Here is my recap of the year 2023 and my goals for 2024. As we start this bright and shining new year, I always take this opportunity to reflect on what I have achieved and set my intentions for the year ahead. As you set your goals for 2024, I would love to hear about them in the comments. Additionally, if you are looking for support in January, join our 21-day challenge here!
Looking back on the year 2023, it is easy for me to recognize all the things I struggled with and all the things I intended to do but didn’t manage to accomplish. The year 2023 was full of great highs and challenging lows. After the time period of 2020-2021, I truly learned to embrace the good moments and enjoy them because there are always setbacks, and I try to remember that everything is only temporary.
Reflection on the Year and My Goals for 2024 Travel and Personal: Travel was a major highlight this year. It had been my dream for so long to take the girls to Italy, and we finally did it! We had an incredible Disney Mediterranean cruise to Italy and Greece and introduced the girls to my favorite place in the world, Positano. I indulged in chocolate croissants every day (in addition to so much Italian food and wine), played with the girls in the sea of Mykonos, and explored to our hearts‘ content. The good news is that they are fully on board with the European train and are already asking when we can go back. We also went to Disneyland a few times for Dance the Magic, a Disney Baja cruise to Mexico and San Diego, and enjoyed stays at Miraval Tucson, Mt. Lemmon, the Great Wolf Lodge, and the Fairmont Scottsdale. We also saw Taylor Swift – Liv’s absolute favorite.
I have started singing with the Tucson Symphony again, and it has freed my soul. After a few years off, it feels so good to be back. Our director is simply incredible, and I look forward to it every week. I feel blessed to have made it through another year with our group of friends—friends in Tucson who have truly become like family. We get together for family dinners, travel together, and whenever we talk about moving, we decide we can’t because we love our friends here too much (and would miss our Tucson family!).
It’s been quite a wild year with the great eye saga, but I am SO grateful that it is under control *knock on wood.* At the moment, I was so scared and devastated—I could never imagine going out for a walk or doing… I also resumed hot yoga – and now I know that it was an opportunity to learn A LOT about eye care and gut health. I will soon publish an update on all of these things and what the current routine looks like.
Professional Summary: This little blog and podcast had a good year. After a few years of lower traffic, our SEO efforts (and our SEO team working hard behind the scenes) have finally started to increase blog traffic. The podcast reached 500,000 downloads, which is a major milestone in the podcast world. I take a more relaxed approach to the podcast, so it’s still amazing for me that it ranks in the top 0.5% of podcasts. As for sponsorships, I worked with a company this year that I admire and love: NOW Foods. I am grateful for their continued partnership and look forward to collaborating further in 2024.
I went through my inbox to look for opportunities for sponsored posts for 2023, and there were over 200, at least 20 of which were large companies with equally large budgets. These also applied to companies and products that do not align with my values or sell products that I do not use or like. I still stick to my values here and will never promote a company on the blog that I don’t love and support 100%. I am also grateful for affiliate partners, including Nutrisense, EquiLife, IHP, Sakara, HigherDOSE, Organifi, Aviron, Daily Harvest, Pvolve, and for everyone who shops through my links. It directly supports our family (and helps keep this little blog running), and I appreciate it very much. I told myself that I would dedicate more time to Beautycounter this year… I did not. I have still been working behind the scenes on it (and my incredible VA has been a big help), and it has still been a significant source of income for me, but I definitely feel like I dropped the ball. It is one of my goals to reengage with it this year because the products and the company are great (and so is our team!).
I completed my IHP level 2 certification and was able to support 1:1 clients in a new way through functional testing and specific protocols. I look forward to expanding on this in 2024.
Professional Goals: Lead over 200 friends through our Community Detox in January and continue to grow my 1:1 coaching practice. If you are interested in participating in the detox, I would order your kit today! You can choose the 7, 14, or 21 day option and get 10% off with the code FITNESSISTA10. If you join, send me an email at email@example.com with the subject DETOX so I can invite you to our Facebook group. Begin posting videos on YouTube again. My poor YouTube channel has been neglected for so long, but this year, I want to start posting non-fitness-related content like shopping trips, fitness/wellness product reviews, and more. If you have any requests, please let me know! Continue to build the Fit Team and platform as a center for whole-body wellness. Fit Team is full of progressive strength training plans, workout videos, recipes, and meal plans. I want to add more to the platform (live videos, expert interviews, hormone guides), create programs (one of the things that I enjoy the most), and support our great members. Stay consistent in blog and content creation. I am here Monday through Friday, and thanks to your survey suggestions, I have so many post ideas for the new year. Complete the High Performance Health certification. I always like to start the new year with a new certification on the horizon, so I look forward to working on HPH and learning biohacking and longevity strategies that I can share with clients and here on the blog.
Health Goals: Complete the CBO protocol! This will be a breeze, but I really want to continue my healing journey and know that this is the best next step. I will miss garlic and onions as long as I can’t have them :(((. Continue with the practices that make me feel the best: sauna blanket, PEMF mat, daily walks with Maisey, time for prayer and meditation, 7-9 hours of sleep, and meal planning. Time with friends, yoga classes, dates with the Pilot, and time with family.
Personal: Read the Bible in a year. I have always wanted to do this and now is the perfect time. Continue to work on being the best mother, wife, friend, daughter, and sister that I can be. Lead with love, practice patience (even when I feel like my patience tank is empty), and show the people I love how much they mean to me. Put the phone down more and be present. To plan fun adventures and support and care for the people around me.
So tell me, friends: Are you setting goals for this year? What made you proud in 2023? What is a professional, health, and personal goal for 2024? I wish you a happy, healthy, and joyful new year! xoxo Gina