With the beginning of the new year, comes New Years resolutions. Some make fitness and health goals, while others make personal or career goals. But how can you make new goals, without reflecting a little bit on the past? Notice I said reflect, not dwell. The past is the past and I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. So we should take our experiences (be good or bad) and learn from them.

Personal Goals

1) Spend less time with my cell phone. How many people always have their cell phone right by their side? I’m guilty of it too. It’s the simple times like when you are out to eat, or sitting with a friend that your phone should be put away. Enjoy the moment you’re in.

2) Don’t focus on what other people think. We all try to shrug off comments, but sometimes we can’t help but get caught up in what other people think of us. I want to get to a place where I don’t think twice about what others say about me. I have great friends and I want to continue to surround myself with positive, supportive people.

Fitness Goals

3)Complete at least two more of the tallest mountain peaks in New England. My Dad and I have set out to hike all of the tallest peaks in each of the New England states. With Massachusetts and Vermont completed, we are looking to check off a few more this year.

4)Listen to my body. I’m stubborn as the day is long when it comes to injuries. Taking a week off from working out feels like a year to me, but if there is one thing I’ve learned is to listen to my body. If you hurt yourself or strain a muscle, it is better to rest and take care of the pain, however, it could turn into something worse.

5)Go kayaking as much as I can. I bought my first kayak last year, and I plan to use it as much as I can this Spring, Summer and Fall.

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I hope you accomplish whatever you set out to achieve this year! Have a healthy and happy New Year!