The Word of the Year

by tinareale on December 28, 2011

When setting my goals for 2011, I did something a little different. Instead of listing out detailed goals, I decided to shoot for an overall theme of the year. My theme for 2011…


I wanted to trust. I aimed to live life focused on the blessings, opportunities, and learning possibilities God presented…then trust them all to work together to bring about one heck of a year. I think it worked out nicely.

In 2011 – I trusted my body and got back to my “happy place” without deprivation or negative mental games. Even better than that, though? I fell in love with running and ran two half marathons plus a few other races.

In 2011 – I trusted my passions and took the leap to get certified in personal training and watch things I didn’t even imagine happen through that. My work is keeping me busy, but I love it so much!

In 2011 – I trusted God to open new opportunities and had the chance to forge relationships with amazing brands and even speak at my first conference.

In 2011 – I trusted life in general. I safely welcomed my son into the world and spent the year growing closer to family, friends, and my Savior in the process.

It was a good….no, wait…unbelievably fabulous year.

And I’m gunning for another great one. Since the “theme” thing worked so well for me last year, why not go with it again this year? I plan to continue with TRUST because it really is such a solid foundation.

My NEW theme for the year…


2012 will be about DREAMING BIG! I want to push myself a bit out of my comfort zone.

I want to learn more – perhaps strive for an additional certification to go along with being a NASM certified personal trainer.

I want to run a full marathon. Yes. I said it. I can’t get it out of my mind, so I’m dreaming big and plan to make 2012 the year to make it happen.

I want to continue developing my passions and continue trusting them to lead to great new adventures. I will strive to help even more with their fitness goals and plan to continue sharing via a blog since the community means so much to me. Also, I’m already scheduled to speak at the Binge Eating Disorder Association conference in March to share my story on an amazing panel led by Ashley and Dana.

And while it may seem counter to the “dream big” theme, I also have another theme I plan to shoot for amidst it all. BALANCE. Because without balance and putting my priorities – faith, family, friends – first I know I will have nothing. Perhaps that’s dreaming big too? To have a year full of love and happiness and reaching for the stars in my own personal goals. Last year was a doozy. I will remain realistic, always, but I think 2012 can turn out pretty fantastic as well. Why not believe? Why not dream? Why not trust? Why not?

“What would you attempt to do, if you knew you couldn’t fail?” So what are YOUR goals for 2012?


1 J @ ... semplicemente j ... December 28, 2011 at 7:31 am

Unfortunately I do not think I could do a broad theme like yours as the “header” of my new year’s resolutions … I need to quantify and rate at the end of the year … I know I should not do it … but I do … I try to touch all aspects of my life in my resolutions … I want to go back to regular running … I was not successful in 2011 after my 2010 injury … I want to continue to foster my volunteering and take time for me … I actually have a tab of my New Year’s Resolutions that I keep in my blog and update … I love dreaming big while keeping balance … I am certain you will achieve everything you set out to do!

2 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 28, 2011 at 7:34 am

I have no doubts you will accomplish anything you put your mind to! I want to run a marathon too… and I’m more than a little scared of it.

3 tinareale December 28, 2011 at 7:55 pm

I know you could run a marathon!

4 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes December 28, 2011 at 7:52 am

Amazing post! Some of my goals for 2012 are to read the entire bible and get stronger :)

5 tinareale December 28, 2011 at 7:55 pm

I’ve been reading one of the One Year Bible series right now – it’s the chronological one and I love it. So interesting to read it that way and gives things a greater understanding for me.

6 Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good December 29, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Interesting! I guess I haven’t given much thought to the fact that it’s not in chronological order. I just looked up a chronological reading schedule to print out. Thanks for the idea! :)

7 Heather (Heather's Dish) December 28, 2011 at 7:56 am

you can’t ever dream too big…and you’ll never know how much is too much til you try!

8 Holly December 28, 2011 at 8:07 am

I am seriously considering taking the leap and attending the 3 days certification seminar that my local gym is offering in February. I’m floundering with having no other purpose in life right except for being a mother. I LOVE being a mommy, but I have to have another focus to keep me pushing!

9 tinareale December 28, 2011 at 7:56 pm

You should! I know I love having something my own to work towards, but family still comes first. It can work that way.

10 Heather @ Run Eat Play December 28, 2011 at 8:49 am

Great goals – I love the idea of sticking to a word or theme for your goals. In 2012, I would love to run a half marathon, eat healthier, and spend more time playing with kids.

