Welcoming My 26th Year

Kevin and I headed out to the mountains yesterday morning for a hike and lunch at our favorite restaurant in Canmore to officially celebrate my birthday.

We were supposed to go out for a wine tasting and visit to the new Science Center in Calgary on my actual birthday this week, but Kevin ended up having to work late into the night which resulted in me spending most of the evening eating lentil granola and watching reruns of The Big Bang Theory. It wasn’t exactly what I had in mind, but was still special in it’s own way.

I’ve always seen my birthday as an opportunity to be proud of what I’ve accomplished in the previous year, appreciate my life, and set new goals for the following year. Before the following year starts, I like to set an overall theme of what I’d like to accomplish,

  • My 23rd year was focused on growing and expanding.
  • My 24th year was about getting to know and love myself.
  • My 25th year was about taking risks, jumping into new opportunities and staying true to me and the important things in life.

And wouldn’t you know it, these themes always speak to what I end up experiencing come the end of the year!

My goals for my 25th year were:

  • Learning to believe in myself. If something feels right, do it no matter how scary it is CHECK
  • Continue to work on my blog CHECK
  • Start meditating CHECK
  • Escape for a couple of days CHECK and CHECK
  • Run a half marathon CHECK
  • Eat more whole foods CHECK
  • Go on a scuba vacation with Kevin CHECK
  • Nurture my relationship with Kevin CHECK

Needless to say, 25 rocked my socks off. A trip to an ashram in Nelson BC, a diving vacation off the coast of the Dominican Republic, quitting my full-time job, going to India… I definitely took risks, jumped into opportunities head first, and stayed true to who I was.

26? Bring it on!

I sense that this year is going to involve connecting with influential teachers and individuals to take my skills to the next level. I’m not exactly what it will look like, but I think I’m going to learn a lot about the world around me over the next 365 days.

Some of my goals include:

  • Expand my education in holistic nutrition.
  • Get back into dancing. I quit dancing over 8 years ago and miss it terribly. One of the strong feelings I had in India (along with leaving my job) was to start dancing again.
  • Learn how to sing. Get a vocal coach and belt out those tunes!
  • Take care of animals. Elephants, tigers, insects, whatever…
  • Go on a scuba vacation with Kevin somewhere amazing like Egypt, Australia or Thailand.
  • Believe in myself and my ability to run my own business.
  • Accept change unconditionally.
  • Trust my gut on what to do next.
  • Study something new.

Here’s to continuing to live life through passion, love, and lessons!

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  1. Happy birthday!!! :D
    Were you really a dancer?? I was ballet teacher ( I left 1 year ago )…and I understand what is your feeling… hugs and kisses

    • Thank you, Valina. Yes, I was a dancer! I competed quite heavily in my early teens in ballet, jazz, tap, musical theater and hip hop. Then just decided to stop one day and haven’t returned. Time to get back on the wagon!

  2. Happy birthday Leanne!
    My 20th birthday is coming up this week too, and I’ve also been thinking about what I would like to accomplish in this new year to come.
    Just like how you would like to believe in your ability to run your business, I also want to be able to start believing in myself again.
    I want to have faith in myself, that I can recover from my eating disorder.
    So here’s a toast to us and our new year! :)

    • Happy early birthday, Asuma :) It sounds like you’re really motivated to make this next year all about you and your healing. Best of luck!

  3. Happy Birthday, Leanne! I look forward to reading through the stories of your accomplished goals this year.

    You’ve given me a new perspective with this post. I’ve never looked at my birthday as more than another number. I love the idea of setting goals for myself over a year. I’ve been needing to branch out and open up more. My birthday is coming up in June and it sounds like the perfect opportunity to set some goals for myself!

    Love The Big Bang Theory. No matter how many times I watch an episode of that show, it’s always funny. :)

  4. Congratulations on accomplishing all of your goals :) Your goals for this year sound amazing, and I KNOW you will accomplish them ALL! Here’s to another year!

