In my recent post about Family Goals, I noted that 2012 was not such a good year in terms of achieving my personal goals, but it has been a good year for me nonetheless. Some things that I am grateful for in 2012:

  • Work at QuickSchools has been great!
  • Ayu has been making progress with her PhD (2 conference papers at ICIS)
  • We started paying less rent (thank you Mary), and have made improvements to our living situation
  • Melur and Arman have continued focus on studies, religion, swimming, music and other extra-curricular activities.
  • Although we didn’t reach his target 1300 rating, Arman’s CMA rating started improving towards the end of the year, and we also got Arman a new IM chess coach
  • We had a 2-month trip to Malaysia this summer, to re-connect with extended family (although we didn’t even blog about it)

So my goals for this year are mainly to do with my health (I’ve gained a lot of weight recently) and the Qur’an (I didn’t get much reading in last year):

  • Lose 20 lbs. by mid-year. Lose an additional 10 lbs. by year’s end.
  • Run the KRRA Half Marathon (April 28) in under 2:30 (last year was 2:32)
  • Finish reading translation of Qur’an

If I finish these goals by September, I will reward myself by running the Ottawa Fall Colours Half Marathon (maybe full marathon?) in October. I’d like to make a quick shout out to my sister in-law Dada who finished her first full marathon last year, albeit in a REALLY long time. Hopefully, this will inspire me to complete my first full marathon, although it seems really far away for me right now.

Happy New Year everyone!