I originally had another post scheduled for today but I just got home (I’m writing this Sunday night) from a 2 hour yoga intensive workshop and am riding a yoga high. The focus was on Wring Out The Old, Ring in the New. What a fantastic way to start the new year with yoga!
This cleansing class was full of twists (perfect for the digestive system after a little too much holiday fun), pranayama breath work, core work, heart opening back bends, and restorative poses to help wring out the old and make space for new. We were not there to punish our body for all it’s wrong doings over the holidays or in 2013. It was to connect with you heart, soul and body. To make space for the new. Allison, our teacher, spoke a lot of intentions for the year to help set the course. A word or phrase to direct toward the outcome, praises the effort rather than focusing on the wrong doing.
I focused on my words for the year – Fearless. Confident. Happy.
Many times during class, I could feel the yoga energy radiate through my body. My palms pulsated with it. I sweated out the negative thoughts. I twisted out the “I can’t”. I opened my heart to new opportunities. During Savasana, all of my emotions came to the surface. I started to tear up. I was a sweaty mess but I felt a sense of lightness. Calm. Peace. Hope. Confidence. Happy. There’s no better way to start the new year with those feelings. It felt simply marvelous (thanks Katie for hosting!)
Allison closed out the practice with a quote that stuck with me -
“Don’t wait for the perfect time to begin. The perfect time is when you begin.”
How many times do we wait till January 1st? Tomorrow Next week. When I’m strong enough. When I’ve lost xx weight. There’s no better time than NOW, the present.
A big THANK YOU to my friend, Cheryl from Live Fit Daily, who posted about the intensive on Saturday. If not for her, I would have missed out on such a fantastic session. And I may have found my new yoga studio in the process!
Have you ever felt like you need to be “wrung” out?
I kind of love ‘em. They make me happier and give me a purpose to pursue. I always would set goals for myself before my blog but I never told anyone what they were. Never wrote them down. They were locked up tight in my conscious. Needless to say, I forgot what most of them were by February 1st. Since I’ve been putting my goals out for all to see, I actually have been more successful. And not surprisingly, more confident even though I don’t succeed at all of them.
So before I move on with this year, let’s look at how I did last year.
Goals for 2013
- Train and complete a full marathon injury free – Completed but am still dealing with the injury that began right before the race.
- Try trail running – Did a trail race!
- Run 1500 miles for the year - Made it to 1125 despite not running for more than 1/4 of the year because of injury mentioned above.
- PR in half marathon, 1:45 – Nope. Missed it by 2 minutes.
- 13 races of varying distance in 2013 – Completed 20 virtual and IRL races of varying distances.
- Become a certified running coach – Didn’t make it in. Registration fills up fast!
- Maintain yoga practice of 2-3x/week - Some weeks were better than others. My favorite studio closed and I’m still in search of a new one that I like.
- Increase strength training 3x/week. Possibly try CrossFit – Most weeks it was 2-3x. I didn’t join a CrossFit Box but have been doing my own WOD at home.
- Date night at least every other month – Haven’t done any date nights but Ron and I have been trying to do date days. However, it was more like every three months.
- Read 6 books – YES! Finally. I also hooked up with a book club.
- Find more freelance writing opportunities - Didn’t pursue that at all.
- Get out of my comfort zone. Meet more new people, try new activities I wouldn’t otherwise, be fearless, take chances, etc. – I’d give myself a 70% on that one. I didn’t try as much as I should have because of fear and doubt.
- Find a healthy balance in life, work and hobbies – Better than last year.
Last year my focus was on finding BALANCE in life, work and hobbies. I can honestly say it’s better than this time last year. I’m still horrible about my iphone. I check it way too much.
14 Goals for 2014
- Read a book a month
- Attend a blog conference
- Increase overall strength – NO running injuries this year!
- Run more trails
- Complete new local road race series. Lots of 5ks involved so I’ll FINALLY be able to say I ran a 5k!
- 14 races of varying distances in 2014
- Run 1500 miles.
- 1:45 half marathon PR
- Kick a marathons ass rather than it kicking mine.
- Start a run club in my town.
- Find a yoga studio to call home.
- Put a plan of action together about where I’d like to go career wise – Become a certified running coach, Wellness coach, start personal training again, Yoga teacher training, etc.
- Travel more. I’ll go anywhere!
- More self care time. I work out. I eat right. But I seriously am slacking on the little things since having kids – Like taking time to get my hair cut more than once every six months or getting a pedicure because my feet are a snarled mess after marathon training.
My focus this year is on being fearless. Fear is what stops me from completing a lot of goals. Fear of failure. Fear of the unknown. Fear of being uncomfortable. Fear shakes my confidence. I always take the safe route. I always think of the “What if’s?” Of course that’s smart for some things but I want to try new things. I want to meet new people. I want to do rather than talk. I want to get out of my comfort zone.
Because you know what they say? That’s where the magic happens.
Do you set goals?
Do you have a word of the year?