2016; The Year to Build

I’m really excited about the things to come in 2016. I don’t know about you, but I have a pretty good feeling it is going to be an awesome year.

I didn’t pick a word for 2015. I think I was so uncertain of what the year would look like I had trouble narrowing it down to just one thing I wanted to focus on.

Here is a list of all of my past words:

2014 – The Year Of Flexibility

2013 – The Year of Acceptance

2012 – The Year of Transition

2011 – The Year of Serenity

It’s pretty crazy to me that this will be the 5th word I’ve chosen over 6 years.. This blog is getting old! Haha ūüėČ

build /bild/

to establish, increase, or strengthen.

I’ve chosen the word build for a few reasons. I am going to focus “building” in 4 different areas of my life.

  1. Relational – My top priority for the year is continuing to build strong relationships. The two main ones are the relationship with my wonderful husband – my rock, best friend, and the yin to my yang, and the one with Quinn – I want to be very intentional with how I parent Quinn and the relationship we have is one of the most important things in my life. I also want to continue building friendships and meeting new people :)
  2. Business2016 is the year I go Diamond (and above) in my business. I’ve experienced first hand how awesome Beachbody products are, and how fun challenge groups can be. This will be the year I build my team, find my tribe of leaders, and continue to help change lives. If my health and fitness journey is something you resonate with you should totally join me. We can build this from the ground up – and trust me – we CAN build an empire, I plan on it. I’m the type of person you want in your group ūüėČ Once I set my mind on something I don’t stop until I’ve accomplished it.
  3. Physical – I’d like to build more strength, and build a base of running. Both pretty straight forward. I will complete the Woody’s half marathon this spring. Hence why I need the running base ūüėČ The strength part is just something I want to work on because it’s been an area I’ve slacked off on in the past.
  4. Financial – I think I set this goal every year lol. This year I want to build a solid foundation of understanding my finances and what impact my decisions have financially. If I could pay off some debt and start to build some savings that would be a bonus. I’m just going to throw this out there and be bold with my resolution: By the end of the year I will have 1 of my student loans paid off, at least half of my line of credit debt paid off, and all of my credit card debt paid off.

Whats your 2016 word?

2014 in Review; Flexibility

Well I, for one, can’t believe it is already going to be a new year. 2014 seemed to fly by! I have to say, it has 100% been my most favorite year yet. I know I stepped away from the blog world a bit for most of it, but in doing so, I created some great memories, a baby (which is still being created ūüėČ ) and I learned a whole lot about myself and my happiness.

I picked the word Flexibility for 2014, and in doing so, prioritized 3 goals, including physical flexibility, financial flexibility, and emotional flexibility.

fallenangel Physical

Much of the first half of 2014 was spent on the “Physical” aspect of increasing my flexibility. I let go of my gym membership and crossfit membership and bought an unlimited Yoga pass at a local studio. In March, I participated in a Yoga Instagram Challenge. I signed up for Yoga Teacher Training, at Yandara, and wrote about it in 3 parts (Here, Here, and Here). Yandara really was a life changing experience for me. I came out of it feeling physically and emotionally centered, something that is hard to achieve in our go-go-go society. From January to July, my physical flexibility increased a lot. It’s hard to quantify, but I was able to do yoga postures I had only dreamed about doing before. And it felt really good. Then things took a turn when my nausea and vomiting started. I fell off the yoga band wagon pretty hard, and have yet to find my way back to it. All in all though, that is okay, because by letting go of my physical flexibility I was able to focus more on my emotional flexibility.

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Emotionally, I think things started to turn around when I spent my time at Yandara. After that, I was ready to let go of the control I was trying to have over getting pregnant, and instead, just focus on living. Well surprise, surprise, I got pregnant a mere 2 weeks after returning home. This in turn led me through an emotional release so-to-speak. I had all of these expectations and assumptions about being pregnant. How I would feel, what I would do and not do, what I would eat, how I would look. Pregnancy has been the single biggest wake up call of my life. I have realized with great certainty, that planning is a feeble thing, and I am only safe to believe that none of my plans will ever go, well, as planned haha. I was sick and miserable. I felt emotionally torn about becoming a mother when I didn’t “have” a mother, and for a bit, I felt a little bit lost. I’ve worked hard on overcoming this hurdle, accepting things as they are, and acknowledging that in protecting my physical health, I am also protecting my emotional health. I am so looking forward to being a mother, to loving the little girl who made me so sick at first, and whose flips and punches and kicks make my heart already feel like it can’t fit in to my chest.

