2015 Year in Review

Happy New Year!

Sorry I have been neglecting you all a bit lately, I just enjoyed a very spoiled 10 days in Ontario with friends and family.  We tend to hop around city to city enjoying dinners and hikes and workouts and movies with friends and family and I tend not to make the time to blog here for you!

Anyways, as usual ever year I blog on here about my year in review and my goals for 2016.  Some of it is health related, some of it’s professional, and some of it’s personal.  I always hear of many friends and family who use the template and do their own year in review and goal setting and really enjoy doing it.  Feel free to share in the comments below about your year in review, or e-mail it to me personally if you feel like sharing.  I find it so important to reflect on our year, the good and the challenges in order to develop a sense of pride, accomplishment, and growth.  I truly believe we are here on Earth to figure out what lights us up, makes us happy, and what we are passionate about.  By reflecting on our year, and setting goals for the next we can enjoy our path to creating our own personal best life.

Here is the template of the questions you can ask yourself for a 2015 year in review:

1.  What was your biggest triumph in 2015?
2.  What was the smartest decision you made in 2015?
3.  What was the greatest lesson you learned in 2015?
4.  What was the most loving service you performed in 2015?
5.  What is your biggest piece of unfinished business from 2015?
6.  What are you most happy about completing in 2015?
7.  Who are the 3 people who had the greatest impact on your life in 2015?
8.  What was the biggest risk you took in 2015?
9.  What was the biggest surprise in 2015?
10.  What important relationship improved the most in 2015?
11.  What compliment would you have liked to receive in 2015?
12.  What compliment would you have liked to give in 2015?
13.  What else do you need to be complete in 2015?

In terms of planning for 2016 here is the guideline I follow for goal setting:

Personal Goals
–  Health
–  Fitness
–  Emotional Intelligence
–  Spirituality

Professional Goals
–  Imapct
–  Financial
–  Pojects
–  Continuing Education

Relationship Goals

Travel Goals

Acts of Service Goals.

Here are my answers if you are interested:

1.  What was your biggest triumph in 2015?

I would have to say hands down my biggest triumph in 2015 was the amount I travelled!  For some people kids, houses, careers, religion etc. are their main focus- and mine seems to be travel.  The one thing that gets me excited to save money, stay focussed on my career, and keeps me excited about the year is travel.  This year I spent a week in Cuba with a dear friend Jill teaching fitness classes 3 times a day!  I spent a week in Ontario planning a surprise birthday party for my Oma.  I visited Bowen Island for my Anniversary.  I spent 4 days in Vegas with my mom for her birthday.  I drove to Calgary and Banff to visit friends.  I went to Milwaukee for a wedding and visited Chicago for a few days.  I spent a long weekend surfing and relaxing in Tofino with friends.  I biked/hiked/and camped around Vancouver Island by myself for a long weekend.  I went camping with friends many times in the summer.  I took a 10 day road trip to my Brother in Laws wedding in Minnesota.  On the way we had a crazy stay in Yellowstone National Park, and many other interesting points along the way.  I attended two weddings in the same week in Mexico!  And to top it off I finished the year with family and friends on a trip to Ontario.  I love listing this off because this is how I want to live my life!  Full of adventure and travel, with a job that supports my lifestyle.  
2.  What was the smartest decision you made in 2015?

Seeing a counsellor.  You’d think this is a bold thing to write on my professional blog, but let me make one thing clear.  I wasn’t depressed, anxious, suffering from mental illness, sad, or confused.  I simply noticed that some of the thought patterns I had were getting in the way of me having an awesome year and life!  I noticed I told myself a story around everything that wasn’t necessarily even true, and as a result I was causing more grief in my life then I needed! With my counsellor we don’t talk about anything miraculous, huge, or crazy.  I don’t have any life long issues to uncover.  I simply wanted a neutral source to talk to regularly to keep me feeling awesome all the time!  There is so much stigma around counselling, and I really think there shouldn’t be.  I think the craziest people are the ones who don’t regularly schedule time to talk about what is going on in their monkey mind up there.  My speaking with her regularly I don’t dwell on the stupid stuff that can tend to knock people out, keep them in bad moods, or keep them from feeling happy.  My friends and family don’t always know how or what to say to me, and so it’s really nice to have this kind of support.  With that said, I truly think counselling has supported me in the past year and was one of the smartest decisions I made in 2015.   

3.  What was the greatest lesson you learned in 2015?

The greatest lesson I learned in 2015 is to make things light and easy.  There are going to be mean people, people who screw you over, people who are selfish or rude or have no respect for your space.  There are going to be financial obstacles, relationship challenges, and other troubles.  But in the end there is no point stressing and worrying about anything!  Stress and worry is not going to bring you any closer to a solution.  Accepting the situation and formulating some kind of gentle plan to bring yourself back to balance is always the better solution.  With the right tools and resources I simply needed to trust I was on the right path and everything will work out. 
4.  What was the most loving service you performed in 2015?

One of the loving services from the later half of 2015 was volunteering at a soup kitchen every Monday.  Volunteering there has kept me humble, introduced me to a whole new group of people, and taught me about Ego.  By going there each week and helping out in the kitchen I am giving back to my community, and opening my eyes to the greater struggles people face here in my own city.  I have the time, energy and resources to devote to this cause, and I am very grateful to be in that position.  
5.  What is your biggest piece of unfinished business from 2015?

