Twenty eight. 28. I am 28. Still getting used to saying that! I will recap on last night a little later, but I will say that I had the best time. The headache I have right now? Yeah, not such a great time, but that’s ok!
I am not big on setting goals, mostly because with my personality, if I set a goal and don’t accomplish it, I will be so hard on myself. I lose sight of the whole purpose of why goals are made and end up focusing solely on whether or not I can do it, which kind of defeats the purpose of making a goal, right? So instead, I try to think about things I might want to accomplish this year and go with that. But this year, before I do that, I want to take a second to reflect on the past year. I often focus too much on all of the things I WANT to do and things I haven’t done yet and forget to acknowledge all of the accomplishments that I’ve made, so today I am going to change that. I am going to look back on my 27th year and feel grateful for everything I have done. I know I am forgetting some things, but here are the big highlights from last year:
- I started Burpees to Bubbly! I have been reading healthy living/fitness blogs for years and years and never really had the urge to start one, only because I was afraid no one would like it. I was also afraid that I would get too obsessed with it and with posting on a regular schedule and, in turn, it would become a chore rather than a source of enjoyment. So far, so good. I feel frustrated at times because I want to be a huge blog, but I try to remind myself that I have only been doing this for a few months and it’s all about baby steps. I’m still working on finding my “groove,” but I have had fun thus far experimenting with post styles and topics and can’t wait to do more of it this year.
- I got my AFAA certification and started teaching fitness classes. I have been an avid class-goer for as long as I can remember and now that I am finally teaching my own classes, I wonder why I waited so long to start. I like to think I am making up for lost time when I cram in teaching 6 or 7 classes in a week, but more recently I realized there is no need for that. I am still learning how to say “no” when people ask me to sub or take on new classes, and although I am still not great at this, I think I am getting better. Recently, I let got of some classes in order to free up some of my time and even though it was hard to do, I think it was a smart choice. I was feeling overwhelmed and frustrated that I didn’t have time to GO to any classes. I was bored with all the workouts I was teaching and wanted to go to classes to get new material, but teaching 5 or 6 days a week, I didn’t have time. Now that I have more days off from teaching, I am excited to “gym hop” and try out new classes and new instructors. This year, I am also excited to go to more conferences and trainings so I can learn about new types of workouts and exercises and become more involved in the fitness community.
- I was promoted at my “real” job. I don’t talk about my real job much on the blog, but I am very grateful for it. Not only does it pay my bills, but it gives me incredible flexibility which allows me to teach classes:) I also get to travel because of my job, which has its ups and downs, but most of the time it’s fun to have a chance to have a change of scenery and get out of town for a bit. I also work with really great and fun people (even though my bestie, JP, got a new job and won’t be there anymore), which makes going into the office better.
- I’ve become more financially stable. For years I was spending more than I was making and I have spent the last year or so trying to pay off that debt. I am finally debt free (well, besides school loans) and looking forward to building up a savings so that I can be a responsible 28 year old. I am also going to move into my own place in September, so I need to save up for that. Having extra income from teaching has been awesome. Not only is it great to get paid to workout and do something I love, but having “extra” money every two weeks is amazing!
- I have made a conscious effort to try to relax and slow down. Obviously, this is still a HUGE work in progress and is one of my biggest challenges, but I really am trying to be better. I have treated myself with spa days and meals out and have been easier on myself if I don’t get all my things done that I think I “need” to do done. Like I said, I have my good days/weeks with this, but I think being actively aware of my issues and trying to fix them is a step in the right direction.
Well, there you have it! Granted, these are just some of the things I am proud of myself for, but since they are the bigger ones, I thought those were the good ones to list out. This year I want to be more mindful of my accomplishments- no matter how big or small they are- because I shouldn’t wait until my birthday to pat myself on the back for things I do on a daily basis, right?
Here is to 28 and officially being in my “late” 20’s. I’m excited for what is in store for this year and I hope that you all stick around with me as I share my journey via Burpees to Bubbly.
Questions for you: Tell me- what is something you are proud of accomplishing over the past year? Do you like to make goals?
14 thoughts on “Twenty Eight”
I love this post!! I’m so proud of all that you have accomplished! One thing that was huge for me that I was very proud of was graduating from Boston College. I had encountered some significant medical challenges and had to take (yes, 3) leaves of absences (I deferred my admission, then left a month after the first semester, and again my junior year). It was the hardest thing to keep going back, but I was determined that I could do it. It was hard, because I was working 2 jobs and babysitting, volunteered about 8 hours a week, had a clinical psych internship, and was applying to full time volunteer positions. I ended up overloading one semester senior year with 6 courses as opposed to my friends who had 4, but I had my highest GPA. I graduated in May, and that was the most monumental day thus far in my life, marking much more than passed classes and an undergraduate experience 🙂
that’s an incredible accomplishment!! Congrats, and congrats for getting accepted into grad school!!
Happy bday Monique! Hope you have many more filled with good health and happiness!
I love this post! I always like to ask people if they’ve accomplished everything theyve wanted to the past year on their birthdays. Sometimes we get caught up in always looking and wanting the next best thing but so important to reflect on what you’ve accomplished. You’ve done so many great things- I’m so proud of you! Happy birthday!!
thanks, Jess!I am totally guilty of getting caught up in thinking about the “next thing” so it was nice to take some time today and look back on all that I did last year! happy birthday to you, too:)
Happy Birthday, My Girl! As I held a newborn today, it brought back wonderful memories of the day YOU were born! I’m so proud of you, and what you have accomplished. Love you! Mom
Yay, happy 28 and happy year of successes! 🙂
Look how much you’ve accomplished in just one year! Amazing! Happy 28, it’s going to be a great one 🙂 missing you!
thank you!!! miss you too!