goals for this year


Sunday, January 26, 2014

After procrastinating and struggling with commitment, I officially present my goals for 2014.  I'm posting them here strictly for accountability and hopefully I'll report back throughout the year as I cross them off the list.

  • Finish the Flying Pig Half Marathon in a sub 2:15 PR. 
  • Finish a fall half marathon (yet to be chosen) in a sub 2:10 PR. 
  • Run a 5K in under 30 minutes
  • Spend this year training my body to be stronger and faster in preparation for a 2nd marathon in 2015. 
  • Hike/backpack/camp in Yosemite with friends
  • Take Wally on a weekly long hike and 3 hiking/camping trips (including Asheville, NC)
  • Solidify my identity as a Pilates instructor with a consistent, signature teaching style as well as variability in class structure (therapeutic vs beginner, intermediate, advanced)
  • Complete a Spinning certification this spring
  • Host friends at our house as least once a month
  • Nail down a budget with Brian and work towards financial freedom from student loan debt
  • Make perfectly fluffy lemon ricotta pancakes (a long time goal of mine!)
There might be more, I feel like I'm missing somethings.... to be continued (maybe). 

Reflecting on 2013


Thursday, January 9, 2014

 I know I'm a week late, but welcome to 2014.  So far this year has treated us to single digit temperatures with -25 degree wind chills, something we are not accustomed to here in southern Ohio.  Thank goodness for wool blankets/socks/hats and warm pups that like to snuggle.
Having a January birthday, I like to ease my way into goal setting and resolution building between the first of the year and my day in the middle of the month. I've been struggling with nailing down what I think will be meaningful goals for this next year, so I've decided to take a step back to reflect on 2013 before I get too caught up in the future, something I am notorious for.   So before I look forward, here's looking back on past year:
  • I turned the big 3-0 and celebrated with a houseful of friends, good wine, and a party platter from Jimmy Johns. (Along with half a dozen freak outs and crying spells, it's all good now though!)
  • I was presented with an opportunity to marry two of my professional passions, human anatomy and Pilates, to teach anatomy to teacher  trainees in the program that I graduated from. It felt so good when those pieces fell in place and a connection was made.
  • I attended my first Cincinnati Reds Opening Day.  My city opens the baseball season for the rest of the country, NBD.
  • Brian and I took Wally on his first vacation to the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina where we all enjoyed hiking and way too much delicious southern food.
  • I trained most of the year and completed my third half marathon and first full marathon, the Chicago Marathon.  One of my top five life moments for sure.
  • I spent 2 weeks in Europe with my husband of five years and still daydream of being back in London, Barcelona, and Paris.
  • This past winter I found a tumor in Wally's mouth that had to be removed through a rather invasive surgery involving the removal of part of his pallet and maxilla.  He is recovering perfectly and is so ready for his next trio to the mountains this spring.
Goodbye 2013, the year that started my third decade of life. :)

believe in Cincinnati


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

It's a sad day for Cincinnati as our city council voted 5-4 to pause construction on the federally funded streetcar project.  Hey Cincinnati, want to solidify what most of us already know to be true, that the Queen City is the best city in Ohio?  Build the streetcar.  But seriously, I'm hopeful that today's vote is just a small hurdle along the way to eventual completion of the streetcar project and a future of an accessible, connected Cincinnati.  On Sunday Brian and I met with friends for a peaceful rally in Washington park in support of the project, timed to coincide with the swearing in of our newly elected anti-streetcar mayor.  We walked the streetcar line from the park to Findlay Market and it was invigorating to feel the potential beneath our feet.  Keep your fingers crossed for us that city council doesn't let political rhetoric and uneducated assumptions about the costs of the project blow it for us all for the future.

take back black friday


Saturday, November 30, 2013

No shopping for us this "Black Friday", just a night out for Italian pizza and booze, donut dessert, and Gershwin at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.  Me falling asleep during the CSO is 100% predictable and last night was not an exception.  I think it irritates Brian but I always explain that I just feel so relaxed and meditative that I can't help but doze off.  Please tell me I'm not alone (or at least that I'm not alone in the under 75 year old crowd).

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