Well today marks a pretty big day for me – it’s my 100th post!
I have loved writing every single one of my 100 posts and can’t wait to write the next 100. When I think how far I have come since starting my blog and how much I have learned, it makes me smile from ear to ear. Both in terms of writing in general and the adventures I have faced over the past few months and documented.
Before I go on to my topic of the day, I just want to thank all of you for visiting and reading. It really does mean the world to me. And to the blogging community another thank you for making me feel so welcome. It’s amazing how much I feel a part of your lives, just from reading all your wonderful stories.
For my 100th post, I thought I would look at my goals and aims for 2014 – linking in with the New Year nicely! Some are serious, some are fun but all are just as relevant for making one happy Jen.
Goals and Aims for 2014
It took a lot of courage, but after taking some time out to figure out exactly what I wanted to do, I decided I wanted to write and write about my passion – health, fitness and lifestyle. I want to grasp this opportunity with both hands and give it 110%. I never want to regret anything in life and if I give it my all, I never will, even if it doesn’t work as a career. Now at the start of the New Year, I want to really try to make it my profession, and having 100 posts behind me should hopefully show what I can do.
Writing makes me smile, it gives me a warm feeling inside when I do it and I want this to shine through everything I do. As the philosopher Confucius said “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”.
My name is Jen Fotheringham, writer and blogger and I am ready for hire!
Crossfit is a huge part of my life. It has made me stronger both mentally and physically, I really do feel like I could take on the world. I love our Crossfit community, I have so much support from my coach and David and I have made and will continue to make friends through our box. I was very weak 8 months ago, I had no strength, I got very tired, I just wasn’t ‘me’. Crossfit (along with writing and a bucket load of support from David) has made me find out just who I want to be. I want to be strong and now I am on one heck of a ride on the strength train!
So I will continue to rock Crossfit – upping our sessions to 3 per week as of next month and I am so excited. It meant giving up the gym but I didn’t mind one bit – I get so very much more from Crossfit.
In terms of some Crossfit goals, apart from getting even stronger and upping my lift weights, I want to start sprinting (fingers crossed my knee will keep as strong as it has been) and get to grips with those pesky double unders!
As I mentioned above, I wasn’t healthy when I moved to Glasgow. However, fast forward 8 months and we are looking at one very different girl. I will continue to be strong and get stronger. I will aspire to live my life to the full, concentrating on my passions and grasping every opportunity with both hands. I will try to minimise stress and keep my life in balance – not letting every little thing that makes me angry get me stressed – other peoples choices are just that, if they don’t affect me then don’t let it get me stressed!
I will also try and keep a big priority on gaining enough sleep every night. David and I are doing pretty well, with only a few slip ups, but we will try as hard as we can to gain at LEAST 8 hours per night.
Balance is the key –enjoy work, enjoy life, eat well, keep fit, minimise stress, sleep well = HAPPINESS
As well as Crossfit, I want to make sure that I spend more time on my hobbies. One major hobby of mine that also relates rather significantly to my writing is cooking. I love to cook! So I want to spend more time trying out the recipies I have collected, creating new ones and altering ones to make them more ‘us’. David also likes to cook too so this really is a hobby we can do together and I love that. Also we received a slow cooker from David’s parents for our Christmas so I cannot wait to get started with some slow cooking – oh I can only imagine the tender juicy meat dishes we will create – yum!
Linking into this is something else I want to pursue and develop more and that’s photography. I want to develop my skills in editing in particular. Well, if I am going to make tasty dishes then I want to be able to photograph them to the max! I am really lucky as David is a super photographer and has so much skill on the subject. I may have an eye for a photo but David has the knowledge and expertise to really make it shine! One willing and ready student at your service!
One of our big aims for the year is to see more of this amazing city that we live in. Gosh we have been here almost 8 months now and there is still so much to see and experience. There is an endless supply of galleries, museums, exhibitions, concerts that we are dying to go to/ see and are determined to make the time and effort. Glasgow is also hosting the Commonwealth Games this year and we have tickets! Going to see the weightlifting (not really a surprise for a crossfitter!) on my birthday and I am so excited. The buzz in Glasgow during the summer is going to be insane!
And that’s just the city itself. The outskirts of Glasgow are full of things to do too and we haven’t even been along to the coast yet. It gets me so excited when I think of the possible outings to come.
In an ideal situation, David and I would want to see as much of the world as possible. Travel really is in our blood and we love seeing how people live all over the world. With me starting a new career, international travel may have to be on the back burner for just now but always an option if we can. Saying that, David and I really want to see more of the UK! After visiting the south of Scotland in November, we realised that there are so many amazing places we have yet to experience and they have so much to offer. So we may end up doing a bit of a UK road trip later on in the year – visiting many places that we have never been to but always wanted to visit, stopping off to see some family along the way!
And last but not least my final goal for the year… Pinterest!
With being a blogger and especially one that posts recipes and workouts, I know that Pinterest could really be an asset to me. Not only in terms of posting and getting my name out there but also for inspiration. However, I do realise that Pintrest comes with a major warning and I know this from the many bloggers that have posted such – IT’S ADDICTIVE! Once you start pinning you can’t stop!
I will however be brave and take on that warning. Don’t be surprised though if you find me glued to the laptop in a month’s time, pinning everything under the sun!
So there we have it, my goals and aims for 2014. Reading over them really does make me happy – so much to look forward to along with, I am sure; many surprise challenges along the way. Let’s all make 2014 the year of adventures!