It’s over 7 years since I published a life changing set of resolutions to my blog and spent a year trying to tick them off my bucket list. That original set of small individual challenges has led to cycling around countries and eventually around the entire world, climbing Ireland’s highest mountains, publishing an award winning and best selling book, a whole new career in the world of public speaking as well as raising thousands of euro for various charities in the process.
Well after having a rollercoaster of a year throughout 2017, particularly with my weight and my own mental health, I’m going back to first principles with my focus for 2018. I’m compiling a new list of 10 challenges for the year ahead, with some old reliables front and centre, but with a new twist for the coming 12 months.
1) Exercise – Cycling, Walking & Running
I’m going to try and get at least 10 hours a week of exercise into my every day life. Ideally getting a 5km walk or run in five days a week and a decent spin on the bike on the other two days. My target is 25km walking / running and 100km cycling each week. I’ve started by signing up for a 5k a day challenge through January, getting my first effort completed in this afternoon.
2) Launch audiobook version for Pedal The Planet, UK Book Tour and my second book
I’ve been delighted with the reception to my first book ‘Pedal The Planet’ which was initially released in September 2016. After winning ‘Best Non-Fiction’ at the Carousel Aware Prize in 2017, the larger book retailers, Eason & Dubray, have been in touch with me and will be stocking the book in 2018.
With this in mind there will be a whole new push on Pedal The Planet, with the recently recorded Audiobook becoming available alongside the kindle ebook version in the coming months also.
I’m also working on my second book based around my journey tracing the footsteps of O’Sullivan Beare from Glengarriff to Leitrim Village last year. The book will be a combination of my present day journey interspersed with the history of his epic adventure in the early 17th century.
3) Get 50 Speaking Engagements in 2018
I’ve been kept busy since I’ve finished the cycle around the world in July 2015 with over 250 public speaking events over that time, speaking to everyone from small community groups, clubs and schools to conferences, major global businesses and corporate functions across Ireland, the UK and the USA. I’ve been sharing my story of dealing with poor mental health, overcoming obstacles, goal setting and completing. I’ve never advertised this, I’ve simply relied on word of mouth for opportunities and this has been exceptionally good to me over the last 30 months.
It was always going to come up wasn’t it. I’ve had a long, well documented, fight with my weighing scales, and despite winning some small battles over the years, I’ve never managed to quite get the victory in the overall war. I’m going to set myself a target of 30kgs to shed this year. I feel that it’s going to be the hardest part of this entire set of resolutions, and the one I’m most fearful of not completing.
5) Go on a date each week
One of the more popular aspects of my original set of challenges was to get myself out of my comfort zone and being sociable again. I’ve fallen back into a routine where I’m happy in my own company and not really that sociable, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. I’m looking to get back into a more sociable mindset and see who’s around. Meeting someone nice would obviously be a lovely bonus. (Very Important: It’s a date each week, not a different girl each week)
6) Relaunch my podcast
One of my favourite things of recent years was my podcast “The Breifne Earley Show”. Having a single weekly guest who shared their interesting and inspirational lives with my listeners on the show was a personal highlight, getting to sit down with friends and heros alike, and I’m looking forward to chatting with even more amazing people over the coming weeks and months to get that show back up and running too at full speed too.
7) Earn €50,000
We all need a little bit of moolah to make the world go round. This is my target for the coming twelve months, between speaking engagements and my book sales this is an achievable target.
8) Plan and complete a UK Book Tour for Pedal The Planet
I went on an Irish book tour during September / October 2016 taking in all 32 counties on the island of Ireland. Despite having my World Cycle Race bike robbed along the way I was delighted with the reception, with crowds ranging in size from being counted on a single hand to over 100 in some amazing locations and venues across the country. With the relaunch of the book in Ireland later this year, I’m hoping to include another book tour across the UK with cycling clubs, libraries, book shops and outdoor and adventure shops featuring.
9) Complete a physical challenge each and every month.
I’m going to target 12 physical challenges, one a month, to complete over 2018. I’m not 100% sure which events at the moment, but they will more than likely be progressively more challenging as the year progresses, there might even be a Guinness World Record attempt in the making. Watch this space for more details.
10) A Storm is coming
In late 2017, I was asked to get involved in the establishment of a girl’s soccer team in the Sligo / Leitrim area to create a national league platform for the elite under 17 girls from both counties. I’ve always been a big supporter of girls being active, regardless of the actual sport, or at what level they participate at. The large gap in the north west for elite level girls will hopefully be bridged in 2018 and I’m very excited to be a part of that development locally. More info: www.sligostorm.com