Ah, the new year. We love to mark the passing of time with champagne, sparkles and resolutions. We celebrate the old, while promising to improve in the new. I actually think it’s beautiful (in part because I’m taking time off work, and am super excited to relax). Plus, I do find value in reflecting (which I do all to rarely), and setting goals (which I’m going to actually stick to this year)!
For our year in review this year, I decided to put a few things together. First, I’ll share my own reflections on the year. Then, let’s talk about my goals for 2016 (because putting them on the internet will make them come true). So, sit back, open some champagne (because it’s the time of the year where that’s perfectly normal) and enjoy!
How was 2015 for me? Well, let’s talk about it.
First things first, it feels necessary to check in on the goals I set for myself this time last year. Thankfully, those are also on the interwebs (because I don’t remember them at all). So, a quick trip down memory lane… and we’re back! Apparently I decided that I was going to be nice, stick to my style, think about what I’m eating and exercise five days a week. How did I do? Well…
I said that in 2015, I was going to try and be nicer. Ah yes, I did like this goal.
Actually, reflecting back on it now, it’s rather funny. By mid-summer I had completely forgotten about this goal. Then, in August, I started a leadership training program. Part of the program included some assessments, and the results basically told me that I need to be more emphatic. So, I – having completely forgotten this resolution – set my leadership goal for the program to work on being more emphatic. Yep, seriously. I’ve even been working on a coach on this.
The funny thing is, my coach really helped me realize that I am pretty emphatic. I’m just not emotional. Going back and re-reading my goal from last year, I clearly was grouping those two things together, but they are completely different things. Being emphatic? Totally – I care!! Being emotional however, that is not for me. I’m sarcastic and blunt, but that doesn’t mean I don’t care or understand. So, I am going to stop saying I need to be nice, or emphatic. I am emphatic enough for my own tastes, and that’s good enough for me.
Stick to My Style
I said that in 2015, I wanted to buy only the staples for my personal style instead of the impulsive “oh how fun” items that I only wear once (if at all). Truthfully, I did OK at this one. I did stick to my style on most things I bought, though there are definitely some new shoes in my closet that I have barely worn, so I’m not going to call this one a total win.
Think About What I’m Eating
I said that in 2015, I was going to try and pay attention to what I’m eating and only cheat on paleo because I truly want to eat the thing that isn’t paleo. Ya, nope. Failed at this one. Well, I sort of failed. I gave myself a bit too much liberty with how I defined “I truly want to eat the thing”. That reminds me, I want some cheese. And champagne. Because they sound good. Because they always sound good. 2016? I’m going to be a bit striker. Wanting something isn’t always a good enough reason to have it.
Exercise Five Days a Week
I was actually doing this a year ago, and somehow I lost it. I will happily blame external factors, though that’s probably not completely fair. There were some external influences (gym issues, hectic schedule) that caused me to start to break this habit of mine, but ultimately that’s on me. Regardless, I’m really ending the year at more of a exercise three or four times a week schedule, but that’s ok. I still exercise a lot, and I really would like to exercise more so… Maybe I’ll recommit to my five days a week in 2016.
Since I forgot about my 2015 goals pretty quickly into 2015, it’s really not fair to say that 2015 was all about achieving these goals. So, how was the rest of the year? Pretty good actually.
When I was setting goals this time last year, I was really at a loss for what I wanted to do or where I was going. Truthfully, I didn’t know where I was going because there were a few big decisions that I thought could get made in 2015, but I wasn’t sure if they would (or if I wanted them to). At that time, I didn’t want to put too much pressure on these big decisions, so I basically choose to ignore them when setting my goals. In hindsight, I thought 2015 might be the year that:
- I would get a new job
- We would move (either to a bigger house, or because of my husband’s job
- We would start trying for a baby
Turns out, 2015 was the year that I would get a new job (YAY!) and we would move to a bigger house (YAY!!) but it was not the year we’d start trying for a baby (soon, but not too soon). Overall, everything came together in 2015 quite nicely and I feel much more at peace with where I am at, and where I am going, at the end of this year than I was at the end of last year.
2016: Always Looking Forward
Now, at the end of 2015, I have a pretty good idea of what 2016 is bringing so setting goals was actually pretty easy for me this time. It’s not that 2016 will be a big year, it’s actually that it probably won’t be a big year, and I know that. I already switched jobs, so I don’t expect any changes there (knock on wood). We just moved to a new house, so I don’t expect to find myself moving in 2016 (knock on wood). So, that really leaves 2016 open to, whatever I want. Plus (!!), we have a big trip planned at the end of the year, so there’s that little something to look forward to.
So, my goals for 2016 are:
- Lose the weight I forgot to mention that I gained in 2015 (yikes!)
- Eat healthier, including avoiding dairy (sad but necessary) and sugar (really sad, and really necessary)
- Exercise five times a week, in a variety of ways including some cardio, some yoga and lots of crossfit
- Learn to speak (conversational) Spanish
- We bought Rosetta Stone, I just have to use it. Three times a week.
Both of these goals are being driven by an international trip we have planned towards the end of the year, so it’s pretty much the perfect motivation to actually achieve my goals this year. Basically, come fall, I will be rocking a fabulous bikini and ordering vino rojo en espanola a la boda de mis amigios!