Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Forging Ahead into 2014!

This is my absolute favorite time of the year.  It is the perfect time for reflection and processing of one year and setting intentions for the next.  I love fresh starts and the chance to start anew.  I get excited about what lies ahead and hopeful that I will continue to grow into the person I strive to be.  That sounds so cheesy, but it's so true!

2013 has been a wild ride.  It has been anything but easy-- one of my most challenging years yet.  That only makes me more hopeful that 2014 is bound for greatness!  I have so much I want to accomplish in 2014, personally and professionally, and I intend to do everything in my power to make it happen.

My fellow San Diego blogging friend, Kirsten, made a list of things she wants to keep in 2014 and a list of things she wants to leave behind.  I like this idea because it forces us to look at all of the positive things we've done throughout the year rather than simply the things we need to change.  At the same time, it is important to find what is not serving us and choose to let it go.  

I've compiled my own lists, starting with the positives.  

Habits I am Taking With Me into 2014
  • Exercising 5 days a week.  I've always been consistent with my fitness and I hope that never changes.  Running and yoga keep me happy, healthy and somewhat sane.  
  • Balanced Eating.  Eating healthy is a top priority for me, but I also allow myself indulgences. There was a time when I completely deprived myself of "bad" foods and was a miserable skinny person.  Those days are in the past, and that is where they shall stay.  
  • Journaling.  While I don't write every day, I do journal often.  It is cathartic and a great tool for dealing with anxiety, stress and tough times.
  • Practicing Gratitude.  When life is hard, I make an effort to count my blessings.  There is always a silver lining.
  • Taking Risks.  I have taken some humongous risks this year, like quitting my job and traveling alone to Thailand.  Making responsibly daring choices can lead to tremendous personal growth and empowerment and can also open doors to new opportunities.  
  • Reading.  I've read so many great books this past year, and I plan to read even more in the coming year.
And for the stuff that needs to be dumped in the trash...

Habits I am Leaving in 2013
  • Self Doubt.  What a waste of energy and emotion.  I will choose to believe in myself, my abilities and all that I am meant to do.  
  • Procrastination.  I'll wait until tomorrow to write about this one...
  • Eating Out (Daily).  I need to stop believing food tastes better when someone else prepares it.  It's an expensive and lazy habit.  2014: Kate Meets Kitchen.
  • Being a Slave to the Scale.  I may have made peace with food, but I still struggle with the scale.  That silly little number can send me into a tailspin.  It's absurd and pointless.
  • My iPhone Addiction.  It's hard to go 10 minutes without looking at my phone, checking Facebook, text messages, Instagram and e-mail.   
  • Artificial Anything and Everything.  I really need to break up with Splenda, diet sodas, and processed food.

So, those are my lists.  I will try my darndest to stick to them.  I have a lot more than what is listed above planned for the coming year, but that's all for another post.

In the spirit of reflection, I thought it would be nice to look back on the few great moments of 2013.  Despite this being a rough year, it has been sprinkled with a few very beautiful moments.  I treasure those magical memories of 2013 and hope that they only multiply in the coming year. 

Top 3 Memories of 2013

*Running the Boston MarathonApril 16th illustrated the strength of humanity as well as the destructiveness.  I was saddened and moved and will never, ever forget that day. 



*Falling in love.  The kind of love that only comes once or twice in a lifetime, if you're lucky.


*Quitting my job and traveling to Thailand.  I fearlessly went by myself, practiced yoga, partied in the jungle, fed an elephant, swam in the sea, and spent time with loads of interesting travelers.





So how do I plan to spend this New Year's Eve and the start of the new year?  On my mat.  We canceled our party plans and will instead be spending two hours in a class full of yogis at midnight setting intentions and visualizing a beautiful year to come.  

HAPPY NEW YEAR to ALL OF YOU!

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  1. You had a big year. Happy New Year!

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  2. Living the dream, missy! I absolutely LOVE the idea of the lists, and even though it's January 2nd, it's never too late to create those habit lists.

    ALSO...THAILAND! OMG! <3 Completely on my bucket list (and truth be told, if I hadn't moved to Chicago in 2013, I would've gone there...wow.) I'll go someday!

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  3. 2013 was such a big year for you. I am so happy to have crossed paths with you and to have been a part of your journey. Although we are at different stages of our lives (read: you are so young and beautiful and have the whole world ahead of you!!), I still know we are kindred spirits at heart.

    I am so, so happy to know you have found love. And I love hearing you spent New Year's on your yoga mat! I practiced yoga on Saturday for the first time in months. I was thinking of you while doing it and thought I might try my own 30 days of yoga. But then I woke up the next morning so sore that I could barely move and decided I should aim for maybe once a week instead. Perhaps doing back bends on my first day of yoga wasn't my smartest decision but I always was a little ambitious. Haha.

    Anyway, miss you and hope you have a fantastic year. I'm hoping to get a little better about blogging and staying in touch. :) xo

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