Good morning, Happy Monday! Some of you may know that I turned a year older over the weekend. I spent the entire weekend celebrating this new year in my life with family and friends. They all made me feel so special and loved, it was such a blessed weekend!
Surrounded with loved ones, we laughed, we acted like kids, we enjoyed one another, we danced, we drank, we ate, we talked. I ran with friends and biked with my husband. I had brunch with my Mom and didn't focus on the c words- calories or carbs ;) It was a wonderful way to kick off this exciting new time. I'm amped up for this new chapter, 26, I just know it's going to be a great year for me!
Each year we turn another year older, it seems people are having less and less fun with their birthdays. Just another bump on the radar, a reminder of increasing responsibility, and that you just aren't quite as young as you used to be. Women especially, I'm noticing are bashing on birthdays. Revolutionary concept right there huh? It's not a new thing for women to despise getting older, I just assumed we'd be much much older before real dread sets in. I'd like to think that I'll never dread turning older. That I'm continuously enjoying my life and living to the fullest. That I'm so busy counting my blessings I won't have time to count what I have not. That's why people bash on birthdays isn't it? They're focused on what they don't have rather than what they do have.We should enjoy celebrating life. It is precious and fleeting. It should be treasured and celebrated!
We set expectations for ourselves early in life to have accomplished certain goals by certain years. Goals that are often out of our control. When I think about my life goals and whether or not I'm on par with my big plan, I feel like I'm on track. Sure, there are certain aspects of my life in which I assumed I'd be further along, but I'm not losing sleep over it. I'm thankful for another year, however in true Elle Noel fashion, I've got to have goals for this year!
Big life goals for 26:
Be Present- Make a conscience effort to put down the cell phone and enjoy the people I'm with- This is a big one for me. I don't want to become so distracted by what's happening online/around the world/ with other people that I lose the moments I'm in and neglecting the people I'm physically spending time with. Be present.
Accept my Mistakes- It's ok to make mistakes. I put a lot of pressure on myself to try and be perfect. I'm not perfect, and I'm never going to be. That's ok. It's ok to make mistakes. I'm going to struggle, I'm going to learn, and I'm going to grow from these mistakes. It ain't the end of the world. Accept that.
Run the Marathon- This will be my biggest personal challenge of the year. Running has become incredibly therapeutic for me personally. It's something I'm very passionate about, and I'm excited to push outside of my previous limitations. Time to reach higher!
Stress Less- I often find myself stressing about things/ people/ scenarios that are out of my control. It's unproductive use of my time and I'm determined to stop. Qualifying stress questions- What's the worst that can happen? Can I control this situation? Is this a productive use of my time?
Laugh More- Those of you who know me in real life know I already do a lot of this. I laugh too loud, probably to often and it's one of things I love most about myself. It makes me happy- I wanna do more of that yo!
Put My Husband First- biggest goal for 26 is to make my husband feel loved and appreciated everyday. I think most people struggle with being selfish. I'm certainly not exempt from this. I've put a lot of time and effort into my career and overall personal goals, this does take up a large amount of my time. Obviously, my relationship with Mr. Noel is very special to me and I want him to know how much a value him every single day.
I'll return tomorrow with the ordinary weekly work out goals! I got some fun new gadgets for my fit birthday- I'm excited to share these with all of you! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!