Are you happy that this is a new year? If you are like me, you’ve been eagerly awaiting 2013 to come to its final days since October.
Isn’t it crazy scary how 2014 rolled around so fast? So sudden that I didn’t even get the chance to reflect on the challenges, gifts and accomplishments that 2013 brought into my life. You see, sometime around December of 2012, I decided to be a badass crazy chick and actually shared my 2013 New Year’s Goals with the world. Yep, I blogged about my 10 New Years Goals that I would accomplish in just 12 speedy months. Do you think I was able to do it? It’s cool if you don’t believe in me and said no because you are right, I did not achieve all ten goals.
I was indeed super ambitious for creating 10 hefty goals and putting it out there on cyberspace for all of you to see. And because I didn’t achieve them all, you may think I feel like a failure or that I should be locked up in internet jail for saying I would do something but not doing it. (sorry,blame the human in me)
But no, I don’t feel that way at all (I don’t deserve jail). In fact, I feel refreshed, revitalized, calm, chill, cool and…well, normal. If you saw me in the street and asked me how was your 2013? I’d reply “it was cool.” My palms wouldn’t get all sweaty thinking about the things I said I would do that I didn’t do. Because in fact, although I didn’t meet all my goals, I made strong serious efforts to tackle each goal on a consistent basis. And more importantly, the goals that were not achieved are things that I am currently working on in 2014.
Now to the fun but weird, put-myself-out-there-for-the-internet-to-see, part of this blog post (just breathe Chika!). Below is a run down of the 10 goals I set for last year. Read on to see what these hefty goals are, if I achieved it, what I learned, and a self-reflection on how the goal will affect my life going forward. Hopefully after reading, you’ll get a sense of insight and a burst of inspiration to not only set goals for yourself but to make strong efforts to accomplish each one. You can do this… just use your strength, beauty, intelligence and resiliency.
Chika’s Ambitious and Motivational New Years Goals for 2013: Recap + Self-Reflection
Did it happen? No
What I learned: I couldn’t quite get my head above the bar …but I did learn how to do a chin-up! I was sooooo close on multiple occasions.
How will this goal affect me going forward: Pull-ups are extremely bad-ass. When I see women knocking out pull-ups effortlessly on youtube, I get really amped-up and jealous all at the same time. I can’t wait for that to be me. And so, I’ll put it out there: before 2014 is up, I am confident that I will be able to do at least one full pull-up. I’ll keep trying for it, I haven’t given up.
2. Eat more offal (organ meat).
Did it happen? Yes!
What I learned: It was my goal to try different types of offal (pronounced ‘aw-ful’) meat because they are chocked full of micronutrients your body needs to function optimally. In fact offal (organ meat) is so nutrient dense, that whenever I eat a serving, I skip my vitamin pills for the day to prevent waste (i.e. electric-yellow colored urine where all the extra nutrients end up).
I cooked beef and chicken liver on multiple occasions using my own recipe for chicken liver & onions. And I even had offal various times at restaurants including duck liver pate, tripe and beef tongue (yum!). When the chef prepares it a la perfecto with just the right combination of spices, it tastes heavenly.
How will this goal affect me going forward: 2013 exposed me to the world of offal and I liked it!. 2014 and going forward, offal will be a regularly-occurring food item in my home. We are only two weeks into the new year and I’ve already eaten liver at four different meals. All the extra energy I get after consuming offal makes it worth eating. Plus offal is way cheaper than most other animal cuts you will find in the store. Consider it an inexpensive solution to feeding your family a nutrient-rich source of protein.
3. Find a non-profit organization to volunteer.
Did it happen? Yes and No.
What I learned: Let me explain the above. You see, it was my goal to find a local non-profit organization within the health, food and fitness world that I could volunteer my free time. But I failed to do this. What I did do, and what I have been a part of for almost 10 years of my life, is a national accounting organization (yep, when I’m not cooking and teaching you about food and health, you can find me crunching numbers and referencing the tax code during my (lack of) spare time.
How will this goal affect me going forward: I have sat on the board of the bay area chapter of this accounting firm for over four years now and I am passionate about it — helping college students transition into a successful career in accounting and taxation and organizing impactful scholarship galas and the like. Accounting is my passion just as food and health are. Sometimes having two careers simultaneously is the only way to truly feel like I’ve conquered ‘happiness’ and ‘work-life balance’.
4. Start a YouTube Food channel.
Did it happen? Yes!!!!
What I learned: I learned that I love being in front of the camera. Big shout out to my friend Mourhia of Profound Coils (a natural hair care blog/social media venture), who introduced me to video-blogging. She is a beautiful actress who partnered with me to release our YouTube series: Nourishing Beauty where we dish to you about healthy foods, prepare easy delicious recipes and chat about relationships and taking care of you first. We launched our first batch of videos (ten videos) in August 2013 and are currently shooting videos to be uploaded on YouTube later this month. Subscribe to my youtube channel so you won’t miss it.
How will this goal affect me going forward: Going forward, look out for more YouTube videos from my Nourishing Beauty collaboration with Mourhia and as well as food, fitness, and life videos from me here at Chika Obih Wellness. #juiced #youaintready #getready #youready? #okthankyoubye
5. Get outdoors more often.
Did it happen? Yes
What I learned: So this goal and the next one are somewhat related. I was able to get outdoors more because I canceled my gym membership early last year. Because I love to exercise, this made it easy for me to tie up my sneakers, charge my ipod and get moving outdoors. It feels so amazing to have the sun and wind hitting your skin as the sweat beads linger on your face while moving your body. And because I live close to a lake, I am never alone — there are many other people nearby getting their outdoor activity in for the day. It’s truly a motivating environment.
