Retread 2014


It never fails… I’m always a little melancholy as I approach a new year. While everyone is happily ringing in the New Year, I’m still looking over my shoulder at my ‘might-have-beens’ from last year. I’ve begun to think I’m one of those people who sees the glass as half empty!

So to fight the woes of the ‘I-should’ve’ and ‘I-wish-I-would’ve’, I page through my calendar and make a note of all the ‘I-dids’. Surprisingly, I don’t give myself enough credit for my accomplishments of the last year. Certainly I’m not the only one who does that!

Here’s my retread of 2014…


I shared the living life at Full Throttle message at 9 speaking opportunities in 2014. My top two favorites were at the Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit in Denver, CO and at the Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast Conference in Pensacola, FL. I met amazing women at each of these functions and am proud to call them friends! It thrills me to hear how their lives have changed because our paths crossed! Little do they know that my life has changed because of them too! However, the most interesting speaking opportunity was when David Tutera interviewed me on stage for the Dream Bigger Tour! His tour came to Sioux Falls and I was able to reveal my big dream for 2015 in front of his audience… keep reading!


It was a learning year for me in the coaching lane. My days were filled with corporate coaching clients and I was coaching 16 people at one time. One thing I learned is 16 people is too many to coach at one time! It’s exciting to see how certain clients progressed and grew over our coaching relationship. But I didn’t only coach corporate clients, I also coached two seasons of 3rd/4th grade girls volleyball!


Unfortunately, I didn’t get as many miles on as I’d like in 2014! Girls Ride Night didn’t happen often enough this summer… in fact, I think we only got out once! My most memorable ride was along the white sandy beaches of Pensacola, FL thanks to my new friends at Pensacola Harley Davidson! My second favorite ride was through the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Laura Klock and I regretfully put our bikes on a trailer instead of riding to CO for the SHS Summit but thankfully we were able to ride once there! It was the first time my motorcycle had ever been on a trailer but there was no other option to get our ‘goods’ to the Summit. I’ll be riding to the Summit in 2015! Woo Hoo! On the flip side, my husband and I made the annual trek to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Despite the rain, the trip was fun because we introduced friends who had never been to the rally to the Sturgis experience!

The Inspired Tour

It’s official! 2015 will be the year I ride across the US! This ride will not only be an adventure, it’ll be a movement of inspiration! We spent half of 2014 planning so we can execute in 2015. Website built, social media secured, proposals made to national partners… can’t wait until June! Follow us on Facebook or check out our website!

Elev8 Coaching

I partnered with a long-time friend and colleague and founded a new company… Elev8 Coaching! Office space was rented, I built the website, and secured all social media channels – WHEW! Our mission is to help organizations create coaching cultures from the inside out. We hold a monthly session (Moving Beyond You) where we teach coaching principles to leaders from various organizations. Our goal is to work with these organizations on a deeper level in 2015. Our first coaching workshop will be in a month!


Something that took a ton of my time and effort in 2014 was Leadercast, a one-day leadership event broadcast live in Atlanta and simulcast across the globe. I’ve hosted this event locally the last 2 years. In 2013, we had 165 people attend… in 2014, it was 350 with a waiting list! Shooting for 500 in 2015!


Being an adventurer, I love to travel! I was blessed to be able to visit Cabo San Lucas and Las Vegas in 2014! We attended a family reunion in Rapid City, SD and we spent a week in Winter Park, CO with our kids. Our days in CO we spend whitewater rafting, zip lining, and mountain biking! We’re certain to go back to Winter Park!

On the Home Front

Kids activities keep me busy too! Since I quit my job in corporate America, I’ve been able to faithfully attend baseball games, basketball games, volleyball games, and cross-country meets! Oh… and after 3 weeks of tile guys and plumbers traipsing through the house, I love my new walk-in tiled shower!

While all this was going on, I wrote blog posts, continued working on my book, made videos, updated Facebook business pages, and created content for Full Throttle Living, The Inspired Tour, and Elev8 Coaching. This work is never done! Not to mention keeping up with my personal and spiritual growth, and my work as a mother and wife.

In retracing my steps in 2014, I realize I didn’t exactly travel the path I thought I would but that’s OK. There were lots of shiny things that distracted me from my life’s mission and these are the things that cause the regret I feel at the end of the year. However, this is an important feeling I don’t ignore as it fuels my resolve for the coming year.

I encourage you to retread 2014. Open your paper calendar or your electronic calendar and revisit the year. What did you accomplish? What are all your ‘I-dids’? Bask in your achievements! Revel in your success! After noting these accomplishments, I’ll be taking time New Year’s Day to reflect on what I learned in 2014… I’ll be sharing my lessons next week.

Until then, if there was something that moved you about this post, please share it with a friend! And as always, I welcome your comments!

Happy New Year!