11 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 28, 2011 at 8:54 am

I love the whole word thing. I might even steal your word from this year for me next year.

12 Felicia December 28, 2011 at 8:59 am

2011 was definitely an amazing year for you- baby B, achieving and maintaining your goal weight, running your first half, getting PT certified, new blog, and so much more. amazing inspiration for so many!!

13 Lee December 28, 2011 at 9:04 am

Aside from my cleaning and dressing better goals, I’d also like to improve my blog, but I don’t really know how. And by improve, I really mean get more people to read it!

I know that the marathon has been on your mind for a long time. You should go for it! Yes, it will be time consuming, but it’s something that you really want to do! Chicago?

14 tinareale December 28, 2011 at 7:57 pm

I definitely would LOVE to do Chicago!

15 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 28, 2011 at 9:16 am

That’s a great word! I also want to run a full marathon this year! I’m scared but so excited. I know that I CAN do it, I just have to believe in myself! I also talked to Chelsey and I think you should come run Chicago…

16 tinareale December 28, 2011 at 7:58 pm

I must admit that I have my eyes on Chicago. ;)

17 Leah January 2, 2012 at 9:28 am

Chicago is an amazing city as it is. Running a marathon there would just be the icing on the cake.

18 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 28, 2011 at 9:25 am

i love your idea of focusing on a theme for the year! it sounds like you had an awesome 2011, and i love your new goals based on your new theme for 2012. you’re a rockstar, tina! thanks for being such an inspiration and great example.

19 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile December 28, 2011 at 9:27 am

Such a great post. One of my favorite quotes… “If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.” You got this and you will rock that full marathon ;D

20 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) December 28, 2011 at 9:40 am

Ahh, it is scary to admit (ha!) but this is so true – the dreams/scaring thing. I love it, I may need to adopt it myself!

21 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 28, 2011 at 10:53 am

I really like the idea of a general theme instead of resolutions. I’m not big into specific resolutions because one day of tripping up and you feel bad about it. A theme leaves a bit more room for error or, what should really just be called life since not every day is going to be perfect.
Good idea Tina, gonna think about this one a bit :)

22 Kimberly December 28, 2011 at 11:04 am

Love the idea of trust and making your goals bigger. You can never have enough goals and no goal is too small :)

23 Emilia December 28, 2011 at 11:16 am

I love the idea of setting a word as your goal for the year! Brilliant! I’d say that my biggest goal for 2012 is to take more risks and chances to push myself outside of my comfort zone. I’m definitely feeling the dreaming bigger theme this year. Good luck! :)

24 tinareale December 28, 2011 at 7:59 pm

And good luck to you as well! Might as well dream bigger, right? :)

25 Lisa December 28, 2011 at 11:23 am

That’s a good way to look at “Resolutions”!

I have regrets around my running in 2011. I wish I could have built it back up and not have aggravated my old injury. I haven’t run in a few months now and I miss it. I hope to change that in 2012. I also plan on biking a full century sometime next year. My theme for 2012 will be challenging myself!

26 Kara December 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I think you are more than capable of rocking out 26.2 miles. You might have to slow your pace down a little, but I think you can run a sub 4 full if you put in the miles every week. :)

27 Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food December 28, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Love this post! It’s so inspiring and really makes me feel like it’s necessary to dream big in the upcoming year! I have wanted to make changes in my life for awhile and I need to stop making excuses and just do it!! :-)

28 sarah @ sarah learns December 28, 2011 at 4:03 pm

i love your goals! i like to set smaller, specific goals, but i think it’s great if a certain theme works for you!

29 [email protected] December 28, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I love it! You are such an inspiration to me and I wish you nothing but the best in 2012!!!

30 tinareale December 28, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Same to you, Jen!

31 Mellissa December 28, 2011 at 5:45 pm

I always love reading others goals and resolutions for the New Year. I am not a big goal maker but I have a few things in mind like trips, a wedding, finding a house!

32 RunEatRepeat December 28, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Here’s to another amazing year!

33 [email protected] December 28, 2011 at 10:51 pm

One of my main goals for 2012 is to build my massage practice, but also to save some money and get a new car, and also to take Alex and I on a vacation! I have a feeling this upcoming year is going to be AMAZING!! :)

34 tinareale December 30, 2011 at 7:59 am

I had that feeling at the start of last year…hope that feeling comes equally true (and even more) for you. I have no doubt it can. :)

35 Ela December 29, 2011 at 1:07 am

Sounds like trusting has helped you already to push out of your comfort zone: you’ve achieved incredible things this year!

