Thursday, January 11, 2018

Happy New Year

I am slowly but surely coming into this new year. It's already the 11th day and I feel like I have accomplished so much already, but there is so much to still do.

2017 feels like it was bursting at the seams.  

Most significantly, I was offered a full-time position, transitioning from 3 years of self-employment to a full time position (with benefits!). Even though it was with the same company and the duties didn't change, somehow they did. I approached this position with a new vigor and confidence and am excited to say that I feel more confident, respected and enable to make significant changes that I have in a very long time.

I also raised over $1,000 for the Steel City Greyhounds, ran 2 full marathons and a half marathon. I found my self again at Bodd Camp, introduced our employees to a new approach to wellness by implementing a Stress Management class at work and had the honor of being asked to be a subject matter expert at ACE Fitness (in San Diego!). I also attended the Arts & Science of Health Promotion conference at the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs and got to spend spring break showing my sister and aunt around New Orleans.

Both of my parents and one of my best friends celebrated milestone birthdays, my baby sister turned 21 and my little brother celebrated his one-year wedding anniversary. So so much to celebrate.

I also volunteered as an instructor with LifeQuest Arkansas, an organization dedicated to lifelong learning and social interaction for our senior population.

And did I mention that I was elected to be the Vice President of Education for CrossTalk Toastmasters and continued my volunteer work with the Thea Foundation, who captured my heart the first week I lived in Arkansas and continues to hold a big part of it.

It wasn't all good - I also nursed a bad shoulder and am currently rebounding from a hip injury. I did an amazing amount of damage to my car by hitting a curb (?!), and I gained 12 pounds. But merely blips on the radar of an otherwise fantastic year.

I am sure I am forgetting other momentous occasions, but they'll come back to my memory when I need them.

So, what could I possible hope for in 2018? It has big shoes to fill. 

The answer is pretty simple: I want my January 2019 list to be another that makes me smile big and leave me with a feeling of gratitude. Gratitude that the good so far outweighs the bad that I have no reasons to complain at all.

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