The time leading up to the new year is always exciting for me. It’s when I allow myself some time to reflect on the successes of the closing year, what worked and did not work, and a focus for the upcoming year.
My plan for this year (which is similar to others years) is to think of what would fuel me on a personal and emotional level. From there, I can make a declaration of how I want the year to go, after which I can create action items to ensure that the year aligns with the declared theme.
In 2014, I had many things zipping through my mind, and it showed: I dabbled in Beachbody coaching, ran a fitness challenge group, enrolled in life coaching, started and did not finish a bunch of online classes, revamped the blog and took on many digital projects that didn’t get finished, travelled to the World Domination Summit in search of inspiration, and explored travel hacking. Too many interests. Perhaps too many goals.
In any case, it’s a brand new year! As I write this, it’s January 1. I’m sitting at a café in Kathmandu. There’s a buzz of local and international folks working on projects, planning their next trips, or having conversations. I can’t help but feel inspired about the year ahead. 2015 will be the “Year of the Mountain”, as well as a more confident me. The themes will be…
My plan is to focus on mountains this year. Having a setback at Everest Base Camp has fuelled me that much more to pursue my passion of the outdoors and growing interest in alpinism to new levels. More mountains. More hiking. More scrambles. More trekking. More backpacking. Learning safety in the mountains. It’s time to get out of my comfort zone.
Introspection and Improvement
In the last few days I’ve read more than I have all year. There are a number of books that I would love to tackle: Explorers of the Infinite; A Man’s Search for Meaning; The 4-hour Work Week… to name a few. I also plan to focus on blogging content. As usual, the blog will be a place to account for my actions and adventures, but it’s also time to take it back to a more personal space. Content and journaling. I know this approach has helped me make sense of and come to terms with the EBC situation in the last few days, and I want the momentum to continue.
Arriving in Nepal was like a punch to the face. I’m not referring to the sights and smells and noise of the Kathmandu craze. The punch to the face was the realization that I need to travel more. Here I was in Nepal, not knowing much of anything about the country… and I loved the feeling. There’s just too many places out there. First: figure out a way to manage this zest for travel with the new projects at work. Then, go. Go travel. Travel more.
This will be another year of pushing my body to new heights and making fitness a priority. Beachbody will play a role, of course. I was debating between another round of Body Beast and weight training, vs. the athleticism and flexibility found in programs like P90X3… until I realized that I’ll just do it all and become well-rounded. I’m also open to exploring other ways to keep fit.
Writing those 4 over-arching themes already has me excited about the year to come. Let’s make 2015 the best year yet!