The time has come to make a fresh start once again. When the clock struck midnight early this morning, the calendar started its march toward December and as tradition, lots of people are making new promises to themselves for the upcoming year. Some of the most popular resolutions for the new year are to eat healthier, get into shape, connect with old friends (in person, not online), and many others that attempt to make them feel better and better about themselves.
This year, I am no exception, but I did get a head start on a few of them. I’m already a gym rat, so check that one off the list, although all my goals at the gym are not fulfilled yet. It’s a work in progress. I also recently started going to spin classes again, which I used to do and fell out of it. I can’t remember when, but I decided to go cold turkey on my sugar in my coffee. Some people told me to just stop drinking coffee, and since that will never happen, I did the next best thing and stopped the sugar. It took me a few weeks to get used to the bitterness, but now I don’t even notice. Now, if I can only kick the soda addiction. I have gone diet, but in recent times, they say diet isn’t any better for you, so that should probably be the next thing to go. We’ll see.
I started this blog when I turned 35. Last week, I turned 38 and much has changed. Life is fast. New babies come into the family, as well as new spouses with their own families. Some family members go to heaven to start their new journey. My dad made that trip this past year. Some family move into the next phase of their life. My step-daughter is one semester away from finishing her high school/Associates Degree middle college program and she is already accepted into a private 4 year school that she will attend in the fall. It’s only an hour away, but far enough to spread her wings and stretch.
This next year is going to be great. Lots of things will change, I know, some for the better, and some not so good, but with my head start, I believe this year is going to be different. I’m already ahead of the game, ahead of the resolutions. My new habits are already taking shape. I won’t be at the gym tomorrow as a stranger to all. I will be there to help the new members adjust to the good life and hope they stick it out for the long haul. Since my sugar habit is already broken, it will be easier for me to cut back on other unhealthy habits. I know I can do it, and that gives me strength. For once, I don’t need a new years resolution list. I have already made my choices and they started long before the countdown to midnight. All there is to do now is maintain and optimize the plan in order to meet my goals.
Good luck to you all in your new year journeys.
I promised myself that I would make time to write and even though it is getting pretty late tonight, I intend to keep my word to myself. It may not be a long post, but it’s going to be from the heart.
It’s been two days since the camping weekend came to a close. Now that we are back home, we had to catch up on lots of things. The lawn needed to be cut, the animals needed extra attention, and all the house work was backed up as well. So needless to say, it has been busy around here. But I am happy to say that things are looking good now, except the weather. It has been a gloomy day today, with rain on and off, misty and then downpour. The dogs had to spend the day inside, which I assume is boring for them because there is nothing to bark at except the cat.
The temperature has been very nice and cool, which is great because our A/C is being stupid right now. We’ve enjoyed having the breeze come through the open windows and the sound of the rain makes it even better. It’s a great atmosphere to write. I would love to set up my writing desk in front of the window, but the room is not the correct configuration for that to happen. Besides, once the A/C is fixed and summer hits, the windows will be closed and the sounds will be gone. Then I’ll have to rely on Spotify for my audible motivation and inspiration.
Unlike while camping last weekend, I am now using all my fingers on the keys, making it much easier to type a post. I know I will be able to take my laptop with me on the next camping adventure, and even though I won’t be able to publish while in the woods, I can type my heart away at speeds thumb typing on the phone can’t match. So my next promise to myself will be to get my thoughts into a draft before packing up to come home from a trip. Get my thoughts out while I am still in the atmosphere that inspires the thoughts in the first place. That would make the most sense I would imagine. The farther away from nature I get, the more detail I will lose in the creative process. So while I sit here in bed, feeling the cool breeze from the open window, listening to the crickets and birds from that same window, I remind myself of a few things. When I find myself lacking inspiration or the mood to put words to paper, all I need to do is simply open a window. Nature is my inspiration and whether it’s coming from outside my bedroom window or through the canvas and zippers of my pop up camper, it will enable me to keep my promise to myself and just keep writing.
I’ve been through a lot in my life, as some of you may know. My medical history reads like a novel, and the surgical scars on my body tell so many stories. But it’s ok, because everything that I have been through has made me the person I am today. I am here and I am grateful.
My friend Sarah is running the Walt Disney World Marathon right this second, as I type this. In fact, just a few minutes ago, Mickey posted her progress on her Facebook wall, as she just crossed the 10 mile mark in under an 1:40:00. It’s amazing to me that anyone can run a marathon, especially someone I know, who I have watched from the beginning of training. She has come a very long way and I’m proud of her for making it this far.
Everyone I know has challenges in their lives. Some have bigger challenges than others, but overcoming the challenges that are important to you is the most important thing. My challenge a few years ago was to run a 5K. I did that. Last year, it was to ride a century on my bike in one day. I did that. This year, one of my challenges is to do a triathlon. I am signed up for a Sprint Triathlon in April and I am looking forward to it. I don’t anticipate any “sprinting”, but all I want to do is finish. I know it is a race, but the only one i am racing against is my own doubt. It’s easy to say you can’t do something. It’s hard to do something new. I just think it looks fun. Like my Spin Class teacher always says, “If it was easy, everybody would be doing it.”.
Baby steps is all it takes and every challenge can be overcome. Sarah is proving that right now. She is such an inspiration to many, including me.
Happy Sunday Everyone.