Wednesday, January 9, 2013

My 20(in)12 Year in Review - Part 2


Making New Year's resolutions is pretty common for most people... my 2012 resolutions included reaching 20 goals in 12 months. Check out #'s 1-10 here and read on for #'s 11-20 :)

#11. Participated in women's empowerment causes
(Photo courtesy of Nicole O'Neil Photography)
I had an opportunity to participate in a couple of worthy and inspirational women's programs in 2012.  A good friend of mine started the Woman's Self-Esteem Campaign and I was so proud to be included in it.  It involved a photo shoot of females of all ages, ethnicity, sizes, etc. that were unveiled at a photo show, which also included participants sharing their own stories.  Take a minute to read more about the project here.

I also attended the Massachusetts Conference for Women and heard stories from amazing presenters such as: Arianna Huffington, Charlotte Beers, Deepak Chopra and Dr. Brene Brown... all of which inspired me to not only reach for higher goals but be a better person. If you haven't seen Dr. Brown's TED Talks, I highly recommend watching.  You can find both of them here.



#12. Modeled for a Photography class
Another close friend of mine (also a photographer) invited me to participate as a head shot model in her class at the Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts.  It was a great experience and I got to keep the finished product!




#13. Run the Falmouth Road Race
Apparently, the 3rd time trying to get into this race was the charm!  The Falmouth Road Race is a well-known 7-mile race on Cape Cod with a beautiful course near the coast.  It is so popular that you have to enter a registration lottery (if you are a non-Falmouth resident), cross your fingers and hope that you get picked.  It was H-O-T that day so my time was slower than I hoped for but it was a great experience nonetheless.  Oh, and then I proceeded to go stand-up paddle-boarding AFTER running this race.  I don't recommend doing that haha.



#14. Run a 5k road race in November
Ok, so this may not seem like a big deal but I used to have a hard and fast rule about doing road races after Columbus Day... I am not a fan of running in cold weather... BUT I decided to bite the bullet in 2012.  The picture above is from a race I ran this past November in support of building playgrounds in my community (and I got to meet Shawn Thornton of the Boston Bruins, with me in the pic!).  Running in chilly November was definitely a first for me... but it also set a new record for the number of road races I've ran in one "racing season" (5)... yay!


#15. Take a flying trapeze lesson
What activity should someone with a fear of heights decide to do?  Take a flying trapeze class, naturally.  No lie, the woman holding me at the top had to literally nudge my feet off the ledge the first time I went... It was SO scary jumping off that ledge!  The instructors had us hanging upside down from the bar, doing catches with another trapezer, doing back tuck dismounts... it was intense!  I was reminded of the trapeze scene with Carrie from that episode on Sex & The City, except... in a furniture store.  Details here :)



#16. Participate in a Strongman workshop
I attended a fantastic Intro to Strongman Training workshop hosted by N.E.W.S. and it prompted me to look into the possibility of entering a "Strongman Competition" as one of my 2013 goals!  You can read more about my experience here.


#17. Start working with a personal trainer
In preparation for 2013's Strongman goal, I thought it would be a good idea to hire a personal trainer.   I wanted someone to guide me on what I need to be focused on since this is very different from what I've ever done.  I don't have a picture of me working out with him but this sign was posted at the gym where the Strongman workshop was and I loved it.  Definitely have to keep reminding myself of these rules!




#18. Use my passport
I got my passport in 2010 and had yet to use it... I wasn't going to let 2012 slip away without leaving the country! I ended up taking my 1st trip to Canada a few days after Christmas. (I'm nothing if not last minute haha.)  I stayed in Montreal for 2 nights, visited various parts of the city, including beautiful Old Montreal (which is where the above picture was taken), and can't wait to visit again. My boyfriend and I got there right after a record snowfall covered the city, which only helped to make everything prettier.  (side note- I discovered Pickle Doritos in Canada.  I wish I hadn't because they are amazing.  Very glad they aren't sold in the U.S.!)


#19. Plan a New Year's Eve snowboarding trip
After leaving Montreal, my boyfriend and I drove to Vermont.  We rented a house, along with a number of friends, that slept 10 people in the Northeast Kingdom section of VT and rang in the New Year the way I have wanted to for YEARS.  We took it easy the 1st day, snowboarded on NYE (2nd day) and had ourselves a fun house party that night.  Our house was great... it had a wood-burning stove, cathedral ceilings and gorgeous mountain views.  The above picture is one I took on the way to the house and one of the my favorites from the trip (which is saying a lot because I took about 250 pics!).  Good times had by all!



#20. Re-establish my identity
    I keep this part of my personal life mostly under wraps but the short story is: I've been divorced for about 3.5 years now. I struggled a lot in the beginning as I tried to figure out how to create a "new normal" for my new (and very different) life, post-divorce.  I found myself on an emotional roller-coaster and every time I thought I was getting off, the ride would start back up.

    I won't get too much into those details but my yearly self-imposed challenge of picking new fitness goals to achieve has helped tremendously in getting me back up and running (no pun intended!). I intentionally got ambitious with my goals for 2012 and it paid off HUGE in terms of getting myself back in the saddle.

    Up until last year, I was still using my married name. I realized that in order to continue the process of moving on and re-establishing my life, that would need to change... literally.  As a birthday gift to myself this past June, I took a trip to Social Security and the DMV to finally and officially change back to my maiden name.  I felt like I got a piece of the "old" me restored... and it feels good :)

    The picture above is from a page in a teeny-tiny "Irish Blessings" book that was on the table next to my bed in the New Year's Eve house.  I couldn't fall asleep right away on the first night, so I started flipping through the book... and this quote stuck out for me.  As I mentioned in Part 1 of my 20(in)12 recap, 2012 ended up being a great year for me after a few less-than-desirable years.  I couldn't be more excited for 2013 and looking forward to lots of happy days ahead :)


    **Honorable Mention #1** -- This wasn't something I initially set out to do in 2012 but... I had my very first professional interview!  Lisa Shaughnessy of Agility Social Cues was looking for females to interview regarding their fitness marketing best practices.  I was so excited to do this!  Check out my interview here!

    **Honorable Mention #2** -- In 2012, I became a first-time auntie to the most beautiful twin girls ever.  They will be 1 year old next month and I'm so thankful to have my precious little nieces in my life.

    The look of pure happiness :)

    My next post will share my NEW 2013 goals... I'm taking a slightly different strategy this year!

    I'd love to hear what's on YOUR goal list this year... share in the comments below... and Happy 2013!

    8 comments:

    1. You're doing awesome, Moe!

      As a divorcee myself, I totally get the struggles that go along with totally letting go, and it's such a liberating feeling once you can finally let go of the past and just move forward. I think everything happens for a reason, so we need to learn from the past and juts be better in the future!

      Keep up the awesome progress, and can't wait to read about your new goals!!

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      1. Thanks so much for commenting and I totally agree that everything happens for a reason! Always nice to hear from someone else who gets it :)

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    2. Great post Moe! Every post I read of yours inspires me to do more and stretch myself.

      Although it was many years ago, I still remember when I took back my maiden name and celebrated by getting a new license on my birthday as a gift to myself.

      You're an amazing and strong woman - thanks for sharing your stories and adventures :)

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      1. Aw thanks Lisa, so sweet! Thanks for always being so supportive and encouraging. And yay us for being such good gift-givers :)

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      1. Much appreciated John :) Thanks for reading!

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