So I’ve been doing this since 2012. This thing where, before focusing on New Year Resolutions and setting too many goals for myself when I literally have no idea what crazy/awesome things could happen in the next 12 months (did you see I’m pregnant?), I take time to look at what happened this past year and what that tells me about my true priorities and passions.A good, honest, Year End Reflection is key to setting smart New Year's Resolutions! Click To Tweet
I explain all about how I do Year End Reflections in THIS POST < so read that if you’d like to join in the fun. If you’re a blogger and share your Y.E.R., make sure you tag me when you share it! I’d love to read it! So let’s dive in to the highs and lows of 2015.
In no particular order:
1. We moved 3 times and bought a house! From California to Oregon and in to our first actual real house. No shared walls with neighbors. A YARD! In 2015 I began to feel very adult.
2. I got knocked up! Kind of an awkward way to say we’re expanding the family, but…it turns out that being pregnant is super awkward all around so….
3. I finished another marathon. It was kinda ugly as I was 11 or 12 weeks pregnant. Lots of walking and weird hip/leg stuff. Still, I am proud of the accomplishment and now can’t WAIT to be training for another one while pushing my jogging stroller.
4. I rebranded my blog! Did you used to follow me when I was known as Running Hutch? If so, I owe you a prize or something. My days as Hutch are fondly remembered, rebranding was a pain, but it was all worth it!
5. I went to a real, live concert! My friend just HAD to go see Death Cab for Cutie when they were in Portland. This was literally last week. I haven’t done anything like this in…a decade? It was so great though and definitely in my top 10 highlights now!
6. Team Luna Chix Portland Run! From April to October I was part of this amazing team of lady runners, coached a few workouts, and so totally miss it.
7. The Golden Ultra Trail Fest. Moxie and I road-tripped up to Canada with friends (four other humans and two other dogs) for this 3 day trail run fest. It was epic.
8. Long Distance Relays! Hood To Coast with my husband was crazy. Cascade Lakes Relay was a better race though. Totally new friends. Dressed as Wonder Woman. Wonder if I’ll be able to do it again next year post baby?
9. Time with family. Whether it was volunteering on Thanksgiving with my mom and sister or the visiting in-laws, we’ve had some great family time moments this year and I’ll treasure them forever.
10. Blogfest/ IDEA World 2015! Working with great brands, seeing amazing bloggers, and meeting fitness icons. That’s when I signed up for my NASM CPT training!
Okay, so now for the honest to goodness truth on the low points.
1. RUN THIS YEAR. Seriously, this is not a community I could manage solo and once I got pregnant I 100% dropped the ball. I HATE to see it die but it’s time has come. Sniff.
2. DNS the Autumn Leaves 50k. It was supposed to be a few weeks after the marathon. It took me a few weeks to recover from the marathon thanks to baby fussy fetus here. I can try again next year with a discounted registration though. Ugh.
3. Lack of Oregon exploration! One of the reasons I wanted to move back here. There are so many trails and mountains to be seen but…alas…we’ve not made it a priority. With baby I’m worried we’ll be limited yet again next year. The mountains are calling!
4. Poor Moxie socialization. She’s become a real hermit/diva. I’ve not trained her to walk on leash properly. She’s leash aggressive now. She’s too smart and I have been too lax in her training.
5. Faith & fitness integration. This is my purpose, my mission statement. I’ve not done half as much as I wanted this year toward furthering that. I have a small group curriculum I’m just sitting on. I really want this to be the main focus in 2016.
3 Game Changers
What happened that really set my course going in a new direction? Maybe things I didn’t anticipate?
1. Getting pregnant, obvs, has majorly changed plans/priorities/etc. From my racing plans to work-at-home plans (I quit my full time Lorna Jane job) – I’ve adjusted a lot in anticipation of motherhood.
2. Coaching has taken off! I’ve seen a lot of growth in my online coaching business and that has made it possible for me to work from home. It’s a lot more reliable as an income stream than paid blogging opportunities and I have plans to grow this more next year.
3. Moving to small town USA. In January, we thought we’d be staying in the Portland metro area, but husband got a great job in a small town about an hour away…and houses are more affordable here. I have to run around this entire town twice to get in a 20 mile training run! Don’t get me wrong, we love it here. But has definitely shaped an un-planned for lifestyle from how we shop to which friends we get to see on a regular basis, etc.
3 Areas Of Focus
So based on how I spent my time in 2015, what did I really focus a lot of energy on?
1. Family. We’ve done more skype calls with the family we left in California and are more intentional about plans to visit now that we’ve moved so far away. Especially with a baby coming we want to feel connected and have to be more thoughtful about how to do that.
2. Nesting. Or homemaking. Or whatever you want to call it. From sewing curtains to reupholstering furniture, to trying my hand at floral decorations (hate) and mural painting (love)…making our house a home and getting it baby-ready has been a huge area of time spent in the second half of this year. I hope that tones down a bit in 2016.
3. Networking. From making new friends in a new state to the connections I made working at Lorna Jane and Team Luna Chix, I’ve spent a lot of time and energy on networking. Relationships are key. Community is incredibly important. I believe I’ve done well in this area and hope it continues next year.
3 Things I Forgot
Well, maybe not put out of my memory, but things that just slipped through the cracks. Things that were originally important….
1. HAM Radio. I got my license for amateur radio and a great hand-held. But then I’ve failed to connect with other HAMs and find the local nets in my area to be an active participant. I still want to get plugged in next year with local HAMs.
2. How to eat good. I mean, I didn’t “forget”…I just got way too lax on my mostly paleo-ish lifestyle. Right now I use pregnancy as an excuse for my frequent deviations. Truth be told, I plan on making food prep and a return to eating in a way that makes me feel the best a big priority in 2016!
3. Worship and music. Leaving Mariner’s Church in California and the worship team was hard for me. I miss serving in that way and be able to use my modest musical talents on a regular basis. I hope to find a way to do that again next year.
Tell me one of your highlights for 2015 or something you forgot that you want to revisit next year?