Sunday, 31 March 2013

Spring Forward - My Resolution Do-Over

Okay so back in January I made some sweeping declarations and 2013 resolutions... then surgery #6 happened, and I have been playing catch-up ever since. Blah!! I think it is no secret that this little type-A gal likes to plan. I love the promise of clean slate, a new set of challenges, and a fresh start. So I want a resolution do-over DAMNIT! And I am dubbing it...

Spring Forward! 

That's right I am reclaiming the year I wanted and declaring my 2013 resolutions in April. Better late than never right?!

Health woes aren't good for much, that much I know. But these little misadventures have been good for helping me regain some perspective. It can be easy to get bogged down in all of the day-to-day shenanigans. But having the proverbial rug ripped out from under you on a semi-regular basis does wonders for keeping your attitude in check. It helps remind me to cherish each and every moment, because in this moment I am here, I am healthy, and I am happy. It for those 3 very simple reasons that I am blessed.

As a little Darwinian Fail it can be hard to tell when the next great medical misadventure is going to sneak up and knock you on your butt. And this year has taught me that despite my best efforts to control these situations - sometimes life has other plans. So my goal for 2013 embracing the beautiful crazy life that I have and as MizFit always says "Live My Priorities" and the Life I Dreamed.

So here's the Life I Dreamed in no particular order...

Running and Racing
1. Get the marathon finish I dreamed of.
I want that sub-5 marathon - even better 4:30- but I will be happy with anything under 5.
2. Complete my first Sprint Triathlon (maybe 2!)
3. PR my September Half 
I am running the Island Girl in September and I am gunning for a Goal Time of 2hrs.
4. Train Well 
This means finding a more balanced approach to training this time. Including: biking, swimming, and yoga. And just enjoying the process.

Health and Wellness:
1. Make a commitment to nutrition.
Food has always been my weakest link, but this year I am gonna change that. I want to work on eating all whole healthy foods, primarily plant-based, with enough room for some delicious-ness for my soul every now and again.
2. Meet with a Naturopath to discuss Acupuncture
I have a chronic blood clot in my left arm - one of the many complications of my robot heart status - which causes problems with swelling and circulation. I have heard that acupuncture can work wonders for healing and circulation issues - and with 3 surgeries in the last 12 months - I can use all the help I can get.
3. Meditate for 15-20 minutes each night before bed
This is just important for my mental health. I want to end each day with a grateful heart, because life is just too beautiful.

1. Finish my Psychology Degree
I am so close. Even with all of the surgeries this year I have still been able to work towards completing my degree. And the goal is to be done by August 31st.
2. Find my Dream Job
With school wrapping up, it will be time to head back to work, and I am looking for perfect career! Preferably something that focuses on counseling or social work <--- if you are in the Greater Toronto Area and are looking for someone? I am your girl!
3. Work on my Free-lance Writing Portfolio
I started this little blog, just because I love to write. So this year I want to look for more free-lance opportunities and really increase my portfolio.

Life and Family:
1. Save for a French Vacation in 2014
I need a vaca in the worst way! But with tuition-fees and my sporadic part-time student income it is unlikely to happen this year...BUT ITS DEFINITELY HAPPENING NEXT YEAR. So I am gonna start saving.
2. Make Time to Enjoy My Family
I feel like I don't mention it enough on here, but I have the BEST family. I am hopelessly in love with my hubby. My furbaby Clark rocks my socks - even if he is a sassy monster. And I am lucky enough to have grown up with great parents, a sweet sister, an amazing extended family, and I married into a family that is just as fabulous. So I just want to make time this year to enjoy being together.
3. Focus on Our Future
This summer Jamie and I will be celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary (**time flies when you are having fun!**). He is my rock, my best friend, and my world. And as tough as this past year has been I know that we have long, beautiful, life waiting for us. So now that all the medical-drama is behind us for awhile - it is time to start focusing on that. Enjoying this perfectly imperfect little life we have together. And planning for the future - a house...maybe our own little Darwinian Fail Success in the next few years...time will tell. But its time to start looking forward.

So that is it.
That is the life I want. That is the life I dreamed of.
And that if the life I am going spend the rest of this year creating.

Do you need a Resolution Do-Over?! What are your goals for the rest of 2013?

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,


  1. What a full life & you are one amazing lady to have done all this & planning for a beautiful future as well - even with all you have gone thru - you inspire me & such an inspiration!!!

    I don't make resolutions & goals are fluid for me - life changes & I change with it. I know others don't like this philosophy but it is mine - :)

  2. You remind me so much of myself with your running goals. I had the same goal, SUB 5 OR ELSE!!! It's odd, when I got it, it still wasn't good enough. Marathons are addicting. This is how they suck you in!
    Good luck with all of your goals. Writing them down helps. You've got a lot of ambition!

  3. Oh great idea! I think I'll spring forward too because of my stress fracture! I love your attitude and great ideas!

  4. Love this Krysten. Yes to reclaiming your year. I'm feeling similarly lately - the need to reclaim this year and set it back on the path that I want to pursue. I love love love your "dream" life and have no doubt that you are going to live it to the fullest.

  5. You are so beautiful inside n outside! You are an inspiration, I love your blog!
    Good luck with all your goals!!
    Life is each moment to the max!
    Have a lovely week!
    Diana Acuna

  6. I like the idea of revisiting your goals in the spring. I've started doing acupuncture weekly a few months ago and I am loving it! I definitely recommend it - but be sure to find the right practitioner for you.

  7. Sounds good! I especially love the last part about life and family goals.

  8. Ill lovingly nudge you with the meditation.
    It really changed my life.


  9. What a great list of goals and how wise to reevaluate and reclaim your year! I am especially inspired by your goal to meditate every night.

  10. These are great goals and I like how you balance out life and fitness and nutrition altogether. I know you can kick any marathons but because you've been through so much and are very strong!

  11. just enjoying the process<--------absolutely!

    The sky is the limit! You've got great things coming my friend! xoxo

  12. You said it right..... I love your focus on what's important and resetting priorities. I don't set yearly resolutions, I just set goals as they arise throughout the year.

  13. Love all of these goals! I can't wait to watch you soar through them beautifully. Food is my weak link too. I wan work out all DAY and love it but eating clean and healthy is always the hardest of the two. PS We're sprint tri twins! I'm signing up for my first one today :)

  14. Love your goals and think very single one is within your reach.

    I did acupuncture a couple times. Once was for my ITB that I needed fixed up as quickly as possible. I was willing to try anything. I was doing so many things that I'm not sure what helped aide recovery, but some combo worked.

    Wishing you a continued wonderful journey

  15. It's your life and you can start your resolutions any time of the year! :) I think they are all great, life-improving goals. Good luck!

  16. Great list, it's so well balanced. And so much to look forward to, I'm excited for you!

  17. I LOVE your list!! And I love that you recognized that life turned crazy for a while, resetting is genius! You can do it! :)

  18. This is AWESOME! I don't think that there is any time better than another to set goals for yourself - January or April - whenever you're ready, you'll get them done!

  19. Great list of goals! You will totally #claimyouryear! You're so determined no lil surgery can hold you down!