Good morning for the last time in 2012! Wow, another year behind us. It’s crazy how fast the past couple of years have passed and this one was no exception. Our holidays are coming to an end soon, but I’m super excited about the fact that we’ve got a fresh year ahead.
Earlier this month, I was all about reflecting on our achievements. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve shifted gears and have been thinking hard about what I want to happen during the next 365 days of my life. In fact, one of my blog besties Leanne is currently here visiting, and on Saturday, she, Jessica and I were busy dreaming and scheming while getting our arts and crafts on in my dining room.
The outcome? 2013 vision boards of course!
For the past couple of years around the end of December, I’ve chopped up my huge stash of magazines to create great big visuals of what I want to achieve (check out 2011 and 2012 if you’re a new reader), and this time was no exception. If you’re really motivated by visuals, I highly recommend putting together your own board and posting it somewhere you’ll see it every day. As usual, I’ll be sticking mine up on my closet door to serve as a daily dose of inspiration, and a reminder of what I’m shooting for.
So, what exactly are those things? I like to divide my goals into a couple of different categories, including fitness, career, the blog, friends and family, financial, nutrition, etc. I’ve left a few goals off the board/blog because I think some things are better kept quiet, but here are a few of my key focuses:
- Run a sub-1:30 half marathon – After having completed a 1:33:58 half marathon in Vancouver this past summer, I’ve got my sights set on breaking the 1:30 mark. I’ve debated back and forth in my head about whether or not I want to give the full marathon another go and try to re-qualify for Boston, but every time, I end up deciding that the half is more my style. I haven’t picked my half marathon yet, but I’m going to be browsing some race calendars over the next couple of weeks to find a location.
- Be able to bench press at least 100lbs – As I’m sure you know, strength training is hugely important for our overall health. I think gains in upper-body muscular strength (particularly for women) are incredibly satisfying to see, and I can’t wait to cross this one off my list!
- Do a better job of tracking my workouts – Pretty obvious reasoning here: If I’m not tracking progress, I’ll never know if I’ve made any!
- Complete the full 12-week TurboFire program
- Incorporate more ‘fun’ workouts!
Mind and Spirit
- Meditate or do yoga at least 2-3 times per week to relieve stress – This is a goal I’ve set for myself in the past, but now with lots of demands from my full-time job, I’m realizing the need more and more each day!
- Keep my space as clutter-free as possible – NO impulse buys!
- Go on a cruise – This has been a dream of mine for the last couple of years and I really want to see it happen in 2013. I’m aiming for the Caribbean, but as long as it’s a hot destination I’m not picky at all!
Friends and Family
- Spend more time with my friends that live in-town – While several of my friends have moved away in the past couple of years, there are still a good handful that do live nearby and I don’t see them nearly as much as I should. I’m definitely planning to fix this situation in 2013
- Meet some new friends – I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a creature of habit, and it’s really easy for me to just fall into the same work-sleep-workout-eat-repeat cycle. However, I really want to meet some new people and I’m very aware that I need to do some more socializing in order to make it happen!
- Continue my quest to eat and drink as mindfully as possible
- Focus on portion control
- Be consistent with meal planning to keep grocery budget under control
The Blog and My Health Coaching Business
- Learn to use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop like a pro.
- Publish a new e-book – My first one, Fresh Bites was published in the summer and featured some of my favourite warm weather recipes, but this time around, you can expect NEW recipes and more explanation behind why I’ve incorporated various ingredients to make each dish a healthy one. Stay tuned!
- Write at least 10 articles for submission to organizations I already partner with, as well as larger publications – During my 2 ½ years as a blogger so far, I’ve discovered that I really, really like to write when the subject is something I’m passionate about. I suppose you could say it’s one of my new hobbies, and I want to stretch my creative boundaries a bit in 2013 in order to get better at it.
- Launch an online coaching package – This one is still very much in the planning phase, but you’ll hear more about it in the near future!
If you’re thinking about creating a vision board for yourself, here are a couple of older posts that might help you out (and I’m warning you now, these posts are pretty old so the photos may not be as nice as you’re used to seeing!):
- New Years = New Goals, but how do I set them? Part I of II
- New Years = New Goals, but how do I set them? Part II of II
- What do you really want? – An oldie but a goody about getting clear on exactly what you want before setting goals.
- Top 10 Tips for Staying Accountable to Health and Fitness Goals – Part 1
- Top 10 Tips for Staying Accountable to Health and Fitness Goals – Part 2
In addition to this vision boarding, I’ve got an amazing giveaway announcement coming up next week that I think you’re going to want to get in on. Be sure to check back on Monday for a free download to help keep you inspired and motivated all month long! 🙂
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