  5. Today is my 26th birthday so this is such a great read for me. I love that you set out goals and themes like that. This past year has been a lot of big changes and turns in my life so I think I will pick a theme for this year as well to keep me on track and make the best of my 26th year! Thank you for the inspiration and motivation to be the best :)
    P.S Happy Belated Birthday !

  6. I quit dancing in high school and sometimes I really do get the urge to do it again. I wish the flexibility would come right back too ;) I honestly think dance not only improved my posture, balance and rhythm, but my brain as well. I used to be able to pick up dance steps no problem…now, it would take a lot longer to learn those same steps!

    Happy 26th year of life – you will totally rock it ;)

    • I thought it was just me and the dance steps. My goodness, it’s like I have two left feet. I’m hoping it’ll be like riding a bike and a couple of lessons in something will just click!

  7. Happy Birthday Leanne! This was a great post! Very inspiring! I hope your next 365 days are just as incredible as the last ;)

  8. Happy Birthday sweetheart!

    This post was so lovely. I wish you all the very best.

  9. I admire you, Leanne. Your strength to pursue your dreams and live an enthusiastic life really comes through every time I connect with you. I know this year will be a great one for you, I hope it is amazingly happy! Good to know you, Happy Birthday friend. <3

  10. Happy Birthday,

    I love how you reflect on your years. I created words to live by this year. They are: Explore – Health – Friendship. And I can say I’ve done well to live them out.

    You picture of India is beautiful! I have a feeling this year is going to be very exciting for you.

  11. Congratulations on such a fulfilling and accomplished year! I love your idea of setting such purposeful goals for yourself. I recently just started something similar this year and it is working out pretty well. I’m excited to continue it.

    Good luck in your 26th year! :)

  12. Happy Birthday Leanne! What a great post! Love how you unfold your life story! I’m enjoying the journey. Rock it!! [=

  13. You forgot “Visit your loving friend in Scotland”! Miss you, beautiful! Have I told you lately how proud I am of you? x

    • Well, that’s a GIVEN. Just a natural thing. I miss you so much. Just last night I was thinking “Oh Kevin won’t be here next week. I should call Emily, see if she wants to see a movie with me” then I remember there was no Emily. *tear* Hope you’re having an amazing time. I can’t wait to come out there to see you.

  14. Your really seem so wise beyond your years, Leanne…. your goals for this fresh new year of your life are wonderful :)

  15. Happy birthday Leanne!
    Wow, I can totally relate to pretty much everything you wrote about in your goals, and I love the idea of re-evaluating life and setting goals for the year on your bday, instead of New Years like most people. It’s more specially meaningful to you. I also have in my goals that I’d like to go to an ashram and deepen my meditation practice. Do you practice with a group in your area? India is intense…I was there last year and it made me realize just how much spirituality is a part of daily life there and celebrated. Wish we could do that more here!
    Thank you for your fantastic blog. I’m new to it, and I’m so excited to try out more of your healthy recipes!Good luck on a new year, new goals, and following your soul’s deeper purpose,

    • Thanks, Linda! Yes, India definitely has a way of rocking your core and challenging you on wondering why the heck you can’t get that connected back home. Too cool that you got to experience that as well.

  16. Happy Birthday! What a wonderful 25th year you’ve had! I love all your goals for 26…I am 25, turning 26 in September, and I wasn’t wanting 26 to get here, but after reading your post, I am encouraged by the possibility.

    • Thanks, Anna! Age is just a number, you’ll rock it!

  17. Happy Birthday Leanne! May birthdays are the best, huh? ;) *totally also has a May birthday*

    Your goals are inspiring, as are you! I hope each year is even better than the last! xxx

  18. Happy birthday to a special woman. Wishing you a 26th year of beauty, joy and lots of “checks”. Looking forward to reading your blog post about scuba diving in Egypt!

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