2015: The Year of the Mitchells

This past year was definitely better than the past few (check out my 2014 recap here), but I’m not satisfied yet! Josh and I still have so many things to do, see, accomplish. Starting 2015 off with two relatively new jobs, a wedding on the horizon, and some lofty travel ambitions, I know there’s so much to look forward to! Which is why I dub this year: The Year of the Mitchells! Because, you know, I’ll soon be a Mitchell and we’re going to kick some serious booty. I just know it.

model fitspiration
My “fitspiration” from last year. Still on that grind!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love making resolutions! It’s not about “waiting until the new year,” it’s about using the new year as a marker to revisit the things you want, you thought you wanted, and you never knew you wanted. Never wait to take action if you have a goal, but do give yourself solid reflective deadlines to reevaluate those things you’re aiming towards.

Here are some of my personal (non-professional) resolutions/inspirations for the coming year.

rose garden
Though I can see my destination, I don’t want to spend 2015 rushing towards it! This year is for enjoying all the wonderful blessings around me. Time to stop and smell the roses.

#1: Live in the Moment
I’ve had this problem my whole life. My dad has always said to me two things: “Don’t sweat the small stuff” and “Enjoy the journey.” And I have to admit that I’m still not particularly great at either of those. While I do feel, however, that I’m much better at not worrying about the little things and letting problems go until they actually become problems (which rarely happens), I still find myself in a constant state of looking towards what’s next. Instead of enjoying my wonderful job, my comfortable lifestyle, and my on-going little successes, I’m constantly wondering if I’m doing enough. Am I pushing myself? Am I on the right path? Am I always going above and beyond? Yes, these are great check-in questions, but when they become detrimental to enjoying the wonderful blessings I have right NOW, they become a problem. My goal for 2015 is to keep working hard, but to stop and actually ENJOY all of the good things that are happening all around us. I want to keep pushing towards that next step, but not at the expense of my happiness. In a cliche: stop and smell the roses. I want to live my life like I’m strolling through a beautiful European rose garden. It’s time to enjoy all of the things in life I have worked so hard for. Each step I take is propelling me forward, but it’s not laborious. My feet are light, my mind clear. I can see my ultimate destination and I know one day I will get there, but for now the only thing on my mind is enjoying the company around me and delighting myself with all the beautiful sights and sounds floating through the air.

Izabel Goulart
Isabel Goulart: my ultimate fitspiration.

#2: Get Fit
Last year I made a goal to be healthier, and I think I achieved that one. But now it’s time to take things to the next level! Being a former DI Track & Field athlete and before that an extremely competitive Taekwondo player (a weight class sport), I’ve had to balance performance with body composition for as long as I’ve been training. How much muscle/power can I gain before that extra weight starts to affect how fast I run/high I jump/hard I kick? I’ve been taught to train at a certain level and with certain goals in mind, but you know what? I don’t have to do that anymore! And let’s be honest: we all have aesthetic goals.

This year, I finally want to reach those goals. The biggest one? To have something of a six pack, like Izabel Goulart above (and check out more of her “Best Fitness Instagrams” here). I want to eat not only to make my body feel good, but also to achieve that low body weight and svelte aesthetic that I’ve always wanted. I love looking athletic, but I’ve always also wanted to see how long and lean I can get. I’m a little shy about these things, so this one is hard for me to share, but I feel like it’s something I’d love to explore more on this blog!

Concert gear from Austin City Limits. Inspiration to get more music into my life!
Concert gear from Austin City Limits. Inspiration to get more music into my life!

#3: Get Hobby-ing
In 2014 I set a few hobby-related goals for myself and I’d say I was only mildly successful at achieving them. While I did manage to start blogging more and sort of started playing more guitar, that’s about where it stops. No long narrative here, just a good old list of goals:

  • Read at least a book a month
  • Play some music every day and record at least once per week
  • Finish French Rosetta Stone, which means about 4 hours per week
  • Blog 3-5 times per week

And with that, I’m out! Time to DO WORK!

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