Happy New Year! It is time to break out the brand new planners and journals, the new wall and desktop calendars, and the healthy diets and resolutions. As I sit here thinking about my goals for 2017, I realized that I can’t move forward until I reflect backwards. Over the past year, I have realized that I function so much when I live a goal-oriented life. I need to have a plan in place so that I can reach my goals. In order to do that successfully, you must first reflect on the past to see acknowledge you accomplishments and your failures. What challenges did you face? What did you achieve? What areas do you want to refocus your efforts on? There is no better time to reflect on the past chapters of your life then at the very beginning of the next chapter. Before I set my goals for 2017, I wanted to take the time to reflect on everything that happened in 2016.
One of the best things that happened in the last 12 months was my wedding. The day was everything that Pete and I wanted it to be and so much more. We spent a lot of time planning it, especially the little details that truly made the day ours. There were definitely moments during the planning process that I questioned our decisions but I couldn’t have asked for a better day. I truly believe that having Pete help me during the whole planning process made our day so much more about us than I could have possibly imagined. I can’t wait to get our wedding photos back! It was such a special day that I am so excited to see how the photographers captured it.
One of my biggest accomplishments for the year was keeping up with the running streak that I started last Thanksgiving. I have been running for 403 days straight and I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon. There were days when I had absolutely zero desire to run even a mile. On those days, I would ask myself if this was how I wanted my streak to end. I have learned a lot about myself from this streak. In the past, I have always found ways to quit before I am even getting started with developing lasting habits. The archives of this blog are riddled with posts that chronicle my failures at starting habits. By keeping my running streak alive, I proved to myself that I am capable creating habits in my life. I know that probably sounds rather strange but it was a huge milestone and accomplishment for me.
One thing that I discovered about myself in the last year is that I actually enjoy group fitness classes (or at least barre fitness classes). Up until April, I was pretty resistant to the whole group fitness thing. I knew that I needed help in terms of getting into shape for my wedding so I went along with my coworker when she decided to try some different group fitness classes. The first one we tried was Orange Theory Fitness in the summer of 2015. While I liked those workouts, I just didn’t feel like it fit my personality well and they weren’t really the type of workouts that I was looking for. The second one we tried was The Bar Method, which is a barre fitness class. To be quite honest, I went into that studio with the expectation that I was going to hate the workout. I made myself promise that I was going to give it a shot though. Our first workout was in October of 2015 and so far I have taken 224 classes. I found that the community of women at the studio was exactly what I needed to keep going back almost every single day.
One area of my life that did not go well in 2016 was my creative outlets. For the last few years, I have used writing and photography as creative outlets since my full time job doesn’t really allow for that. Sharing my life through the my blog was a huge part of what defined me and I lost touch with that in 2016. A lot of that came from the wedding planning process. There were so many details that my creative juices were focused that I didn’t really have left for writing. Pete and I also wanted to keep a lot of the details of the wedding private until our guests were able to experience them in person. At times, I felt like I didn’t really have a whole lot to share because my life revolved around the wedding when I wasn’t working or working out. It was a fine line that I didn’t walk very well if at all last year.
Reflecting on everything that I did (or didn’t do) last year is very eye opening. It makes me realize that I did I heck of a lot of stuff in 12 months even though I felt like I wasn’t doing anything at all sometimes. I planned a wedding and got married. I ran 853 miles. I fell in love with barre fitness. I learned that I capable of so much more than I ever thought possible. I discovered that I haven’t even begun to test my limits. 2016 wasn’t the year that I thought it was going to be. Some aspects were better than I could have imagined. Some didn’t even come close to what I wanted them to be. I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store.
How did 2016 go for you?