Reflections on 2014 and Goals for 2015

Ok, New Years has come and gone, and now I feel like I have had time to actually reflect on the year past and think about the year coming up. As I mentioned in my last post, I didn’t hit all of my goals last year. But then I started thinking about all of the things that 2014 held for me, and I realized that last year was more about life than about lifting PRs, and I’m ok with that.

2014 started out in an odd way with the loss of my father. I use the word “loss” loosely, because the truth is, he was already lost. Due to choices that he made in his own life, he had not been a part of my life since I was a little girl, so to find out that he had passed away was jarring, but not in the traditional sense of losing ones parent. He was not a parent to me, but the most difficult thing was knowing that for the past couple of years, I had been planning on finding him, trying to have a conversation, trying to get answers to my 1000 questions. And all of a sudden that would no longer be possible.  It was a difficult time, but not one that I can explain easily. How should you feel when you lose something that had already been lost?

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But still, 2014 kept chugging along. Shortly after my fathers death, my life changed again, but this time in a much more positive way. I was introduced to my half sister and brother, both adults, whom I had never met previously. And the completely serendipitous aspect of this is that my half sister, we’ll call her A,  lives extremely close to me (about a half hour away). So after the strange loss of my father, I then gained a brother and sister. I have yet to meet my brother, we’ve only spoken by phone as he is many states away, but I have begun to develop a relationship with my “new” sister and it’s absolutely amazing. We’re still getting to know each other, and I can’t even explain how weirdly awesome it is to be getting to know your 25 year old sister for the first time.

So I guess you can say 2014 started off a little bit strangely for me! Of course our amazing wedding came right in the middle of the year, and as we did almost everything ourselves, I felt like wedding planning became a full time job in the couple of months leading up to the big day. Training for the Falmouth Road Race was happening at exactly the same time, my first ever seven mile race, so that was yet one more thing that kind of pushed my other goals to the side for a while.

The end of my year was again a bit strange, with a concussion leaving me with severe headaches for 3 months straight (seriously, 24/7, sometimes strong enough to make me have to sit and take deep breaths just to be able to keep doing what I was doing).

So, life, you got me in 2014. There were huge ups and huge downs, and everything in between. There were a lot of things going on that forced me to focus on me and my relationships instead of fitness, blogging, and career goals, only I’m just stopping to realize this now. Life happens, and sometimes you just have to deal with it. I guess I say this to show people that even if you didn’t meet all of your goals last year either, it’s ok to give yourself a pass. Sometimes life gets in the way, and the only thing you can do is put your big girl pants on and move forward.  Am I upset that I didn’t reach my lifting PR goals last year? Nope, I got married, and I found my sister, and I had some other pretty crazy things going on too. All that’s left to do now is look forward to the year ahead, set some new goals, and do my best to achieve them!

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So without further ado, here are my fitness and blog related goals for the upcoming year. I do have other goals in my personal life, but this post has already gotten long enough!

1. Bring yoga back into my life – I used to do yoga, particularly hot yoga, quite often. Then about a year and a half ago, we moved and I no longer have super easy access to the studio that I used to frequent. I know, bad excuse huh? I have recently been realizing just how much I miss it mentally, and also how much my body misses it. My hips are ridiculously tight, and no matter how much mobility work I do, heavy deadlifting and squatting doesn’t help the matter. Yoga just helps me feel better over all, so I would like to start going this year again. I don’t know if once per week is realistic, but that’ll be my goal for now. Heck, if I make it to any yoga at all I’ll be happy, who am I kidding?

2. Get back into my lifting groove – I’m not going to attach specific numbers to my lifts right now, simply because I’m still rebuilding strength after my injury last year. My main goal right now is to get back to where I was (235 lb deadlift, 125 lb bench, 165 lb back squat). When I get my numbers back up to that point, then I’ll set some new goals to work forward. For now, it’s all about rebuilding.

3. Increase Social Media Presence – I would really like to increase my presence on social media this year. I have put most of my focus into the blog itself, while putting considerably less energy into Twitter, Instagram, and my blog Facebook page. If you’re not following me on any of those outlets yet, please check them out! (And I finally changed my name on Twitter and Instagram to my married name, so there’s that)

4. Post consistently, but don’t stress about it – I realized last year that keeping up with 3x/week posts was just not going to happen. If I can stick with 1-2 times per week, I’m happy with that, and hopefully you are too! It’s just what works best with my life, and I think it also gives you guys better content — quality over quantity and all that!

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3 thoughts on “Reflections on 2014 and Goals for 2015

  1. Great goals! I’m going to focus on posting consistently as well – I usually post 5-6x a week, but that’s not going to be possible anymore. If I can get into a regular schedule of 2-3x a week and keep it consistent, I’ll be happy!

    And YES to more yoga – I haven’t been going lately and I can definitely feel the difference!

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