What a difference a year makes! I’ve been writing this post in my head for at least a week now. For some reason, I just haven’t been all that drawn to put it on ‘paper’. I often wonder how I got to where I am, and chuckle when I take a trip down memory lane. My how things have changed.
This time last year, I was frantically finishing my fundraising efforts for the LLS, and anxiously awaiting my trip to CA for the Tinkerbell Half. I had a half marathon slated for Jan, 2 in Feb, March, May and October. There were a few more that I had wanted to do but with money & travel time being limited, they were scratched. I had a bunch of triathlons, and local races as well. I was a crazy runner, I wanted to gather bling from all over, I was going to conquer the world (my world I suppose) and prove to myself that distance running was my thing… fast forward to the end of 2012… FIZZLE.
I didn’t even get a picture for the Myrtle Beach Mini in October, and that was a personal best for me. It seems by the end of the year, I had lost the race bug, and the running bug soon after that.
According to DailyMile, I ran 25 miles in November, and in December, I logged an impressive 3 miles. I was supposed to be training for a Full Marathon in Feb, now I have to hope I can switch it to a half. I will tell you this, something wonderful happened Thanksgiving weekend, and it’s called CrossFit. I know I’ve said it’s not in the budget, but we were blessed to find a local gym, that includes CrossFit in the membership! So I can now swim indoors, workout at a gym, and kill it in a box… which is what I have been doing. Running has sadly(?) taken a back seat to my newest infatuation and for that I am no where near sorry.
With my shift in personal interests, I started to give a lot of thought about priorities and perspective; I found it interesting, how in life, things that seemed so important, so critical, dire even, at one point, had become quite the opposite in such a short amount of time. I’m not saying it as a positive or negative, but as a part of growth, change, our own metamorphous. Perhaps it just startled me, I know as a teen going into adulthood things were bound to change, but as women approaching 40, the only change I was expecting was menopause. Races (50 states, or for bling), running (a full marathon), triathlons (my quest for the 70.3), blogging (dreams of blowing up) – all seem a little less important this year.
My goals of financial freedom (so wanting to be debt free), and becoming a stronger athlete (truly competing against myself), have come to the forefront in the past few months. I have always valued my family, and recognize the importance of being present in my families lives, instead of constantly dialed into social media, consumed with numbers (followers, subscribers, page views, etc). I asked my SPIC (sporty partner in crime) Heather; Is it possible that social media has made me anti-social? I felt at one point, I was planning my life to be a blog worthy moment, instead of living in the moment, and sharing it later.
I did learn in 2012, I am not very good at telling people what they want to hear, or conforming to what others think I should be, do, or say. I think it is great that people everywhere have a change in perspective, it’s healthy to want different things, have experiences and move on. The most important thing to me is staying true to who you are, and not being swayed by what other people think you should be. We are not puppets, we are people. In reality, my blog is not, nor will it ever be my full time job. It began as an outlet, a hobby, something fun… I have an awesome career, that I really do enjoy. So if my posts are sporadic, it’s because I don’t have anything to say… You choose what is important to you, and stick to it and if it changes, it is because it came from inside you.
Cheers to 2013, being stronger; mentally, emotionally and physically. Embrace health on multiple levels, and remembering that life is about balance.
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