So, I’ve been 28 years old for a full two days now. Does that make me “late twenties official?” Or was I already there?
When celebrating birthdays in my early twenties, the morning after was often spent sleeping in after a lateeee night out and enjoying leftover chocolate birthday cake for breakfast (don’t judge). This year, I woke up super early on the my morning of my birthday (and the day after) to go to bootcamp at the gym. *Wah wah*
And, no, there was no massive cake to enjoy for breakfast throughout the rest of the week. I had a green smoothie in the morning to balance out my birthday treat: one chocolate and peanut butter gluten-free cupcake that I happily devoured in record time. Any more dessert and my late-twenties metabolism probably would have kicked it.
Despite these differences, there’s at least one thing that always remains the same. Every year around my birthday I focus on what I’ve learned throughout the past year and what I want to embrace in the coming 12 months. It’s like giving myself a head start on new year’s resolutions.
This year, instead of starting with a list of concrete goals, I took some advice from Danielle LaPorte and decided upon the five feelings that I want abundant in my life as a 28-year-old woman aka “Core Desired Feelings.” For me, these are: healthy, connected, confident, creative, and honest. Check out her thoughts on and list of Core Desired Feelings. They’re pretty awesome.
From there, I thought about what I can do to feel those emotions. What can I do this year to feel healthy? What can I do to feel creative? What can I do to be more honest with myself and others? You get the idea.
So, here’s my list of things I want from this year that will help me feel healthy, connected, confident, creative, and honest (in no particular order). Some are specific, some are unquantifiable, and I like it that way.
P.S. Sharing this list totally makes me feel honest. Whoop.
- Get AFAA certified
- Run a sub 1:50 half marathon
- Run 3 total half marathons (including at least one destination race)
- Get published
- Become a morning workout person (again)
- Draw/doodle/photograph daily
- Podcast with Michel
- Practice yoga regularly
- Meditate regularly
- Connect with more creative people in Oakland
- Let myself be more vulnerable
- Join (for realsies) a running club
- Connect with more fitness professionals
- Practice hand lettering/calligraphy
- Make/give more gifts to people
- Stop the “deer in the headlights” attitude
- Take 1 new, fun class/month
- Read 1 non-fiction & 1 fiction book per month
- BE PRESENT
- Practice living with more intention
- Think less, act more
- Be mindful
- Focus on quality over quantity
- All the trips and adventures
- Banish “I don’t think so”
- Talk about my passions more
- Enjoy more vegetarian/vegan dishes and sustainably raised meat
- Don’t flake on people
- Be more generous
- Get some stinkin’ abs
- Introduce and accept more creativity in my everyday life
- Don’t sweat the little things
- Sweat everyday
- Be flexible with my schedule
Do you make lists like this for yourself? Shout out if any of these resonate with you; we can cheer each other on!