What I’m Looking Forward to in 2014

fireworksHappy New Year! Sorry for the lack of blog posts lately—I’ve been all over the place. I visited my parents on the Vineyard for Christmas; headed to New Hampshire for another family Christmas party; spent three days in New York to see my college friends and ring in 2014; and am finally back home in Boston just in time for a snowstorm. Woof.

2013 was basically just one continuous quarter-life crisis for me. It was wonderful and came with a bunch of major changes that now have me actually doing what I want with my life, but wow—it was messy. Exciting, but messy. Now that Hurricane Nicole has sufficiently destroyed everything and passed, I really feel like 2014 is going to be a productive, successful year for me. Already there’s so much to look forward to…

Teaching Pilates Plus at Btone

I’m starting the training process to teach Lagree Method Pilates at Btone in a couple weeks! I’ve talked about how much I love this workout a billion times on the blog, and soon I’ll be officially able to teach it. Can you say dream job?? All you in the Boston area will have to come check out one of my classes (if I make it through training, of course haha).

A P&I YouTube Channel

I’m going to (slowly) start turning my workout tutorials into YouTube videos. Finally! It may have to start as a once-in-a-while thing, depending on resources, but I’d love to have videos accompany my workout picture tutorials on the blog.

And speaking of this, if you know of a videographer or anyone in the Boston area with video shooting/editing experience (college students?), I’d love for you to pass on contact info! I know the basics of iMovie, and can definitely piece together (shitty) workout tutorial videos on my own, but I’d love to put out something of quality.


Running Another Half Marathon

Lately spinning has replaced running as my cardio workout of choice, but I miss it! I’m going to find a fun half marathon to get me back into the running grind—any suggestions?

Weddings, Weddings, More Weddings

Shit, I think this means I’m officially old: Everyone around me is suddenly getting engaged. I’ve been to one or two each year since I graduated college, but this year I’m officially entering that five-plus-a-year wedding vortex that is your mid-late twenties. My wallet might not be excited, but I can’t wait—the weddings on my horizon are all in beautiful locations (including Australia!!!). So fun.

Getting My Yogi On

I’ve mentioned on the blog before how I despise yoga. Ten minutes into every class I’ve taken, I start looking for a clock and itching for it to be over—too slow, too much “ohm”-ing going on—not my cup of tea. But I think I just haven’t found the right class/instructor, and the health benefits of regularly practicing yoga are just too attractive to write off. The hunt for a fun, upbeat yoga class in Boston starts now. Even if it’s just once a week, I’m determined to practice yoga this year.

What are you looking forward to this year?



  1. Sounds like you’re going to have an awesome, busy 2014! I totally feel you on the yoga, I used to hateee it and get so antsy and bored! I started doing hot power yoga at a different studio and it made ALL the difference!! I now do yoga (at least) once a day and get all the lovely benefits. 🙂 I really enjoy it, too! I think when you add both the heat and the “power” aspect, it makes for a much more challenging, upbeat environment. You feel like you’re getting an intense workout while also the relaxation of yoga. I highly recommend it!

    And congrats on YouTube! Can’t wait to watch! 🙂

    Lisa @ The Skinny on Health

  2. Love all the future plans! I agree, weddings creeping up is so exciting and definitely not so fun on the wallet. I am soooo not a yoga fan but do see the importance on so many levels- definitely on my 2014 list as well. Happy New Year!! Let’s spin together soon (or get drinks?) 🙂 🙂

  3. Wow these goals are great! Simple and do-able 🙂 I wish you luck with finding the right yoga instructor, teaching, and your upcoming YouTube channel. I really enjoyed finding your blog in 2013 and plan to be an avid follower in 2014 🙂


  4. These are all great! Things that can be accomplished with some determination. On my list is to be genuinely happy and to take care of myself and definitely to quit worrying about what others think about me.

  5. You should try Vinyasa or Hatha yoga! Both of those styles are much more fast-paced. Or Acro-yoga!

  6. My friends and I are traveling to Nashville in April to do the Country Music Rock & Roll Half there – SO excited!

  7. That is awesome! Best of luck and sounds like 2014 is going to be a great year for you! I too, need to get my yogi on!!

  8. So excited your starting a YouTube chanel! Laura and I can’t wait to try out your new workouts 🙂

    Happy New Year!

  9. Can’t wait for the videos!
    Hilary x thehealthycollective.com

  10. Great goals! I’m hoping 2014 is the year I finally complete my first half marathon. Are there any training programs you would recommend?

    • Have a look at the Hanson brothers training method if you want to do a serious half marathon. Good luck!

    • I actually haven’t really tried any–last time I ran a half I decided to wing it and sorta made up my own random training schedule (I’d call it a learning experience haha). I’m definitely going to look into Jen’s suggestion though!

  11. Have you been to Sweat and Soul Yoga on Comm Ave? It’s basically on BU campus. They have amazing classes there that are way more upbeat (read: Hip Hop Yoga!). Their teachers are fabulous and it’s only $10 cash with no membership option.

    • I’ve been to SASY’s spin classes, but haven’t tried yoga there yet–but definitely will now! One of their yoga instructors (Meghan) also teaches spin at Vélo-City and I LOVE her class, so I bet I’d love her Hip Hop yoga, too. 🙂

  12. Looking forward to getting more fit in 2014! I know this has nothing to do with the post, but what brand and size of stability ball do you recommend? Thanks!

    • Hi Bonnie! I just bought my stability ball at TJMaxx actually, so not sure about brands, but here’s a general sizing guideline:

      5′ or shorter = 45cm stability ball
      5’1″-5’7″ = 55cm stability ball
      5’8″-6′ = 65cm ball
      over 6′ = 75cm ball

      Hope that helps!

  13. Hi Nicole, core flow at south boston yoga w Shuli is 45 mins. It’s yoga/Pilates. Short and sweet… I’d give that a whirl. Best of luck & can’t wait for the videos =)

  14. Hi Nicole, my friend just shared your blog with me and i’m loving it already. Good luck with 2014 (I may have to steal some of your goals). You should check out the heartbreak hill festival and half, it’s supposed to be a good weekend al-round – http://rw.runnersworld.com/hhhalf/

  15. Whooo! YouTube channel!! Awesome Nicole, talk about bringing Pumps & Iron to the next level! I’m sure you’ll rock those videos! Can’t wait to try out some new & of course awesome workouts!!
    Good luck & all the best to you in 2014!!

  16. Love your plans for 2014! Would loveeee for you to start doing workout videos. 🙂 I’m getting organized this year. Already set up a budget to save, have been working on blog redesign plans and will be tackling my legal name change next!

    • Oh man, setting up a budget SHOULD be my main priority this year haha. Maybe in 2015… 🙂 Excited to see what blog redesigns you’re making!

  17. I totally agree with the yoga issue… but I tried Hip Hop Yoga at Sweat & Soul yoga in Allston and Back Bay Yoga and I loved it! It was still normal yoga poses but with upbeat hip hop music playing instead of the typical calm/spa-like music. It may sound strange but I found it so fun!


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