Whew! It’s here! The end of 2018. This year flew by and it’s crazy to think that tomorrow we enter 2019. So much has happened this year I don’t even know where to begin. Tomorrow I’m going to reflect on the past 100 Days (as I’ve been doing a challenge– in case you’re new here) but for today I want to reflect on all that happened this year.
There was a lot of good (hello 30!) and some not so good (goodbye chipped tooth!) but overall I’d say it was a year of growth, learning, and love.
I encourage you all to look on the past year and remember & reflect on what happened. I tell my clients all the time to not only focus on the day to day but to focus more on the month to month and year as a whole. I, myself, am always surprised at how far I’ve come in one year. As they (whoever they are) say, the days are long and the years are short, enjoy them!
Here’s a few things that happened this year that made 2018, well, 2018!
1st (& 2nd, & 3rd, & 4th) CrossFit Competition
I have been doing CrossFit for 6 years and this was the first year I decided I would compete. Then I decided 3 more times after that time that I would compete. I had a blast and even won one of the competition with my swole friend Laura.
Designed to Fit Nutrition is No More
This was the year I decided to go 100% on my own. One of the major reasons for that was that Designed to Fit Nutrition, the meal planning company I had been working with shut it’s doors. It was either find a new job or go off on my own completely (minus CrossFit coaching of course). I was sad to close that chapter, but happy to offer meal planning on my own.
Turning 30 may have been one of the best things that ever happened to me. For one thing it gave me an excuse to hang out with all of my best friends. For another thing it gave me the freedom to be more me than I’ve been in a long time. I’m excited to see what my 30s hold, bring it on.
Feel free to learn more things about me in my post about turning 30 here.
This was hands down one of my favorite trips ever. I have memories (and ridiculous photos) to last me a life time. I’m so thankful for all the friendships I’ve made over the years and to be able to spend my 30th birthday with those ladies in a brand new city was amazing. We ate, danced, sang, and laughed our hearts out and i’m not sure Austin will ever be the same.
CrossFit Level 2 Certification
I’ve been coaching CrossFit for about 4 years. It was time to upgrade from a Level 1 to a Level 2 this year. The Certification gave me a LOT to think about. It made me realize how far I’ve come and far I have to go both in my own athletic feats and in my coaching abilities.
Expo East was amazing because I got to try out so much food and meet so many brands. I think my favorite part though was that I got to connect with some other movers & shakers in the industry. I’m excited to continue to connect with others in the industry and hope to work with more brands in the New Year!
I’m not sure I’ve ever had this much fun without a voice! I got sick on this trip but that didn’t stop me from hanging out with some amazing dietitians and brands. Thanks to 88 Acres I was able to try new foods, learn new science, and connect with others in the industry.
Never, ever, ever stop learning! This year I went out of my comfort zone and learned some new skills! Can’t wait to see what skills are to come in 2019. In 2018 I learned to pole dance, curl, make sushi, and more!
Nine Pin 26’er (almost)
Me and my friends set out to complete the Nine Pin Cider 26’er challenge and after this week we’ll be officially 26’ers. When we started I wasn’t sure we’d be able to complete it but, here we are at the end of 2018 and only 1 cider to go! Pretty proud of us.
Favorite Blog Post
It was hard to narrow it down, but the one post that sticks out the most to me is the one that got the most traction and stirred the pot! I used 2018 as a year to speak up and out about my thoughts on macros and caloric deficits. I am in an industry where people want to have 6 packs and health, the thing is many times 6 packs are gained through the opposite of health and I want the caloric deficit way of gaining aesthetics to die. So, if you want to learn my thoughts on the matter, check it out for yourself!
Death to the 1,200 Calorie Mentality
Favorite Recipe Post
This year I tried out so many recipes. Many of them made it on here, many did not. Some are worthy of posting (stay tuned) and others, not so much! If I had to pick ONE favorite recipe post, it would have to go to an Instant Pot recipe of course, the winner is?!…
Instant Pot Mongolian Beef
Girls Gone WOD Podcast Episode 274
I had a blast being on some amazing podcasts this year but this Girls Gone WOD one stands out the most. I loved being able to real talk with these ladies and am so thankful to call them friends!
Now that 2018 is wrapping up, it’s time to set some resolutions for the New Year. I hate resolutions for the most part but I want to at least give myself some direction for 2019. As I stated earlier this week, I have 2 themes for the year: Focus & Connection. With those 2 themes in mind, there are a few things I’m hopeful for this coming year.
These are more just things I hope to get to in 2019 but are by no means goals that if I don’t hit I have to feel shame or guilt over. I encourage you to think on what your resolutions are and what you want to see, do, think, dream more of in 2019.
Travel to New Places
I love exploring new places. I want to discover some new places this year. Any suggestions? Let me know.
I have approximately 10 books on my coffee table that are ready to be read. I want to make more time for reading this year, game on.
I sometimes stink at planning so I’m hoping this year I can get a bit better at planning ahead. I’m not talking 5 year plan, I’m talking 5 hour ahead plan, you know?!
Drink More Water
I drink coffee all day long but forget to drink water. Yes, I have 4 water bottles with me at all times but sometimes that’s just for comfort and I forget to drink said water. This year, drink the dang water Sassy, it’s good for you.
Continue with Confidence
I’ve gained a lot of confidence this year and I want that to continue on in 2019. Leave the shame behind and get vulnerable, that’s what Brene Brown would do after all.
If I had to have a motto for 2019, it would be “BE BIG, BE BOLD, BE YOU.”
Alrighty, now that I’ve reflected and resolved, it’s time to go relax and enjoy some down time until 2019 kicks off with a bang!
Happy New Year to you and yours!
Enjoy the celebrations and I encourage you to also reflect on the year and think about what resolutions are in store for 2019.
I’ve just starting reading your blog, and I’ve been enjoying it so much!! Since you are the Instant Pot Queen, I have a question for you. I’m considering getting an Instant Pot, but I don’t know what size to get. I have a smaller size crock pot, and I have a few recipes that fill it almost to the top. It would be nice to have something a little larger. I’m also only cooking for my boyfriend and myself and have space restrictions, so I don’t want to get something too big. That being said, what size Instant Pot do you have and do you recommend? Thanks for the help.
Laura Ligos, MBA, RD, CSSD says
I have the 6qt and think it’s plenty for me & my husband! I’m an Instant Pot lover through & through <3 let me know if you have other questions!