Goals for This “30 Something” Gal  

30 something

I felt inspired by the comments I received on my post the day after I turned the big 3-0 to share my ten goals for the next year, as I find my bearings as the latest member of the 30 something club.

One thing I realized as I aged was that there is a definite connection between living a healthy lifestyle and making changes to both your eating habits and exercise habits.
This connection is so important for ensuring a healthy mind and soul. For me, I feel so much more positive and in control of my feelings and eating when I take the time to workout and challenger myself physically.

10352203_1451814121757336_4257078621083076510_nHere are my 10 new goals to complete over the next year as I adjust to being thirty (some will repeat from earlier posts, in large part to keep me accountable!):

1. Complete my fitness certification by end of summer (almost there!!).

2. Run my first 1/2 marathon.

3. Teach/organize my first circuit training/boot camp class program. This is part of a longer term goal that teaching and running these programs would become a part of my weekly routine.

4. Eliminate all packaged and processed food from my family’s diet.

5. Live the “Fridgeonomics” lifestyle. Buy only what we need, waste not want not.

6. Read more. Be an active participant in the two virtual book clubs I have joined.

7. Become a member of the #5amclub. This means in bed by 10pm! (Not 12am).

8. Continue to spend quality time with my little family, by learning to relax more and slow our pace down.

9. Be happy. Be positive. And enjoy the moment more (wait … maybe this could be actually  3 separate goals).

And most importantly,

10. Finally, own it. By loving this new chapter and embracing all the changes it presents, both physically and mentally. Show by example has been my motto since my daughter was born and now it becomes even more important as her awareness of the world around her grows. I want her to be enjoy each milestone in her life.


I know I have mixed very tangible goals with sort of intangible ones. But that’s okay! Like life, having diversified goals is what keeps us on our toes, tests us and challenges us to continue to push and seek out what makes YOU happy.

What goals have you set for this year?

The Advice of a Thirty Something ….

As I exit my twenty something’s and enter a new phase in my life (official celebration was Wednesday June 3) I want to share with you the 8 lessons I have learned over the years.

(Well it has taken me almost 30 years to figure these out!).

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I won’t be that cliché girl who says that I am so over my twenties, just in order to deal with the next stage. I loved those years, I moved away from home (twice), travelled, met my husband, moved out of province to complete my Masters, accepted full-time employment, and had a little girl (and attended my very first concert – okay I was 29 years old when that happened, but JT was worth it!).

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And these examples are only a small snapshot of those twenty something years. In between there were language exchanges, parties, friendships and all sorts of challenges.

To be totally honest, turning 25 years old was a lot harder than turning 30. Perhaps because I am more comfortable in my own skin now, feel far more confident and together than I did at 25 years old. Of course I have my moments…

So little grasshopper, let me bestow the following words of wisdom.

1. Be positive. Plain and simple, you realize as you get older how this very simple attitude can mean the world of a difference in how you approach your life, those around you and the challenges that are thrown at you. Be a nice human being (check out this fabulous tote from Hello Totes that reinforces this!.

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2. Don’t forget to live a little. Your twenty something self always was willing to take on the next adventure, book the next trip or stay up late hanging out with friends, dancing and going for breakfast as the sun is coming up.

 

 

3. You never look as young as you feel. And that’s okay. Learn to age gracefully. Sometimes I catch myself thinking that I can fool those around me as someone younger, you know that twenty something gal all over again. I think as you get older your realize what’s important in life – healthy eating, exercise and sleep (still learning that one). All of these things will keep you healthy for many more decades to come.

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4. Prioritization is important in life. The realization that there are only a limited number of hours in a day and that time should be spent with those you love and doing what it is you love to do.

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 5. Self discovery never stops. I realized while on maternity leave that I needed to pursue something as a hobby that challenged me and excited me. I started a group fitness certification program that I hope to be able to leverage in the future into a small fitness business. Just something to do during my past time, and that will show my daughter the importance of balance and living a healthy lifestyle.

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 6. Being an “early riser” is cool! In your 30’s you realize that so much more can be accomplished if you get up early, especially on the weekend. On a typical Sunday morning, we get up, go out for breakfast, walk around the market, hit up the playground and home by 11am. I am also now struggling to become apart of the #5am club. So far, verdict is out on whether it will stick.

 

 

7. Be comfortable with YOU. Yes of course we all question ourselves and at times we are likely our hardest critics (I know I am). But at 30, you get over that real quick. Stop caring about what others think about you (this has been and continues to be a real struggle for me sometimes). I am a perfectionist and I have to recognize not everyone feels the same or sets the same expectations.

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The real question is “what do you think about yourself?” and how can you ensure that you will always maintain a positive uplifting outlook.

Be true to you, and everything else will fall into place.

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8. Challenge yourself. Okay, here is the cliché. Follow your dreams, challenge yourself to be able to reach those dreams you set back early in your 20’s. Yes, not all of them will be possible. And yes, reality to a certain point sinks in and you realize you can’t actually solve the world crisis or sail the world. So for me, one of my goals was to complete my first 1/2 marathon.

Hopefully it will happen this year. It was something I have been holding until since 2012 and the time has come to actually challenge myself to accomplish this goal.
Welcome to your 30’s … when you have crossed lined from adolescent to adulthood.

What would you add to this list?