The end of the year is a natural time to pause and reflect on the last 12 months past and set new goals for the year ahead. Given the addition of a new human to my life, I’m pretty proud of where I netted out with my 2016 goals and excited to be working toward the goals I’ve set for the new year.
Travel somewhere great in the US. Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, the Grand Tetons, anywhere.
Done! We knew we wouldn’t be doing much international travel in 2016, between the pregnancy and the baby that popped out at the end of it all. We traveled to both Cape Cod and Maui this year, enjoyed some time on the California coast, and managed to squeeze in three trips to Canada as well. Not bad.
Continue to eat fresh, organic, healthy foods.
This one was pretty simple, since it was more a continuation of my lifestyle than any big overhaul or change. Regardless, I did it. And especially with Ali in my belly and now with Ali out in the real world eating real food, I’ve became even more obsessed with eating this way.
Return to pre-baby fitness levels by yearend.
Amazingly, I think I’ve done it. Even though I’m less active than I used to be, my body is feeling great and I’m able to do the same physical activities I did before I was pregnant at more or less the same levels of intensity. I even somehow weigh eight pounds less than I did before I got pregnant. Breastfeeding works miracles (and eats muscle).
Mission Mostly Accomplished.
Move into the new house! Love the spaces we create.
Our remodel was a total gut, and due to rot and other issues, we ended up having to rebuild three of the four sides of the house too. Needless to say, it took forever, but we are finally moving in this January, so I consider this a mission mostly accomplished. Creating spaces we love will be a work in progress for a while, but I’m excited to get started.
Climb 5.11c’s and V5s by yearend.
Before I got hugely pregnant, I was consistently climbing 5.11c’s and V4’s. Now, eight months later, I’m back to climbing 5.11c’s and it feels great. Those V5’s are remaining elusive though!
Learn fancy customer acquisition strategies and tactics. Implement them.
This was a huge year of learning for me from a business standpoint. As the one woman marketing and operations show behind an apparel start up, I’ve had to hack my way through a whole bunch of stuff I wish I’d known how to do long before I had to suffer through trial by fire. Growing the business is still a work in progress, but I grateful for all the things I’ve learned this year as a result.
Mission Partially Accomplished.
Read 25 books, roughly alternating fiction and non-fiction. Chronicle those books on GoodReads.
Well, I read 13 books in their entirety this year, and I have six sitting half read on our coffee table. Not surprisingly, most of these books were baby-related. My favorites this year were Bringing Up Bébé and Americanah.
Mission Mostly Not But Sort of Partially Accomplished.
Learn how to use my fancy DSLR camera. Use it to take pictures.
Through trial and error, I’ve learned how to use the basic settings on our fancy camera. I love taking great pictures of Ali, but I still end up snapping most Ali shots on my phone, since it’s most convenient. Learning the complexities of our Canon will be a big goal for 2017.
Learn basic Danish through Duolingo. (Finally, a place to learn Danish!)
When I was vaulting, I desperately wanted to learn Danish, since I spent at least six weeks out of every year there, but there was no where to learn it. Now, the platform on which to learn Danish is available, which is fantastic, but I’m also not in Denmark six weeks out of every year anymore, so I’m less motivated. I started to play with Duolingo, but got bored quickly since the beginner lessons were full of stuff I already knew. The fact that I know how to pronounce hygge is good enough for me these days.
Journal daily, if only for five minutes. Reflect on what’s going well, what can be improved, and what’s sticking.
Journaling daily is really not a thing that I like to do. I tried, mostly because it’s something many people I admire do, but it’s just not for me. I find journaling most helpful when I’m feeling unjustifiably anxious (that happened a good number of times during my second and third trimesters), but I think weekly or even monthly written check-ins would be more useful for me than daily ones.
Make at least one new recipe each week in 2016.
I made a few new recipes in 2016, but certainly not 52 of ’em. In our new kitchen, I am hoping I’ll be more inspired to try some of the recipes I’ve bookmarked and teared out of magazines.
Even out and strengthen my left side.
My left side has always been so much weaker and less flexible than my right. While I’ve spent more time working on my left side than my right this year, they are no where near even. My left side could use a lot more work!
Doing a reset while pregnant or breastfeeding didn’t seem like my idea of a good time. I incorporated many of the principles from the reset into my life though, so I don’t feel like I missed out too much.
Mission Definitely Not Accomplished
Take at least two cooking classes.
Nope. Not even one. But I still like this goal and will make it part of my 2017 goals!
Learn to do something moderately interesting with my hair.
This would’ve been a good one to focus on, especially with my newly acquired postpartum baby hairs and the fact that I have to wear my hair up more often than not these days (less I want it ripped from the roots). It’ll definitely be a goal for 2017.
Build Littervention. (Email list to 5k, Instagram to 10k, one blog/week, and three photos/week on Instagram.)
I decided to let Littervention chill for a bit. I felt like I had learned everything I had wanted to learn from that project for now and decided to channel my blogging through Many Things Megan instead. I did somehow manage to earn $57 in Amazon referrals in 2016 despite doing basically nothing though, so maybe it’s something I’ll continue in the future.
Build my business. (Write business plan, fund it, set up website, and sell stuff.)
I’ve done a LOT of thinking about my business. It has evolved tremendously since the beginning of 2016, and I think what I’m envisioning now is something that is very do-able. This will be a big goal for 2017.
Overhaul the AVA public website. Get funding. Completely revamp it. Revel in the glory.
I ran out of steam helping the AVA and didn’t get this project done, even though I had really wanted to. Hopefully someone new will carry the torch.
Climb outside at least once!
Between the pregnancy and the baby, this did not happen. 2017!
Remaster the seated straddle press to handstand.
I managed to master a seated straddle press to handstand for a few months in 2012. I know I can get it back. 2017!
Learn crow to handstand.
I’ve never been able to do this, but I’ve seen enough Instagram videos of people doing it that I feel inspired. 2017!
Find a San Francisco organization worth joining and join it. Help make it better.
I’ve joined a few San Francisco mom’s groups on Facebook, which I love, but I’m still searching for some more physical community and a way to give back. 2017!
And in case you’re interested, here are my goals for 2017.