I can’t believe we are only days away from New Years Eve and the start of a brand new year! It’s been way too long since my last post, so I thought that I’d share a brief recap of what I’ve been up to this past year! A new year filled with infinite possibilities always gets me thinking about what I hope to accomplish in the future, so I’ve also decided to share my goals for 2014!
My 2013 Year in Review
I started the year off with a bang and had 2 amazing trips with the NBA just before we started this blog. I was lucky enough to travel to London in January to cheer for the Knicks vs. Pistons Game during the London Live series. Then in February, I traveled to Julia’s hood, Houston, Texas for the NBA All Star Games!
In March, Julia and I decided to partner on a Health & Fitness venture to inspire & motivate and help people find their inner athlete…thus, average2athlete was born! We’ve had such an amazing time making videos & posts, trying & sharing new recipes, developing our page & our voice and mostly interacting with so many awesome people via instagram, facebook & the blog! If you are reading this now, Thanks for following!! Our first event after a2a was born was the CMC Intrepid event in April. If you haven’t done so yet, check out our recap!
In May, we started our first a2aChallenge….a modified 25 day Whole30 Challenge. (Side note: We are starting another Paleo Challenge January 2nd if you’d like to join!) At the time, I had no idea that this challenge would double as the start of my competition diet! In June, after about 4 weeks of prep, I competed in the Fitness America New Mexico pageant, where I ended up winning the Fitness division and earning my Pro Card!
The month of June ended up even better than it started! Not only did I run my first ever 5k race with the Clean Water for Haiti Organization, but my sister was married June 22, and I celebrated my one year wedding anniversary all in the same week!
Moving onto July, every year my family friends and neighbors volunteer for an adaptive water ski clinic with Three Rivers Adaptive Sports. This is one of my favorite weeks of the year. There are so many incredible athletes that come out to ski….it’s so inspiring and a good reminder of the important things in life!
The remainder of the summer held a Wedding in Vegas, being crowned the 2013 Equinox Burpee Champion, a Tough Mudder, an abbreviated neighborhood triathlon – named “Mini-Thon” and another CMC event with some of my favorite fitness friends!!
The Fall was almost as jam packed as the Summer! It started it off with a Bachelorette Party in Nashville, complete with a Bull Ride and Line Dancing! I also went hiking for the first time in upstate New York at Mohonk and I can’t wait to go again!
In October, I was given the opportunity to go on another amazing trip around the World with the NBA for the Global Games Pre-season circuit. We got to travel and perform with the Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers & Philadelphia 76ers in Spain, Philippines & Taiwan!
As the fall wrapped up and winter officially started, I had one more Wedding, a great Thanksgiving with my family, the most unbelievable surprise 30th Birthday Party EVER and an amazing Christmas week!
That’s a tough year to beat, but I’ve been taking some time to think about how I can grow in the new year. While I don’t love the idea of a “News Years resolution” that can quickly be abandoned, I do like the idea of a fresh start…a time to set some new goals. I wanted to share my goals for the year so you can help keep me accountable!
1.) Be more active on the blog & write more frequently! Stay tuned for more frequent posts in 2014! And let us know what you want to hear about by sending us an email firstname.lastname@example.org
2.) Be more consistent with my nutrition. I do so well when I have a short term goal ahead of me, but its not always easy in between to stay away from the sweets! I am hoping that the Paleo challenge that I mentioned above will help start the year off right!
3.) Try new things! Specifically, in the next 12 months, I want to do Crossfit, Soul Cycle, Yoga, Olympic lifting & go Rock climbing.
4.) Program for myself and stick to it.
5.) Improve skills – Pull-ups, Pistols, HSPU, Muscle ups & Double-unders.
1.) Group Fitness – Get certified & start teaching classes.
2.) Further my education with additional workshops & certifications – Crossfit, KB, Animal Flow, TRX, FMS.
3.) Build Private Training Business – Expand private client base in NYC as well as virtually. (Send us an email for more info!)
Financial – SAVE MORE…..Duh! 🙂
Spiritual/Social – So these are a little more “Big Picture” & more of a guideline or a vision than actual goals, but I think they are a good reminder of how I want to live my life. So I am going to print these out along with my goals to hang on my wall so I am reminded everyday! (P.S. I’m a sucker for quotes, and a lot of these go along with my favorites!)
1.) Be present, Live in the moment. Don’t stress about the future and forget about the past.
“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.”
2.) Don’t set limits.
“The only limitations we have are the one’s we set for ourselves.”
3.) Remember what’s important. Find the good in people and take each relationship for what it is.
“Be Kind; Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
4.) Don’t speak poorly of other people and don’t judge them.
“Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.”
5.) Enjoy a little downtime & appreciate each days accomplishments.
“Let go of the need to do more and be more; for today, you’ve done the best you can, and that’s enough.”
6.) Stay positive. Volunteer. Make a difference.
That about wraps it up! If you made it this far, thanks for reading!! We would LOVE to hear about you goals, so send them our way!
Happy & Healthy New Years to you & yours!