Top 5 Nailed It List of 2013

December 30th, huh? Oh 2013, where have you gone?

In my week-long hiatus from blogging, I’ve been reflecting on the year. There’s a part of me that looks at my 2013 list of things I wanted to do and I want to rush rush rush to check off just one more thing before the new year. It would feel great to stack up a few more checkmarks, right?

Let’s resist that urge, yes? And just sit what we have completed this year?

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I came across this idea from Erin Stutland – a top 5 Nailed it list for 2013. A look back at the year at those things that you nailed. In Erin’s words:

It’s like when a gymnast sticks her landing, she might say to herself, “Nailed it.” Or when you walk out of a meeting or audition and know you did amazingly well, you say, “Nailed it.”

Here’s my Top 5 Nailed It List for 2013

1. I became a certified yoga teacher.

Christine is a yoga teacher. To me, those words don’t naturally go together. After all, I tend to be the soft-spoken one, the introvert whose voice needs some help projecting at times. Yoga teacher training brought me face-to-face with all kinds of things that I find uncomfortable.

I know that I could have gotten away with doing the bare minimum and not leave myself exposed to the harder learnings – the ones that cracked open more than just my hamstrings. But I let myself become immersed and engaged. I lived and breathed yoga for two months straight in a way that left me wanting so much more.

I still feel like a fraud when i say that I’m a yoga teacher. I’m assuming that will change once I start teaching regularly but I am proud of myself for having gone through this process and to be pursuing something that I really love and that stimulates a creative side of me that excites me.

P.S. Here information if you want to practice yoga with me in New York City!


2. I was named to the Babble100 List of Best Bloggers of 2013.

I mean, come on. I am completely humbled by this. When I started this little blog two years ago, I just wanted a place to write – to share my experiences and to sort out some thoughts. What I realized is that I really enjoyed sharing stories – stories in which I learned a little something along the way. I wasn’t expecting these stories to resonate but I am grateful that they do. Thank you all for your kind words and support. You inspire me to continue writing and sharing.


3. I spent the month in Hawaii with my family, mostly disconnected, and I learned some important lessons.

Ed and I kind of tossed around this idea early in the year but I didn’t really think that it would happen.  It was more of a “wouldn’t-it-be-nice” type of thing. But I’m really proud that we made the commitment and made the vacation happen. I don’t remember the last time that we took a real vacation and didn’t work while away. I spent the month largely away from blogging and social media (OK, I still instagrammed but how could I not! I was in Hawaii!!). It was really good to unplug and slow down.


4. I ran Broad Street Run.

Broad Street Run was my first real race after my second knee surgery. Despite a slight ankle hiccup that forced me to back-off of training during the last few weeks before the race, I felt amazing on race day. Everything felt pretty effortless. The best part? Having my boys at the race cheering for me (even if we almost missed each other twice).


5. I made the commitment and took steps towards starting a new career.

I’ve talked a lot about this before, about this transition in what I do. Whereas I always used to just talk about wanting to do something else, I’ve started to take steps towards my goals. Not as many steps as I has hoped for but steps nonetheless. I became certified to teach yoga. I started contributing to espnW and I have some (hopefully) exciting things in the works for next year. It’s scary and I’ve been full of fear and self-doubt (still am) but I’m more willing to sit with that uncertainty than I was a year ago.


I’m tempted to write about the things that I need to continue to work on but I’ll save that for another post.

What’s on your top 5 nailed it list?


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  1. says

    LOVE this! You had a truly incredible year and I am beyond proud of you, and I feel so honored to be even a small part of your circle. I feel like you make me better by association! My list? My first marathon, my first century, an amazing new job, speaking at 2 conferences, and an awesome anniversary trip to New Orleans. I guess it’s been a pretty fantastic year around these parts too. :)
    Ari @ Ari’s Menu recently posted..2013: My FavoritesMy Profile

  2. says

    Oh yes, you totally, absolutely nailed it, Christine!!

    My Nailed It moments? Published on The Huffington Post and Mamalode. Scored a corporate client for Little Love Media. And 2014 is looking exciting too!
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  3. says

    You sooooo nailed it this year! Those are some very big accomplishments for one year. Congrats on being brave, bold and stepping out of your comfort zone. I think 2014 is going to be full of oodles of Nailed It for you! Yay!
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  4. says

    I love your #5 because it’s not about completing a task but about making a decision and a commitment to a decision. It’s this living goal full of energy that you will work toward and where there is no “here” and “there” but something that will evolve. I am so proud of you for making this leap and I can’t wait to see where 2014 will take you! xo
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    • says

