My Focus Word for 2014: Joy

Did you catch my reflections on 2013 yesterday? I found out that when I tried to improve the speed of the blog a few weeks ago, I accidentally blocked most readers from picking up my new posts – so you might have missed it! Oops! If you did – I’ll wait while you catch up. :)

Now that we’ve taken a few minutes to reflect on last year, it’s time to start thinking about 2014! Last year, I followed Lindsay’s lead and chose a word for the year instead of a specific list of goals to accomplish. This year, I think I’ll take a blended approach. I’m starting with a word to guide my focus for the year. Then adding in some specific goals I have in mind (although I’m giving myself the flexibility to change as appropriate this year).

Joy in 2014

This year I’m going to focus on JOY! When I was thinking about what my focus for the should be, this one popped in my mind and I knew immediately it was the right choice.

Joy in 2014

According to my Google definition search, Joy is a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. It makes me think of smiles, laughter, and a positive attitude. The opposite of someone who grumbles and complains. Finding delight in your circumstances and moving towards things that bring you joy! It also happens to be a fruit of the Spirit – something I would love to be known by!

So how am I going to apply that this year?

I’m going to work on my attitude and my response to situations that aren’t exactly as I want them to be. I really lived a charmed life, there’s no reason I can’t be joyful in all circumstances. I also want to move toward things that bring me joy – in my work, fitness, and daily activities. If it’s not something that brings me joy – maybe it’s time for a change? I want all my goals to support this intention!

2014 Goals

While I have a few personal goals that aren’t listed here, the 5 below are pretty big ones:

1. Create more clean, healthy, and DELICIOUS recipes. I will be focusing more on my nutrition this year, fueling my body with foods that make me feel great and taste amazing. I want to continue to share more of these recipes with you, so that you have more vegan, vegetarian, and pescatarian healthy options to add to your own meal plan!

2. Spread the JOY! We love to spread the happiness to our friends by entertaining, but since we’ve moved to Colorado it hasn’t been a focus. This year, I want to entertain more and use that as an opportunity to spread the JOY!

3. Complete my NASM Personal Trainer Certification (CPT). I mentioned this briefly a few weeks ago, but I have enrolled in the personal trainer certification program through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. This is one of the most respected accredited programs and my goal is to pass the test by the end of March 2014. I can’t wait to expand our BWV Multisport online coaching to include personal training services!


4. Get back into Multisport Racing. I’m excited to race again this year and I’m starting with a three-race duathlon series in April & May! It’s been about two years since I’ve raced, so it will be interesting to see how my body reacts to short-course racing again. I can’t wait to find out!

5. Stronger Onstage in 2014. I’ve got two new shows on my radar for the coming year – the WBFF Denver Fitness And Fashion Spectacular (the name’s a bit over-the-top, I know) in July and the Warrior Classic in August. I’m starting off-season training with my trainer again next week, so I have plenty of time to get ready to WOW! at these shows.

In addition to these goals, I don’t want to lose the sight of balance! While I made big progress last year in that area, I want to keep that momentum as I move forward into the new year.


Questions for you:

  • What is your focus for 2014?
  • Do you like to set goals for a new year?

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    • says

      Do you know how happy that makes me feel to hear you say! I think there are areas of my life that I’m good at being joyful, but other areas that I’m not quite as good. I want to really focus on making this strong in all areas this year – joyful in all situations! :)

  1. says

    You’ve got some great goals for 2014 – I can’t wait to see how it all plays out! And good luck with NASM – you can definitely do it! What worked best for me was to come up with my own “study plan” of how much I wanted to do each week so I never felt like I was trying to do too much at once or not enough another week.
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    • says

      Great tips! I’m actually following the 90-day study guide that came with the book, I’ve just wrapped up day 10. It’s been good size sections so far. I need to make flashcards, I think!

      • Megan (The Lyons' Share) says

        Yes! I am going with “deliberate” … this year, I want to be more deliberate in everything I do, to make sure that all my actions are adding value to myself or others (even if that value is just “enjoyment” or “relaxation”), make sure I’m enjoying the simple moments rather than just going through the motions/ letting life pass me by, and just being as present as possible! I had a blast thinking about it – thanks again!
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    • says

      Maybe your word is family – as you look to grow yours! :) I’m excited to get started on the next phase of my transformation, making this more of a lifestyle and seeing what I can do!

  2. Jen@PregnantDiabetic says

    Fantastic goals for this year!!! I have a few things I want to work on, but looking to the positive is one of my biggest goals. Happy 2014 :)
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  3. says

    This is such a good idea, I’ve never come across a ‘focus word’ before but I love the word JOY! I think I’ll be applying this to my year ahead also! I don’t do resolutions but I hope to continue with my weight gain and continue implementing healthier lifestyle choices. I’m also starting to workout! Happy new year anyway!
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    • says

      Those sound like great ways to approach the new year – resolutions or not! I’m so glad to hear you’re moving toward a healthier lifestyle. I’m here to cheer you on if you ever need extra encouragement. :)

    • says

      This is a harder word than I expected to live out, but I’m finding if I start singing that sunday school song (I’ve got that joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart…) it makes me smile and I remember to be joyful. :)