I love January; not only is it my birthday month, but it is a time of reflection and renewal. Every January, I create a vision board with my themes for the year and the goals I hope to accomplish over the next 12 months. My 2015 goals fell into four main buckets: Wellness, Relationships, Work, and Personal Development. Some came fairly easily…some I’m still working on. Here is where I netted out with each one:
Do a handstand and extend headstand (without the wall)
Check on both! You can read more about me overcoming my inversion fear here.
Two related goals for 2016 — do a freestanding handstand and tripod headstand from straddle.
Do 1 pull-up
Oh, the bane of my existence! I’ve been working on my pull-up for years. I think I have a vision board from 2011 with a photo of a pull-up on it.
I know this sounds like an excuse and all the haters out there will send me names of women just like me who can crank out pull-ups, but I am just not anatomically built for pull-ups. I have a weak grip/forearms, long arms, and muscular legs. Bob does call me t-rex for a reason. And no, I cannot climb that G.D. rope either.
I’d been working with my kickass trainer Kevin Fox from LifeTime Loudoun when something he made me do last week made it all click. Finally, on 12/31, I got my chin over the bar. It wasn’t pretty and I’m not completely satisfied, but technically, we’ll call this one a win.
Goal for 2016 — climb the rope and get 3-5 good pull-ups.
Note, this was the first year in forever that losing weight was not a goal. That in itself is a win.
Meditate 5 minutes daily
Total fail. Well, maybe not total. I’ll give myself 10% credit since every morning I do roughly 15 minutes of stretching/foam rolling to tranquil music and then walk the dogs out in nature. I still want to work a formal meditation practice into my routine, but my mornings are just jammed. Maybe I can incorporate it into my workday.
Never accept less than I really want and deserve
Parent with love
These weren’t really goals, more like reminders. I’ve kept both front of mind and do my best to live by them.
Get Promoted to Director
No joy on this one either, but there are some complexities since AOL was recently purchased by Verizon. Part of setting this goal was simply putting it out there in the universe and asking for what I wanted — as a female in the corporate world, I sometimes struggle with assertiveness as it relates to title and salary. Also, I felt like I should put a work/career goal on the board, but truly, I’m happy and satisfied with what I do and the people I work with.
Be More Social at Work
Check! Since my boss’s boss knew about this goal, anytime I wanted to bail on work functions, he would mention it and I’d have to go.
Write Daily/Join Writing Group/Book Outline
I’ll lump all my writing goals together and will count them as a win.
I write most days in some form and just started daily journaling. Admittedly, my journaling started on 12/26, but this is the first time I’ve actually kept it up for more than a few days. I decided that I’d keep the journal next to my bed and each night just jot down a few thoughts from the day. Those blurbs range from something I’m thankful for to something I want to remember to something that made me laugh.
I have a VERY rough outline for my wellness book, Cake is Not a Tuesday Food. Lots of work to do there. I need to find a set time to write and make it a priority.
I joined a writing group at UUCS and look forward to it every month. Our small group has diverse interests, backgrounds, and strengths. The group gives me accountability and inspiration knowing I have to write something at least once a month. I also realized how much I enjoy editing and critiquing other people’s work.
A bonus writing accomplishment was that I wrote and performed my first slam poem in the UUCS Jazz Poetry Slam. I took third, but more importantly, I got out there and did it.
Writing Goals for 2016 — Find a set time to write. It would have to be between the end of my workday and before bed, but that is precious family time. I’m open to suggestions if someone has a brilliant solution…but mornings are out. I already get up at 4:35 to workout, walk the dogs, get myself ready and get Ruby to school. Also, I want to get better at slam poetry and perform a few more times.
Save for a Beach House
Not much movement here.
Goal for 2016 — This will be the year we truly get our finances in order. I want to plan out our home improvement projects, vacations, and long-term retirement.
Be a gun sense volunteer
Half-check…although I could have done more. I joined Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and attended my first meeting. I will get more involved in 2016, including more writing to support the organization and attending this Vigil & Advocacy Day in Richmond on January 18.
Travel to a new continent
Spending time with ellies in Africa
Knocked this one out of the park! I went to Africa in August on Yoga Safari 2015 (read more about that here and here). Coincidentally, on my vision board I had highlighted countries I wanted to visit and I had randomly highlighted Zimbabwe, having no clue I would be going there in August.
Do one daring thing
Who would have known how this little sentence would push me to try so many new things this year? When presented with something I would normally chicken out of, I would envision those words and just do it.
Bob and I went to Puerto Rico and my boss recommended a sunset kayak ecotour. Some might not think this was very daring, but it was completely outside my (and Bob’s) comfort zone. Keeping this guidepost in mind, we signed up. The experience was beautiful and scary.
My daughter wanted to go to a ropes course this Spring. Not a fan of heights, I wasn’t thrilled, but I sucked up my courage and went through the purple (aka beginner) course. We even tried another park the following weekend. And as luck would have it, my boss decided to do a team building event at a similar park a few months later. I was very thankful to have had that practice and the associated confidence. I went on a huge (okay, it was big to me) zip line and even encouraged a few of my frightened colleagues.
On my trip to Africa, we went canoeing on the Zambezi with crocodiles and hippos. Talk about daring…especially when a hippo surfaced right under the canoe behind us.
And don’t forget the aforementioned Jazz Poetry Slam.
My word for the year was SOAR. I’ve never really liked birds, so not exactly sure why I picked a word so closely associated to them, but I do envy their ability to fly. I often dream of flying and think SOAR represented spreading my wings and stepping outside my comfort zone, while remaining peaceful and calm. Not quite sure I soared in 2015, but I did develop an affinity for birds. On my trip to Africa, the brown eagle owl was one of my favorite animal sitings.
All in all, I achieved most of what I set out to accomplish. Creating a vision board helped; posting a photo of it on Facebook definitely helped — no escaping that accountability, if even just in my own mind. I’m now working on 2016 and will share that in a few weeks once I’ve pulled it all together. One teaser…my word for 2016 is PRIORITIZATION.