2014 was my second year setting specific goals to accomplish over the span of 12 months. 2014 was also a year of change and transition; I graduated from the University of Georgia with my master’s in education, moved back to North Carolina, and accepted a job at Elon University. I am proud of what I accomplished and excited to build off this success in 2015!
It turns out that 900 miles was a very ambitious goal for 2014. I finished the year with 780 total miles. The Athens Road Runners group was part of my Georgia family, and it was hard to leave them at the end of graduate school. I also miss my best friend and running partner, Evan. We used to run together 3-4 times a week and those daily
story rant sessions were the highlight of my week.
When I moved to Greensboro, I found a wonderful community of runners called the Downtown Dashers. We run together twice a week and meeting them at 5 am has become part of my weekly routine. In December I started running with a new friend – Meg – and really enjoy getting to know her on the miles we spend together! Running has changed from a solo to social activity for me.
Completed 2 half marathons:
City of Oaks with Karrah
Mistletoe Half Marathon with my dad!
For the majority of the year I worked out four times a week, but I did not go to the gym once a week as planned. Strength training is missing from my life and I plan to make it more of a focus this year.
Blogging was consistent in 2014 until I moved and started my new job (you see a pattern here yet?). I sent at least 5 handwritten notes a month and really enjoyed it. Now that I have friends all over the country I enjoy taking time out of a busy week to send them a handwritten note.
One of my graduation presents was a Kindle that I absolutely love, and it really helped me meet my goal to read more this year. I exceeded my goal of 12 books by reading 15 in 2014. Most of this reading happened after graduation.
The best thing about 2014 is the fact that I met all of my professional goals. I started at Elon (in the functional area and region that I was searching for) the first week of June. I also finished the Strong Signals curriculum with CAMPUSPEAK and facilitated 3 workshops – it’s hard to believe how much has happened in the last 12 months!
2014 was an incredible year. How did you do with your goals for last year? Post in the comments and let’s celebrate 2014 together. Thanks for reading!
When was the last time you took a vacation? Why do you go on vacation? In the spirit of mindfulness, I plan to be a little more intentional about the vacations I take this year. I will look for vacations that offer time with friends, the ability to read a book (or two!), and an opportunity to experience a new place.
“What we want out of a vacation changes as we age. It changes from vacation to vacation. There was a time when it was all about culture for me. My idea of a real break was to stay in museums until my legs ached and then go stand in line to get tickets for an opera or a play. Later I became a disciple of relaxation and looked for words like beach and massage when making my plans. I found those little paper umbrellas that balanced on the side of rum drinks to be deeply charming then. Now I strive for transcendent invisibility and the chance to accomplish the things I can’t get done at home. But as I pack up my room at the Hotel Bel-Air, I think the best vacation is the one that relieves me of my own life for a while and then makes me long for it again.”
– Ann Patchett, “Do Not Disturb,” in This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage
One of the best daily emails in my inbox is The Listserve – every day one random person is chosen to win the “Listserve lottery.” The subject of the posts vary and I always find myself entertained, inspired, or learning new information. One of my favorite posts was December 23, 2014: 30 things to do before I’m 30. The writer, Rachel from London, inspired me to make my own list!
- Run a marathon
- Find an organization to volunteer with on a regular basis
- Visit 5 cities I’ve never been to before
- Go to 10 concerts
- Visit a winery
- See Wicked in New York City
- Run a Disney race
- Explore 10 new breweries
- Take a calligraphy class
- Go camping
- Help organize a 5K race
- Take a week long vacation
- Play 18 holes of golf
- Fall in love
- Take a job risk
- Try cycling
- Find my signature cocktail
- Read 50 books
- Read 10 classic novels
- Learn to swim laps
- Have a picnic
- Clean out my closets (seriously clean out my closets) and donate to the Bargain Box
- Go skiing
- Purchase NC State season football tickets
- Try 5 new foods
- Plan as many trips with my girlfriends as possible
- Visit Savannah, GA
- Take a spontaneous/unplanned trip
- Hike beautiful places of North Carolina
- Go to a music festival
the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
This year I am choosing one word to guide my actions and focus in 2015. If this is something you are interested in doing, check out #oneword2015 on Twitter and join me in Sam Davidson‘s challenge to come up with one focus word for the year. 2014 put me at a crossroads in some ways, and 2015 will be the first year in a very long time (20+ years) that I am not in school for any part of the year. The timing is right to be more mindful.
“It all begins and ends in your mind. What you give power to has power over you”
During this year of mindfulness, I will:
Practice moment by moment awareness and acceptance
Grow with my faith
Care more; worry less
Pay more attention to what is happening here and now, not necessarily what is wrong or right, good or bad
Have a beginner’s mind
Approach everyday things with curiosity and savor them
Forgive mistakes – big or small
Show gratitude for good moments and grace for bad ones
Make peace with imperfection
Embrace vulnerability by trusting others (and myself)
Accept and appreciate that things come and go
Strengthen my mind, body, & soul
Re-evaluate my priorities
Realize and experience the good in me and what’s around me.
Acknowledge the bad and be wise enough to know whether or not it’s worth worrying about
Spend more time with friends, less time on my phone doing stupid things
Be present when it matters
Say what I mean, mean what I say
Care more & worry less
Do more good
Be intentional with the people I care about
Love well, live well, and realize a life more abundant is not about abundance of things but of life
Have you chosen one word for 2015? If so, please share in the comments and join Sam’s One Word Group. Cheers to 2015!
PS – This blog post I found on Twitter helped guide my thinking about mindfulness and what it would mean for me this year.