I’m not one for New Years Resolutions. The end of the year is a time for reflection and celebration. Instead of focusing how I want to improve myself or upgrade my life in the coming year, I much prefer to take a step back and ask “What am I most proud of these past 12 months?” As I pause to acknowledge what I’ve accomplished and how I’ve grown in this most recent trip around the sun, there are three achievements that stand out the most.
#1 – The Most Epic Launch Class EVERRRR
The first memorable moment of 2017 was a professional achievement. I’ve been a huge fan of Les Mills programs since I brought them to the Mankato area back in 2012. This past January was the long anticipated launch of the 100th release of BODYPUMP. In my 5 years of planning quarterly launches, I always knew this one was going to have to be epic. I decided we were going to host a class for 100 people in the blue gym at the Mankato YMCA (because the studio only fits about 70 people). The fact that we only had 56 sets of equipment in our possession? Minor detail.
It took months of planning and lots of heavy lifting but with the help of an amazing intern and many others – we made it happen!It was better than I envisioned and even though thousands of launches were going on around the world on the very same day to celebrate 25 years of this amazing program, I truly think ours was one of the best!
Now the only problem is; how am I going to top it? I don’t know when and I don’t know how…but I’ll find a way!
#2 Hosting My “Inside Out” Retreat
In 2016 I wrote an online confidence course for women based on my own intense personal growth over the past several years. In March of 2017 I took the course offline and hosted a retreat, in person, by combining the content of the course with various yoga formats for some physicality. I am proud of this because it’s easy to be vulnerable when you’re typing a post on social media or writing an e-mail based course. Sharing that same content in person was another level of vulnerability. I had nothing to hide behind but I believed in myself enough to decide that the discussion and activities I had planned were worth the time and money that these women were sacrificing to spend their weekend with me and with one another.
I was thrilled with how the retreat went and can’t wait to host another in 2018. I am so grateful to the five women who became vulnerable right along with me in the name of self-knowledge, self-care, and self-love! Thank you Carla, Patti, Kelly, Alicia, and Erin!!! Each of you is so beautiful from the inside out.
As an added bonus, I made a great new friend in one of the women who signed up. We found out we were on the same journey of new motherhood as we were one week apart in our pregnancies and have been bonded ever since! Oh the texts we sent back and forth when we were overdue with our babies! I find that it’s hard to make new true friends in your thirties so this was just the icing on the cake (love you Alicia!)
#3 The Birth of My Son (Duh.)
Well, this one is obvious. My heart and soul burst wide open on August 13th, 2017 and I’ll never be the same! It’s so funny to me now when I think back to my disappointment upon finding out I was having a boy. Now that he’s here, I can’t imagine it any other way. He’s my sweet baby Beau. The past 4 months with him have been the sweetest and hardest of my entire life. It’s true what they say about having kids, that “it’s like having your heart walking around outside of your body.” Some days it scares me how much I love him and how big of a responsibility this whole parenting journey is. But I take it one day at a time and I can’t wait to see who he becomes.
Motherhood has, by far, been my proudest accomplishment. It’s true selflessness. Most of what I do goes unseen and unacknowledged. (I’m sure my mom feels the same way.) What a lesson in love that is.
Beau, my love, thank you for being exactly who you are! Your adorable dimply-cheeked, bright eyed, button-nosed self has made me the proudest mom in the whole wide world! I mean, we could work on the sleep thing but I know that what doesn’t kill me will make me stronger…that’s assuming it doesn’t kill me. It won’t, right?!
I LOVE YOU BABY BOY!!!
Cheers to an amazing 2017! The first half was marked with professional accomplishments while the second half was all about personal milestones including the purchase of our first home (not mentioned here) and my journey into motherhood. I feel like I have grown into a more well rounded person. While my drive and passion for what I do has not been lost, I have also found a deep fulfillment outside of my career with my new little family. The next year is sure to be an adventure!