2017: Reflections, Intentions & Bucket List Items

What an amazingly busy, exhilarating, adventurous, whirlwind year 2016 has been, and as I lay in bed, next to my husband, in our seasonal ski condo, I can’t help but think how lucky I am to have had such an incredible year.

Breckenridge views

Looking back at the projects, life milestones, travel adventurous, work accomplishments….I realize what an important year this was for me. Reflecting on the goals I set at the beginning of the year reminds me of not only what I’ve crossed off my list and conquered, but the areas I still need to focus my energy, attention, and commitment (I wrote a  Goals and Intentions blog back in December of 2015 and one in December of 2014). Someone recently shared an article on Facebook that stated to be successful, you need not only add things to your list, but remove the things that block you from attaining your goals. I loved that! So, before I dive into my Goals & Intentions for 2017, here are some reflections of the past year.

  • I kicked off the New Year with the Forward21 challenge – a 21-day commitment to health, happiness, and commitment. Looking back I realize this wasn’t an attempt to jump on the impossible resolution train that the New Year stirs in us, but an effort to set long-term goals for the year, daily habits meant to set me on the healthy path right out of the gate. Early spring I held a Spring into Action 21-day challenge, hoping to kick myself in the rear
  • Mike and I got engaged. This beautiful act set the tone for 2016 – it was truly a year filled with love and partnership!
  • My commitment to cooking healthy plant-based meals & snacks was strong this year – some of my favorite dishes are highlighted in the below blogs – I had fun re-visiting:
  • I started volunteering at Metro Caring, a comprehensive hunger prevention organization that provides food, education and classes to the food insecure. I’m committed to giving back, as I have been so fortunate, and truly love the work they do there and am proud to be a part of it.
  • Inconsistency plagued my blog writing in a big way! Every year for so many years I’ve lost count, I say I will write more. Commit to a daily, weekly, or monthly blog. And every year, looking back, I fall short of that target. Am I aiming too high? Setting too lofty of goals?! No, I’m just inconsistent and don’t make time, time that I do have to commit to something that I claim is important. Looking back at the year, a blog lends itself as a diary, and the archive section acts as proof of your dedication. Yikes!
  • Mike, my mom, and I went to Belize! This trip had everything – jungle, ocean, history, adventure, leisure, family, love, and above all exploration. Every year, I like to commit to exploring the unknown (at least the unknown to me!) and head somewhere new. Belize was the perfect spot.
  • I climbed 4 14’ers! Kicking off the summer with Belford & Oxford, then followed it up with Mt. Huron, and in September officially climbed Mt. Evans.  Unfortunately, I never documented the experience with a blog, which I vow to do this year. Each mountain holds different beauty, challenges, experiences and they deserve dedicated remembrance.
  • One of the biggest happenings of 2016: Mike and I got married! Our Backyard Wedding Extravaganza was truly one of the best weekends of my life – full of family, climbing (we met up on the top of Mt. Evans for a dedication ceremony. After climbing it, of course!) and lots of Colorado shenanigans. Plus, I married my best friend, so there’s that.

Colorado Wedding

  • I hosted my 2nd annual Soup Swap, which was a bit smaller than last year, but extremely fun! There were great soups made, a new friend came with a delicious quinoa soup, and those who couldn’t make it vowed to partake in the next one.
  • We started another company with an investment partner (Happy -Go Trails, LLC), sold two investment properties and bought two investment properties. An incredible year for Mike’s company MAS construction as well!

All in all, a successful, plentiful year full of personal growth, exploration, goodness! Now, staring in the face of 2017 (I’m writing this on December 29th), I’m ready to commit myself to an even better year! Below are some of the personal goals and intentions I’m setting for myself.

 

Mt Belford

  • Climb 4 new 14er’s. I’ve done a total of 9 thus far (Quandary, Mt. Sherman, Mt. Huron, Gray’s Peak, Torrey’s Peak, Mt. Evans, Mt Belford, Mt. Oxford, Snowmass Mountain) and the beauty and sense of accomplishment that accompanies each mountain truly takes my breath away. This year, I’d love to extend the experience with camping, which I’ll most likely need to do for the farther away peaks.
  • Write one blog (at least) per month. To look back on your year via a blog, to see in black and white what you are doing, have done, or want to do puts things into perspective, makes them real. And holds me accountable. Plus, I truly enjoy writing, so need to commit time to do it.

November Project

  • Commit to the November Project. This free fitness movement was introduced to me by a buddy (thanks Russ!)- a group of people who get up early (like, way early) to work out every Wednesday & Friday, despite the weather, giving out high-fives, hugs, and encouragement, meeting all around the city, using the stairs, hills and sidewalks as their gym. It is truly something special, something I’ve embraced and need to dedicate 2 mornings to, all year round,  every week I’m in town. Period.
  • Buy a mountain house. This one is lofty, but something we’ve discussed for the past two years, something we feel adamant about, something we are 100% ready for. To make this happen, I’ll need to start saving an aggressive amount of money, but I am prepared to do so for the cause!
  • Buy and sell two more investment properties. Mike has gotten such a rhythm with knowing how to complete them in 90 days that two more would be completely do-able!
  • Get my real estate license. With Mike’s knowledge and talent, paired with the Denver market, there’s no reason why we should be using a realtor and losing 3% of the sale price! Within the first few weeks of the new year, I’m committing to researching and knowing the steps I need to take to make that happen.
  • Explore more during the week. I work east coast hours and am usually done work by 4pm est, which is plenty of time to go have a front range adventure. Here are some hikes just 15-30 miles away:
  • Stop making excuses. I read an article this past week that stated successful people realize the need to not only add things to their repertoire, but realize what they need to let go of or give up. I find myself making excuses or just blatantly not making time for things I’ve claimed to be important. I’d like to stop doing that this year; once I get my mind made set on completing something, I’d like to see it through.

