2013 Goals

Holly Would If She Could - 2013 Goals

I wasn’t sure whether or not I would set any goals this year. Can you believe those words even came out of my mouth? The thing is, I want 2013 to be the year that I am PRESENT and goal setting, while super duper awesome can be the gateway drug to living in the future (for me!)

But the other big thing that goal setting gives me is a compass. It is a list of things that guide my way, and I reminded myself that they do not need to be set in stone. They can evolve. They can get bigger. They can get smaller. And I can base all of that on what I’m doing and how I’m living IN THE PRESENT.

So I did end up making an awesome list, and it’s just some things I’ve got kicking around in my head RIGHT NOW in the areas I want to focus on: Fitness, Fun, Relationships, My Jobs, and this Blog. I reserve the right to update it when and if the time seems right.

Fitness Goals

*Train for and run The Relay Did I really sign up for this. Yes, yes I did. Oh lordy!
*Run another half marathon And beat my old time, obviously.
*Continue CrossFit 4-5 per week Can’t live without it. This is year three. I can’t even believe that.
*Do a pull up. By yourself. Without a band. One of these days I’ll get there.
*Map out a plan to improve your lifting technique Buy a book, take a class, play around at open gym more…WHO KNOWS?
*If you have time, incorporate some yoga for mobility

Fun + Relationships

*Get married And do it without Pinterest Pressure
*Keep up with The Great Skincare Experiment and transition to 100% Natural Skincare
*Get professional photos taken with Garrett again
*Plan a weekend away with girlfriends
*Read 50 books
*Do another year of Project Life It’s so damn easy.
*Write one hand written note per month Birthday cards, Thank You Notes, Letters to Say Hello. Just do it.
*See a city with Garrett that is new to both of us!
*Document your outfits more in an effort to dress better at work
*Stop bringing/prepping so much food at parties Garrett suggested this one. Ha! So it’s on the list.
*Take a Butchering class
*Update home decor If you feel like it and have time

Professional + Blogging Goals

*Do more public speaking I really love doing this. Do you hear me, Universe?
*Write a cookbook I am proud of Garrett + I are having fun doing this right now. But how big of a priority this will be for 2013 remains to be seen.
*Post 52 new recipes to the blog I posted 21 new recipes last year, so this year I need to step up my game! ๐Ÿ™‚
*Redesign website I’m all ears for suggestions on this. Do you know someone who does stellar work? Talk to me.
*Start a sponsorship/advertising program that builds community The business of blogging is a touchy subject. I want to figure out a way to have ads on this blog that are HELPFUL, not just profitable. Like what if it was awesome information people actually wanted. This challenge appeals to the connector in me.
*Meet more blog readers/bloggers I met A LOT of fellow bloggers this year and man, that is so FUN to share a totally awesome hobby. More, please.
*Be a better blog commenter Every single comment I receive on this blog literally makes my day. So I want to remember that when I’m reading something and think to myself “Oh, what I have to say doesn’t matter. I don’t need to comment.”


And the thing I want to keep in mind all year long:

Its ok to be happy with a calm life

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24 Responses to 2013 Goals

  1. Jen says:

    Holly, you’re so amazing and I really enjoy reading your blog. I just wanted to wish you a happy new year. All the best for 2013!

  2. sizzle says:

    You’re so kick ass. Thanks for keeping me inspired in 2012! I look forward to following your upcoming year. I hope it brings you much joy and love. Don’t let Pinterest suck you down when it comes to wedding planning. It can be super helpful and super debilitating. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Holly says:

      I hope you know I plan to pick the hell out of your brain when it comes to wedding planning. ๐Ÿ™‚ You have no choice, I’m sorry. hehe

  3. Love these!

    You are so right about the commenting on blogs. I am so appreciative for the feedback when someone takes the time to comment on my blog. So, I’m going to join you on that goal too Holly! Starting now ๐Ÿ™‚

    (And if you are ever in Colorado again and want to meet a local blogger, shoot me a note!)

    • Holly says:

      I know, right? So easy, yet I talk myself out of it a lot, which is just lame. As for Colorado, I hope to be there again this year, so for sure we will do it!

      • Cami Sebern says:

        Happy New Year Holly,

        Started my 2nd Whole 30 toady, will be using you and your words of wisdom for daily inspiration.
        And yes to Colorado, I really want to have another amazing event and we can’t even imagine doing it without you, so look for emails asking for dates that might work for you and also if you have any helpful event planning resources we will expect you to share!


        • Holly says:

          Thanks Cami!

          I feel I left a little piece of my heart in Estes Park this year. It is on our destination list no matter what this year, but it would be so fun to do another great event. I’m open to helping in any way I can! Happy New Year, lady…to you and your family! xo

  4. Elyse says:

    “Improve lifting techique” I second that!! When it comes to lifting my brain is like a Rubik’s cube. I’ll get my hand and foot placement correct one day but then totally forget to take a deep breath and stabilize my core. Would love some book recommendations or better yet blog postings on this topic! Best of luck in 2013!!!

