For years I wanted to be older, and now I am. – Margaret Atwood
There’s some truth. I remember thinking when I was young(er) about how much I wanted to “grow up” and do all those “adult” things that seemed so fun! I can’t really say if things turned out how I expected, or anticipated, but I can say the journey has been beautiful.
Now, since my last birthday – let me see what I’ve done in the last 365 days….!
1. I have been fortunate enough to go home to see my parents twice within 1 year, which is a rare occasion for me, and such a treat! During one of those visits I also got to spend time with my sister and meet my nephew for the first time, which was very fun.
2. I took dance classes! Those were challenging, but I hope that when COVID clears, I can do it again! It’s not my “comfort zone” but I felt like moving my body was important, as well as it was just FUN.
3. I enlisted the help of a professional Life Coach, and I loved it! I highly recommend it at least once, and see what you learn about yourself! I know I found out more about myself than I was ready to address at the start, but in time I felt like I was finally able to see clearly what I wanted from myself and my life.
4. I lost some people. Through death, as well as distance, moves across country, and changing relationships. I treasure each moment with every person I lost, and even if they aren’t in my life any longer (but still alive), I wish them nothing but the best.
5. I traveled some! I got to enjoy exploring Dublin, Ireland and all that comes with its lovely city. I got to visit Las Vegas, NV before COVID shut it down, and in between, I explored some new places in my home city!
6. I picked up running (aka jogging/fast walking for me). I challenged myself in a new way, and signed up for a half marathon, and even though it got cancelled due to COVID, I learned to push myself a bit in a way I didn’t think I could. I went from only being able to run for about 5 minutes at a go, to (my longest run) doing a 7+ mile jog over the course of 90 minutes!
7. I rode my Peloton bike for 5 hours straight. LOL. Wild. I did the Haleakala challenge, and that was nuts. Again, another way to physically push myself and make me believe that I can do anything I put my mind to. Endurance has never been my strong suit physically, but I am trying to overcome those mental blocks that tell me I can’t do something.
With those physical accomplishments, I am also happy to be able to say that I have maintained my weight loss journey and healthier habits from my starting point 2 years ago, and I feel good!
8. I welcomed new people into my life. From friends, new babies, and people I hadn’t spoken to since high school, I got to reconnect/connect with some great humans, and I am so glad to have gotten to deepen my relationships with them.
9. I implemented some new habits. I started to journal more. I did it intermittently in the past, but this year I learned how helpful it can be on a daily basis, and really find myself enjoying it! I also started a morning routine, which has been really helpful in getting my day off on the right foot. I used to just rush into getting ready/going to work, but even though it means getting up a little earlier, the routine helps me feel better throughout the day.
10. I did some serious physical and emotional de-cluttering! I finally got rid of some items around my house (ok a LOT) that I had been carrying around for over a decade. I sold some, I donated a lot, but regardless, I let GO of stuff that was long overdue. I also started to tackle some of my own demons, including but not limited to, working on addressing my feelings, owning my emotions and dismantling my ego. I will never be done, but I at least got a strong start.
11. I started my own business! I started my own life coaching practice, and am in the certification process. I still have my “9-5” job, but this shift has helped me so much to feel fulfilled, motivated and excited for what life has in store!
Above all else, I will say that I feel proud of myself. I feel like the best is yet to come, and my turning 35 is not something I dread, rather something that I am excited about. I am excited to see where I am 5 years from now! I want to continue to make my life better, improve my health/fitness, create a legacy that I can be proud of, help others more, and embrace myself even more fully. Cheers to another year of living, loving and learning!