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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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!