She Welcomed 2016

(Credit: Lisa Congdon - check her out!!)

(Credit: Lisa Congdon - check her out!!)

Well hellooooo there, new year! I always like this time of reflection and starting fresh, even if the date is arbitrary. January always feels promising even if it's cold and grey. It inspires me to make lofty (but attainable...mostly) goals. 

At the start of 2015 I wrote down five goals for the year. Let's see how the old gal did, shall we?

1. Teach Zumba - Success!

At the end of 2014 I was taking a lot of Zumba classes and loving it. At the time, I didn't really know what to do with myself at the gym so classes were the only thing keeping me motivated. In every class I would watch the instructor and think "I could do that!" So I did. I went to the (exhausting) eight hour training and was officially a Zumba Instructor. 

Then came the actual teaching part. My first class, which was just for a few friends and my sister, made me so nervous I thought i was going to Cha Cha Barf all over the place. It was out of my comfort zone, which I loved, and over the course of a few more classes the fear subsided. But it still wasn't sitting quite right. I wasn't really feeling motivated to get out there. I did one audition which went well but that situation fizzled. 

I realized that though I liked teaching classes, and I seriously loved the Zumba community (it's surprising how large, welcoming and encouraging it is), everything else was just kind I didn't like choreographing or memorizing the moves. I wasn't inspired to search for teaching opportunities. And I especially didn't love the $35 a month you have to pay to stay a member of the Zumba Instructor Network (which is pretty much required). So by the fall, I let it slide. I tried it, and I'm glad I did, but it wasn't my thing. Still a check mark on the ol' Goal Sheet though. 

2. Become certified in Orthopedic Massage - Redirected!

This one got put on a back burner until I have some more funds to do it differently. Orthopedic Massage is a system of techniques that uses assessment and treatment of the locomotor system to help prevent and rehabilitate injuries. Phew. It's fascinating for an anatomy nerd like me but getting certified in it can be pretty expensive. I had found an online certification course that was reasonably priced but after taking one part of the course I realized that I needed more hands-on, in-person education for this particular modality. So eventually I will get that training, just not in 2015 (or 2016, most likely).

But! I did get certification in prenatal massage which was a lot simpler/cheaper and which I really love doing! So yay! 

3. Learn how to use my camera - Success!

I wrote about having one-on-one photography lessons through Learnivore early on in 2015. I still didn't use my camera as much as I had planned or wanted to this year. It's just so much easier to whip out my phone than take my big DSLR around. Maybe I'll add that to my list of goals for 2016!

4. Send birthday cards - Oops!

Oh man I was so good about this until like...March. Just couldn't get my act together to look ahead at upcoming birthdays. So much pressure! Maybe this year I'll start sending "just because" mail so there's no appropriate Receive By date.

5. Seeeecret - Success!

There was one last goal I had on my list, that I didn't tell anyone about before I had completed it. If you were following me on Instagram in October, you may remember it. It's getting it's own post, though. So stay tuned! (No, I'm not pregnant. This is everyone's guess about everything I do nowadays.)


My goals for 2016 have grown a bit but here we are 8 days in and I'm still on track. Gloat, gloat, brag. In the interest of staying accountable, I'll put them all here.

1. Run 5 miles without stopping (I've gone on two runs this week. Both were BELOW FREEZING.)
2. Squat my body weight (I've restarted my heavy lifting plan)
3. One unassisted pull up (and/or be able to swing across a jungle gym for the first time in my life)
4. Get two massages every month (IT'S A TOUGH LIFE, YOU GUYS. But really, I went 9 weeks without one and my body was in roooough shape.)
5. Make a new vegetable dish every other week (I'm in a vegetable-preparing rut [roast everythiiiing] and I need to get out)
6. Reiki treatment/meditation for at least 4 minutes every day (I went through Reiki Level One training in November)
7. Get back on Etsy (coming very soon)


What are your goals for the year? The month? Today?

Molly Kerrigan