      Thank you. The fact that there is no here or there – and frankly the uncertainty of it all – freaks the hell out of me and it brings up a lot of self-doubt. But keep putting one foot in front of the other, right? I am so proud of YOU too my friend. Happy Happy New Year!
      Christine Yu recently posted..Top 5 Nailed It List of 2013My Profile

  5. says

    That sounds like an incredible year! I don’t technically have any type of list for this year, but one thing I can think of off the top of my head is that I finished every single race I registered for this year. I may have been injured in some and had to mix in some walking, but I’ve run or walked across the finish line of all 15 races I signed up for.
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  6. says

    I LOVE your list and the idea of ‘nailed it’ for 2013. I may need to write one of these too. I think you chose 5 perfect things for you this year, I most loved your Hawaii trip from afar (even if insanely jealous hehe), and that you became a yoga instructor!! SO proud of you :)
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  7. says

    I still feel like a fraud when I say I’m a photographer! I know experience will help that go away, at least most of the time. Nailed its? Building this house and this family in ways I didn’t think possible. I’d have to narrow it down from there, but it was a good year. And this was the year I started blogging in a community and boy, did that make my year!
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  8. says

    Wow! What an exciting year you have had! Those are some very impressive accomplishments, for a variety of different reasons. I tend to focus too much on my running life and training to be “healthy” but struggle with the disconnecting and relaxing….so in some ways I am most impressed with the month disconnected (and jealous you went to Hawaii).

    I also love that you did the broad street run! I have always wanted to do it as I live in Philly, but the team I coach always has their conference championship that weekend! Congratulations :)
    Tina Muir recently posted..Reflection of 2013My Profile

    • says

      The month in Hawaii was great but I do admit that it was a lot harder to disconnect than I expected. It took me a while but I’m glad that I did. It’s definitely something that I continue to work on. Broad Street Run was so fun and I hope you get to run it one day!
      Christine Yu recently posted..Top 5 Nailed It List of 2013My Profile

  9. says

    You’ve had a great year. Becoming certified and having your writing recognized are big accomplishments.

    I’d have to say my “Nailed it” for 2013 was my running. I acheived 8 PRs including a marathon PR by 13 minutes. I was also awarded an invitational 2014 Boston Marathon number by my club’s board of directors.
    Personally and professionally 2013 wasn’t great, I won’t go into details here.
    I did take a few steps in 2013 to change careers and will be working even harder on that in 2014.
    Hppy New Year! Cheers.

  10. says

    I like the unique way you put together the list. Your becoming a yoga teacher is SO inspiring. In the past I’ve considered becoming a workout instructor or personal trainer. I think about it and then think….Oh I’m not cut out for that. It terrifies me to think of teaching an entire workout class! But I’ve been thinking more and more about get my personal training license just to have options. Hmmm. .
    Ericka @ The Sweet Life recently posted..Facials For the New Year!My Profile

    • says

      Thank you Ericka! I went into teacher training thinking that I *might* want to teach but not entirely convinced. I thought it was a good thing to do and would be helpful if I wanted to do more writing. But I learned through the process that I really really loved teaching. I mean, we’ll see if that still holds true once I start teaching more regularly :-) I think that you’d make a great trainer or instructor!
      Christine Yu recently posted..Top 5 Nailed It List of 2013My Profile

  11. says

    Christine, not only did you nail it, you totally HAMMERED 2013! Loved looking back on all of your absolutely AMAZING accomplishments and learnings from the year. Can’t wait to see what 2014 holds for you! On the car ride home today, I told my husband about this post, with special emphasis on the month in Hawaii section… Hint, hint, hubby!
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  12. says

    What a wonderful year! Whenever I looked at you in Yoga poses before I always thought you were a Yoga teacher and was surprised that you weren’t. So to me, you’ve always been a teacher. Yoga or life. :)

    A nice long break from the internet is always good. :)
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  13. says

    Christine, you’ve had a pretty spectacular year. I cannot even imagine a month’s vacation ANYwhere, but it’s definitely something I want to do at some point. In fact, my husband and I have a dream of spending an extended time in England at some point.

    I had a career transition this year too and I understand those feelings of fear and self-doubt. I like what you say about just sitting with them. I’m not good at just sitting with anything, but I’m really really trying.

    Congratulations all your “nailed its” and here’s to even more of those in 2014!
    Shana Norris recently posted..Twitterature :: December 2013My Profile

    • says

      Thank you so much Shana and especially for all your incredible words and gestures of support. It truly means the world to me. Career transitions are rough and man, I have no clue and it’s a little frightening. I’m trying not to question so much and to trust my gut more and to think about one step at a time. But it is hard. I’m excited about 2014. I hope that you have a chance to spend extended time in England and I hope that we both gain a foothold in our transitions.
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