My biggest piece of unfinished business from 2015 is finishing up reading the notes I made from my fitness conference in November!  As well as I have been working on a few blog series on being vegan, getting ready to run, the science of stretching, and minimalist footwear.  I plan on making more time and energy to research and blog about those topics in the new year. 
6.  What are you most happy about completing in 2015?

I am most happy with certifying as a Kinesiologist and finishing a Posture Specialist course in 2015.  These two credentials are setting me up for further learning and growth in my profession in 2016.  
7.  Who are the 3 people who had the greatest impact on your life in 2015?

1.  Chelsea Clinton.  Chelsea wrote a children’s novel about issues within our world and what to do about them.  This book really got to me!  Obviously I am aware of many of the issues in our world, and I have always been passionate about solving them!  In high school I co-started a Global Awareness Committee, so it’s not like this passion is new to me.  Yet reading this book reinvigorated my need and drive to spread awareness about what is going in our world, small changes to make to solve these issues, and how to inspire others to do more in our world!  Thanks Chelsea for writing this book!

2.  Rich Roll.  Rich is an ultra endurance vegan athlete that I have been following for years.  When I look back on 2015 I see that his podcasts, books, and social media have had a huge impact on me and the choices I have made in my life this year.

3.  Kyle Kozak!  Aka. my partner in crime, best friend, soul mate, and life time lover!  Haha.  They say that a relationship exposes the most vulnerabilities, insecurities, habits, etc. within yourself, and so I am required to put Kyle in the answer to question #7!  To say he hasn’t had a big impact on me this year would be a lie.  This year through Kyle, and our relationship I have learned a great amount about trust, commitment, loyalty, honesty, hard work, dedication, support, marriage, being vulnerable and authentic, unconditional love, and the importance of family.
8.  What was the biggest risk you took in 2015?

Teaching yoga and aquafit in Cuba when I had never taught either of those in my life before?  Coming back from a 10 day trip and booking two more trips within 2 days when my Visa card was trying to stop me!  Opening myself up to more conversations with people I know and strangers.  
9.  What was the biggest surprise in 2015?

A fantastic birthday present from my mom that made my life that much easier!  A few trainers at the gym leaving and recommending their clients to me.  Not being afraid to hop on a ferry and camp/hike/bike in the woods for 4 days on my own. 
10.  What important relationship improved the most in 2015?

Even though I don’t see or talk to my brother very often I feel that our relationship has improved.  As we both grow a bit older we are able to connect easier and have some better conversations then in the past!  I look forward to spending more time with him next year!
11.  What compliment would you have liked to receive in 2015?

People often comment that I am hard working, dedicated, can do anything I set my mind to, focussed, committed and proactive.  I don’t often hear “kind, caring, compassionate, loving, generous”.  It doesn’t mean I am not those things, it just means i need to show those to others more often!  Hence, the goals i have set for myself for 2016 🙂
12.  What compliment would you have liked to give in 2015?

I’ve been working on complimenting more.  It doesn’t seem to come naturally to me.  I think good things about others in my head, but very rarely does it come out.  Last year I wished I would have been more verbal about the great work my clients have put in, and how much my friends mean to me. 
13.  What else do you need to be complete in 2015?

Well, it’s over!  There’s not much I can do about that now.  To be honest though, I feel 2015 was very complete, and one of my best years yet.  I look forward to evolving and growing on this journey further in 2016.  

In terms of planning for 2016 here is the guideline I follow for goal setting:

  •  I am not going to write them all for you to see here 🙂  But here is a preview!

Personal Goals
–  Health (Make my own beauty products, cook at least twice in the week).
–  Fitness ((do a triathlon, tough mudder, and Gran Fondo)
–  Emotional Intelligence (continuing to work on arguing with that darn critic in my mind, being light in social situations).
–  Spirituality (Continue to explore the new avenue and community we have found in Vancouver).

Professional Goals
–  Impact(stay true to my belief systems, and continue to promote lifestyle, nutrition, and sustainable fitness changes).
–  Financial- Keep up the good work from 2015!
–  Projects (teaching at Rhodes wellness college, starting a mobility class, sharing more on social media).
–  Continuing Education (taking the yoga tune up course, Kettlebell course)

Relationship Goals

  •  Continue to explore fun, adventure, passion, intimacy, vulnerability, planning, saving, commitment, and making it easy.

Travel Goals

  •  Pemberton hot springs, weekend showshoe at Elfin lakes, hiking the West Coast Trail, wedding in Ontario, Broken Island kayak trip, road trip down the Oregan Coast, Disneyland with Jill, Girls trip somewhere exciting, and New Zealand next Fall.

Acts of Service Goals

  •  Continue to volunteer at the soup kitchen, with the rock climbing program, think ahead for birthday’s and special occasions, organize a blanket drive, foster animals, look into less food waste from restaurants and grocery stores.

So that’s all folks!  I’d love to hear what you have reflected on and planned.

Also- what are you interested in learning about in my blog for 2016??

 

Katherine

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