What I Learned In 2009

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on December 8, 2009

Remember in this post when I told you what my 9 in 2009 were?

Things I have never done but want to in ‘09:

  • RACE! [my first half marathon (May 10th 2009), etc]
  • Run 1,000 miles in 2009
  • Visit a new country (we are thinking Ireland this year)
  • Start an online bakery
  • Raise over $2,500 for Cancer research
  • Renovate our new house (e.g., learn how to install hardwood, do basic repairs, etc)
  • Start working on my first book
  • Secure a BIG contest giveaway on Oh She Glows
  • Learn and practice yoga

I thought it would be fun to reflect on the last year to find out how I really did with my 2009 goals and see what I have learned.

Let’s begin…

1. RACE: I not only ran my first race, but I bounced back from an injury running my first 10k, 10 miler, and two half marathons in a span of just 5 months. Goal accomplished!


What did I learn?

  • Listen to my body and don’t run when injured/tired/sore
  • The thought ‘I’m not a good runner’ only applies if you SAY/THINK it. Once I stopped thinking it I started running 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 13 miles…
  • Races are FUN
  • Races are expensive (which is why I have put them off for a few months!)
  • I ran all of my races running <3 times a week. You don’t have to follow a 5-6 day a week plan to race!

2. Run 1,000 miles: This type of goal is what got me injured from Jan 13-March 2nd 2009! I learned a big lesson this year- don’t push myself too hard and to listen to my body! I have logged every workout this year (pretty crazy- see for yourself!). I am guessing I ran about 300 miles this year and did a TON of cross-training!

What did I learn?

  • Don’t set too high of a goal. Aim lower and surprise yourself ;)
  • Don’t get caught up in what everyone else is doing. Set exercise goals for ME and me only!

3. Visit a new country: Sadly, this didn’t happen this year as money was extra tight with me starting my own business. I hope we are able to do this next year!

What did I learn?

  • Looking at honeymoon and other travel pictures takes me on a mini-vacation even when I can’t get away!

4. Start an online bakery: This is the goal I was most proud of this year. I started Glo Bakery in the spring and the rest was history. Goal accomplished!

logo_Glo_Bakery What did I learn?

  • With hard work, discipline, and perseverance I can do anything I set my mind to!
  • Baking all day is very hard & exhausting work
  • My creativity was trapped for years working in uninspiring environments
  • Work can be exciting

5. Raise $2,500 for cancer: I ended up raising over $3300 for cancer with my Shop 4 A Cause Charity Auction! Goal accomplished!

u19555527copy-thumb What did I learn?

  • People get sooo pumped about silent auctions ;)
  • There are so many awesome people will to help out in any way they can
  • Running for a cause is very rewarding and makes it more special

6. Renovate our house: We have completed a lot of renovations on our house this year, but I give all of the credit to Eric. He has done most of it as I have been so busy with the business. He has renovated our family room, front entry, did a ton of wiring/behind the scenes stuffed, scraped popcorn off ceiling, painted, etc etc.  We didn’t get to hardwood floors but that will be 2010. Go hubby! Goal accomplished!


What did I learn?

  • Buy Non-VOC paint!!!
  • Appreciate my husband for the work he does every single day
  • Don’t expect a complete transformation of the house in 1 year
  • Renos are SO expensive
  • Prepare for unexpected renos (non-cosmetic). We had an unexpected roof repair that cost us $3,500 and set us back on our cosmetic renos

7. Start working on my first book: One of my goals is to write a book but I have not had the time this year to pursue this goal. I definitely want to at some point!

What did I learn?

  • I can’t expect to do everything at once!
  • I can still explore my love for writing on OSG for the time being

8. Secure a big giveaway on OSG: I had the biggest giveaway I have ever hosted on OSG this summer with Summer Glow Boot Camp. We gave away a photoshoot worth over $500, Amazing Grass prizes, Glo Bars, among other great products! Goal accomplished!


What did I learn?

  • Organizing big giveaways takes hours and hours of time!!!
  • Giving away cool stuff is very fun

9. Learn and practice yoga: I have definitely given yoga a chance in my life this year. I have used it for relaxation and I am loving how centered it makes me feel. Goal accomplished!


What did I learn?

  • I love yoga for the stress release it gives me, but I can’t see myself becoming a hard-core yogi anytime soon. I will use it for relaxation, stretching, and stress release when needed.


What did you learn in 2009?

Did you meet any resolutions that you set for yourself?


A quick note about my CTV interview- I am told it won’t be airing until this weekend but I don’t have a day and time yet! Will keep you updated…

Stay tuned for my 10 in 2010 coming up!!!


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Kim December 10, 2009 at 1:50 pm

What an inspiring post! My resolution for 2009 was to beat Lyme Disease, put my health back together again, begin studying nutrition, and share with others all the amazing things I’ve learned while getting well. I’m *almost* there with beating Lyme Disease, but I still have a few months to go. I’ve always been an incredibly ambitious person, but this year I learned to take things one step at a time – focus on getting well and sharing my experience with others, then focus on going back to school and pursuing a career that can help others. I just started reading your blog this summer, so I had no idea you’d accomplished all of this in just one year! Congrats on all the big wins and thanks for showing us that it can be done! Here’s to leaving my corporate job in 2010 and setting out on my new course! :)


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