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?
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.
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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