Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011: the wrap up

Here we are. At the end. The finish line. The summit. The end of the road. The last page. And in a few hours, we will be at the beginning.The starting blocks. The trail head. The beginning of the road trip. The blank page. A New Year is super exciting. Pouring a glass of bubbly, spending time with friends and family, reminiscing about the last year, hugs, kisses, and the ball dropping. A New Year is the unwritten permission to "start fresh," to make a plan, put everything behind us, and attack whatever goals we have set for ourselves.

I look back on the past 365 days and a lot comes up for me. There are areas in my life that expanded beyond my wildest dreams. There are areas I still need to grow in. There are amazing memories and periods of grief, celebration, exhaustion, and utter love and compassion. I don't want this post to go on and on about the past year but reflection is important and writing about my goals and where I am at with them allows me to get them out of my own little head and out into the world for the matter of completion.

Here were my 7 goals from 2011 and where I ended up.I truly believe that we are always in process. Things happen, sometimes we have the best intentions and life and the universe create a different plan for you.

Healing my knees and running again
I am thankful and so incredibly stoked that my knees are better than where they were in January of 2011. I started Crossfit and got serious about healing years of abuse on my joints. I am happy to say I am running again and plan to continue.

Started Giving Back...Volunteering
I was so lucky to start volunteering at Jubilee Women's Center in Seattle. Every week, I travel down and give some of my time. Sounds simple, so gratifying. I always leave grounded, appreciative, and feel like my heart has expanded just a little more.

Grew my first Garden
The Man built me a 13' x 3' raised bed and I grew a lot of my own veggies, herbs, and flowers. It was magical to be in the dirt, see the process, and eat the fruits of our labor. It was fun and I am hooked.

Saw My Family...A LOT!
This year, I saw my folks more than I have ever seen them since I moved away in 2003. Between vacations, 1 wedding, and a funeral, I had so much fun with them. And to end the year with my family, including my brother, in Maine, it was so spiffy.

Expanded my community
I started doing stuff with people. Made new friends. Got out a little bit more. Joined a book club. There is nothing that feels so good in the world like being part of a tribe.

Didn't Happen

Writing 100 Blog Posts by the end of 2011
Well, two posts ago, I explained how I didn't achieve this goal and I was sad about it. The reason I took the goal on in the first place was that I wanted to hone my craft of writing. Coming into the identity of a writer is new for me and putting myself out there and developing my own voice has taken me to new places in my confidence and vulnerability. I ended up with just over 60 something posts and I suffered from not making the time to write.

Emergency Fund
My financial health was a huge priority in 2011. Getting my student loans under control and my finances in check was big but I am still catching up and getting real with the "cash money" part of my life. :) Thankfully, The Man is so good at mentoring me in this department, I have literal in-house support.

Getting Outside
The outdoors and nature is a huge part of my life. Growing up, the woods were my church. I didn't escape as much as I would have liked. So, I bought The Man and I a tent. No excuses :)

Still Happening

Maintaining a regular spiritual and self-care practice
I tried. I did my yoga. I meditated. But I didn't make it a priority. Things would slip. Overwhelm happened. Stress ensued and I collapsed at times. This is an ongoing process for me and I am clear about what I need to do to make these things a priority.

Overall, when you look back over the year, I stay focused on the good things. It just happens that way. Sure, we can't get it perfect all the time, but we can use our life as a microscope to adjust what we need to so we are living powerfully in every area all the time.

Happy New Year folks!

1 comment:

Nichole Major said...

Jen this is so inspirational. I have had a nasty 2011 and I plan on making 2012 my year! Even if I have to do it alone! I WILL get my feet back on the ground and my life back in order. Thank you for keeping in touch with Blogs. It was awesome seeing you while you are home! NEXT time we need to get together. It goes by so fast! Happy New Year!
Nichole Major