It’s the final countdown for 2014; just a few days left until we ring in the New Year. I hope that when you reflect on the past year, you look to all your accomplishments, joys, and adventures and not the things you didn’t do or the resolutions you didn’t meet. For me, 2014 was a year of leaving my comfort zone. I learned a new skill set, tried new foods, and said goodbye to a lot of clutter in my life. Here’s a mini recap for anyone interested:
New Skill Set: POUND
In February I went to Kansas City and got POUND certified! I have been a fitness instructor since 2002 and it was time for a change. I hadn’t left my group fitness comfort zone in a long time. I believe that our comfort zones end up becoming danger zones. When we get so familiar and used to the same old, same old, we lose sight of any potential we might have to grow. It takes a lot of effort to leave a comfort zone. I have invested a lot of time and money into this new adventure but I have loved every minute of it! If you live in Des Moines and want to start your year off with a new workout, try my POUND class through DSM Public Schools Community Education! Make 2015 the year you try something new, fitness-wise!
New Outlook: Minimalism & Meditation
I have done some major cleaning out this year! It was actually quite fun going through boxes and folders and closets and cupboards. I found my notes from college, random wedding stuff, and lots of sentimental letters from dear friends. I got rid of what I didn’t need, kept what can’t be replaced, and feel so much better about my surroundings! I truly believe that when you clean out your physical space it helps you focus and thrive. I encourage you to read Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life in 2015 if you haven’t done so already!
In January, my friend Emily and I visited the DSM Zen Center for their intro to meditation course. While I haven’t been back to the Zen Center, I have joined the Meditation Around Town Series that happens every third Thursday. This is a neat meet-up where the location and type of meditation changes each month. I heard they’re bringing it back in 2015 so stay tuned!
New Foods Challenge
I committed to trying 30 new foods in 2014 and I’m happy to say I succeeded. When I take people through consultations at work, instead of focusing on what foods to eliminate, I look to what they might want to include. Maybe 2015 is the year you flip your thinking cap from “I can’t have this” to “I should try that.” You might be surprised at how much better you feel when you focus on a positive instead of a negative!
New Places: Pacific Northwest
This summer we visited a part of the country that’s always been on our must-see list! Somehow, in the course of 10 days, we visited Portland, Multnomah Falls, Mt. Hood, Hood River, Seattle, Port Angeles, Olympic National Park, and Victoria, BC. It was a really fun adventure made extra special because I got to spend time with my cousin, Cara, who I rarely get to see.
New Channel for Hello Wellness: Iowa Momentum
One aspect of my business and website that has grown in 2014 is that I have a new channel in which I can reach readers! I am currently writing for Iowa Momentum magazine so check me out online, or pick up a copy at the store! A big thanks to my friend Dylan who got me connected with Iowa Momentum and who takes the photos we use for the articles.
A Sad Goodbye: Grandma
2014 is the year I lost my grandma. She passed away a few days before Christmas. She was such a wonderful woman and I was very lucky to have her as not only my grandma, but as my role model. My grandma was a strong woman. Shortly before my grandpa was deployed to serve overseas in WWII, she found out she was pregnant. She made it through WWII as a single mother to my mother, until Grandpa safely returned home in 1945. She and my grandpa were married 71 years and were parents to six children. Over the course of their marriage, they devoted a lot of time to their family and church, and spent many miles seeing the U.S. in their late 80’s Dodge Caravan with fake wood-paneling. If my memory serves me correctly, they visited all but two of the United States. My grandma survived breast cancer at age 85 but couldn’t survive Alzheimer’s. I’m so thankful for the time we had together and know that a little bit of her will live on in me.