A bit belated, but Merry Christmas! I hope that you and your family enjoyed the beauty of the holiday and had some time to slow down and meditate on the true meaning of the season. Leading up to Christmas is always a flurry of activity and these last few days I have sort of had a chance to take a breath and relax (if you can call it that…getting a terrible cold forced that to happen, so maybe this is my sign not to overcommit in 2013).
This week, between Christmas and New Year’s, is always a week of reflection for me. Each year seems to go by faster and faster and as I get older it often becomes more and more difficult to differentiate from one year to the next. Journaling and reminiscing with family and friends keeps the memories close to my heart. An idea (I can’t take the credit) to help remember the good times in 2013 is a gratitude jar. I’ve already put in the first note with special memories from 2012 and throughout the next year I will encourage friends and family to add their thoughts about the good things that happen (you can even contribute yours through the blog and I’ll throw them in the jar). I’ll read through each note at the end of next year with any loved ones who are near.
As for my fitness resolutions, I’ve already signed up for two 10-mile races in 2013, I’m considering my first tri-sprint, and the new year will be kicked off with some early morning boot camp classes! Yep, insane and I will probably freeze. I have a new cookbook to help me plan more healthy meals and stock my kitchen well and overall I would like to experiment with food and be more adventurous for 2013.
I have plenty more “resolutions” for the new year–make more time for the special people in my life, be kind to others, read the Bible more, organize my photos, take time for arts & crafts, master the art of gardening, travel to at least one new destination, grow my blog-o-sphere…I could go on and on…which is why I don’t really know that it makes sense to call these resolutions, but rather simply ways to enjoy life, appreciating each day that we have before us, to not get caught up in the materialistic things of this world and to smile each day. Sounds easy, right? Here’s to remembering the good times in 2012 and building upon our growth in 2013! Cheers!!