Possibility | Katie Proctor

That’s the word I keep coming back to when I imagine my life in 2016. I’ve said before that I don’t think New Year’s resolutions {or wishes, or intentions, or whatever you want to call them} are a bad thing. Of course, you should always be evaluating what you want out of life and taking steps TODAY to reach them. But why not think longer-term?

2016 is also the year I turn the big 3-0, and it’s funny looking back on my Thirty Before 30 list, because quite frankly some of those things just aren’t important to me anymore. I’m still going to check a few more off, but I have new goals I want to focus on. Things that really resonate with where I am today, and where I’m headed.

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  1. Start the debt snowball. Friends and family have been encouraging us to read Dave Ramsey for awhile now, and the church we go to {off and on} holds a Financial Peace University course every few months. We’ve never committed due to scheduling, but after reading this entire book on the drive from Kansas to Colorado this past Sunday, we’re ready to go all in. I might just invest in the self-study materials so we can work our way through it at home, but it would be nice to meet some other young couples who have similar beliefs. I’ve already heard some great testimonials from friends and family, so I’m really excited to see where this will take us. #gazellestatus
  2. “Tidy up” and simplify our household. Another book I read, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” has inspired me to significantly reduce our belongings so that we retain only items that truly bring us joy, rather than clutter up our space. I’m really not into “things”, so I think this will be freeing. One of my biggest takeaways from the book was not to feel bad about getting rid of something, because it’s already served its purpose, whether it was making me happy during a difficult time or a reminder of my childhood. It doesn’t mean I need to keep it forever {especially, if I’m just going to stuff it away for another 10 years}. If I start to talk about minimalism a little on the blog, don’t freak out. I’m not moving into a tiny house. Yet…
  3. Complete a sprint triathlon. This one is a big, scary goal for me because I just have no idea what to expect. But I like that because it means I’m truly challenging myself in a new and different way. We’re going to do the race {and the shorter, sprint course} in Steamboat Springs next summer. Anyone else want to join?
  4. Nail a handstand while deepening my yoga practice. One of the things that truly terrifies me is the thought of going upside down, mostly because I feel out of control. But the benefits of inversions can’t be denied, and so I want to conquer this fear and be ABLE to control my handstands. A few months ago, I did my first headstand in a private class and it felt amazing. I just know I need a little confidence boost {and practice} to get going, so I will be enrolling in the spring session of The Handstand School. Pretty excited about this one!
  5. Dial in my nutrition and focus on my macros. Pretty self-explanatory, but if not – read this post.
  6. Climb my first 14er. Yeah, I’ve lived in Colorado 3 years and still haven’t done it. Maybe I’ll even get crazy and do DeCaLiBro to bag 4 in a day!
  7. Give more freely of myself and help others grow. This one is really important to me. For a long time, I’ve lived in a “me” focused world. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. But I so often live with blinders on that I don’t notice what’s going on around me or how I can truly love and serve others. As a leader with a team of my own now, I’m going to be incredibly focused on OTHERS and helping them grow. This goes for all of my personal relationships, too.
  8. Write weekly. Maybe on the blog, but maybe not. Sometimes I may just write a sentence in my Wellness in One Line a Day journal. Others, I may write more in-depth on social media. All I know is that writing is an amazing creative outlet for me, as long as I don’t put too much pressure on myself to make it “perfect”. Better done, than perfect, I’ll say.
  9. Take the bus more often. I’m tired of wasting 2+ hours a day on my commute. I’m going to turn that time into productive time, even if it means I have to get a little creative about my route or spend some money parking downtown a few days a week. Dave Ramsey will understand my sanity is at sake, here.
  10. Work smarter, not harder. See above, but also, life is meant to be LIVED. I’m going to be more efficient with my time and energy so I can spend the rest of it doing things I truly LOVE. Sometimes that includes my health & nutrition work, and sometimes it doesn’t. Work-life integration is the name of the game, but I’m the one in charge – not my schedule.

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What are YOU focusing on in 2016?

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