How will this goal affect me going forward: I will continue to workout outdoors at least on the weekends because its fun, engaging, and rejuvenating. I also make sure to walk my errands whenever I have the extra time to spare. This is a goal I will effortlessly keep going forward.
6. Cancel gym membership.
Did it happen? Yes
What I learned: Canceled in February of 2013. In March I discovered Bikram Yoga. If you don’t know, Bikram yoga is yoga done for 90 minutes in a room heated to 105 degrees. I was pretty sure someone was trying to punish me in the worst way during my first class; the shit was intense. But I kept going back. And now I have completed two 30-day challenges (practicing Bikram yoga everyday for 30 days straight) within a 5 month period. I even blogged about the second challenge that I completed in August.
Never did I think I would be a fan of any form of yoga. I am the most inflexible woman I know in terms of stretching and bending and twisting. However, yoga helps with that! And yoga helps with stress; weight loss; muscle tone; sleep; cravings; mental clarity; energy; getting shit done; being positive.
These are all the things yoga has personally helped me improve. There are 50 million other reasons to give yoga a try. Don’t believe me, just try it out for a minimum of 3 times per week for a month.
How will this goal affect me going forward: No more gym membership. Just outdoor workouts, bikram yoga, and the occasional local bootcamp classes I purchase from time to time to change things up.
7. Chika Obih Wellness is an active force in improving the health of the community.
Did it happen? Yes
What I learned: This blog really gets around! I have heard from people all over the world how
– you have learned more about the benefits of avoiding processed foods and leading a healthier, active life.
I’d say gosh darn it, my blog and business has truly made a positive difference for you. Chika Obih Wellness has over 800 likes on facebook and an ever-growing following on instagram, twitter, pinterest, and youtube.
How will this goal affect me going forward: YOU motivate me. Everything I do is for you: for your health, your betterment, your happiness. So look out for more from me: recipes, videos, online healthy eating programs, stories, tips, photos, social media shares, blog posts, and more. And for those looking to work one on one with me as your Nutritionist, contact me today so that we can make it happen. Let no day go by when you aren’t putting your best foot forward in terms of your health.
8. Travel to Nigeria
Did it happen? No
What I learned: Nigeria is my homeland. Yes I was born in Los Angeles. But my parents are 100% Nigerian so that means I am too. I haven’t visited Nigeria since 2006 and I am pretty homesick about it. My aunties and uncles never fail to remind me that it has been way too long and that I need to pay them a visit. That was the plan last year but I did not take care of the Nigerian passport situation in time. Damn procrastination.
How will this goal affect me going forward: So now my goal is to go to Nigeria for Christmas 2014. I’ll make sure to get on the passport thing asap to prevent running into the same problems. #procrastinationkillsdreams
9. Run a Half Marathon
Did it happen? YES
What I learned: I ran two half marathons and blogged about my adventures from my first one I ran June 2013. It takes heart, dedication, patience, perseverance and a conveniently located supply of chapstick to run long distances. shit, the wear and tear it does on the body is ridiculous. After the disaster I experienced in the June half where I hobbled across the fiishline more than 20 minutes longer than my goal-time, I was super determined to beat that time.
I soon signed up for an October half in which I ran and beat my June time by 12 minutes. I felt like I was sitting pretty on top of a really tall building in San Francisco. And I felt hurt. I messed up my left knee joint and was literally hopping around for a couple weeks after. Walking down the stairs felt like death. Since when did anyone ever dread walking down stairs??? Talk about a perplexingly painful period in life.
How will this goal affect me going forward: It is amazing that I ran two half marathons less than four months apart. But my body paid the ultimate price. To this day, my knee is not 100% healed. The knees are NOT something you ever want to mess up. Once the knees go, then its all downhill from there. So after running 3 half marathons in my life (the first was in 2011), I have decided to retire from long distance running. It was fun, but I am moving on to other knee-friendly activities.
10. Open my heart (and give my attention) to the possibility of finding love.
Did it happen? Yes
What I learned: Note: I have not yet found love. B U T….. I have learned how to be vulnerable and not keep my heart guarded. Wowzers, it took alot of work because I am naturally logical-scientific based and less of the emotional, share-your-feelings, poetic type. I used to have 30 minute conversations in my head pondering the question “do I really like him, why or why not?” How Dexter-like of me! But now those converstaions last just 10 minutes (improvement!). But seriously, I just follow my heart, follow my emotions, and give people a fair chance….to screw up (kidding).
Vulnerability and being able to go with the flow has helped me to come to terms quickly when relationships do not work out. I feel satisfied that an honest effort was made on my part and can move forward with a clear head and optimism towards the next male encounter.
How will this goal affect me going forward: Now that I can effortlessly show my vulnerability, my dating experiences thus far have been raw, honest, and …quick. lol the bullshit radar works at lightning speed these days! As of writing this post I cannot say that I am exclusively involved with anyone. But I am happily dating. And I have washed my hands of bullshitters and self-absorbed crazies. My road to love is clear of debris and is mine for the taking. I am too juiced to take control of the wheel and drive towards my destination…happily ever after.
To Wrap Up…
Having goals each year is a brilliant way to set the tone that “this year things will be different.” Whether or not you achieve your goals, your energy towards tackling the goal(s) is what’s most important. Setting goals means you care about something. Caring about something should make you want to take the necessary action to see it through. And if you are super serious about seeing your goals through, then tell one or two people about them. Or be like me and tell the world haha.
So….I want to know. What are your goals for 2014? Who have you told these goals to? What steps have you taken to help put you in a position to accomplish these goals? Share with me in the comments.
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