Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Reflecting on 2014 & Setting Intentions for 2015

Last year, I set a lofty list of goals for 2014. I accomplished a lot of things on the list:
  • I graduated from Institute of Integrative Nutrition in July and launched a kick ass health coaching practice before I even graduated!
  • We moved to Hastings on Hudson, a beautiful town in Westchester. We're now near family and closer to friends in NYC. I've even connected with lots of new friends here.
  • I have a Learner's Permit. It's not quite a Driver's License, but I'm on track to get that by the end of January.
  • I wrote another eBook: Please Don't Eat the Plastic: A Quick Guide to Detoxing Your Kitchen, which is free for everyone on my email list.
  • I've incorporated more self-care into my day. My morning ritual is a total self-lovefest! By drawing boundaries, I am consistently in bed and nearly asleep by 11pm. I certainly breathe more. My husband set up alarms to go off a few times a day so we breathe mindfully and sometimes I Breathe on Purpose with Melissa Danielle. I also started seeing a naturopathic doctor and taking supportive supplements towards achieving a happy menstrual cycle.
  • I taught workshops at Herbstalk conference, Lady Project Summit, Learning Connection, and Whole Foods Market on everything from green cleaning to blogging. I've also been a regular presenter of healthy eating and DIY workshops at Pace University dorms. I gained just the right amount of momentum, creds, and confidence to meet my goal of teaching a workshop each week in 2015.

I also had some other major life milestones that didn't make the list:
  • I got engaged. (Richard proposed on Dec 31st at 4:30am so it didn't make my 2013 recap. LOL!) I got married too.
  • I joined byakuren, a young women's training group in SGI, the Nichiren Buddhist lay organization I practice with. We protect and care for members at our activities center. It's been such an amazing opportunity to make a cause for world peace and my human revolution before I graduate to Women's Division in January. 
  • I never got a cold or flu for the first time ever! In the past, I'd get a cold at least once a month. I suspect this is a benefit of drinking apple cider vinegar daily, but I'm not sure. 
  • We downsized from a house to a small apartment with just two closets. We're so ready for our future dream tiny house!
  • I cut off most of my hair. I'm probably never going to do this again, but I'm glad to have satisfied my curiosity about what I'd look like with pixie afro.

Big goals for 2014 were to reach 2K Facebook fans and earn $50K as an entrepreneur. I didn't reach these numbers but I'm proud to report I've made progress towards them. I know 2015 will be the year they are manifested through resilient efforts. Towards my fame, wealth, and service goals, my intentions for 2015 are to:
  • Redirect the focus of my health coaching practice to helping women in their 30s transition to more plant-based diets. 
  • Be more consistent: be selective and strategic about what I take on and then follow through like a boss, especially with follow up and respecting my schedule. 
  • Work with a marketing coach. I've just enrolled in 90 Days To a Lucrative Coaching Business with marketing guru, Sharice of The Apple a Day Way. I've worked with her before and I'm so excited to go deeper in this intensive program.
  • Use Plan to Eat to schedule meals and create my grocery list so that I spend less time shopping for ingredients last minute. This is time I'll reinvest in my business. 
  • Bring back What I Wore Wednesday posts. I miss #WIWW and all the blog sisterhood it creates. I also miss giving you all a glimpse into my personal life.
  • More collaborations with websites, products, and services that share my passion for contributing to a healthier and more joyful world.
I did not make soap or open an Etsy shop in 2014. I hosted a group program of The Artist's Way but none of us completed it. Somewhere along the way, I realized making soap, opening an Etsy shop, and completing The Artist's Way isn't as important to me now as building a sold business.

I'm sending lots of love and appreciation to my husband, my SGI district members in PVD and Rivertowns, my mom, my mother-in-law, our family and friends, my peer coaches Michele and Melissa Danielle, my life coach Kate, Sarah and Peter at The Seasonal Diet and all my other internet friends and collaborative partners who supported me. And of course, I'm grateful to YOU too! Thank you. You made my year amazing! I can't wait for 2015!

What were your greatest accomplishments this year? What are you looking forward to achieving in 2015? How will you do it? 

Olivia Lane is a Blogger, Green Living Educator, and Health Coach trained at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She's also author of Baking Soda & Bliss: The Healthy & Happy Guide to Green Cleaning.   

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  1. just got the Artist's Way and have been looking forward to starting that in the new year. I'm curious about your experience and any advice for this. Happy New Year and congrats on a fabulous 2014!

  2. I'm never made it past Week 9. My experience is The Artist Way is incredibly intense. You've really gotta be intentional in creating space for all the stuff it brings up. I should write a post about why I've never finished it. #realtalk

  3. Almost forgot-- Happy New Year Jill! I love your newsletter and blog and can't wait to experience what's in store for your biz next year! I'm here cheering for you! Also doing The Artist's Way would have a tremendous impact on your biz. I feel like it affected me even though I didn't make it all the way through.



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