These are just a few of the goals I’m setting for myself in 2017 – all attainable with consistent dedication, commitment and focus. What I need to keep in mind, is being successful doesn’t mean I need to do everything. It just means I need to make my goals a priority everyday.

Cheers to a great year coming to an end and the wide-open possibilities of 2017!

Forward21 – 21 Days of Health, Happiness & Commitment

Keep Moving Forward

It’s only days into the New Year and I’ve been balancing between over-indulgence and wellness. There’s been quite a few brewery visits, rich meals eaten out, and more beers. On the other hand, I’ve spent time out in nature, hiking, and have been to a wellness retreat at my local Yoga Studio which has revived my wellness spirit and helped to inspire my new 21 day challenge.

#Forward21

I’m not much of a new year’s resolution person, although I do like to set goals for myself. Having small, attainable goals on a daily basis has really worked well for me and has helped me feel and be, productive.  Setting my mind on positive intentions on a daily basis goes hand in hand with this productivity and goes straight to the core of my well-being. If I’m focused on a few things I know will propel me forward (no matter how big or small) I’m already having a good day. That’s why I wanted to construct a 21 day challenge that invites others to join me!

Starting January 11th, I’m kicking off #Forward21, a 21 day challenge to keep my goals in check, keep me moving forward, and keep my mind and body healthy and happy.

Each day will have a theme – something specific, yet attainable to focus on – that incorporates a positive, healthy goal. To be the best version of yourself (shout out to Rick Roll for giving me that message) don’t discount the work you need to put into getting where you want to be. It starts with a small step forward, so join me to become healthier, more focused and more dedicated to Your Happy! By inviting a community, there’s support, accountability, a network of like-minded individuals all moving towards a healthier, more fulfilling way of life.

Here’s how the first week of #Forward21 breaks down:

Monday, January 11th – Meatless Monday. Try a new meatless dish packed with veggies. Incorporating more whole, fresh, meatless foods has incredible health and environmental benefits. Your body will thrive with less processed food.

Tuesday, January 12th – Treat Yourself Tuesday. Today is about pursuing something that you may feel you don’t have time for, for putting yourself first, for investing in yourself. Go get a pedicure, so you can stand strong for yourself and your family. Head to the lake for a leisurely walk by yourself and spend time with an amazing person. Grab a good book you’ve been meaning to make time for.

Wednesday, January 13th – Workout Wednesday. Today, get your endorphins raging! Head to the gym, get on your Yoga mat, grab your sneakers and hit the pavement. Appreciate your body in motion!

Thursday, January 14th – Thoughtful Thursday. Living by forward motion for me means thinking beyond myself. Reach out to someone in need, open a door for someone who’s struggling, write your grandma a letter. By thinking of others, your world opens up and you invite grateful.

Friday, January 15th – Fit Friday. Whip yourself into shape today! That could mean upping your miles on the treadmill, trying that boot camp, or eating really clean all day. Be fit, mindful of your body and push yourself!

Saturday, January 16th – Soak up the Sun Saturday. Get outside today! Yes, it’s winter, yes it’s cold (or maybe it’s warm where you live!) but making time for nature, for fresh air, unplugging from technology has true benefit. Make sure you make time for it.

Sunday, January 17th – Sunday Funday. I usually have my meal-prep planned for Sunday’s so I crank up the tunes or put on a movie and spend my day in the kitchen, cooking healthy meals to set me up for the week. Make time for your health and healthy eating!

Whether it’s a Meatless Monday, a Workout Wednesday, or a Fit Friday….join me on this 21 day journey! I’ll post the breakdown for the week of January 18th in the next few days.

Follow me on Instagram for daily updates & use the hashtag #Forward21 to share your posts with the community. Or request to join the Facebook group.

Will you join me!?

Happy Forward21!

Intentional Progress

I’ve been climbing lots of mountains this summer….14’ers they’re called in Colorado.

 

View from Quandary Peak
View from Quandary Peak

Quandary

Kelso RIdge
Kelso RIdge

Kelso Ridge of Torrey’s & Grays Peak

Snowmass
Snowmass

Snowmass

Challenging, sometimes death defying mountains that not only test your physical strength and stamina, but your mental state. I found myself questioning my capabilities several times, hesitating more than I ever have when faced with a gnarly cliff, full expose, jagged rocks, steep gullies with loose tallas and skree. I couldn’t seem to catch my breathe at times, so I’d stop….thus prolonging the summit. Never had I experienced anything so mentally challenging, physically demanding, but naturally beautiful and peaceful all at the same time.

It’s made me think of how I choose to concur, tackle, face life’s challenges. My girlfriend and I do yoga almost every Wednesday and recently, I listened to a teacher discuss intentional progress. This resonated so deeply with me! To intentionally seek that next step, be aware and alert to what’s needed to get there, then actively put it all into motion!? It sounds so obvious, doesn’t it? Yes, that’s where I want to go….and I got there. Duhhhhh!

But I stopped to think about how many times I had just gone through the motions of something. A work project, a family obligation, a hard climb. You trudge through it, hoping it will soon come to an end.  Climbing some of those mountains, there were times I couldn’t find my intent – I just wanted to get through it. The thought of intentional progress awakened something in me.

If I can learn to do things with intentional progress, to fully commit, be in the moment and focus on completing the task with my full being…oh what a lesson that will be.

Happy progress!