Much admiration to you–onwards and upwards!

36 Kelly December 29, 2011 at 8:35 am

I just want 2012 to be the year Keith and I sustain a pregnancy. That’s all I want. Just a healthy pregnancy with a beautiful baby at the end of the road even if that baby comes in 2013. :)

37 tinareale December 30, 2011 at 7:58 am

And I will be surely praying for that for you. I think about you and others struggling with that and want to wrap you in a big hug. Hugs!

38 Leah January 2, 2012 at 9:30 am

You’re in my thoughts! Hope this is the year for you Kelly :)

39 Leonor @FoodFaithFitness December 29, 2011 at 10:33 am

You can totally run a marathon! I never thought I could when I started running 2 years ago. I am training for my 3rd half, coming up in a few weeks.

40 Leonor @FoodFaithFitness December 29, 2011 at 10:33 am

I mean, thirs FULL marathon!

41 Jess December 29, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Wow. The post I just drafted for tomorrow sounds eerily similar to yours as you look forward to 2012. So funny when that happens! My approach to 2012? Leap without looking a little bit more, and approach each day without limitations. Push myself out of my comfort zones more, challenge myself more. Rock 2012, basically. ;-)
PS. pleeeease sign up for Chicago when you *do* commit to 26.2 next year!!!! :)

42 tinareale December 30, 2011 at 7:57 am

I honestly have my eye on two. Chicago is a DEFINITE. As long as a certain someone hosts me so its not too $$$ a trip. Because Peter and I are planning two mini trips as our 5 yr wedding anniversary gifts to each other.

43 Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good December 29, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I just registered for my first full marathon yesterday. I’m more than a little scared by it, but I really want to do it. Eek.

44 tinareale December 30, 2011 at 7:54 am

Ohhh! Exciting!!! Which one?

45 Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good December 30, 2011 at 8:24 am

Fargo Marathon (Fargo, ND) in May. I’ve run a different distance each of the last three years at the Fargo Marathon, and it is a really fun event!

46 Amy Lauren December 29, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Good luck with your goals for 2012- you definitely accomplished a lot this year :) . I really enjoyed reading about it too, can’t wait to read the posts in the new year about all of your new adventures!

47 Jen December 30, 2011 at 1:23 am

Happy New Year, Tina! Wishing you and your beautiful family all the BEST!

48 Tiff December 30, 2011 at 8:57 am

Wow – when you say “big” you’re not kidding. Go get ‘em!

49 Kris | December 30, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Girl, I love your passion. I love that you are lovin’ on yourself and taking the time to do you BIG things that you enjoy and that you know you can help change the world with!! Get out of that comfort zone and run with it!! It will be painful, sure, but then it forms into your life!!

You’re gorgeous my friend!! Happy New Year!


50 Bethany @ Accidental Intentions December 30, 2011 at 9:23 pm

This is such a cool post. I’m glad to see how trusting really worked out for you this year. In my experience, trust has been a really hard thing to maintain over a long period of time, so A+ to you for being able to see how trust positively affected so many areas of your life in 2011. Can’t wait to see how dreaming big works out for you! (I imagine it will be amazing! :) ).

51 Kiah December 30, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I like having the idea of a “theme” for 2012. Congrats on such an awesome year, and here’s to making 2012 twice as awesome! xo

52 rhonda January 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm

training for that first race might seem daunting, but after all my training, how do I go about picking a race ? I have been reading you blog forever and I was wondering if you could help me! thanks!

53 Sarah January 3, 2012 at 10:17 am

Awesome, Tina!
My word of the year is “courage.” In a nutshell- courage to forge ahead despite the temptation to remain in the safe and the comfortable. I wasn’t planning on choosing a word of the year, but it just kind of showed up…and now I’m truly excited about it!

54 Ayana January 4, 2012 at 6:32 pm

I too love the idea of the theme/word. Still thinking on mine. I love your blog Tina! You have always been an inspiration to me.

55 danielle January 4, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Been away from your page for a while and finally came back… love that you’re doing a theme for 2012! Good luck on the marathon, can’t wait to follow your training!

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