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Well….. this is probably the one I slacked off most in. I indulged this year on more than one occasion. I went to Mexico for Yoga Training, then again in December for a Vacation. I went to Germany, and to Switzerland. I took a Graduate level course through a very expensive online school, and I plan to continue taking more of them in the new year. Matthias bought a Motorcycle. I purchased a lot of furniture for my house, and I hired cleaners to come in and clean for me. I payed for prenatal yoga that I never attended. Oops. I did manage to pay off my credit card, and lower my credit limit by over half. I also managed to help pay off one of our time shares and pay down the other one by half. I know. Who in their right mind gets TWO time shares? My husband and I apparently. So I suppose all was not lost in this arena, but it definitely could have gone better.

We still have some grand plans to pay down our line of credit by half before the baby comes, but now with trying to finish our basement and our plumbing going to shit (literally.) I am not sure if we will accomplish this by March!

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2014; The Year of Flexibility

flex·i·ble  (flks-bl)

adj.

1. Capable of being bent or flexed; pliable.
2. Susceptible to influence or persuasion; tractable.
3. Responsive to change; adaptable.
How does one increase their flexibility? It’s a good question, and one I intend to find the answer too. I am not merely speaking of physical flexibility, I am also going to try and expand my flexibility with my emotional health, my financial wealth, and my physical self. Did ya catch that rhyme? ūüėČ
Here’s what the plan is:
  • Yoga; something I truly love, but don’t prioritize. I want to bring a regular practice into my life because I know it will help with feeling present, and more calm and centered. It also helps with the bending and stretching of my limbs. Because I have a do-it-all attitude, I am going to be letting go of my Crossfit Membership and instead put it towards a Yoga Membership. I will also still have a Gym Membership (thinking about switching to the Blackfalds Gym, Total Health), and my Home-Gym.
  • Financial; Seriously, as a nurse, I make some decent coin. And seriously, as an adult, I am way too good at spending. All of it. And then some. I really want to get better at managing my finances and building up a bit of a security fund for those just-in-case moments. I plan on paying off half of my student loan by the end of 2014 (not an easy feat, but hopefully it can be done). I am also going to start putting aside 10% of everything I make, and if I find that is too overwhelming, 5% to start, working up to 10% by the end of the year.
  • Emotionally; I tend to be an all-or-nothing, black-or-white, this-or-that-not-both, type of person. It can be a good thing, but it can also hinder me. I want to get better at letting things go, rather than having things so concrete. I think Yoga will also help with this :)

So, that’s the Grand Plan for the year. I worked my butt off to get some self acceptance flowing through these veins. It feels awesome and it makes me feel lighter emotionally even though I am a bit heavier physically ūüėČ Now its time to get pliable, malleable, and friggen financially stable!

Bring it on Fourteen. Bring. It. On.

2013 in Review

2013. This was a huge year for me. It’s really hard to even begin to explain how much this last year has impacted who I am, and who I hope to become in the future. I am entering 2014 in a much better head space than I entered 2013, so I know things are only going to get better from here!

Highlights:

  • Travel!!! Mexico, Palm Springs, Toronto, London, Italy, Germany, Las Vegas, and a quick trip to Grande Prairie.
  • Marrying my favorite guy (and no, I don’t mean Tucker).
  • Getting a sweet new kitten, whose actually a freaking psycho <3
  • Spending more time with Blog Friends :)
  • Running!! A Marathon, and a Half Marathon in Vegas.
  • Changing Jobs, then Changing Jobs Again.
  • Buying a New Vehicle.
  • Working on my self-esteem and acceptance.
  • Letting go of the numbers related to the scale.
  • A Kick-Ass Bachelorette Party
  • One of my best friends getting pregnant – She’s due January 14th!
  • Working on my Home Gym
  • Starting the process to get AFLCA certified
  • So much professional growth! Including my week at the Betty Ford Center and being voted in to be on the CARNA Provincial Council
  • Growing a Garden at Home
  • Joining Soccer (again)
  • Lotsa Crossfit & a more versatile training plan
  • Having a period for 1 full year (even if it was a week late this last time)
  • Much needed improvement with my relationship with myself.
  • Winning 10 thousand dollars at my Work 50/50
  • Sunday Night HBO at my Dad’s House

It’s been such a great year. I am so humbled and thankful for all of the opportunities and support I have. I am one lucky girl and I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for my family.