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REFLECTIONS: Happy New Year! #stayhealthy

02/01/2022
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“Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time, to figure out whether you like it or not.” Virgil Garnett Thomson

REFLECTIONS: Happy New Year! #stayhealthy

REFLECTIONS: Happy New Year! #stayhealthy

REFLECTIONS: Happy New Year! #stayhealthy

REFLECTIONS: Happy New Year! #stayhealthy

HAPPY NEW YEAR! – Have you moved on to focus on plans for 2022 with nary a thought about the year that ended? It would be wise to spend a little time reflecting on the past as we plan for the present. As the old African saying goes, “He who doesn’t know where he is going should at least remember where he came from.” Why is this important? Because the past can influence the present and shape the future. That said, we are co-creators of our lives, and taking actions that uplift us can make a huge difference. Last year, I took an extended break from blogging to focus on work, family, and my overall well-being. There were a lot of demands on my time and energy as I continued to manage several social media groups I created and belong to, as well as focus on my training/running plans for the year.

What Did You Do in 2021? I had wanted to run the NYC marathon for many years but could never find the time or make the necessary training commitment. When my mother passed away in 2019, I decided that it was time to honor a dream I held dear and to do it in her honor as well. Covid19 derailed my plans in 2020, and so when NYRR reached out in April 2021, inviting me back to train for the marathon, I jumped at the chance. Now, let me say that I was never a professional runner or a college star. I have always been athletic and used to run for leisure in college and grad school, but I have always been an average athlete with aspirations to achieve personal goals.

What’s the Story? After getting married in 1992, I set my running aside to raise my twins. So, getting back to running was a rekindling of an old relationship with many changes with age and time. Nevertheless, I stayed with the pretty demanding training last year, and I completed three marathons as a newbie marathoner. My first was the Boston Marathon, then the New York marathon, and finally the Philadelphia marathon. My three medals are in the 1st collage photos below. Amazing right? And humbling. If I could do it, so can you. I was focused, disciplined, mentally and physically ready to run my first marathon (Boston). My goal was to finish, and with each marathon, I learned something new about myself. The training was rigorous, but I stuck to it.

Are You Ready for Change? I am acutely aware that anything that matters takes time and effort. We must commit to it and then do it over and over again. We will fall, fail, and even get furious, but we must get up and get back on track daily. There is no magic bullet, especially if you want to make a lifestyle change. Could you do it? Are you ready for a life-affirming shift in 2022? Decide and then do it.

According to the folks at my favorite running magazine, Runner’s World, below are some excellent tips to keep in mind if part of your staying healthy plan includes running. Give it a try. You might develop a love for the sport or, like me, rekindle an old relationship you had with it.
Coach Jess: 22 Running Do’s and Don’ts for 2022
✅DO track your mileage. Don’t obsess over your watch.
✅DO sign up for a race that scares you. Don’t sign up for something just because everyone else is doing races.
✅DO schedule your runs ahead to increase the odds of getting out the door. Don’t beat yourself up if other obligations interfere with your run plans.
✅DO prioritize rest, fuel, mobility, and recovery. Don’t count calories.
✅DO find running buddies and organize runs with friends. Don’t be afraid of solo runs—they’re a fantastic time to process thoughts, feelings, and emotions!
✅Make sure to have proper, feel-good running shoes that fit your feet. Don’t buy the latest “the” shoes because you see them on fast friends or social media.
✅DO support others’ accomplishments and goals, and let that be inspiration and fuel to continue to work hard on your own running goals. Don’t waste time or energy comparing yourself to others.
✅DO play some pump-up jams that excite you and get you excited to run. Don’t allow a negative attitude to make you think about why you’re dreading it.
✅DO run even if you don’t feel like it. Don’t run when you’re injured.
✅DO use social media as a healthy tool to stay connected to other runners. Don’t get caught up in endless scrolling and wasting precious time.
✅DO incorporate speed work. Don’t increase your intensity too quickly.
✅Experiment with various fueling options in your long run until you find what works best for you. Don’t do this on race day.
✅DO listen to podcasts that motivate you while on the run. DON’T entirely block your hearing, especially at night!
✅DO smile at passing runners — who know what kind of day they’re having! Don’t run in the bike lane.
✅DO visualize success before your workouts and on race day. Don’t stress about performance and the elements beyond your control.
✅DO throw on a hat if there’s a chance of rain. Don’t sit back down on the couch like a wimp if you see raindrops. (Lightning is a different story)
✅DO take 5 minutes to cool down and stretch after a run properly. Don’t go straight to lounging after a long run, then wonder why everything hurts later in the day.
✅DO a mile time trial just for the fun of it. Don’t drink a beer between each lap! (But if you must do a beer mile, good luck, and don’t say I didn’t warn you!)
✅DO incorporate regular strength training into your training.❌ DON’T lift before a running workout.
✅DO keep a running journal. Don’t toss it altogether if you’ve skipped a few days! Just get back at it.
✅DO look ahead to new opportunities. Don’t spend time comparing yourself to a younger you. Eyes ahead!
✅DO challenge yourself and set new goals to accomplish this year. Don’t take yourself too seriously and lose the joy of running!

