The Newish Year, Setting Intentions, and What’s New

by tatiana on May 20, 2015

Lake Merced |

Photo taken during a run around Lake Merced

At the beginning of each yoga class the instructor will ask everyone to set an intention for their practice that day. My intentions usually range from releasing stress, to striving for some kind of deep focus without letting distracting thoughts enter my practice during those 90 minutes.

As 2014 came to an end and we moved into 2015, I tried to think about everything I accomplished. I was the Project Leader and Art Director on my very first big project at work, which was to redesign our credit union’s website. I designed a website for a financial literacy non-profit I’m a big fan of – MyPath – that launched in November. I juggled a couple volunteer commitments as well as a huge project for a management program that I’ll graduate from this year, freelance design work, and numerous knit and crochet projects.

I feel very proud of everything I achieved in 2014. I want to continue to grow, and in order to do that I felt that 2015 needed to be a year where I learn to focus on one thing at a time, and so far I think I’ve been doing just that (for the most part!). I decided not to talk about it much for fear of being obnoxious, and I feel like what we eat is pretty personal, but I decided to join my sisters and coworker in doing the 21 Day Sugar Detox in January. I normally am not a “dieter” but the science behind this detox sounded logical to me. At the end of the detox, I felt energized, healthier and ready to tackle my next goal, which was to run a 5 mile race!

I trained for about 8 weeks and ran the SacTown 10 in April. I ran all 5 miles without stopping! I’d never done anything like that before, and it was a really incredible feeling. One of my favorite things about running is talking about running with other runners. (Also, just being able to call myself a “runner” seems really amazing and frankly, unbelievable.) Over those 8 weeks I learned a lot about myself, which sounds cheesy, but it’s pretty fascinating to learn what you’re capable of doing if you just keep going. So many times during my longer runs, I’d reach the 2 mile point and want to take a break to walk because I thought I was tired, but I would talk myself out of it, kept running, and surprised myself every single time by what I was able to accomplish. Even though that race is over, I’m still running every week and will start training for this half marathon in August. I’m really excited for the challenge.

The last few months have also been full of fun trips to wine country, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and my beloved hometown, many “kitchen adventures,” and the completion of exciting design projects (which I’ll share more about here soon). I’ve been away from this space for a while, so I’m antsy to be back.

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Cathy May 20, 2015 at 11:09 am

Welcome back!!

I will title this entry… “Thirty, flirty, and thriving” It’s about lifestyle positivity!


tatiana May 20, 2015 at 11:10 am

Thank you! :)


Melissa May 20, 2015 at 11:44 am

I too have decided that 2015 will be the year of focus and baby steps. It is challenging to edit out so many distractions but rewarding to be completely present in what you’re doing at any given moment, and to do it well. Life seems so much richer lately.

I’m so excited you’re running! I know I’ve never run a full 5 miles without stopping; I’m inspired by your progress and will use it to see if I can do it too. Let’s run next time I’m in town :)


tatiana May 20, 2015 at 11:55 am

Absolutely! And yes! I hope you’re bringing your running shoes this weekend. ;) I went for a run with Crystal when she was here as well, and that was a lot of fun.


Kendra May 20, 2015 at 1:46 pm

This is awesome! I envy you your determination and success with the detox diet. I get sugar cravings all the time and am like I don’t care I just want some M&Ms! Also very proud of you for getting into running. Well done! 5 miles is also more than I’ve ever run without stopping.

Last year was difficult for me but this year it feels like the ball is rolling again, so I’m looking forward to doing new things. And I’m looking forward to seeing you and Cathy in Foggy London Town!


tatiana May 20, 2015 at 1:54 pm

Thanks, lady! Yeah, it definitely wasn’t easy to cut sugar out for 21 days, and I kinda never want to do that again, but I’m glad I tried it once! And it helped me realize just how much of it I was eating everyday, and I’ve cut back a lot.

I can’t waitttttt to see you in October!


Alfred May 20, 2015 at 4:38 pm

Good luck on the new challenges! Hope we get an update on the progress or when you complete each challenge :).


tatiana May 20, 2015 at 9:49 pm

Thanks, Alfred! I’ll try to keep this site a bit more updated on that front!


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