com)
  • Develop 3-5 long-term goals (update from existing goals)

Personal Improvement and Skill Building

  • Get a UK driver’s licence
  • Make a memory quilt from Paul’s old running t-shirts
  • Read 12+ books for leisure
  • Enjoy 12+ tech/digital-free days
  • Develop 3-5 long-term goals (update from existing goals)


  • Find 75 geocaches

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