Happy New Year 2017! I hope you had a restful and rejuvenating end of the year! I did, and I'm raring to go! The last four months of 2016 were... something. (I mean the whole thing was pretty much a blazing dumpster fire, amirite?) Personally, being an RA for the first time, working a 20-hour per week internship, being a full-time student, and being the Managing Editor of News for The Eagle was hard, albeit a challenging growth experience. I don't think I would change anything if I could go back and do it again.
"But Jill, what about being a person? Didn't you have to that too?" Wellll, that really fell off the radar at the end of the year, and I paid for it. I barely slept or worked out and some of my "meals" were questionable (chocolate chips are perfectly acceptable at dinner!) However, feeling not so great most of the time was the kick in the a** I needed to get back on track. For me, it really highlighted that if you don't take care of yourself, you can't take care of anyone or anything else. Now, after getting 9+ hours of sleep for most nights over winter break, I'm ready to start taking care of business. ;)
I have a good feeling about 2017. I'm more focused than I have been in a while, and I want to channel it into something amazing. I couldn't sleep last night because of the ideas bouncing around my head, and I'm so excited to get started. In addition to making moves towards the future, I want to have a blast doing it and feel the best I can!
And this is where I will introduce my first project/adventure/challenge of 2017: I am going to work out every day of this year. If you follow me on Instagram (plug: @jill_od), you would know that I attempted Robin Arzón's 3 for 31 challenge in December. The idea was to run a 5k every day of the month. Along the way, Robin gave us words of wisdom about becoming a running ninja warrior goddess. While I only hit 21 days of running (screw you finals!), I am pretty happy with what I accomplished (since I hadn't worked out for the previous nine months). However, running helped me get through what was a crazy busy time of year with my sanity.
I did have thoughts of doing a 365 day workout challenge before doing #3for31, but now that it’s over, I feel a little more prepared and a lot more excited to get started this year! I definitely have to keep the running up because I’m running the Cherry Blossom 10-miler in April. I also have visions of racing in 5ks throughout the summer (maybe with sub-21 minute times?) and doing a half marathon in the fall. I would love to qualify for the 2018 New York City Marathon (and then maybe Boston?) I wouldn’t be this happy to hit the road again if I hadn’t taking a significant amount of time away from running. It’ll be tough to get back in shape, but I know how to do it better this time around.
Also, starting on Jan. 9, I am signed up to do the Wanderlust 21 day yoga challenge. Yoga videos will hit my inbox every day until the 30th and will hopefully save me from the craziness of Inauguration Day in D.C. And also like make me flexible and stronger and better at running.
Besides working out every day of the year, I don’t really have many rules for the challenge. There will definitely be strength training worked in there somehow too. But if things get too busy or I’m exhausted, then maybe a 15 minute jog will have to do for a day. All I want to do is commit to moving every single day because I know physically and mentally, I will be better for it. There are so many things grabbing for our attention nowadays (school, work, relationships, social media… do I need to go on?) For me this challenge is about taking time back for myself. And even though I will be working towards completing the challenge on Dec. 31, the point of this goal is to enjoy every single day in between and beyond the end of this year.
So, if you wouldn’t mind it would be great if you could follow along on the socials (#365workoutadventure) and right here on the blog and make me internet famous, thanks (#goals). But seriously, I would love to hear from you along the way. And maybe, hint, hint, nudge, nudge, you would like to try out the challenge for yourself. If the rules are simply to move every day of the year, then wouldn’t committing to go for a walk every day or stretching every night before bed count? (I think so.) If a year is too big and scary of a commitment right now, then maybe you could do it for a month or 21 days or two weeks. I don’t know. You can make your own rules.
I’m so excited to be back and blogging! I have learned a lot in 2016, and I have a lot to learn in 2017. I want to start translating that knowledge into something tangible and beautiful and amazing. My word of the year is going to be fearless because I want to stop worrying about what others might think or what could go wrong and just go for it. What is “it” you ask? Stay tuned, and you’ll see!