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It only seems appropriate that I dedicate an entire post to unplugging from the internet, only to find myself with blog post time and inspiration. Go figure.
Thanks to my kids, there has been no overlooking the fact that there are only 5 days left until Christmas. But until I just now walked past a calendar, it seemed to have escaped my mind that there are less than two weeks left in this year.
When did that happen?
A year ago today, I clearly had no idea what I was in store for. Heck, as I sit here today, a thousand miles away from where I was this time last year, I still have a hard time wrapping my mind around all that happened. The last 354 days feel like decades that went by in an instant.
In 2011, I became a Marathon Maniac, an ACSM certified Health Fitness Specialist, a New Hampshire resident, and a single mom.
I battled my last semester of undergraduate classes, guys with pugil sticks, and unexpected heartache.
I was honored to be a part of an amazing triathlon team, and even if the opportunity seemed to strike at the wrong time in my life, I will forever have a new little triathlon family added to my heart.
I raced at the happiest place on earth, twice, with some amazing people and opportunities beyond my wildest runDisney loving dreams.
I rode aero for the first time. I ran trails for the first time. I swam with gators for the first time (maybe).
I ran a lot. I loved a lot. I hurt a lot, and I lost a lot.
…but I gained a lot too.
I have learned that sometimes, no matter how much it hurts, you have to stand up for yourself. You have to trust in your heart, have faith, and know that while the eventual outcome is still a big, fat, scary mystery, in the end everything will be OK.
I learned who my true friends are. I learned I have an amazing family that would do anything for me.
But mostly, I’ve learned a lot about myself. The good AND the bad. And the bad is never any fun to face, and incredibly humbling to admit. But once you do it, it can change your life.
As the old year ends and new year nears, now is the time everyone starts to make plans. Resolutions. Goals. And for 2012, I have just one.
Live my life to the fullest every day. Enjoy every second of my life. Do not look back. Do not wallow or fret. No envy or pity. Know that everyday that I face brings adventure if only I will seek it, thus I will meet it head on with a smile on my face. Just LIVE. For so far in my life, not much has gone the way I have planned it, but somehow it still always seems to turn out OK. And while the immediate rough times are certainly not over, I am still truly and wildly blessed, and I have faith that while I might not be where I had hoped right now, I am on a greater path to end up where I am meant to be. I will never take this beautiful life for granted.
To my family, my friends, and those of you whom I’ve never met, but have reached out and held me up when I needed anyway: thank you. I’m so thankful to have you in my life 🙂