As the final weeks of 2015 approached, I took a long hard look at what I had learned over the year. I spent much time reflecting on the good, the bad, and the ugly. And, that’s not always easy. Sure, reflecting on the good times, the great accomplishments, all of that is cake. It’s the hard lessons that were learned throughout the year that can sometimes be difficult to swallow, and 2015 just happened to be a year of lesson-learning for me. But, that’s okay. I’m stronger and I learned so much, albeit the hard way, but I like to think that I’m a better version of me because of it!
So here we are. The start of a new year. After looking back over 2015, I decided that this was the year that I’d actually write down my goals, dreams, ambitions, resolutions….whatever you want to call them. This way I’d have a visual that I can refer to often (hopefully!), reflect, and make adjustments as needed to ensure I follow through and succeed, or at least work towards success. My goals are divided into three categories: personal, spiritual, and fitness.
After writing down my goals, my training partner (aka the hubs) and I reminisced and shared our hopes and dreams for 2016. Together, we decided that we needed to put together something more visual than just words on paper. It needed to be more than a list. Something we’d see on a regular basis that would force us to face these goals head on. And, it was at that point that our 2016 “vision” board was born.
We decided to put together a visual for our workout room (AKA the pain cave) that would serve as a daily reminder of what we hope to achieve throughout the year, the work we are setting out to do, and the purpose of it all. Oh, and we decided that it wouldn’t hurt to have an area for key workout reminders, too. With our goals in mind, we looked through magazines for key words or quotes that we connected with, cut them out, and placed them on our vision board. Here’s a closer look at my side of the board, some of what I’m looking forward to in 2016, and what it means to me:
SERVE YOUR BODY RIGHT – Although, I’ve cleaned up my diet considerably from what it used to be, there’s room for improvement. I want to work on viewing food as fuel and not as a crutch for times when I feel stressed.
LIVE TO KNOW WHAT YOU’RE MADE OF – Take advantage of every opportunity and moment. Be active. Be present. Be in the now. Don’t be afraid of exploring outside your comfort zone.
LOVE YOURSELF. LOVE LIFE. ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE. – No explanation needed.
PUSH YOUR LIMITS – Embrace the pain that allows you to grow and become stronger.
PRAY – Cling to your faith, not just in times of despair, but in times of joy.
THE COMEBACK – After a year of injuries, it’s time to take care of me. Listen to your body and don’t neglect the recovery process.
YOU DESERVE THE BEST – Continue to improve self-esteem and self-image. You are awesome!
I RUN 4 SADIE – A daily reminder that I have physical capabilities that some do not. Don’t take it for granted. #noexcuses
SOAS RACING – I’m honored and humbled to be able to return as an ambassador for SOAS Racing. I’m inspired daily by the amazing women who are a part of this team. Be inspired and inspire others. #liveinspired
Yes, I know. I have quite a full plate with my goals for 2016, but I’m excited about my journey. Maybe a little nervous. Overall, though, I am pumped and ready to get after it so with that, I gladly greet the new year. Hello, 2016! Let’s do this!