    • Holly says:

      Well I will see what I find. A rubik’s cube is a great analogy. It is something I REALLY enjoy so I figure I may as well try and get good at it this year. lol

  5. sizzle says:

    I look forward to it! Ask away and I can’t wait for the I’M ENGAGED post. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Maggie says:

    I love this — you are such an inspiration! And I’m right there with you on getting an unassisted pull-up this year. Just thinking about getting my chin over the bar using only my own strength makes me giddy lol. Good luck with all your goals and thanks for sharing them with us!

  7. Beth says:

    THE RELAY!!! I did this in 2010 with a bunch of coworkers (we’re consultants – intense people who love to be in each other’s business, so it wasn’t that weird) and it is my favorite running experience EVER. I’m jealous and now thinking about adding it to my 2013 calendar.

    Also, Pinterest is great for wedding ideas, but once you’ve made all the big decisions GET OFF OF IT. It will make you second guess everything.

  8. Mandy says:

    Hi! I’ve been following your blog in my RSS feed for about 6 months, but I’ve never commented before! I love your goal list, it’s inspiring me to make my own for this year, with more concrete steps than I would usually lay out. I thought I would throw out Parisleaf Design for your website update- the owners are super kind and helpful people, and they do some fantastic design work. Their website is http://www.parisleaf.com, they have a lot ot their portfolio available there. Thanks for the helpful and entertaining posts!

    • Holly says:

      Thanks for the info, Mandy! And good luck with your own goals! (And thanks for the comment…haha!)

  9. LOVE this list – It inspires me to write down more lists!

  10. Lori says:

    I’m a new comer to your blog but I love it! I love the tone of your writing and your honesty most of all. I also can’t agree more with the wedding minus the Pinterest pressure. While I love me some Pinterest, I definitely think it can sometimes do more harm than good. Love all of your goals and really like that term over resolutions!

  11. Tiffany says:

    Holly, I totally cyberstalk your blog regularly and yesterday’s post and today’s made me think about my own goals and lack of success from the past year. I stood on the scale this morning and I am starting 2013 at the exact same weight I started 2012. So I thought about it and thought I would share my goals. Thanks for inspiring me to write them down.

    2013 goals:

    1. Head back to Weight Watchers. I know in the Cult of CrossFit, WW is like the ugly stepsister of Paleo covered in warts that no one wants to hangout with. Personally, I like the combination of the two programs. Using WW progam with WW accountability and Paleo foods. That’s going to be my dietary focus for 2013.

    2. Start thinking inside the Box. Working out consistently 4 days a week, including MONDAYS. Seriously, I donโ€™t remember the last time I went to the Box on a Monday night (when we do squat strength work in addition to the Met Con) and my squats certainly suffer for it! But more importantly, BE present and thinking in the moment when I am there. Donโ€™t just suffer through the WOD to get through the WOD. Focus on what I am doing and why. This may make my times slower and the weights used lighter but in the end, I think it will make me better and will hopefully help me with the CrossFit burnout I feel like I am currently struggling with. I like being strong and I love the people that are there that help me.

    3. Spending more quality time with friends. Iโ€™ve got a bunch of amazing people in my life and unfortunately, I often let โ€œmy lifeโ€ stop me from seeing them. This year, I plan to schedule at least one dinner a month with friends that donโ€™t live in my city (this is SoCal, no one lives that far away!). Iโ€™d also like to start hosting regular game nights.

    4. Get married and do so without going broke, going crazy, or going overboard.

    5. Find satisfaction at work. Whether it be in a new job, a new assignment, or just remembering what I like about what I currently do for 10+ hours a day, 4 days a week. Iโ€™m open and will seek the positive.

    Cheers to a wonderful new year to you!

    • Holly says:

      Such good goals, friend! And big ones too! Best of luck and if I can do anything to support ya, you let me know! Happy New Year!

  12. Rebecca (Bearca) says:

    Holly, I love the way you document your goals and manage to be both inspirational and real at the same time. It’s so great and so refreshing. xoxo

  13. K says:

    One of the things I like most about you is how WELL-ROUNDED you are and continually strive to be. It’s just terribly impressive and I think is something so many people lose sight of.

    Wishing you all the lovely things in 2013.

  14. bethanyrx says:

    Hols, I love this list! I haven’t been much of a goal-setter in recent years (basically trying to survive the big changes like get married, do the nutso-house-remodel, live-out-of-boxes-for-three-years thing), but I’ve read enough goal-oriented blog posts in the past week or so to really get me thinking about my goals as an individual as well as our goals as a family. I don’t have them written down on paper yet, per se, but they’re definitely swirling around and taking shape in my brain. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy New Year! xoxo

  15. Diana says:

    Looks like a great list of goals.

  16. Phoebe says:

    I am new to your blog. Love it! Looking fwd to following your whole 30. I am starting a whole 60 on Monday! You will keep me inspired.
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