Full Steam Ahead

2010 was wild and crazy.  We traveled the world, I started blogging, went to a Chinese emergency room at 3am, returned to the U.S after a year and a half abroad, bought our first house and moved to a new town (in that order!), and to top it off we bought a clinic.  Whew!

2011 was spent recovering from 2010.  Last year was all about grounding, literally and figuratively.  I only flew once but I grew a garden, made friends and community, spent lots of time with family in West Virginia, with Tate started developing a professional presence, began dancing again, and began teaching again.  Tate and I joke that we haven’t put down roots yet but we’ve dug a great big hole!

2012.  What will it bring?  More travel (I’m getting antsy!), more teaching (I have four classes a week now), more dancing (I have a show in March!), more gardening (still picking lettuce!!!).  I am ready for those roots to start taking hold!

Hope you had an incredible 2011 and began 2012 with an appetite for personal growth, balance, and adventure!




    • gracefulfitness

      I am always surprised when I throw back the frost cover and it’s still growing! It’s been a very mild winter here so I don’t know if that’s normal for these parts.

  1. Chloe

    This doesn’t really relate to your post…but, I’m curious what you think of crossfit workouts? Have you ever participated?

    • gracefulfitness

      Hmmm, that’s a good question Chloe. I should probably refrain from having an opinion at all because I don’t have a lot of experience with it. Here’s my only-slightly-educated opinion…
      I like
      1. the length and intensity of the workouts: short and hard is what I’ve really fallen in love with for my own workouts this year.
      2. the emphasis on whole body movements, rather than isolating muscle groups (i.e. a bicep curl), is awesome, smart, and effective.
      3. the camaraderie and sense of community that the gyms seem to promote.
      4. there is a heavy emphasis on improving and goal-setting

      After reading this list it seems like I should be a Crossfit devotee but there is something about it that rubs me the wrong way. I know for my own body that lifting heavy weights overhead is going to either make my shoulders huge or break them or both. Crossfit has a different sense of joint safety than I do, especially in regards to the knees and shoulders, although I haven’t heard of a lot of injuries coming out of it (but I haven’t asked many people).

      Are you into it? I would love to hear any experience you have with it! There’s a gym right down the street from our clinic and I keep telling myself to go check it out.

      Hope that helps!


  2. I can’t believe you’re still picking lettuce! I’m very jealous about that one, as we had a snow storm in October, and that was that. 😉

    I do love this post…its’ so nice to see where the past years have brought us and what has changed. The Happiest of New Years to you!! 😀

    • gracefulfitness

      Thanks Sarah! I plan on planting a whole lot more lettuce next fall but it was probably a fluke this year, it’s been pretty mild around here.

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