Dawn of a New Year
January 1, 2013
Today is a new day, the beginning of a new year.....and oh what promises lie ahead. Everything is fresh and new.
Someone asked me, recently, if I had made any New Year's resolutions and I answered, no. Mostly, because I believe that resolutions, if broken, tends to seem like a failure opposed to not meeting a goal you set for yourself. Not meeting a goal doesn't mess with your psyche as much as a failed resolution. Goals, if not met, can be reassessed. You learn from them and you get a do-over. I set quite a few goals for myself in 2012 and can honestly say that I met most of them. And since this time of year typically causes one to fall into a full blown case of "retrospection", I would like to share a few of the things I learned in 2012.
1. In addition to taking care of yourself physically, you must take care of yourself mentally and spiritually.
2. Nothing is ever as it seems. (This can be especially good to know for someone with an overactive imagination....I'm just saying...)
3. You make time for and even crave the things you are passionate about.
4. Hiking is more than a walk.....it's an adventure.
5. Just when you least expect it, your husband of 32 years can still surprise the heck out of you. (Best Valentine's Day eva!)
6. Kayaking is one of my many passions. Kayaking is more than a boat ride....it's an all-out, alligator fretting, thunder and lightening, monster waving adventure!
7. Although seeking great adventures can result in being in the middle of the Murrell's Inlet creeks during a thunder and lightening storm, you are so glad you had the experience and wouldn't trade it for the world.
8. Nuts (use your own imagination) are sensitive by nature. See item #2.
9. I love running!
10. Nothing is more powerful than running your first 5K race. The feeling of accomplishment you get from that will blow your mind.
11. Dramamine works! Depending on how many you take....they may work too good, causing you to fall asleep in places you never intended.
12. Writing a blog (baring one's soul to the entire World Wide Web) is very soul cleansing.
13. 72-73 degrees Fahrenheit with a light breeze is my perfect weather.
14. Laughing to the point of snorting over the funny things your grandchildren say is the best medicine ever.
15. You must listen to the experts. If not, this thing you've been trying to avoid the most will happen. (Slight injury....major bummer.)
16. There are people out there who genuinely want to be your friend. You HAVE to let your guard down and accept it.
17. Everyone needs alone time.
18. Green juice is healthy, healing, energizing and tastes AWESOME!
19. People are sent into your life, when needed most.
20. Last, but not in the least.....as a matter of fact, probably the most important.....There is no problem that can't be solved through prayer! My favorite verse of all times....."When a believing person prays, great things happen". James 5:16
I'm going to wrap it up by giving you a few of my goals for 2013. These goals may be added to during the year or reassessed and tweaked, but for now they are:
- Begin a swimming regimen
- Learn to speak Spanish, fluently and maybe French
- Continue to lose weight
- Run a few 10Ks
- Run a half marathon
- Begin working on my scrapbooks again
- Continue to research my family history
- Finish my first quilt completely by hand (I have actually made several quilts with a sewing machine....just haven't finished the one I'm making by hand, yet.)
Did you set any goals for yourself in 2013? Come on, tell me a few. Accountability is everything!
Oh wait, in case you were wondering...........
How I spent this first day of the new year: Watching Cliff and friends compete in a mini triathlon
Miles run today: Maybe 1/2 (still nursing my knee, but had to get somewhere fast)
First meal of 2013: Eggs Benedict
Number of friends sharing in this first meal of 2013: 4 plus the hubs = 5