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What I did Last Year + Lessons learned [Birthday Reflections]

My birthday was this last weekend, and leading up to it, I didn’t give it much thought. However on Friday, I started reflecting on what I did this last year. Today, in this personal post, I am going to share what this last year looked like for me, some of the lessons I have learned and how I plan to make this my best year yet. 

A Year In Review

When I began to think back on this last year of my life, the first thing I felt was disappointment and regret. I wished I had done more. I’m not getting any younger, so I need to get my butt in gear! This really made me upset because I don’t want to live my life with regret. I want to take risks, try new things and live life to the fullest. If you have ever felt regret, you know it’s the WORST feeling. Wishing you could have a do-over is NOT fun. The things I was regretting were things like not helping more people, not pursuing an opportunity & not growing my business more – not what most people would expect. As I was thinking about all these things I hadn’t done, I asked myself, ‘what about the things I HAVE done?!’

I know I’m really hard on myself. We can be our worst critics, and that is exactly what I was doing. Since I know this about myself, I took a step back and made a list of everything I had done this last year. While I wished a few more things were on the list, I realized don’t have anything to be ashamed of. Here is what I came up with:

  1. Ran 6 half marathons
    From September last year till now, I have run 6. Not to mention I will be running a lot more this year. WHAT?! I know, it’s a lot. Like I have mentioned before, 2016 is ‘The Year of Running’. 
  2. Became a NASM Certified Personal Trainer
    This is huge! I wasn’t giving myself enough credit for this. Passing the NASM exam was not easy, it took a lot of time and effort. I am really proud of this & thankful that I am able to help more people with their fitness journey.
  3. I tried snowboarding
    I had always been afraid to try snowboarding; I told myself there was no way I could do it. In 2015, I decided to take on my fear, however I was never able to go because my job always had me working on the weekend. This year I finally overcame my fear & I tried snowboarding. Although I wasn’t the best, I’m proud of myself for trying & I look forward to learning more! 
  4. Changed careers & Quit my job
    If you have been reading my blog for a long time, you know that I used to work in a tax office. I spent about 6 months out of the year doing nothing but that – I’d wake up, work out, go to work for 10 hours, come home, eat & then did it all over again. Not only was the schedule taxing (no pun intended), I also realized that that was NOT my passion. Fitness & nutrition are my passion and purpose. I worked with Andy and we came up with a plan so I could leave my job and focus on fitness 100%. This was not easy for me for lots of different reasons, so it was a huge step for me. Now I own my own business where I do fitness and social media consulting along with personal training. I am also adding in a nutrition element as that is what really changed the game for me personally. 
  5. Bought our first home (!!)
    This is a pretty freakin’ big deal too. We (me & Andy) spent A LOT of time looking at houses, making offers and getting frustrated with the super competitive market. There were times where I felt like buying a house should not be this hard. However all the patience paid off because we landed the perfect house for us. 

Lesson Learned

It was not a bad year! I am thankful for this time of reflection because it reminded me of a few things: I need to be easier on myself, I had an awesome year, I need to be more intentional with my time + realize that certain things have seasons, and God’s timing is always perfect. I am exactly where I need to be right now. 

Best One YET!

I am determined to make this next year one of my best yet.  I know that sounds cliche, but I’m not just saying that. It is going to require time, sweat, sacrifice and hard work which I am more than ready for. If I don’t give it my all, then I’ll only have left the regret of not trying. I am excited to be in my business 100% and help more people. I am truly grateful for all of your support, love and for sharing my content with your friends. You mean the world to me and I am so honored that I get to share this journey with you! 

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My Word of the Year for 2016: ‘New’!

2015 wrapped up, and while I was sad to see that year go, I was also looking forward to 2016 with much anticipation. There are lots of exciting things happening & it’s a year full of new beginnings that I canNOT wait to share with you. This is why I have chosen new as my word for 2016. 

You may be wondering what this whole ‘word of the year’ thing is. It is a way people set intentions, pick something to focus on or show gratitude for during the new year. It may seem strange that I choose new, but there is so much ‘newness’ in each area of my life, I want to embrace it with open arms! 

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I am really excited about all the ‘new’. I haven’t reached the discomfort stage yet. I will say, I have been nervous/anxious to step out and DO, but it has majorly paid off because I am happy & loving what I am doing. I felt unsure if I was making the right decisions at time, but all the opportunities coming my way have affirmed that this is the path I was supposed to take. 

So, y’all are probably dying to know what is all this ‘newness’ I am talking about.
First of all, I passed my personal trainer exam this last Tuesday! So, I am now officially a NASM CPT (certified personal trainer). I am so happy that I can finally say that!!! To be honest, it’s still sinking in. I started studying 6 months ago in July. I worked really hard, learned a lot and I’m excited to start training clients & helping people achieve their goals! I am thrilled and can’t wait to see where it will take me.  

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this was right after finding out I passed!

Second, I’m a Questie! I work for Quest Nutrition as part of the field marketing team. We take selfies, sample Quest products, wear Quest gear and participate in all kinds events. We spread the Quest love all around and have tons of fun while we are doing it. My regular readers know I have loved Quest products for a long time, so getting a chance to work for them is freaking awesome! 

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Third, I am doing a detox and loving it! Usually the words detox and love don’t end up in the same sentence haha. How is this new you ask? I have never officially detoxed before! To be honest, I always thought it would be full of suffering and depriving yourself. All detoxes are NOT created equal. A true detox, like the one I am doing as a part of the resolution challenge, is meant to ‘reset’ your body and get it functioning normally. I am eating delicious food and feel amazing! I am so glad that I decided to try something new nutrition wise in 2016. I have 3 days left of the detox, once I am all done I will share my experience/results/observations with you. 

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some of the delicious food I have been eating! And yes, those are burgers on a detox!

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Last, but not least, the biggest ‘new’ of all… we are moving!! I am very excited, but also dreading it. I mean, I have a hard time packing for vacation, so packing up all my stuff does not sound appealing. Then there is the unpacking…. help!! The reality is this is a huge blessing & I’m thrilled. I’m dreading the move itself, but I cannot wait to be in our new place! wishing you a very

So, as you can see, 2016 is full of a lot of excitement! With this excitement comes a LOT of work & I am ready to take it on. Thank you for allowing me to share this excitement with you and take you on this journey with me. 

What are you looking forward to in 2016???
What would you pick as your word of the year?

XOXO
Stay Sweet! 
Sarah

Favorite Finds – IDEA World/Blogfest Edition

This week is flying by! I have so many amazing things that are going to be coming up on sweetblondesfitlife.com; giveaways, cool recipes, the anniversary of my blog and more! I am not kidding when I say you don’t want to miss it. If you haven’t already subscribe here so you don’t miss out on the upcoming stuff, especially the giveaways! 

In honor of #throwbackThursday, I have a video for you of all my favorite items from IDEA World Fitness Expo and BlogFest. I am REALLY excited about the items I’m sharing with you in the video, so be sure to watch it because things get a little cray (in a good way)!!!

 Links to items mentioned in video:

Crazy Richards PB Burst 
Crazy Richards Peanut Butter/Cashew Butter
NASM personal training info
Quest Products 
Pumped Up Pancakes 
Safe Catch Tuna 
TRX
‘Drop It Like a Squat’ Tank 

Let’s Chat:
Have you tried any of these products? 
Which one would you want to try?

Stay tuned for the giveaways and exciting stuff!!

XOXO
Stay Sweet!
Sarah