Happy New Year, friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend celebrating exactly the way you wanted to ring in 2017. I’ve done the range of celebrations over the years – house parties, quieter nights, fancy bars, dive bars, and sometimes crashing way before midnight. This year I opted for the dive bar party and it was probably the most fun I’ve had all year long.
Rewinding back to Saturday morning first – we had the biggest turnout for Nomadic Run Crew yet so I was on a high all day from that. It’s been awesome to see this group from 20 people just 2 months ago to more than 50 now. I’m also getting to know Boston even better because we plan a different route each week. Who knew Boston had so many cool murals?
I had the day off after Run Crew so I grabbed breakfast with a few people then relaxed at home the rest the afternoon. I knew it was going to be a late night and am under no delusion that I have a respectable going out endurance.
A few friends rented out one floor of a local bar with a Motown cover band and DJ included. It was a pretty easy decision given the cheap drinks, great music, convenient location, and most of my favorite people in one place. We had a professional photographer capturing the whole night too so let’s just say I’m both excited and scared to see those photos. Hi, tequila.
I was one of the last people to leave the bar (very rare occurrence) and somehow still managed to pull myself out to bed to meet friends for the stadium Sunday morning. It’s amazing what you’ll do to spend time with friends who aren’t in town very often.
It was the least athletic performance in stadium history but still so glad I showed up.
We all headed to brunch at Back Bay Social afterwards and lingered for hours thanks to bottomless coffee and nowhere to be. It’s so rare now to get a weekend day off, let alone a day that everyone was on the same page to move slowly and enjoy each other’s company. I wouldn’t have changed one thing about the weekend.
So, now that 2016 is fully recapped, let’s look ahead to 2017. My wonderful friend, Christine, has this annual tradition where you write a letter to the new year and she circulates them once the year has passed. I read my letter to 2016 this weekend and felt a swift kick to my gut when I read the line about having faith in my relationship. But once that passed I felt gratitude because I know deep down that I’m in a better place than I was this time last year.
When I wrote last year’s letter, I felt exhausted and beaten down after one chaotic year with two cross country moves and everything that came with those major changes. My hope for 2016 was stability if that’s any indication how lost I felt. While I wouldn’t exactly say 2016 was stable, I somehow still came out the other end grounded. I trust my gut, I believe in my resiliency, and I’m proud that I made tough decisions to land here.
So now I’m craving adventures in 2017. I’m strong, I’m stable, and I’m a hell of a lot more courageous this time around. Maybe my adventures will be traveling – perhaps a solo international trip or quick weekends away exploring new cities. Maybe it will be saying yes to more things – whether that’s a random Tuesday night concert or skipping the party that “everyone is going to” so I can say yes to my intuition that tells me to rest.
This month has been wild but I have no regrets. I learned that it’s ok to leap outside your comfort zone, call wine and cheese dinner every now and then, talk to strangers, go through your day not feeling 100%, and laugh so loudly people turn heads. And it’s ok to rest. I never thought I’d end 2016 without running one mile in November and December, but it’s been powerful to see what happens when you truly slow down.
Now in terms of resolutions – I try to set goals constantly but I do love all the positive energy and encouragement to dream big with the new year. Here are a few of my more specific goals looking ahead:
Career & Financial
- Hit 100 people at Nomadic Run Crew.
- Match last year’s sales during the Boston Marathon month.
- Develop 3 new brand partnerships.
- Launch a Janji pop-up in another city.
- Speak at three industry events. Side note: My first one will be in a few weeks. Details here for any locals reading!
- Create a monthly budget and keep track of spending.
- Set aside money each month for a dog.
- Strength train 2-3 times a week.
- Return to running patiently, diligently, and kindly.
- PR in the 5k and half marathon. Assess marathon goals when my foot fully heals.
- PR at the stadium by June.
- PR at the hills by September.
- Take Vitamin D, iron and magnesium supplements daily.
- Write everyday.
- Establish a consistent meditation practice.
- Visit my niece at least once a season.
- Travel to three new cities this year.
- Pick up the phone to reconnect with old friends. Remind myself that texting isn’t enough.
- Spend a week at the beach with my dad. Make time for vacations.
- Love fearlessly. Make sure my family knows I love them, tell my old friends how important they are to me, welcome new friends into my tribe, and embrace the beautiful mess of dating for the first time in a few years.
I think that’s all I have for now. I’m sure this list will grow wildly over the year but we have to start somewhere. Now your turn – what are your goals for 2017? Have a great night, friends!