#14in2014 1st Quarter Check In

Welcome to the #14in2014 1st Quarter Check In!

2014, fusebeads

My logo is from a fusebead project so I had to use this image from ArtisRams

Last year, I made the commitment to yearly goals and I followed up on them every 3 months.  I did the same thing this year and invited anyone who wanted to do it again with me in 2014 to join in on the effort.  Today is the first check-in of the year.  How’s it going for all of you?  Here’s the progress that I’ve made on my written goals since January 1st:



1.  Fully launch a Women’s Health Focused Nutrition Private Practice by 3/31/14 – Revision required

  • Full launch is looking closer to June even though I am doing some nutrition projects like the Mama Shred with Bobbi@NHerShoes and seeing a client or two.
Mama Shred 2014 with nhershoes.com

Mama Shred 2014 with nhershoes.com


2.  Cultivate at least 5 professional referral sources for nutrition clients – YES!

  • With the above mentioned projects and contacts I’ve cultivated, things are moving in that direction.


3.  Redesign blog and promote to raise traffic and subscribers 25%. – Nope

  • This is been a stumbling block.  I have a bunch of ideas but time to execute them has been scarce.  My Fabletics Review post though has been proven to be popular though.  I guess I’m not the only one who has a fitness wear obsession.  Stay tuned – Fabletics Review Round 2 is coming soon.


4.  Develop (and stick to) a system to maintain/grow social media presence/blogger interaction and achieve life/work balance. – Not even close.

  • This has been seriously lacking and requires improvement in the future.  I need to utilize the many daily lists I’ve compiled and starting using at least one of them!


5.  Become an ambassador for a favorite brand and/or receive revenue from blogging – Yes, sort of.

LoziLu Women's Mud Run, charity, 5K, girls day out


  • I did obtain a paid Ambassadorship with LoziLu Women’s Mud Run but the company abruptly canceled the program (and my potential income).  I did make a small amount of money with a donation pending to charity as I promised.  I haven’t given up yet though and I’ve learned that mud runs are fun.  Post pending.


6.  Showcase at least 50 women for the weekly Friday’s Featured Female series. – On track

Friday's Featured Female, #FFF

  • While I may not be able to hit 50 women, I’m definitely on my way.  I’ve gotten the chance to let the world know about some awesome women and I’m exceptionally proud of the Friday’s Featured Female series.


7.   Engage in a monthly Professional Development endeavor. – Actually, yes.




8.  Run 2+0+1+4 (7) races (including So Cal Ragnar Relay) – Yup!

  • So far, I’ve run the LA Chinatown Firecracker Run, the LoziLu Mud Run and as of next week will run the So Cal Ragnar so I’m doing all right with this goal.  I’m thinking about some future runs including the Live Ultimate Run LA in May, and maybe a few other races later in the year.
LA Chinatown Firecracker 10K, LoziLu Mud Run, LA, running

Firecracker Run above and LoziLu below


9.  Perform 14 Random Acts of Kindness – Slacking.

  • While I know I’ve done a few of these, I’m certain that I haven’t done enough.  This will also be a focus in the next quarter of the year.

10.  Improve self-care with focus on one monthly/quarterly goal – Fail.

  • My quarterly goal was to get organized.  I succeeded in buying 2 organizers but not yet putting them to good use.  This quarter, I’m going to name my goals and set them up for the month.  I know this is supposed to be more self-care focused – but my lack of organization has led to me taking pretty piss poor care of myself so I’m hoping a little redirected focus will allow other things to fall into place.  Therefore, I’ll be taking the month of April to get organized, the month of May to overhaul the blog and the month of June to be private practice focused.


11.  Try one new fitness class/video per month – Stretching it, yes.

Viveca Jensen, Piloxing

Me with Viveca Jensen, Creator of Piloxing. I’m a dork and blocked the banner.


  • Ok, if you don’t count my 4 classes in one day, then I did try a Jillian Michaels Yoga and a Blogilates video and liked them both.  In February, I took a yoga class with Mary Beth La Rue at the #MuradCares event (link to event coverage by Chris@WhatIRunInto).  This month, I tried Studio Metamorphosis – a megaformer and cycling studio.  I’m still woefully behind in covering the very amazing Murad event and once Studio Metamorphosis opens, I’ll be writing a review. My friend Jennifer@RealMomSFV wrote about her experience as a Megaformer newbie here but if you want to know more about what a Megaformer is – here’s my post Meet The Megaformer.  FYI – Just wanted you all to know that I haven’t given up my WundaBar Pilates love despite other fitness endeavors.


12.  Read 14 books (it’s scary that I need to make this a goal). – Woefully behind.

  •  I’m such a loser.  I find time to stay up to watch “Friday Night Lights” but I haven’t been reading.  I do, however, have some excellent reading material to catch up on:  Romance Is My Day Job by Patience Bloom and This Is The Sound Of My Soul by Melissa Reyes and Mad World by Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein.


