As per usual, I didn't accomplish everything I wanted to do. There are definitely a few areas of my life that could use some improvement, but that's what new year's is for, right? Taking stock & re-focusing on where we want to be! I'm ready, 2017! Let's do this!
Continued Working to Toward a Healthier, Happier Me
On Memorial Day weekend, I ran the longest race I've ever run & finished! By participating in the Boulder Boulder I proved to myself how strong, determined & capable I am. I think I knew all that before I did it, but I definately proved to myself that the voices that whisper to me that I can't do something are liars! If I want something, I need to go for it & do the work. The results will come, slowly but surely!
Immediately after this, two things happened; While I was immensely proud of myself, running the Boulder Boulder created a bit of a wall for me. After finishing, instead of thinking, "What's next?", I thought, "Well, that's done. That's the longest race I want to run. I guess I don't have any more goals." Secondly, I went in for a complimentary personal training session at my gym & came out feeling terrible about myself, my fitness level & the progress I had made.
It was an unfortunate outcome I definately didn't see coming from either experience. However, I think I did the best I could with what I had. I saved up & rewarded myself with a FitBit which basically saved my summer. While my running plateaued, I did take up walking. I really enjoyed spending time with myself, albeit at a much slower pace than last summer, listening to podcasts & taking in the sights & sounds of the nature around my town. And I especially enjoyed watching my steps & challenging myself to go further & further! If you use FitBit, let's be friends!
I was able to maintain my weight & fitness level while working through some emotional junk that had attached itself to my running. With a new outlook & renewed confidence, I hope to get back on the ball in the new year!
Completed 31 Days of Blogging in October
For the second time in my time blogging I completed the 31 Days of Blogging in October challenge! It was difficult & took a lot of planning, but I did it!
Take a Class
This fall, on a whim, I joined a session of Barre Renew at my local rec center & was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it! It's low impact & combines working out with great music & fun gals! I will definately be joining the next session that's offered & hope to continue branching out in not only fitness classes, but classes of all kinds! *hint, hint*
Get & Use a Passport
I am very sad to say that this did not happen. My goal this year is to just travel on a plane. Somewhere. Anywhere! It's going to be a busy year and I want to be realistic, but stretch myself, too!
Direct/Act in a Play
I am so happy to say that this was achieved not once but twice this year! My brother & I put up a reader's theater in June & a Halloween themed radio drama in October & I am so proud of both! I can't think of people I would rather work with than my brother & the friends we brought together! Now, we are looking forward to putting another show up in February!
Read 100 Books
This sadly did not happen & I've been beating myself up a bit about it, which is just silly! I think that I'm going to top out at around 85, which is better than last year, so I guess I can't complain. My number is going to have to be quite a bit smaller this year, due to some upcoming projects, but that's a whole different blog post! Stay tuned!
Continued to Work on Letting Go
I had a conversation with a good friend this summer about hair cuts & how I can mark every big life change by how short my hair is. This year, I let it all go.
Right before I ran the Boulder Boulder, I chopped my hair off. 2015 had been such a transformational year for me, but I still felt like I was lugging around junk I didn't need to be lugging. At the begining of 2016, my insides didn't match my outsides. Changing my hair was one tiny way of changing the way I felt. It was something visual to remind me that I'm not the same person that I was at the begining of this year. I'm not really the same person that I was at the begining of this month!
2016 has been a process & I'm still working, even on the last day of the year! It may come as no shock to you, but I have some control issues & this year felt pretty out of control. I don't need to tell you & everyone has their own experiences & opinions, but it's been a rough one! Between current events & personal life events, I got pretty low this spring/summer/into the fall. There were days it was hard to pull myself out of it & there were days that I didn't succeed in that.
But here we are! It's New Year's Eve & the champagne is chilled! The poppers are prepped & that ball is gonna drop whether we're ready or not (I'm SO ready!) Big things are on the horizon & hard work lies ahead. 2017 looks to be my hardest, yet most fulfilling year in a long time. It will be a year of endings & beginnings & probably a lot of regular, old life sprinkled in & I'd be lying if I told you I wasn't more than a little bit scared. The new year is here! We just need to take the plunge.
Happy New Year, friends! Are you ready for an adventure?