I’ve always hated New Years resolutions. Admittedly, it’s always been a bit of an irrational hatred. There’s nothing wrong with using the symbolic fresh start to make important changes. It’s just never been an approach that worked for me, and as a personal trainer I’ve seen it fail over and over for others as well. 

The problem tends to be that people set resolutions based on external expectations but without understanding their own expectation and motivations. That works for only a select few. 

When I heard Katy Bowman talking about remembering the year and setting intentions for the next, I was intrigued. It seemed like a much more thoughtful way to go about it, and therefore, hopefully, more effective! She’s done it over the past several years on her podcast, Move Your DNA, and this year I finally decided to join in. 

Completing and Remembering The Previous Year

What was your biggest triumph this past year?

Prioritizing movement over exercise and learning to let go of the “but-I-didn’t-exercise” guilt.

What was the smartest decision you made this past year?

Re-introducing lunchtime walks

What one word best sums up and describes this past year’s experiences?


What was the greatest lesson you learned in the past year?

The value of re-evaluation. Knowing what I wanted to get out of movement, my life, my career as of two years ago, is not the same as knowing what I want out of those things now.

What is your biggest piece of unfinished business in this past year?

Developing a yoga practice.

What are you most happy about completing this past year?

Finishing my ACE personal training certification and being 1 week from completing my Primal Health Coach certification.

Who were the three people that had the greatest impact on your life this past year?

I don’t think she knows it, but my good friend, Kendra. She always inspires me and helps me relearn that my career choice (engineering) doesn’t define my purpose or my value.

And two coworkers of mine, we’ll them J and G. These women helped me maintain a better level of mental health this year, provided encouragement, and helped me feel like my movement and food ecology obsessions are normal-ish. 🙂

What was the biggest risk you took this past year?

Moving away from the expected approach to fitness and prioritizing overall health and movement.

What was the biggest surprise this past year?

What I plan doesn’t always work, even if I try real hard. I grew up with the attitude that if you work hard, things will work out. Sometimes they don’t. Sometimes you work hard, and life throws you on your face. Not always. But more often than we’d all like, I think. At least me.

What important relationship improved the most in the past year?

My relationship with my husband.

What compliment would you have liked to have received this past year?

You make me feel like I can do this.

What compliment would you liked to have given in the past year?

I admire your strength. You don’t need to know to whom.

What else do you need to do or say to be complete with the results of the past year?

I don’t need to impress anyone to have value.

Creating A  New Year

What would you like to be your greatest triumph in the coming year?

Knowing that I’m living a life that is in line with my values and helping others toward the same.

What advice would you like to give yourself this coming year?

Go outside. No matter how bad the day, how frustrating the coworker, how cluttered your life – despite how tired and unmotivated you feel, you always feel better when you go outside.

What is the major effort you are planning to improve your financial results in the coming year?

Incorporating health coaching into my personal business and being a better advocate for myself at work.

What would you be most happy about completing this new year?

The 52 hike challenge, including at least 1 20+ miler.

What major indulgence are you willing to experience this coming year?

TRAVEL! Depending on how the financial bit goes, I’d love to see some more National Parks this year.

What would you like to change about yourself in the coming year?

I’d love to end 2019 with a meditation practice and a better handle on dealing with stress.

What are you looking forward to learning this new year?

Natural movement. Between Movnat and just getting outside, I’m excited to learn to move my body in really functional and primal ways and laying a foundation for lifelong movement!

What do you think will be your greatest risk in this coming year?

Trying to expand a business and keep it in line with my values while working a full-time job.

What are you most committed to changing about your work and improving during this  year?

Consistency. I am committed to providing a more consistent service to my clients and my audience – both consistency in producing content and following up. Online is harder for me than in-person and I have a lot of room for improvement.

What is one undeveloped talent you are willing to explore in the coming year?

Balance. Maybe through a yoga or Movnat practice.

What brings you the most joy and how are you going to do or have more of that in your life this year?

I feel like I can breathe when I am outside, so I plan to get out for walks and hikes and paddle boarding as much as I can. The devil is in the details though, and it’s a lot easier to say than do. The starting point here will be finding ways to make it easier to follow through on doing these things .

Who or what, other than yourself, are you most committed to loving and serving this new year?

My husband (duh), my coworkers, and my clients. Despite the difficultly of showing grace to difficult people, it is possible, and something I would like to improve.

What one word would you like to have as your theme in the new year?


Compliments of Robin Blanc Mascari

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