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2018 Goals

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I’m not going to lie, traveling has me totally thrown off with dates. I’m not complaining, I just keep thinking it’s the first week of January when it’s almost the third! Time is weird.

So that means that this goals post is coming to you later than most other bloggers’ but it’s also given me time to think through what my goals are.

I love the idea of a guiding word or two for your year — and I’ve arrived on gentle and focus.

Gentle: I’m so hard on myself in a lot of ways. Watching my mom get diagnosed and die of cancer (in addition to all the other crap that happened to me in 2017) was obviously a lot on me emotionally, so I’m trying really hard to be gentle with myself.

Focus: After spending basically two straight years worrying about and then/now grieving over my mom, I let a lot of my own goals fall to the wayside. I know I can be a little gerbil-like, though — I have so many things I want to do!! — so I am attempting to focus down to a few.

1. Get my personal trainer certification. 

Omg, I’m sick of me saying this too — I’ve been saying it for years. But I finally have the test scheduled for late February. I just need to sit my ass down and study, and luckily my BFF is a physical therapy professor, so she’s going to help me with the anatomy. (I also bought this anatomy coloring book per a recommendation from Heather’s blog.)

2. Develop my business(es?)

Right now, I really want to be self-employed. My job gave me a lot of flexibility when my mom was sick, and even though that was for a crappy reason, I came to value it. Right now, my ideal work situation (please refer back to gerbil comment) is doing a few things: social media/blog consulting, freelance writing and running/fitness coaching. (Shameless plug: I’m at if you need running coaching or social media/blog help! You can learn more about run coaching here and my social media/blog consulting here.)

3. Write, write, write.

After living solely in the short-form (hello 140 characters!) game for quite a few years professionally, losing my mom and my job has  helped me re-embrace my identity as a writer. I have three writing goals.

3a. Write. every. damn. day. I consider myself half morning person. I’m so much better than I used to be, and I certainly get up earlier than I used to, but I still hit snooze every day (I know, I know) and am useless until I get my coffee (don’t you dare say a word about giving it up.) So, I try to write in the morning…but it’s usually shit. That said, I want to write nearly every day to stay in practice, and because I never know what will come up that I might want to come back to, either for myself or to try to get published.

3b. Which is a great segue to these next two goals. More bylines! I want to increase the names in my portfolio. Should you happen to be an assigning editor reading… I write about health and fitness, most specifically running and mental health, and also grief. (Write what you know, or something.)

3c. Write a damn book proposal. I have wanted to write a book my entire life and have been scared of writing a proposal. I’ll never get rejected if I don’t try it, right? Well, after all the shit that happened in 2017, what’s a little rejection? (If you’re reading and an agent…) I’m doing the free Blogger to Book ecourse to help me narrow my focus.

4. Lose ~15 pounds.

If I look on my MyFitnessPal graph, I’ve gained 15 pounds since my mom got diagnosed. (What’s emotional eating?!) I would love to get back to the weight I was when she got sick, but more importantly, I want to be able to fit into my clothes and feel more confident in my body again. I’m giving myself all year to reach this goal. For now, what that’s meaning for me is eating closer to Paleo (that’s what’s worked best for me in the past) and doing what a friend calls “Damp January.” So, not Dry January…but less boozy. I’m also focusing more on strength training in conjunction with my running — going to both Uplift (disclaimer: free because I’m working with them on social media) and Orangetheory.

5. PR in some race distance.

I’d love for this new focus on strength + running to result in a PR. Ideally the half, but I know that’s pretty ambitious right now, so I’ll take any distance. (Maybe 15K or 10-miler; that’s my slowest-paced race PR right now.)

Y tu? What are your goals?

Happy 2018!


I made it to 2018!!! For most of 2017, it really didn’t feel like that would ever happen, but here we are 🙂

I’m going to write a few more posts on my trip (for real, I think I always say this and never actually do…but, I am putting a renewed focus on my blog as part of better focusing on what brings me happiness and fulfillment this year) in the coming weeks, but I wanted to say hi and share a few pics. Let me know if there’s anything specifically you’d like to hear more about!


New Year's Rio

We were in Rio de Janeiro for New Year’s and flew out on New Year’s Day on 6:45am after dancing on Copacabana Beach (yeah, that was a fun flight.) This is a real picture — the sky was legit that pink with the fireworks. We laughed, we danced, and I can’t think of a better way to end a terrible year. And yes, I was excited for an excuse to buy a white Lilly dress.


Peru was my favorite part of the trip, and it’s not just because of the llamas, though that doesn’t hurt.

Inca Ruins Ollyantaytambo

Though it was actually sunny here…Peru reminded me a bit of Ireland: verdant, lush and moody. We stayed in the town of Ollantaytambo, one of the last remaining Inca cities, and SUCH a cute town. It was about a two-hour train ride from Machu Picchu, and it was adorably charming, and a great base for the trip to Machu Picchu (which ended up being a bit more logistically difficult than we’d realized.)

Machu Picchu

To say Machu Picchu was breathtaking is an understatement. To be honest, that afternoon, I felt a bit underwhelmed afterwards, but looking back, I’m reminded of the beauty, how lucky we are it was found, and how lucky we were to see it. (I think I was just exhausted and fighting the altitude then…)


Also, llamas. Yes, I was in heaven.


If you follow me on Instagram (@theodorable), you’re aware of our travel drama at the end of the trip. The super short version: we were supposed to fly from Cusco to Lima to Bogota to JFK to get home. An annoying itinerary, but it was the right price… well, our three-hour layover in Bogota turned into being stuck there for four days.

Bogota Monserrate

So long as we were there, we decided to make the best of it and see the city! Our first order of business was Monserrate, which gave us these amazing views of the city. 

Tell me: worst travel drama story or how you spent this New Year’s!