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A 10 Year Vision

My weekend ended on an inspirational note…with a Lululemon community goal sharing meeting. For newer readers, I am an ambassador for the Charlotte store. Tonight we had a gathering of Lululemon employees, ambassadors and community fitness pros to discuss our personal goals as well as our collective community goals.

Lululemon has a huge goal setting focus and I spent the weekend working on my goals. In a nutshell, you identify career, health and personal goals for 10, 5 and 1 year periods. You also write a 10 year vision that describes your life in the present tense 10 years from now.

I admit that it was incredibly tough for me to identify my long-term goals and to write my vision but it feels really nice to have it down on paper. It gives me a sense of direction and a point of reference should I ever get in a “what am I doing with my life” slump. Without going into too much detail, my 10-year vision included children, our “forever home,” travel and career advancements.

10 years from now…what is ONE goal that you would like to achieve in any of the above categories – career, health, personal? (I know, it’s tough. Fast forward to 2021!)

The discussion on our long-term vision for the Charlotte community was amazing. Hearing everyone talk about what we can do to create a healthier and happier Charlotte was so energizing. I feel so lucky to be a part of this group.

The evening ended with a Toms decorating party. Pardon my lack of artistic skill but mine say, “Do It Now…with joy, love and playfulness” on the toe and “Community, Possibility, Connection” on the heel. You better believe I’ll be rocking these around town. 😉

This was a good Sunday. I started my day by teaching the 9:15 hot class at Y2. Afterwards, I came home and took Sullie for an easy three-mile run.

Lunch was a big salad with spinach, strawberries, apples, walnuts, carrots, feta, dried cranberries, avocado and tofu with homemade honey dijon balsamic.

I attended the afternoon hot class at Y2 before coming home to finish up my goals.

I missed a big family dinner tonight but lucky for me, Brandon brought a veggie plate home for me. Collards, peanut brittle sweet potatoes, curried rice and mushrooms and green beans. Yum, yum and yum!

Bedtime. 6 a.m. BodyPump + filming the Fall circuit video tomorrow. It WILL be posted Monday!

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  • 1
    Pam Leverette October 10, 2011, 8:55 am

    Jen, I love that you always cause me to think! Sometimes it’s about what I’m putting in my mouth, other times it’s about how I’m moving my body…this time it’s about the future! Wow, this was a tough think tank! In 2012 I’ll be 66 years old and still eating healthy, getting in a cardio fix daily and hitting the yoga mat at least 3 times per week. Lofty goals? I don’t think so because I am already doing these things NOW! I will just improve! I can’t wait to move with peace, love and happiness through the next ten years! Thank you for the inspiration! I’m very happy about your career change! Blessings!

    • 2
      Kamaile October 10, 2011, 10:37 am

      WAIT peanut brittle sweet potatoes?! That sounds so good! I’m encouraged by you to write some furture goals. It’s something I’ll have to think about as well.

      • 3
        Jen October 10, 2011, 4:54 pm

        yes, they were good! sweet and salty! 🙂

        write the goals. it’s tough but it leaves you with a great feeling and excited about the future when you’re done.

    • 4
      Jen October 10, 2011, 4:52 pm

      pam – thanks so much for your comment. i am really happy to hear that my blog sometimes causes you to think outside the box a little.

      i agree, the 10 year goals are tough to think about but i really like the direction that yours are headed. and i agree, they are super attainable since you are already actively engaged in that lifestyle!

      happy next 10 years! 😉

  • 5
    Melanie October 10, 2011, 11:54 am

    Jen I am a new reader and your blog is so inspiring. Congratulations on your recent career change! I am a first year medical student trying to balance school, life, and fitness. I don’t know how you do all that you do and make it look so easy! I loved this post because I am definitely in a place where I am thinking seriously about goals and my future. In ten years the one most important goal I have is to choose a specialty that will be the most fulfilling and rewarding…with over 100 to choose from this can seem overwhelming at best. Thanks for having such a great blog!

    • 6
      Jen October 10, 2011, 4:56 pm

      melanie – welcome and thank you so much for the kind words about my blog! i can only imagine how challenging it must be to find a happy balance when in medical school.

      i think it’s so empowering to set long-term goals. it definitely provides you with a sense of direction and excitement about what the future holds.

      it sounds like you are on the right track with yours and i think it will be really cool for you when you discover the specialty that really speaks to you.

  • 7
    Jen October 10, 2011, 12:37 pm

    Oh man, I am so bad at goal setting! 10 years ago I would not see myself where I am today, so I always feel weird about setting such long term goals. They are great motivators though 🙂

    • 8
      Jen October 10, 2011, 4:58 pm

      jen – it is a bit scary and strange to set such long-term goals but i think it’s a good exercise just to give you a sense of direction and a feeling of, “i can do great things.”

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    Alaina October 10, 2011, 4:28 pm

    I don’t even know if I could put my plans for the next 10 years down on paper. So much to think about! I hope you had a good holiday weekend!! 🙂

  • 10
    Jen W October 10, 2011, 6:18 pm

    I want to have my crafting business started and built up to a point where profits from my crafts cover my mortgage. 🙂 I know it’s more than one, but I’d also like to to the entire ashtanga primary series from memory on a beach in Hawaii. Ever since you did your post on your career change, I’ve been planning dates to achieve my goals by and actively working towards them. It feels SO good and I don’t think I would have actually taken the plunge and started without you, so thanks Jen! 🙂

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    Chelcie @ Chelcie's Food Files October 10, 2011, 7:14 pm

    Wow thats hard to think of goals for 10 years from now but it gets me thinking..lets see 10 years from now I’ll be 29..so I would hope personally that I’m married, or at least am together with the man I hope to marry! In terms of career, I know I want to be in the food industry somehow, possibly owning my own restaurant. It is definitely a huge dream of mine so we’ll see if I can accomplish all my goals!
    Thank you for all your posts they are so inspiring, I love reading your blog! And I also love your other blog!:)

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