2014: Year In Review

I seriously can’t believe that we’re already here at the end of 2014. I feel like I’ve just gotten used to writing “2014” on things, and all of a sudden we’re on the verge of ’15?! Maybe the year flew by simply because that’s what happens as you get older, but maybe it was also because it was one heck of a year for me. My year was pretty much split right down the middle by our wedding — everything up until July was pretty  much a blur as we were in the final planning stages for the big day. After that though, time did not slow down. Work seems to be as crazy as ever, although I was able to get away and relax a bit on our mini-moon and our amazing honeymoon a few months later.

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[Wedding photos courtesy of the AMAZING Rachel Darley Photography]

So where am I compared to last year? First of all, I feel as though I should be looking forward, not comparing myself to the past, but that’s what we always do, isn’t it? To be honest, I feel a little bit defeated looking back on my goals from last year. I am a far, far cry from those lifting PR goals — but a 3 month hiatus from heavy lifting due to post concussion syndrome can account for that.  Looking at it from another direction though, I may not have met my lifting goals, but I did complete something that previously seemed impossible and unimaginable — I trained and completed a seven mile race.

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The morning of the Falmouth Road Race in August

I know that seven miles doesn’t seem like a whole lot to many people, but for a non-runner like myself, it was a challenge that I wasn’t sure I would be able to complete. But I did it, and you know what? I really enjoyed it. And as Amy pointed out to me not so long ago, I’ve been running quite a bit for someone who doesn’t like running! So I guess I can thank 2014 (and New Balance) for being the catalyst for that change. Running may not be my strength, or my favorite fitness routine, but I have certainly found a place for it in my life and have learned to appreciate it more than ever before.

Don’t worry — I am not abandoning strength training, just allowing myself to broaden my horizons a little bit. 🙂 I actually miss it, I miss it a lot. I miss the feeling of an awesome dead lift PR, and I can’t wait to get back to that. I was finally able to get back to some decent lifts at the end of this year, so I’m excited to keep going with that progress!

So what has changed for me in 2014? Well, to be honest, I am not sure that much has changed on the outside. I still live in the same place, I still work at the same job, and I still love strength training, kettle bell workouts, and hill sprints. But when I really get down to it, life, although chugging along, is different these days. I’m a wife now, maybe I’ll be a mom in the foreseeable future. I’m at a point in my career where I could see myself making some major changes — and it could be time on this blog that I start making some changes as well. I’m not exactly sure what this year ahead will bring, and I’m not exactly sure where I want it to take me, but I am sure that I’m loving the process of figuring it all out.

I feel like without a list of goals today, I’m breaking some sort of blogger rule. But really, what’s the point of starting new goals on January 1st anyway? I think goals are awesome and I think they’re imperative for change, but I also believe that the day does not matter. Thursday is no different than Monday, January first is no different than July 7th. I have goals, and I’ll get around to posting them here, but I don’t feel that it’s necessary to do it today, and I think others should feel the same.

I think we put so much pressure on ourselves to start anew on January 1st, and when those goals disappear a few weeks later, we’re left to feel like failures. Instead, work on things you really want to work on, but don’t feel the need to come up with something monumental to change about yourself just because it’s the New Year. If you need a little bit more time to come up with some good, realistic, attainable goals, then do so! Your ability to set goals does not start and end on New Years Day, you have that ability every day of your life.

For now, I’m just going to have myself a darn good time tonight with an awesome group of friends, and try to wrap my head around writing 2015 on things. The goals will come in time, and when they do, I’ll be sure to let you all know what they are — because if I didn’t, what kind of blogger would I be?

Readers, do you set New Years Resolutions or goals? What was your goal from last year that you are most proud of meeting? 

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8 thoughts on “2014: Year In Review

  1. I set goals for each New Year. Fitness-wise from 2014, I’m most proud of completing my marathon. My main goal for next year is to stress less and do things that make me happy. 🙂 Hope you have a fun night – Happy New Year!

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