Isn’t a little late for a post about 2017?
Well, let me explain…
I’m not going to lie.
The end of 2016 found me annoyed.
The beginning of 2017 found me overwhelmed and frustrated.
For a brief second I thought about shutting down Hike Like A Woman and taking a break from all of it.
I tend to be a pretty good planner. I like to have blog posts and podcast episodes scheduled months in advance.
But a few weeks ago I simply couldn’t keep up.
I fell behind.
I just couldn’t do it all.
I didn’t have time to answer emails.
I didn’t have time to answer phone calls.
I didn’t have the energy to hop into our private Facebook group for my Ambassador team.
I made promises I couldn’t keep to my readers, a few brands, and my team.
I felt like I let down a bunch of people.
That’s the worst feeling in the world.
I was burned out.
I remember an old track workout from high school.
My coaches called it “Getting Nowhere Fast”—we’d sprint for 100 meters, then turn around and jog backward for 400 meters. Then turn around and sprint 100 meters.
That’s exactly how I felt.
I was making itty bitty steps forward, just to turn around and make giant steps backward.
We’ve all been there, right?
We’ve been in those situations where forward progress is just impossible.
Sometimes no matter how hard we try we just can’t keep up.
So I took a little break.
I did some skiing. I read books to my kids. We played in the snow. I taught some ski lessons. I baked cookies.
I let it all go and decided not to feel bad about it.
I made a decision.
In 2017 I’m going to show myself and my family more love.
If a blog post doesn’t get put up on the website it’s not the end of the world.
If I only publish one post per week instead of 3 it’s okay, you’ll still come back, right?
If I say no to opportunities that are good but take too much time it will all be okay.
Because at the end of the day, this is what’s important, no just for me but for all of us.
(p.s. thank you for the hat, Sauce. I love it!)
Smiles. Sunshine. And getting outdoors.
I don’t want to be that outdoor blogger who never gets outdoors!
I can still do that.
But maybe it’s going to be the year where I take a few weeks off every once in a while to focus on me and my family too.
And that’s okay.
One thing that I love about the Hike Like A Woman community is learning more about my team and our readers.
I asked a few of my team members what they envision for 2017.
Here are their answers. I think you’ll find them honest and inspiring.
Got your tickets to the gun show?!! This photo was taken shortly after starting my New Years resolution last year. It makes me laugh, because I was SO excited to see a line where muscle was ACTUALLY forming ????I had decided that after having two kids I didn’t want to focus on losing weight, but on being strong.
What I realized throughout this past year is by signing up for athletic events that scared me a bit, I would force myself to weight train, and I’ve had so much fun doing it. In the process, I did lose a bunch of weight without focusing on it, and I gained new confidence in myself.
I love that my kids consider Mommy just as strong and capable as Daddy. That resolution turned 2016 into one of the most fun and active years of my life. My resolution for 2017? Keep it going! Spartan Trifecta, here I come!
Get back to my mountains, back on the trail and kick blood clot booty!
Goals-R-Us! My husband and I sit down each year and discuss our goals, plan and create our annual goals. It helps us grow stronger together and accomplish more in life. These are our recreation goals for 2017!
My goal is to not only complete my 365 miles outside, but also start a HLAW group here in STL with my hiking friend Kara that caters to women who want to hike WITHOUT their kids or any kids, do a vacation with my husband to a national forest and get some hikes in and spend as MUCH time with my kids outdoors regardless of what we are doing. I want my kids to love nature as much as I do.
I find my zen in nature and as a result my stress levels are at an all time low. My goal for 2017 is to spend even more time outside. I’m completing the 365-mile challenge, but my goal is actually to hike 500 miles and to ride my bike 500 miles.
My goals for 2017 are to 1) get into better shape both mentally and physically (I’ve gotten a little lazy…) so I can spend more time on fun outdoor adventures with my best friend and my family and friends, 2) to complete the 365 Mile Challenge, 3) to clean out the garage to make room for more hiking gear and 4) the most important one, stop being so hard on myself. (<<–Amen, Jill)
I am committed to a 3 part resolution for a healthier mind, body & soul: More play, more joy, and 100% more ridiculousness! This is what I give to others every single day in my work world, but these wonders often end there. I fail to take these gifts home and provide myself with the same care. So I’ve decided that it’s time to have way more fun! It’s time to stop measuring, judging, planning, and expecting. My goal is to be free and wild and fully me.
I want to channel the part of me in this photo, every day. Hiking the West Coast Trail this fall, I did things I never imagined I could do. I have been lacking a sense of connection to many things – important people, community, and the natural world. The 7 days I was on the trail, those connections were present, and I want 2017 to be the start of more mindfully connecting, and being braver and doing things that I don’t think I can. Because I really can!
My intention for the coming year is to achieve, on the daily, the clarity, peace, and joy that I enjoyed in this moment. My brain is scattered, my body tense, my days joyless. It will be an every day an endeavor, a quite challenging one, but I am committed to a different, happier, organized, peaceful, joyful, and personally fulfilling 2017.
What will you do to make 2017 the best year for you?
(p.s. if I owe you an email hang tight, it might be a few weeks but I’ll get back to you. I promise)