Well my friends, it’s very nearly the last month of 2016. How are we doing? Ready for the holidays? Recovering from Thanksgiving and one of retail’s biggest weekends of the year? Ready to start fresh?
As the year winds down I’ve already been giving some thought to all the things I want to do in 2017. That doesn’t mean I’m wishing December away though. Despite the fact that my family, scattered across 3 different continents, doesn’t really spend the holidays together like many others do, I still love this time of year. I don’t know about you, but it always makes me want to get back in touch with people I haven’t talked to in far too long. It also makes me feel incredibly grateful for the life I have, especially when I think about all the memories made over the past 12 months. Do you feel the same?
Before we get to talking too much about 2017, let’s take a look back on how November went. This was a great month for goal setting (and achieving!), and I’m excited to share some progress with you.
1. Focus on better energy management – A
This has been a goal I’ve talked about a few times in the past, but I can legitimately say I think I did it well this month. It wasn’t quite as social as I anticipated (we’ll make up for that with December’s holiday parties), but I did spend a lot of time doing things that make me feel energized and restored. Luckily I have a great team at work that are holding me accountable to all this, and that certainly helps. A few things I did included:
- going to two yoga classes
- taking time to do extra stretching after workouts, and mid-afternoon
- attending two meditation sessions at work
- getting a solid 8 hours of sleep most nights
- committing to a much shorter to-do list on the weekends
Along this little adventure in relaxation, one of the big highlights was finding moment meditation, a local meditation space located in downtown Vancouver. The stories of the founders behind this business are so interesting and when I saw the beautiful photos of their facility on Instagram, I couldn’t wait to visit.
So far I’ve only done one 45-minute class, but it was so enjoyable that I’ll most definitely be back for more. It began with a drawing exercise, followed by a guided meditation – part seated, part lying down. (The chairs shown above fold out into beds and they are dangerously comfortable!) There are classes about 5 times per day, each one themed calm, happy, focused, or ‘signature’ – a blend of all 3. If you prefer, you can also use the space outside of class times and do one of their recorded guided audio meditations. If you happen to be in Vancouver or coming for a visit, this place is totally worth a visit.
2. Complete my Q3 reporting with as little stress as possible – A+
Loads of Excel work and a 42-page PowerPoint deck later, it was done! This happened in the first week of November and I felt so much more organized and prepared than last quarter. For those that may be new to the blog, I’m an Email Marketing Strategist by day so this involved a whole lot of analysis of emails sent from August to October. If you have to do any sort of quarterly reporting for your job, I’m sure you can probably empathize with the brainpower that goes into this type of stuff. My secrets this time around were to create a template from last quarter’s reports, do ongoing tracking of the things I knew I’d want to report on this quarter, and block off calendar time to get it all done. Done and dusted…. till the end of Q4. 😝
3. Do 100 pushups every day – A+
Guys, I did it! Like legit didn’t miss a day, and on some, even cranked out a couple more than 100. This challenge proved to me that staying super consistent and putting in a solid effort every day can lead to a huge improvement in strength – specifically in my upper body, which is where I’d say I’m weakest. Towards the second half of the month, I got into the habit of starting the strength training part of my workouts with as many push-ups as I could do with good form. (Right now this is between 30 and 40, depending on the day.) Then I’d incorporate the rest of them into the circuits I made up. There were decline push-ups, spiderman push-ups, traveling push-ups, and of course the standard kind. After this Wednesday, I’ll have done a little more than 3,000 reps and since I really enjoyed this challenge, I’m considering continuing it into December.
Moving on to the month ahead…
3 goals for December 2016
1. Successfully complete my Culinary Nutrition Expert certification
I can’t believe the program is almost done! It’s been a totally packed, extremely info-packed 4 months and I’ve learned a ton that I can’t wait to start putting to use. Between now and the end of December I have a few more assignments to complete, one of which is a cooking workshop that I’m doing for a few friends. My goal is to continue to do my best in these last assignments and give some serious thought to how I’m going to use all of this knowledge in 2017. I’ve already got a loose idea, but you’ll hear more about it soon.
2. Launch the Gorgeous Guide to Goal Conquering 2017
If you’ve been an Eat Spin Run Repeat reader for a while, you may remember that I publish a new Gorgeous Guide to Goal Conquering every year just before the holidays. It’s a workbook-style e-book that helps you to get clear on what’s most important to you, set goals around those values, and to bring them to life throughout the year ahead. Working at lululemon has meant a whole lot of time invested in personal development and goal setting over the past 8 months, and because of this, I have a feeling that the 2017 guide is going to be the best yet. Stay tuned for more on this!
3. Take some time off to enjoy the holidays
In line with my energy management goal from November, I plan to take some totally unplugged time off during the holidays to enjoy all the festivities this lovely city has to offer. My mum is coming from Ontario to visit and because she’s never been here before, I’ve got a grand itinerary of all sorts of Christmas touristy things to do. Fa-la-la-la-laaaaaaaa!
Now it’s your turn! I’d love to hear…
- What goals are you hoping to reach before the end of 2016?
- Have you given much though to what you’d like to accomplish in 2017 yet?