Reflections on the year



As we come upon a new year, take a moment and reflect back on 2016. At the end of 2015, I chose the word “happy” to represent the upcoming 2016. And overall it was a year full of happiness. Lots of amazing hiking adventures with friends and fun family trips.

And of course tons of delicious food and drinks. If you know me, you know I always turn the conversation to food. The pizza at Blackbird in Bozeman, Montana. My all time favorite meal of branzino, spinach, and roasted potatoes at Dio Deko in Los Gatos, California. And the California cabin flavored ice cream from Frankie and Jo’s in Seattle. It’s vegan. And has pine needles and cardamom shortbread chunks listed in the ingredients. Served in a gluten free vanilla waffle cone. Yes, I’m serious. It’s delicious.


Looking back over your year, what “wins” did you celebrate? These don’t need to have been huge accomplishments, but rather little victories that made you feel proud each day. I spent more time learning about both business and personal development, creating a presence online, and designing a new website and blog! I read tons of non fiction that I wouldn’t normally have read. I also found (forced) myself on the stair master 1x/week since August. Huge win.

I gained some new clients. And every week I realize how fortunate I am to have met all the people I train. I’m always inspired by how hard they work and their dedication to themselves. #myclientsarethebest 

What experiences made you uncomfortable, challenged you? When 2016 started for me, I was not feeling good mentally or physically. To be honest I was tired and never felt like working out. Not a good place to be in as a personal trainer! And probably (most definitely) eating too many croissants. I switched to a new doctor, cleaned up my eating (to what worked for my body), got my hormones in check, and started to feel better. It’s a challenge sometimes to eliminate certain foods from your diet. No wheat, gluten, dairy, almonds, peanuts, or eggs for me. However, I found what foods satisfy me, keep me running, make me happy. And, unfortunately croissants don’t make the cut. BUT that doesn’t mean I’ll never eat them. It just means that they need to be “worth it” in my mind to make me feel lousy afterwards. 

Putting myself out there, online, has been a challenge too. Who the hell really wants to hear what I have to say. Being publicly vulnerable at times is hard. I’ve come to realize though that not everyone will feel me, and that’s totally okay, their loss. I’ll survive.

After thinking about it for a couple of weeks, I’ve decided my word for the year is going to be discomfort. Weird I know, but hear me out. It’s so easy to go about our days doing the same things, thinking the same thoughts, being the same same. 2017 will be about getting outside of my cozy comfort zone. In January I am beginning an 11 month coaching mentorship in the areas of mindset, body, and business. It’s going to be a lot of work. Uncomfortable work. And I cannot wait to see how my business and myself will grow from the discomfort. Fingers crossed it doesn’t lead me back to the croissants.

2017, another year to create, to be, to feel, to experience new things, to meet new and inspiring people. What new adventures do you want? Where do you see yourself? What will your word be? I encourage you to create a vision/think of a word/set an intention for the year that has nothing to do with your weight or your body. Be more than that. Want more for yourself. Push yourself beyond what you think you can accomplish and what is comfortable.   

Sending you and your family many wishes for a healthy and (insert your word here) 2017!