This year, life had a way of going in different directions than I anticipated - for example, how in the world did I end up being the organizer of our running club? That was not on the horizon at all in January, yet by May, there I was, rolling with it. I ended up having a really good running year, which is a weird thing to say considering I ended up injured and had to drastically cut back on the intensity of my running (and it wasn't all that intense to begin with, believe me). Once I was able to run again after the injury, I was going so slow that there was plenty of time to laugh and enjoy not only the run but the company of my running buddies and all the craziness that comes with a long run...which, in turn, gave me a whole new appreciation for the sport.
In 2013 I celebrated the 5 year anniversary of my blog/beginning of my diet, which turned into my journey to fit (I HAD to say it!), as well as the 10 year anniversary of an important life-changing event for me. Because of these experiences, I've gained the confidence to believe that I can succeed at doing some pretty hard things. GO ME.
The best thing about 2013? Without a doubt, it was turning 50. I got to celebrate the event with family and friends, and I became the owner of the "I don't have to do that anymore" attitude, which has been incredibly freeing. From not having to put up with (as much) crap, to not letting myself be anything less than I want...there's no waiting to do, or experience, all that life has to offer, and that has been pretty awesome. I definitely don't have the financial means to do everything I'd like, and I don't always have the courage to jump in with both feet, but I am saying yes to more opportunities, saying no when I really don't want to do something, and overall I'm feeling more secure in what I chose to do with my days. Being FIFTY is pretty fabulous.
The only thing I didn't get to do in 2013 was take drum lessons (well, that and go to Maui, but you can pretty much bet that's on my "to do" list every year). The bathroom flood and all the chaos, cash and construction interrupted those plans, but 2014 will be the year I get some lessons and learn to play along to my favorite songs.
I'm looking forward to a healthy, happy 2014 - and I hope all of you will experience that as well!