Books, Romance Is My Day Job, Patience Bloom, This Is The Sound Of My Soul, Melissa Reyes and Mad World, Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein

Romance Is My Day Job, This Is The Sound Of My Soul and Mad World


13.  My secret goal:  To be revealed at year-end. – Still working on it.

  • No, I’m not giving any hints about it…yet.



Image: Alex


14.  My shallow goal: Meet Simon Le Bon on the next Duran tour. – Sadly, not going to happen this year.

  • It looks like there will be no Duran tour this year because the new album is likely not going to be released until late 2014 or early 2015.  Whenever the tour happens, this is going to be a goal for me.  #SimonOrBust and I’ll take any help I can get to make it happen.  Until that time, I’ll have to live with being close enough to take this shot in 2012:
Duran Duran, Simon Le Bon, Terminal 5, NYC

My photo of SLB from the 2nd row at the Duran Fan Show at Terminal 5 6/20/12

Not surprisingly, I still have quite a lot of work to be done in 2014.  Good thing there’s still a lot of time left in 2014.  Let’s see if I’ve done any better come the end of June.

The link-up at the end of the post is not just for those who originally signed up for the original #14in2014 post.  Link up if you’d like to join for the remainder of the year!

We’ll check in each quarter (June, September and December) not only to keep us honest and on track but to support one another to keep the goals/resolutions/intentions that were important in January top of mind year round.

How has your 2014 been going so far?  Think you’d like a little support.  Join in, blogger or not in the comments and we’ll loop you in at the quarterly check-ins.

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About Melissa Burton

I’m Melissa Burton, a recent transplant from Brooklyn, New York to Southern California. By profession, I’m a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. In my actual life I’ve been a million things ...

24 Responses to #14in2014 1st Quarter Check In

  1. Allie Burdick

    Love it!!! First of all, you have a TON of goals – very ambitious my friend – so no wonder you just want to watch TV instead of read! I find myself doing the same thing since I read other blogs all day long. It happens. You are on track to doing so many amazing things!! I love how focused you are on your professional development and beyond jealous of ALL the classes you’ve been able to take so far this year. Keep it coming my friend!
    Allie Burdick recently posted…Remember Those New Year Resolutions?My Profile

    • Melissa Burton

      Muah! I am going to read your post after I send the little one to school. Please try and link up now that I’ve reset the link up code.

  2. Sarah (Shh...Fit Happens)

    Great job Melissa and way to keep us accountable!! :) I was not really sure how that link-up in your post worked (maybe I am just slow today?) but here is a link to my #14in2014 post: http://shhfithappens.com/2014/03/26/14in2014-check-in/
    Sarah (Shh…Fit Happens) recently posted…#14in2014 Check inMy Profile

    • Melissa Burton

      Sarah: Thanks! The InLinkz coding process changed since the first link-up and I didn’t do it right originally. It should work now so try and link up, please.

  3. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance

    Nice! I like seeing other people’s goals! I’ll be linking up with you tomorrow! :)
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  4. Chris

    Already you’ve accomplished a lot and are on-track. It’s great that you’re keeping yourself accountable but not stressing too much about them. About #9… remember that these are random so even if you don’t count what you may done as an act of kindness, it may count. (I know I just wrote a vague sentence, but I think “random acts of kindness” can be an oxymoron.)
    Chris recently posted…What’s Making Me Happy 3.22.13 – Saturday SixMy Profile

    • Melissa Burton

      I get what you’re saying. I’m fluent in pregnancy brain ;)

  5. Running Hutch

    Oh man, this is great. I love that you have set so many amazing goals and I also love that you are honestly sharing how you aren’t meeting them all as planned. That is helpful to read! I had goals to become a certified running coach (2 weeks until that happens), start a faith and fitness group (5 weeks until that happens), and one other thing..,[referring to my previous blog post...] OH, two other things. Make Run This Year bigger which is happening and create an online faith and fitness community which is teeny tiny for now but it’s there! Haha. Yeesh.
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  6. Kim

    What a great idea – love to see the progress 1/4 of the way into the year. Looks like you have already made a lot of progress on your 2014 goals!
    Kim recently posted…Am I Still a Fitness Blogger?My Profile

    • Melissa Burton

      Thanks Kim. BTW, I think you’re a fitness blogger no matter if you don’t blog 100% about fitness. We’re all human and have multiple layers to us, right?

  7. Jennifer

    Thanks so much for the shout out! I had fun that day with you trying out Studio Metamorphosis. Hopefully we can have another “sweat date” soon!
    Jennifer recently posted…Happy Muppets Monday!My Profile

  8. Captain Competition

    These are very ambitious goals and your progress has been great. Never going to do great things if you don’t try, right?
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    • Melissa Burton

      Thank you for your comments. Can’t wait to learn a bit more about you too.

    • Melissa Burton

      Thanks for the comment and encouragement. I like the effort of attempt.

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  12. Kristin

    I love your list! It makes me want to add to my own, but it is quite large. :) I’m just starting to go through it, and I’m so glad I found the link up or I never would! Thanks for your sweet comment and tweet – you’re pretty awesome!
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    • Melissa Burton

      I know you’re going to hit some of those major points Kristin! Can’t wait to see you check in in June!

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