In contrast to New Year’s Resolutions, I put more emphasis on doing Year End Reflections. Click here to read more about how I like to go about it. Read on for my 2016 reflections.
- Having our first child. I started the year pregnant, but come April our little J-dub arrived and a whole new adventure began. It was a fairly easy pregnancy and a super fast delivery, thank the Lord.
- Celebrating 7 years of marriage. My husband is awesome and neither of us are itchy. I’m glad that we still feel like a team and prefer each other’s company to most everything or everyone else.
- Developing great friendships in our faith community. We joined a small group, J participated in the softball league, and we’ve gotten to know people a lot better this year. It’s starting to feel like a real church family to me and I love it.
- Seeing a lot of family and friends. Of course everyone has to come see the baby. We’ve been able to host both J’s family and mine, as well as go visit them, mostly in California. This year, family and friends didn’t seem as far away as they did last year. Warm fuzzies.
- Running postpartum. By now I can run and feel mostly normal, though I still need to build back my cardio. I’m just glad that I can run at all. It is so good for my mood and self-confidence. All the feels.
- Experiencing motherhood. A few years ago I had no strong inner desire to be a mom. I’d say I “was sure” I would feel differently about kids if I actually had a kid. Well… did it? And how! [Yes.] I don’t know what to say other than it’s pure magic. It’s kind of like being a runner – people on the outside wonder how I can love something that can be so difficult and require so much sacrifice. Until I experienced running or and motherhood for myself, I could not have known how much it would mean to me.
- Actively pursuing my passion again. In the last few months I’ve started writing again about faith and fitness. The last time I wrote and piloted a program was a few years ago. Doing this again now and looking forward to working with a group of women in 2017….this is my purpose, and it feels great to be working at it again.
- New certifications / knowledge. I added NASM Certified Personal Trainer and REVO2LUTION RUNNING Coach to my credentials this year. I also got trained for the Community Emergency Response Team. I’m a sucker for continuing education.
- Making our house a home. Not that we’ve done a lot but, little by little, this cookie-cutter new construction is becoming our family nest and it’s feeling cozier (aka messier) by the day.
- Becoming an INKnBURN Ambassador again! I have had some serious thread envy and am glad to be back repping this brand. I can’t buy everything I want but the discount sure helps. Check out the InkNBurn “Run Run Run” shirt I’m wearing below! Too fun.
- Several health setbacks due to stupid little things. My body took several hits after delivery and I think going to the Emergency Room for an ear infection was the lowest point of the year for me.
- Missing Blogfest & IDEA World. I had hoped I could go to this but who was I kidding? My health and a newborn I couldn’t bare to leave. Still, it broke my heart not to be there.
- Running postpartum. It’s a high AND a low, ok? In the first 5 months postpartum I would just get into running again when something else would knock me off my feet. It was so frustrating.
- Being far away from family. While we had great family visits, there were several points where not being near family was really, really hard. Partially because of being a new mom with a new baby and partially not being able to be there when my family went through some hard things.
- My country. I won’t get into it but…the election and the pre-existing ugly that was exposed on all sides, in all segments of society. I’ve many times wished I could just quit the USA but…then I wouldn’t be able to be a part of the solution, would I?
3 GAME CHANGERS
- Did I mention we had our first baby? Hello. Every 3 to 4 weeks EVERYTHING changes – from sleep schedules to baby’s mobility. It’s kind of hard to keep rolling with his random acts of growth spurts.
- Family crisis. Sometimes things happen that cause you to zero in on what matters most and your priorities change. I’m being vague on purpose here, but suffice it to say that this year we realized that we need to be more intentional about our family relationships.
- Stepping out in faith on a fitness ministry. God has been the biggest game changer, bringing women into my life to remind me of my passion and purpose and help me pursue it with accountability. Right now I’ve got a faith and fitness focus group starting early January and am helping to plan more events/training programs for 2017. God has asked to me to step out, I’m doing that, and He’s providing!
3 AREAS OF FOCUS
- Having a baby. I know, broken record. But seriously.
- Self care. My health, more so than baby’s, has been a huge focus. Not to be gross, but even just getting back to regular bowel movements has been a challenge. I’ve had to do a lot of taking care of me so that I can be a good mommy.
- Learning how I do life now. As I post this, I’ve been taking care of my baby for nearly 9 months. I’m still not used to seeing myself as “a mom” and still think I can do all the things. I’m still learning how to set goals and make plans with a baby in mind.
3 THINGS YOU FORGOT
- The blog. I’m just not into pushing out 3 posts a week, chasing down brand collaborations and keeping up with all the social media channels. Belonging to networks like FitFluential used to mean a lot to me and provide me with great opportunities. Now? Not so much. And I’m not sad about that.
- Running with Moxie. This is a complete fail. Moxie gained pregnancy sympathy weight and by the time I was healthy enough to walk/run, I had a baby in a stroller and couldn’t take both stroller and dog at the same time. So Moxie got left behind a lot and she still needs to get her endurance back. Moxie walks/runs will make it into my top list for 2017.
- Healthiest eating. I can be a little hard on myself when I eat “too many” grains and sugary treats. Then I remember that my standard now for what constitutes “too many” is a lot higher than it used to be. On the whole, we still eat healthy. We’ve just not been eating our healthiest and that is something I’d like to work toward again.
I expect God to do some great things in 2017 and my main goal is to be a part of those things. Now that I’ve done some reflections on 2016, I’ll work on writing out some goals for 2017!