Happy New You!

Happy New Year to you all!


I’ve never really been one for New Year’s Resolutions but last year started a tradition of setting myself some goals for 2013, and committing them to writing. It works! While I didn’t achieve all of them (4 out of 5 is not bad?!), it definitely helped to write them down and visualise them…

2013 has been a fabulous year, with wonderful friends, old and new, and family – I have many highlights – in particular, April – I had an amazing trip to Lyon, where I took part in the Beaujolais Village trail with Tori (of Fit Chicks and Fast Women), and then embarked on a freelance career. While this didn’t last very long (all of 3 months!), I then went permanent in my new role at TRO, an events marketing agency. I’ve also enjoyed some other wonderful trips in 2013 – I’ve been to Switzerland skiing, and in the summer, to celebrate my brother’s 40th and my father’s 70th, went to Dubai for some winter sun, and had an awesome break in Moscow for the World Athletics Championships. There have been inevitable lows in 2013, and what I’ve learned most, is how to embrace any set-backs and how to bounce back with a renewed energy and passion for life!

So, it’s now time to focus on the future, and 2014 hopes and dreams…

  1. Achieve a PB in a half marathon  (this has rolled over from last year!) – I have two opportunities to achieve this with the Hampton Court Half Marathon in February and the Richmond Half Marathon in March. But even if (or when :-)) I achieve it (sub 1hr54), I guess a PB will always remain out there!
  2. Take part in a running challenge every couple of months – or at least 6 over the course of the year. As well as the two half marathons above, I’ve signed up to the Verbier-St Bernard 18 miles trail run in July, the Turks Head 10km in June and planning to take part in the Cabbage Patch 10 miler in October. I’m still looking for another race somewhere, with Fit Chick Tori maybe?
  3. Start something new – last year I took up Bikram Yoga to complement my running. I’m absolutely going to continue this and I’ve also just joined a local running club – The BeaRCat Runners – to help me with goals #1 and #2.
  4. Visit a new country – last year I visited Russia for the first time. My 2013 shortlist included India, Indonesia and Lithuania which are still there to be explored, and I’m now adding China to the list of countries I’d like to visit.
  5. Start a new business venture – in 2013, Luci and I hoped to launch Mr and Mystery, a singles’ event, and while we had a lot of interest, various challenges meant this didn’t go ahead. I am still passionate about getting this off the ground, so adding this (or another business venture??) to my 2014 goals.

There we have it. 2014 promises to be an awesome year – with new challenges and new experiences out there to be grasped!

Whether you want to get fit, find a new job, or learn something new, why don’t you have a go at setting yourself some objectives (and it really does help to write them down) for a New Year, New You?

I wish you all an amazing 2014 and good luck with your goal setting!

G x


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