Helloooo 2014!

2 Jan

I’m a big goals person.  I love to do lists.  I love tracking and information.  The new year is awesome because it’s a mental reset: a way to say goodbye to one year and hello to a new one full of opportunities and hope.  There is just something so refreshing about a clean slate.  With a busy, busy (and incredibly exciting) 2013 behind me, I’ve started thinking a bit about what I want 2014 to look like.  Some of my biggest lessons of 2013:

You Can’t Plan Everything

I had big hopes and dreams to hit a sub 1:50 half-marathon this fall.  My spring half-marathons were strong, my running kept getting faster and faster.  I was training smarter and better than ever before.  Better nutrition, better strength training, better mileage.  In my head I knew I had that sub 1:50 in the bag – bring it on Indy Monumental Half!  Well the race has come and gone, without me running it, and definitely not hitting any time goals.  With my knees, I probably would’ve considered myself lucky to finish it by walking.  And you know what my take away is?  It’s okay. Sometimes life can be a little unexpected, but honestly that’s the beauty in it too.  I WILL get my knees strong again and I will run again.  And when I do, I can stand proud knowing all the effort it took to get there.  One thing Chalene says at the end of her workouts that always sticks with me: “Aren’t you proud of yourself?  You can walk away proud knowing the effort you put into this workout.”  I may have to be patient and it may be a lot of effort, but I’ll get there with my knees and I’ll be proud!

You Can’t Have it All (…but treasure what you have)

This was a full year for me, stuffed with lots of highs personally.  I got engaged, got a dream part in a musical, and made countless amazing memories with friends and family.  2013 was particularly sweet to me.  But I also didn’t finish a lot of things I set out to do (fix my knees, spend more time cooking, train for a full marathon again, etc.).  And you know what?  That’s okay. As a type A, it can be easy to look back and say “But I didn’t complete this or that. Boohoo, wah.”  But seriously folks, how much better does it feel too look at the positive?  So today I celebrate what did happen and let go of any unfinished business.  HOLY COW look what happened this year.  It was AMAZING.  That’s what I want to take away from 2013 and really treasure.  And as far as that unfinished business…. that’s what next year is for :)  So here’s to a positive reflection and realizing you can’t “have it all” and holy moly, that’s okay!!

Love is Sweet

2013 was my first year back in my home state of Indiana after several years in different places.  It was so wonderful spending time with family and friends in close proximity.  What a difference that can make!  It was a true reflection on how much those relationships matter to me.  Not to get super mushy on you, but all you need is love.  Love from family and friends is the most precious thing, and something I had the chance to really treasure this year.  Here’s to bringing that love with me to Nashville and remembering to always prioritize those relationships!  It’s easy to take for granted, but I always want to push myself to spend time and energy on loved ones, even if I’m more than a quick car ride away.

2014 Goals

I want to keep it simple and sweet.  2014 will bring SO many changes that I honestly don’t know what awaits me, kind of hard to make goals when you don’t have a clear idea of the future.  A mix of thrilling and scary to say the least!  Here are my top “things I’d like to do”  – maybe I shouldn’t call them goals, more guidelines!

  1. Find resolution (or peace) with my knees.  I want to get more serious about a solution and spend some real time and energy getting back in the game.
  2. Complete P90X3 with Adam. Keep health and fitness a priority even when the wedding is done!
  3. Enjoy married life with Adam.  Soak up our first year as newlyweds and cherish time together.
  4. Find a yoga studio in Nashville.  Ready to take this yoga thing to the next level!
  5. Make time for the important people in my life.  2013 was pretty selfish (by nature of having so much going on), I’m ready to spend more time on friends/family in ways that have nothing to do with a wedding. :)

Alrighty kids, lets start off 2014 with a bang!!  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!


What are some of your goals for 2014?  Do you like making goals?  Or are you sick of rehashing the old year and planning for the next one?


15 Responses to “Helloooo 2014!”

  1. sincerelylily January 2, 2014 at 7:46 am #

    Love all of these goals for the new year…. I especially love you taking the time to enjoy being married to Adam and spending time with friends/family.

    You are so close to your big day!!!!

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings January 2, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

      Yes! I just want to soak it up and really treasure it. I know it is a time we will always look back on fondly so I just want to bottle it all up. AND really show each other that love by being patient getting used to living with one another :)

      16 days, holy moly cakes. That’s insane.

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  3. FitnessFatale January 2, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

    You have a great perspective! I agree that all you need is love! :) you had a great year despite some setbacks but all in all it looks like a huge success!

    I can’t wait to see how p90x3 goes. I haven’t heard anything about it!

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings January 2, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

      Haha the Beatles had it right with their song :) And you’re right, it was an awesome year in spite of some disappointments. But honestly, that’s life!! To be expected! And I’m SO excited about P90X3 – all of the workouts are 30 minutes or less so I’m very curious what it will be like :)

  4. Tubontherun January 2, 2014 at 6:16 pm #

    I wholeheartedly agree to #4! Don’t get into a post-wedding slump (there is still a lot to do after the wedding, which I underestimated), and make sure you just enjoy! :-) Happy New Year!

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings January 2, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

      Haha yeah, I’m a little nervous about that! It’s like OH YAY wedding is over… but really it’s not quite done yet. I will definitely keep this in mind and be positive and patient! :) Happy New Year!

  5. Katy @ iFuckingLoveFitness January 2, 2014 at 6:42 pm #

    Oh no, you have knee problems too! Was it from a previous injury? I was held back a lot from my cycling last year because my knees kept on flaring up. It really sucked. Good luck with your goals and happy new year!

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings January 3, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

      Knee problems are the worst!! Mine is not from a previous injury, just developed from overuse. So sad to hear about your knees – I hope they get better in 2014!! Happy New Year! :)

  6. anna January 2, 2014 at 7:55 pm #

    Love your goals, Kelly, especially with making time for loved ones! Sometimes it takes a lot of work, but it always seems to be well worth it. Here’s wishing you well for your knees soon, as well as accomplishing your other 2014 goals!

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings January 3, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

      Thanks Anna! Hopefully having more ‘simple’ goals will make them that much more attainable! :) And you’re right – time spent on family or friends is ALWAYS time well spent.

  7. Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures January 2, 2014 at 11:59 pm #

    I couldn’t agree more – a positive attitude is the best way to go!! I mean, seriously, no one wants to feel down about something… LOL! I know your first year of marriage will be amazing. And also, once you’re in Nashville, we will be meeting up. My man’s best friend lives there so I know I’ll be there at least once while you’re there YAY! Happy New Year. Also, great, practical, realistic goals. :)

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings January 3, 2014 at 4:25 pm #

      True story girl. Positive attitude for the win!! And HOORAY about Nashville meet up! So excited!! :) You just let me know and I will be (im)patiently waiting. I’ve never met another blogger IRL. Is it scary!?!? Happy New Year!!

  8. bayrunnerjamie January 3, 2014 at 3:12 am #

    I agree-it feels so much better to focus on the positive. Learn from the setbacks and appreciate the good. Great post!

    Happy New Year!

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings January 3, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

      Have a Happy New Year! You are so right, it just feels good to look at all the nice things. Those kind of reflections just make me so happy :) Enjoy your 2014!!

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