2015 has been quite the busy year! At the beginning I selected one word to define the coming year and that was “Growth“. I’ve definitely seen a lot of that both personally and professionally. In addition to my word for the year I outlined 5 specific Goals for 2015. Believing that goals are fluid and always evolving I did a little check in over the summer and thought now was the perfect time to revisit them again:
Define my blogging priorities. The beginning of the year had me questioning both where I wanted to go in terms of blogging and how much the blogging landscape has changed over the years (not necessarily for the better). I’ve made a conscious effort not to do many sponsored posts and keep my affiliation count low so I can focus on quality relationships and more personal content.
Mainly through my Blogher affiliation, I do engage in social share campaigns (mostly Twitter/Instagram) which are a nice way to offset self hosting costs. What you can find on Mar on the Run are posts related to my adventures running, racing and traveling, particularly as I continue in my quest for running in all 50 states; DC Fitness class reviews (and beyond if I happen to travel); of course our weekly Friday Five linkup; and general health and wellness topics.
I’ve really enjoyed this space and how much it has grown over the past few years! If I’ve learned anything it’s to continue to be yourself – authenticity is so important – and just remind yourself why you are doing this. If there ever comes a time when it no longer feels good or natural, you don’t have to do it! But fear not, that’s not happening anytime soon 🙂 .
Stay injury free. Holla, Hallelujah, and thank goodness for small miracles. Injury free in 2015!
Run sub 2 hour half. During my summer goals check in I used that opportunity to assess and create some short term ones. Given commitments with work, school and clients I pushed the sub 2 hour goal to the back burner along with running another marathon. The mental aspect of my running had suffered too much for the pressure of trying to achieve this time goal. Looking ahead to 2016 though!
Be more present. I’ve continued my monthly tech free weekends and even leave my phone downstairs overnight (finally learning to use my real alarm clock!) daily so I’m not looking at it before bed. That has helped my sleep a lot.
Go back to school. As of last week my practicum work has been approved and I now officially have a Certificate in Health Coaching from Georgetown University. Huzzah! There is an application process for the paper certificate so I expect to receive that in a couple of weeks.
So what’s next? While I am starting to think about what 2016 will bring, 2015 still has 7 weeks left. Now is a good a time as any to develop some short term, year end goals!
Year End Goals:
Launch my coaching services and business website. I have been working a lot behind the scenes to get the business side of my health coaching practice and personal consulting organized. While I have been doing some human resource work and spending time with Georgetown’s new health coaching students, I’ve waited on the health coaching piece until I was official.
I’m keeping this separate from the blog for two reasons. First, as a human resource professional it’s important to have more of a focused approach to those services. Second, while I may mention health coaching topics from time to time, Mar on the Run the blog is more conversational and personal and I’d like to keep it that way. My self imposed deadline is December 1 for this to launch and I’m pretty excited. (bookmark coachmar.org!)
Lose weight. The past year has been crazy for me: leaving my full time job to consult, dealing with a Vitamin D deficiency, going back to school and just general stress (not to mention, now being in my 40s). I started gaining weight during marathon training over a year ago and these things just added to it. I’ve been in denial for awhile and mentally checked out of the running game.
BUT the Milwaukee Half gave me the boost in my confidence I needed to get off the struggle bus. I’ve already changed up my eating habits and am looking to lose 10-15 pounds in the coming months. I’ve never dealt with weight issues before so this was definitely something to wrap my head around. With the holidays around the corner it may not seem like the best time but I’m determined to get back to some version of my old self! Harder but not impossible.
Be more present. This was already on my goal list for 2015 so it remains. Mindfulness is an area that has centered me a lot these past few months. I thank my health coaching studies for bringing awareness of this topic to the forefront. As I mentioned above I still try to take my technology free weekends once a month and no longer sleep with the phone charging upstairs which has been so helpful. I’ll definitely be talking more about mindfulness on the blog in the weeks and months to come.
So, there you have it! Three short term year end goals. I’ve loved everything 2015 has had to offer and want to relish in the final moments with Thanksgiving and Christmas with family to look forward to.
Do you practice mindfulness? How often do you check in and revisit your goals?