Last night, I had every good intention of getting up and joining some running friends for a 10 AM jaunt through town. But then for some strange reason, we stayed up until 12:30 AM (gasp) and split a bottle of rather sweet bubbly. That 10 AM resolution went out the window similar to the intentions of blogging more did last year. Classic example of why I don’t like resolutions because once you break them, you kinda feel like you have screwed up for the year so why even bother, right? A few years ago, I started choosing a word to focus on for the year, and before you start shaking your head at my hippy-dippy, New Age love fest, understand that there is very little about me that is either hippy-dippy or New Agey. It’s just something that works for me.

Last year, I chose the word complete, and I explained to my friend this morning on a walk (because like a good little girl, I actually went out with the dogs – and my friend – for a walk once we were all awake) it had two meanings. First, the obvious in which I focused on completing things that needed completing – more on that later. But second, I chose it because I figured that sometimes, I needed reminding that I was complete the way that I was. Self-improvement is great, but occasionally, it feels like people are constantly trying to find something to improve about themselves. It’s taken me many, many years to figure out that I’m good the way I am, and if I feel like doing something for self-improvement, it’s my damn choice.

So back to that first reason in which I get shit done. I started to run through what I had completed in 2016, and I was coming up with not a lot. The obvious items were there, but I was really getting disheartened with my word. Well, taking a walk with the dogs does a lot to clear your mind and put things into perspective. Here’s what I came up with:

  • my master’s degree: started that in January and finished it in December. I nearly thought the final two courses might be my undoing, but I’m just waiting on the degree conferral in February and walking in May.
  • two half-marathons: they weren’t my prettiest, my fastest, or my favorite, but guess what? I still ran 13.1 miles and got a medal and a free banana at the end.
  • 445.3 miles: not even close to my top milage and that’s ok. I’m guessing that the first item on the list had something to do with the low miles, which probably impacted the second item on the list.
  • The Great Gatsby: finally check that off the list of books that people told me I had to read. Didn’t love it but didn’t hate it either. That’s a win in my book.
  • another school year: last year’s students were an amazing group of kids, but you know what? So are this year’s group of kiddos.
  • knitting projects: I can’t be specific here because I haven’t really tracked what I have knit. That being said, I’m pretty sure that there were some shawls, cowls, scarves, and maybe a sweater (sleeve) or two. 2017 goal – keep better track of knitting projects
  • Project 333: I think that I’m on my fifth year of the project, so I don’t even think of it as completion any longer, but we were talking about it on a run the other morning, and I came to the realization that not everyone plans their wardrobes like this.
  • another One Second Everyday project: honestly, I thought that I had given up on this one in mid-September. Thankfully, you can use still images, so the last three months are basically a video here or there with lots and lots of photos of the dogs. You’re welcome!

I’m sure there’s more, but my brain can only hold so much during my walks. I would wager a bet that I have solved world peace, ended hunger, and balance the national budget a million times over on our walks, but I can never seem to hold on to that information once we cross the threshold.

There’s a word percolating in my brain for 2017, but I’m going to let it stew for a bit more. You would think that it would be food related based on that last sentence, but it turns out I’m just hungry.

I Don’t Feel Like Dancing” by the Scissor Sisters . . . not quite their danciest tune, but it still does the trick when you are trying to clean the house. 

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