welcome 2015

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s!

I’ve had a quiet few days, spent mainly resting and reading and knitting and watching Gilmore Girls. The last weeks before Christmas were a rush and I was plain exhausted when the holidays rolled around. Lots of decorating plans didn’t happen due to that but I did manage to bake a late batch of german Christmas ‘Plätzchen’ on the 24th.

christmas 2014christmas 2014We went hiking nearby on the rare dry days, to stretch our legs and try out the hiking guides my mom had given me for Christmas.

christmas 2014christmas 2014christmas 2014I desperately needed those days off. At first I didn’t even think I was going to do a “hello new year, let’s recap and hear the resolutions” post this year, feeling somehow drained and uninspired. After a bit of rest I can manage a little reflection and goal setting though.

2014 wasn’t an easy year, even though there were a number of wonderful experiences (a three week road trip in Canada and a wonderful few days in Scotland to name just a few).  Still, I struggled with my own expectations and limitations. Something I haven’t written about on this blog before is that I’ve been battling a chronic pain issue in my lower back for 1.5 years now. I don’t want to go into this in detail, I’ll just say that anyone who has ever dealt with chronic pain knows that it gets to you in a very nasty sort of way and keeping that at bay is hard and humbling.

That said, I am glad to see 2014 safely behind and I’m much looking forward to 2015. I have some plans for the year, including a bit of travelling that I am very excited about. Looking back at last year’s resolutions I think I didn’t do too badly in 2014. I made progress on the healthy eating front and spent more time outside. I did blog a bit more and grew my business (both the portrait business and the shop). Some things didn’t work out – I definitely need to work on less online time and less comparing myself to others again in 2015 – and there were times when I just had to sit back and accept the fact that I had heaped my plate too high and needed to let go of some things for a while.

In 2015 my main goal will be balance, both physical and mental. I need to listen to my body and accept the limitations it sets me while at the same time pushing myself just hard enough and getting back into exercising regularly, knowing it’s good for me in the longterm although it may be hard and sometimes painful. Not an easy balance to strike.

If you are looking for motivation to exercise, here are three great projects I have come across in the last few days:

  • 30 days of Yoga with Adriene (thanks to Sherrie for the tip!), a free Yoga course on Youtube. You can sign up here.
  • My Peak Challenge with Sam Heughan (yeah, the hot guy from ‘Outlander’). Set your own challenge and support cancer research at the same time.
  • 30 day plank challenge. If you have just a few minutes a day this is a great, fast way to strengthen the body!

I will definitely try to do the 30 days of yoga (but will have to see if it’s possible to stay with it, depending how my back reacts to it) and I am thinking of joining the Peak challenge as well. My Peak this year will be an actual one – I dream of hiking up Ben Nevis on a new visit to Scotland in the summer. In the meantime I will train by going on regular hikes here at home.

As for other goals – healthy eating is a continual one and slowly, one step at a time, I am getting better at it and hope to settle even more into a routine in 2015. I need to be creative to be happy so carving out time for knitting, sewing and other crafts is important to me. Business wise I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge in photography (there is no end to learning, ever!) and focusing more on what I really love doing.

How do you reach goals? I can only speak for myself but I find I need to get very specific about them, setting time apart each week to work on them. I find scheduling this pretty easy, the sticking with it no matter what is the hard part (no surprise there).

What are your goals for 2015?

 

 

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17 thoughts on “welcome 2015

  1. Nicky

    I love your recap Kristina and wish you the very best in 2015.

    My word for 2015 is “investment”. In my craft, in my professional life (whatever that turns out to be after this bout of unemployment), in my health … in my life really. I have a lot of unused resources that I’m going to break out and like you, I’m working on less online time too.

    Cheers to a wonderfully productive 2015 in the ways we know are good for us!

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    1. Kristina Post author

      Thank you, Nicky. I like ‘investment’ – we so often forget to invest in ourselves! I hope things will work out great for you!

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    1. Kristina Post author

      That video is awesome, thanks so much for sharing! I guess that’s what NY resolutions really are – we want to improve ourselves continously. I’m so with you on that, exercising and eating – it’s so easy to lose sight of these goals in daily life.

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  2. Ine

    Hi Kristina! Happy 2015!

    Same here about the exhausted holidays, although I enjoyed them, I’m glad they’re over 😉
    Sorry to hear about your chronic back pain, I hope this year will have some resolutions for that and that maybe Yoga can help?

    I think this year will be all about a new start for me. For the last years while combining studying with working, graduating, living with my parents in law,…having some sort of identity crisis ;-), I kind of feel burned out. I hope this year, the house will be ready and we can finally pick up our own life again and start a fresh one. Hoepfully things’ll finallyf all into place so I can focus a bit more on my art and figuring out what to do with it.

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    1. Kristina Post author

      Happy 2015, Ine! I do hope the Yoga will help a bit, though the doctors say the pain is cause by a nerve problem and they can’t do anything about it. Sounds like you had a pretty tough year too! It’s funny how at times we feel very sure about who we are and then we sort of lose sight of that at other times. I wish you all the best in figuring it out this year in your new house!

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  3. Ruth

    Happy New Year Kristina!

    I really enjoyed reading your recap and about the word you’ve chosen for 2015. Balance is such an important part of life, but it’s something that always seems just out of my reach. I wish you all the best as you set out to pursue it in your health, work and daily life this year!
    My word for the year is brave, which is exciting and intimidating at the same time. Can’t wait to see what the year has in store for us!

    I totally get what you mean about the holidays. Celebrating is always wonderful but I breath a sigh of relief every year when we reach the slower pace of January & February.

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  4. Inge

    Hi Kristina! So lovely to read about your year and resolutions. I’ve been wanting to write a similar post, but I’ve not found it in me to do so yet. Still too much thoughts twirling around in my head to put them down in any sort of coherent way. As for resolutions, I’m focusing on habits and intentions this year. For instance, I want to make it a habit to exercise regularly (daily). I say habit instead of resolution because I want it to be as easy and normal to do as eating breakfast and brushing my teeth. Not something I would even think about skipping! As for intentions, this is a big one for me. Intention already was my word for the year and then I read this: http://jesslively.com/how-to-be-successful-in-2014/ That brought it to a whole other level for me! I highly recommend you reading it, I know it will help you too (just change 2014 to 2015 in your mind)!

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    1. Kristina Post author

      I love the idea of changing “resolution” for “habit”! Definitely an important difference there. Thanks for linking the article, loved it!

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  5. Chloe

    Happy New Year Kristina! Thanks for sharing your year end thoughts – I always enjoy your posts. Balance sounds like a really helpful word to focus on. I’m not really feeling a resolution this year, but I am looking forward to focussing on friends and family, and not getting too bogged down by the mundane!

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  6. Liesl

    I’m glad you’ve got a plan and I wish you all happiness in 2015! I have many different goals but I’m not as organized as you are about them. One is to learn to have more grace–I’ve found that I let my own issues color how I treat people. When I don’t feel good, I’m cranky and short with people. I want to try to be more accommodating and mindful of how I interact with others. And I also want to learn how to work smarter, not harder. Last year I realized I wasted too much time and energy on only a couple things because I was doing them the hard way. This year, I want to find out how to dole out my time and energy evenly, to all the different things I want to do and experience. 🙂

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  7. lealacoste

    I really like Adrienne’s yoga video! I used to do yoga once a week back in Canada but since I came back to France I found it hard to do it alone at home, those videos have been really cool for that! Also, yes to Sam Heughan and hiking in Scotland, a dream I really hope to make come true soon as well!
    Hope you’ll have a wonderful year ❤

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