Juicy, Exciting, Positive Intentions for 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

This post has been a few weeks in the making, mostly because I’ve been busy with my latest show164739_10150385813400604_559840603_17242038_6626936_n165567_10150390674995604_559840603_17323485_6560799_ndoing lots of PR for Weight Watchers (appearing in the Globe and Mail, Metro and on Rogers daytime tv making baked falafels) and generally finding some calm in my chaos.

I’ve done some reflecting on my 2010 goals and despite it being a challenging year in many ways, I am really proud of all that I accomplished. Here is a recap of my goals and my current thoughts on how I fared.

  • Taking care of myself by eating well, tracking, drinking tea, sleeping, practicing yoga, spending time with friends, singing, writing, dancing and working out

I would be lying if I said I found this easy to do this year. While I feel really healthy and my Crohn’s is still in check, I struggled to find balance and a happy place for myself amid everything that I do. I did spend time eating well, tracking, drinking tea, sleeping, practicing yoga, seeing friends, singing, writing, dancing and working out, but probably could have focused more on eating well, sleeping and finding balance.

  • Taking advantage of my education and being an active participant in my classes

School was incredible, but after I started to become apathetic about it, decided to take some time away. I was so enthusiastic in the beginning, but realized that performing was where my heart was and decided to take some time off. This has been an amazing decision and I look forward to going back at some point to obtain my designation as a holistic nutritionist.

  • Helping even more members reach their goals with Weight Watchers, including getting to Lifetime

Leading up to 10 meetings each week has been absolutely amazing and in the past 8 weeks I’ve been able to be a part of the media buzz surrounding PointsPlus. I absolutely love our new program and am so happy to have helped even more people reach their weight loss goals in 2010.

  • Journaling regularly, writing a book, blogging regularly and exploring other writing opportunities

Um… didn’t really do very well on this front. I’m so happy to have had my blog as an outlet, but it took a bit of a backseat in my life. Did some journaling but like my blog posts, they were sporadic epic updates!!

SANY4017I raised $3,000 for the Heel n Wheel a thon and was able to raise more awareness of IBD as Honorary Chair and through my blog.

  • Giving my all in my performing career through my upcoming role in REX, getting new headshots and actively auditioning for awesome roles

I’m really happy with all the shows I did in 2010, and the realization that performing is what I want to be doing with my life right now. I had so much fun with REX, got new headshots and through some great auditions, landed some pretty awesome roles. I was inspired by many things and some delightful people and couldn’t be happier to head into 2011 with my career as a performer at the top of my priority list.

With all of that in mind, I’m sticking with my go big or go home motto for 2011:

  • Perform more than ever, get an agent and get paid to do what I love
  • Produce the second instalment of the Ashleyx2 cabaret
  • Find peace in my body image while eating well, exercising, sleeping and taking care of me
  • Travel

2010 was a year of transition and change in so many ways and I believe that everything I did set me up for success this year. I’m so excited for what is to come!! I’m kicking off the year with a great show, some delightful reading material to keep me inspired (Getting Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet later this week and have already started Alicia Silverstone’s Kind Diet, Meghan’s 21 Days to Health) and getting on those goals of mine. I’m also loving this quote I found the other day:

"The hardest thing in the world is convincing other people to love the same thing you do. But the fact that it's hard does not diminish your love – it must not. You go on loving that thing because, even if it's na├»ve, even if it's foolish, even if it's wrong, you believe in the very marrow of your bones that you will be able to convince them, eventually, some time. That certainty, that passion is too valuable to surrender in the face of resistance. You may not have convinced them yet; you will."  

~Jason Robert Brown

2011 is going to be a fantastic year. I can feel it.

Looking back on 2010, what are you proud of?
What are your goals in 2011 and how are they coming along so far?


Megan's blog. said...

Super inspirational as always, Ash. Sometimes we become so obsessed with the newer, fresher goals... where we want to be... that we forget where we come from. It's so powerful to gently and lovingly sit down with the Ghosts of Perfect Selves Past and acknowledge our defeats... AND successes. rock on.

Zahra Brown said...

Well done for achieving your goals. It must feel great to do what you love for a living.

Thank you VERY much for that quote. Today I felt a bit down because I wasn't sure if I should just accept my body as is and start maintaining. That quote, especially the last time, has made me see the light. I WILL do this. Others might think I'm done but I'll keep going until I'm happy.

Good luck, and congrats on the money raised! Thanks for being one of the few maintainers who stick around after reaching their goal.

Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) said...

So happy to be part of the goodness you are working on maintaining in your life... And offline we'll chat about The Kind Diet ;)

Tarrant said...

How are the intentions going? I would love an update.

Alana said...

I only just started to read your blog, but I'm amazed by how much we have in common. I'm a musical theatre performer, a vegan and I have ulcerative colitis. You inspire me, thank you!

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