It’s the last week of the year, and in my house, that means scissors, glue, magazines, bristol board, Post-Its and Sharpies. Yes friends, it’s vision boarding time!
If you’ve been following along for at least a year, you may already know that creating a vision board – or a big collage of inspirational images and my goals on Post-It notes – is an annual ritual. It’s something I do as part of the process I outlined in The Gorgeous Guide to Goal Conquering, which is exactly the system I like to follow when deciding what I want to accomplish in the year to come. Because I like the whole cutting and pasting thing, this is definitely my most favourite part.
Looking back at my last vision board, it was quite the year. Some of the things I’m most proud of included:
- Hitting a new half marathon PR of 1:28:30, meeting my goal of breaking the 1:30 mark
- Running a new course PR at the Lululemon SeaWheeze half marathon in August
- Challenging my body in new ways, specifically, completing my first duathlon on June 22nd and winning my age group, and doing The North Face Endurance Challenge at Blue Mountain in July
- Getting back in control of my iron – After a LOT of anemia struggles in 2013, I’m still on the low side but the situation has improved tons. (I will do a post soon all about this because I’ve received plenty of requests for it.)
- Growing a veggie garden
- Excelling in my full-time job
- Taking one of my favourite vacations yet in Vancouver
- Getting to know my readers better (yes you!) – via email, in person, and through my annual reader survey (which I posted the results of here)
Of course, there were a few I fell short on and a few that I decided weren’t as important to me any more as the year progressed. With that said, moving on to 2015, the following are what I’ll be working on. (Note: I’ve decided to keep my full-time job goals off the blog for now, but I think you’ll find the remaining ones far more exciting!)
1. Complete IRONMAN Muskoka 70.3 on July 5th
Why not start with the biggest, most audacious and scary goal first, right? Throughout 2014 I became really interested – ok, maybe obsessed – with triathlon. I did my first duathlon in June, and while I was terrified going into it, I couldn’t wait to try again, next time with a swim included. In addition to 3 shorter triathlons, Muskoka 70.3 will be my big A-race for the year. It’s a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run, and I’m super excited to get my body in the fittest state it’s ever been.
I’ve already started working with an awesome coach based in Las Vegas and he’s got me doing plenty of long slow base-building training at the moment. With his guidance, plus that of some great triathlete mentors that I’m really fortunate to have, this is definitely the goal I’m most pumped up about right now.
2. More trail running, less road running – do at least 3 trail races
With my focus turning to triathlon, I’ll be doing fewer road races this time around. In 2014 I fell in love with trail running and plan to make it a big part of my fitness regimen this coming year. I love the feeling of being outside, constantly having to think about where my feet will need to land next – it feels like playing, not like intense exercise. The plan is to do some races in the 5 Peaks Ontario trail running series because the people at these events are amazing and the one I did in September was a fantastic experience.
3. Volunteer at 3 races
I’ve done plenty of races over the past year and am very aware that these things wouldn’t be possible without the people who generously give up their time and wake up early to make them happen. As a way of giving back, I plan to volunteer in some capacity at 3 at some point in 2015.
4. Eat for awesome gut health and eat more healthy fats
One of the major lessons I learned this year was about the connection between the digestive system and the brain. (You’ll find several posts about this here, covering things like leaky gut syndrome, learning about food sensitivities, taming bloating, and more fascinating tales.) The gut really IS like a second brain, and when digestion isn’t good, everything else spirals downward.
I learned that if I’m extremely stressed out or if I eat foods that my body doesn’t like so much, it’s a recipe for digestive disaster – bloating, cramps, inflammation, etc. While I feel like things are very much figured out right now, I want to continue on the healthy gut bandwagon by incorporating more sources of healthy fats into my diet. I’d also like to keep experimenting with at-home food prep methods like sprouting (which I already do, just not regularly) and fermentation. Bone broth is already brewing, but stay tuned for some adventures in kombucha making!
5. Express gratitude daily
A simple goal, but an incredibly powerful one. I’ll be tracking this in a journal and/or by chatting about things I’m grateful for with friends.
6. Complete 3 e-books
This is a project that my awesome roommate Jess and I are working on, with the first one set to launch near the end of January. For those of you looking to make 2015 the year you take up running, I think you’ll be interested in these!
7. Get at least 7 hours of sleep per night
Just like gut health, 2014 was a big year for learning about the impact of sleep on my overall wellbeing. I learned that quality, not necessarily quantity, is super important and I know that if I’m going to perform at my best at my fitness goals and at life in general, sleep is key.
8. Save $75/month (or more) for a vacation to a place I’ve never been
This trip might not even happen this year, but I want to start saving a little bit each month for one. It’s been a long time since I visited a tropical destination, and being a person who despises cold weather, the prospect of lying on a beach without a care in the world is enormously motivating.
9. Attend or host a social event every 2 weeks
It seems like every time I’ve met up with friends lately, it’s been way too long since the last time. I want to see them more (because they’re all really awesome people!) and I’m also excited to expand my social circles. By ‘social events’, I’m referring to everything from professional networking events to casual coffee dates with friends. This goal is actually part of a broader effort, which brings me to the last on the list…
10. Less screen time, more face time
I think we could all do with adopting this one. So many hours of our days are spent looking at screens and to be honest, it’s kind of sad. I’m going to be setting some monthly quantitative targets to ensure that more face-to-face time happens, so stay tuned for my monthly goal setting posts for more on this one.
Phew. It’s a good thing there are an entire 365 days to work on all of the above, because I’ve definitely got my work cut out for me! And with that said, let’s talk about YOU now. I’d love to hear…
- What are your goals for 2015?
- Which ones (if any) are you most scared about? Which ones are you most excited about?