How I Plan to Make This Year Happy!

Just like that a new year is among us! Rather than getting into the cliched new year’s resolutions with you guys, I’d like to share what my top goals are for this year in different areas. 😉

Career & Education: Acquire another specialty certification.

I currently specialize in Boot Camp Conditioning, Cardio Kickboxing, Group Resistance Training, Step Aerobics, and Zumba®, and every year I like to further my knowledge with a new fitness workshop/training, like TRX, for example. (If you are unfamiliar with this portable, single piece of equipment, called a TRX, check out my post Hang Tight where I cover basic TRX moves for a total body workout!) In addition to feeding my inquiring mind, a new certification is something physical that can be presented to a client or employer that shows commitment and achievement in the profession, (aside from a killer body!)

Community: Volunteer to help students with special needs.

I have been involved with Atlantis Academy in the past, where I shadowed and assisted Occupational Therapists and OTA’s in providing care for those with Autism, Down’s Syndrome, and other mental disabilities. Therapies involved, but not limited to, music sessions, such as sing-a-longs, to painting, and (just up my alley) exercise and sports. More recently, I’ve had opportunities to participate in my very own Florida International University’s Project Panther Life. I led aerobic warm-ups and cool-downs for a couple outdoor events last year to encourage healthy living to the FIU students with special needs. It is an endearing experience and I look forward to helping out again this year.

Fitness: Average a 7-minute mile.

I may have been a fast sprinter in my track days, but it’s over a decade later and although I’d like to think I’m still quicker than the average Jane, a mile is not a sprint! Over the last few years, I’d like to think that I’ve made some pretty decent progress with my 3-mile runs, from having to stop after a mile, to learning how to properly pace myself and control my breathing to complete 3 miles steadily. I am now going to set a shorter distance and crank up the speed! (I’ll continue to do 3-mile runs on days that I am not working on my mile speed). A mile may be a third of what I’ve been running, but, as I’ve mentioned, it’s no sprint! Finding the right pace is going to take a lot of time and dedication.

Friendships/Relationships: Accept what cannot be changed and move forward.

I’d like to think of myself as a problem solver. I want to fix everything, even when it’s not worth the hassle. I don’t like to call it a day. I like to pull all-nighters. I stop when the job is done. With people though, you can only get as far as both parties are willing to go. Without their cooperation…without their effort…without their commitment…yours is in vain. So when’s quitting time? Just wait! Maybe if I try this instead, or push a little bit harder, or lay off and give it some time…no, no, no! Sometimes frienships or relationships have plateaued or reached a dead-end and I need to accept this. I really should have a stopping point for my own sanity. If I can master when to throw in the towel, I believe I can finally be at peace with myself.

What inspires you and makes you happy?
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