Christmas Wind Down & Anticipating New Year’s Resolutions

Christmas decoration 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.   gratitude journal and jar

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!!

About mileoneandcounting

I'm a young professional living in the Washington, DC area. Since moving here in 2007 I have honed a passion for running and fitness. Growing up I played soccer and softball (and tested track & field for one year). After college I ran a few 5K races, but running was really only a means to staying in shape for me. Never in my wildest imagination had I thought I'd ever run a marathon, let alone three. Nor did I think I'd get the running bug after doing so, but I'll admit I'm hooked! Over the years my blog has grown into so much more than a running blog though. Sometimes I have deep thoughts. Other times I'm simply sharing a training story or a review of a product. Here's the place where you'll learn about me through my many adventures--even I enjoy going back to re-read some posts from time to time. I've also been able to hone my love for health and wellness through my business called IDLife which stands for Individually Designed Life. I'd love to help inspire you to live your best life yet so please don't hesitate to reach out to me and may my words resonate with you. See you on the trails...
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