So I’ve been thinking about this idea of a resolution, or my own personal “Manifesto” if you will. To figure out what I want, I needed to understand what I wanted to change. I made a simple list. “Simple” was the key word. These simple questions merit paragraphs of answers, but the last thing I really wanted to do is reread my long winded answers (and whoever’s reading this, I did this out of consideration for you too).
What did I accomplish?
Ended the season on a healthy, body-intact note
Made it to finals at the Salomon Extreme Freeride Championships at Taos
Finished the season ranked 20th overall out of 60 U.S. Women
Got significantly stronger mentally and physically thanks to crossfit (Hiiiii Biiiiillyyyy)
Entered the season with some great sponsors and picked up a few awesome ones along the way
Managed to work, ski every day, and pay my rent
Followed a strict paleo diet for 4 months and felt incredible
Competed in my first crossfit competition
Where did I fail?
Beat myself up over minor failures
Let one bad fall get the best of me and made me back out of things well within my ability
Got lax with my diet and eating habits
Putting too many people’s needs and feelings ahead of my own
Forgetting to breathe during competitions
What made me feel happy?
My first experience choking on Utah’s champagne powder, soooo deep!
Finally hitting the hanging bowl double at Snowbird, then going back to hit it again
RX-ing Crossfit workouts (WODs)
Seeing familiar faces everyday
Competition excitement and the Freeride World Tour community
The Wasatch mountains in their beautiful snow-covered glory
Meeting someone I fell in love with
After WOD endorphins
Creative (paleo) cooking
Falling into a great job/learning opportunity thanks to fate and hitch-hiking
What upset me?
The feeling after eating crappy, unhealthy food
Being torn between friends
Competition results below my standards for myself, and my ability
Moments of financial broke-ness
People holding grudges
Uncomfortable feeling that follows when people compliment me
Parental disproval of my ski bum lifestyle
What are my goals for this year?
Qualify for the Freeride World Tour
Do a muscle-up, then do multiple ones in a row
Do two solid things to build my resume (new job, project, experience)
Shoot some photos, make it into a ski magazine
Do a backflip on skis
Make the healthiest choices for myself (physically, emotionally)
Keep getting stronger, crush self-doubt
Make my lifestyle financially sustainable, learn a new trade
Be an inspiration
Develop plans for my long term dream-soon-to-be-actual-project (tell you more later)
Volunteer at least once a month
Make time for all of my friends, I owe them so much
Well, that’s my list in a (lengthy) nutshell. I have a lot of goals, some more work intensive than others, but all equally important, and as far as I see it they’re all achievable. I’ll build my manifesto off of the above. They’re more or less guidelines I aspire to live by, and by doing so I hope to achieve my goals.