What a year!

So it’s time for the inevitable 2012 recap. 2012 was a great year for me! I took a lot of time for myself this year (read: unemployment periods), but I feel like it put me on the right track, and I’ve learned to look at opportunities and experiences in a new light. I’ve learned to follow my heart, and it seems to be working for me! Some of my biggest accomplishments this year include…

  • Starting this blog! My very first post was March 12, 2012. This little old blog has given me opportunities I never thought possible. The people I have met, and relationships I have formed are invaluable. I’ve learned that I really can do whatever I want, and the blogging community (bloggers AND readers!) shows me that everyday.
  • I PR’d in the half marathon, twice! My old PR was 2:07:21. I beat that once in May with 1:55:36 and then beat THAT in November with 1:54:59!
  • I taught myself my way around the weight room. I had wanted to start lifting weights for a long time, but I was entirely intimidated, and couldn’t afford a personal trainer. SO, I read everything I could find about exercises and form, I sucked up my pride, and walked into the gym like a lost puppy. 3 months later, I had completed Jamie Eason’s LiveFit trainer.
  • Two months after that, I became a personal trainer!
  • I auditioned for the Booty Camp Fitness DVD. I didn’t make the cut, but I overcame my nerves and I auditioned! I later learned that I was shortlisted for the DVD, and almost made it! After that, Booty Camp Fitness even hired little old me as an instructor πŸ™‚
  • I transitioned to 100% minimalist running. My old trainers are legit collecting dust. I wear Vibram FiveFingers for everything!
  • I ran my first trail race!
  • I placed in a race for the first time! (So later I learned that my 3rd place became 5th place but that’s ok, hah)
  • I rode in my first bike race! Well it wasn’t really a race (Ride for Heart) but I rode 50k and it was my 3rd time on a bike since I was 12, so not bad, hah!

In 2012, I gained a confidence in myself that I have never had before. I have the desire and the drive to do better, feel better and be better– and for once, I have the confidence to match.

I have lots of goals for 2013, and I’ll be sure to share them with you tomorrow!

What are you accomplishments in 2012 and goals for 2013?Β If you have a blog post, please link it below!

Thank all of you for reading my teeny tiny blog, I hope I can continue to amuse you (as much as I amuse myself) all the way through 2013!

Happy New Year!




  1. SO SO PROUD OF YOU!! What an amazing year!!!

    And hopefully we can race together in 2013 πŸ™‚

  2. Hey! I just found your blog and I’m in love with it!! Congrats on all of your accomplishments this year – you’re killing it!! I posted my accomplishments on my blog too – check it out! πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to read more of your blog posts!

    • Sarah! We’re Instagram friends! Hah. Thanks so much for the kind words. I’m heading to your blog right this moment!

  3. VERY inspiring Danielle! What hard work you have done in the past year! Amazing accomplishments! You should be so very proud of yourself. Can’t wait to read about all of your endeavors in 2013.
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  4. Awe this was such a great post, congrats on everything girl! I didn’t know your recipe was in Oxygen magazine! That’s soo awesome, i am gonna try and make it this weekend πŸ™‚