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05 January 2015


This is a post with just a lot of writing and no pictures- I won't be offended if you bypass it. A lot of it is for me to just get down on to something. Funny how blogging works sometimes..

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New year, new week, new day. I love the feeling that with a new year it can mean a new start, a new life, a place to take a deep breath and start-over. Start a new job, relationship, health regimen. A way to start a new goal.

I have several goals for this upcoming year. I'm not going to call them resolutions because I don't want to feel as if I'm changing anything but instead striving to create something better. A goal to lose weight might be the same as a resolution to go to the gym more but instead it's putting it on a timeline that will hopefully last more than a week or two. And although both may have the same results and ending, I'd like to think it's different.

Blogging Goals:
As with any blogger I would love to grow this space. See more daily readers or even the occasionally drop-in. I'm going to work on making more of my images pinable and sharable.

I'd also like to focus on my content this year- perhaps to see myself become more of a niche blogger instead of a lifestyle one. Either way this may change in general because if all goes well around this time of year next year I will be gearing up for my long-hike.

Meet more of you! I want to create better relationships with the bloggers I have already started chatting too and while I'm at it start chatting with more of you. I like having this world of friends and acquaintances I can turn to at any time of the day.

Life Goals:
Along with most people I'd like to work on getting a bit more healthy. I had a stress-fracture in my leg this year in running and instead of doing the smart thing and continue to exercise with low-impact alternatives, I became depressed. I stopped working out at all, I ate my feelings and then started a fun cycle of not liking who I was becoming, gaining weight, become upset that this was happening and then eating some more. Ugly mess that I could totally acknowledge was unfolding and felt helpless to stop.  I'm not trying to beat myself up about it but want myself to be more aware of it. Make a more conscious decision when it comes to what I am eating and how I'm spending my time, and I've been cleared to start running again (slowly and at an easy pace) and that is what I'm going to do. Also, I'm still eligible for the marathon this year and kind of feel like I'm doing it no matter what- whether I can run the whole thing or have to drop out half-way, I will cross the start line (and hopefully the finish!)

I want to make better use of my time with my relationships too. With the job I'm currently at it's been hard to make time for the people I love and care about, to make times to go on dates. Every person I've been attempted to create a romantic relationship with in the past few years have falling apart before they even start because I'm scared of the time commitment. But guess what, relationships take time. I know, surprise! So I want to let me myself fall this year- and if that means I need to find a new job than I will, because although money is nice and yes I need it for forever, I also need relationships for forever and right now I think that is what is more important.

I'm a year+ ish away from my big hike and also need to start focusing on that. Spending my extra income on gear, finding a few weekends to take some practice hikes, figuring out how everything works. Start writing companies for sponsorships- it's going to happen, and I'm ecstatic, terrified and ready all at once.

So that is it, for now. I have a whole year ahead of me to start make changes, to work towards goals that have always been there but are now within my reach.

What kind of goals do you have for this year?

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  1. I think it's best not to be too hard on yourself when it comes to working out, find a routine that works for you. Good luck with your goals!

  2. These are really good goals. Good luck!

  3. Wow, you have so many great goals! And I totally feel your pain with the stress fractures....I got them in both of my legs when I was younger and doing ballet. I ended up having to quit ballet and by the time they were healed I was so depressed and angry about it that I never went back. So many times I look back and wish I would have... but that's okay. I'm so glad to hear that you are going on a hike. That sounds like so much fun! My husband and I love hiking/rockclimbing/etc.. Hope you have an amazing year <3

  4. I'm so freaking excited for you to hike!!!!!!! Ah!

  5. That is what I am hoping to do- and if anything just be more aware, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or thinking about if I'm eating because I'm actually hungry or just bored. I might not end up being perfect but I will try to do my best!

  6. thanks! I think it is kind of fun to sit down and think about what you would like to accomplish throughout the year.

  7. The stress fracture has been so much more difficult to deal with than I ever would have thought. I can't imagine dealing with 2 of them!! I'm excited about my hike too- it is still a year ish away but now is the time to start prepping!

  8. Thanks! I can't wait to see where we all are too. I've found it interesting how many bloggers I've already seen stop in the past year or fade away, or who has grown and in what way.

  9. Girl you are telling me! I'm not even going until next Feb/March and I'm already nervous and excited. So far and yet so close!