“Always keep a positive attitude towards life. Optimism is a great tool to eliminate agony from life” Amma.

REFLECTIONS: Happy New Year! #stayhealthy

REFLECTIONS: Happy New Year! #stayhealthy

REFLECTIONS: Happy New Year! #stayhealthy

REFLECTIONS: Happy New Year! #stayhealthy

What Did You Do To Start 2022? For starters, like so many people around the world, I stayed up to welcome the new year with family and watched the proverbial ball drop at Times Square. I did it from the comfort of my living room. I thanked my Creator for another year of life and celebrated the new day by dancing and thanking God. Yes, I did. At 8:30 am, I was back at my remote job doing vital work to help stem the spread of Covid19, and for that, I am also very grateful.

What Else Did You Do? Later in the day, I did a quick stop at Whole Foods to get a few of the missing food items on my lucky food list below. I prepared a beans dish and enjoyed the evening eating and relaxing. I don’t eat meat, so I skipped the pork but, you know, it’s all good. These foods are intentional, and we can affirm the new year in any way we see fit. Just develop a positive outlook on life and trust that your decisions will become more apparent and robust. Below are 10 Lucky Foods to eat in the New Year. It’s never too late to enjoy them, so get some.
• Black-eyed beans or Lentils for prosperity
• Buttered bread for nourishment (Ireland)
• 12 Grapes/Raisins before midnight (New Year’s Eve) for great fortune (Spain)
• Greens like Spinach, Kale, and Collards remind us of green money and health and drive away evil spirits
• Pork as a way to stay focused in moving forward with our goals and desires.
• Long Noodles offer longevity, and eating an unbroken long noodle is extra luck. (Asia)
• Cornbread – the sweet, sunny, yellow, satisfying food augurs prosperity on all fronts.
• Round Foods – desserts, citrus fruits, wave off the old and welcome the new into our sunny lives
• Whole Fish on New Year’s Day is a sign of great prosperity. Fish is a prosperous symbol in Asia
• Chocolate is always great as a digestive and a luxury treat, signifying a year of pampering.

What Will You Do in 2022? One thing is clear, I will continue my running training, and I’m signed up to run the NYC marathon this year with Team for Kids. (more on that later). That said, I still believe that five essential areas of life help keep us balanced, focused, and content. As I’ve shared in a previous post, my five “areas of life” this year will include
FAMILY: Our family is essential to the journey we take, and we return to them, again and again, for validation and victory. Remember that the word family includes more than the traditional definition of family. It consists of supportive configurations we lean on for strength and assistance.
FRIENDS: An African proverb says, “He who has wealth has friends, but he who has true friends has divine and abundant wealth.” So thank them and show you care. Be a true friend back. Pay it forward and make some new ones too.
FAITH: Whatever our faith, there is much to be celebrated and thankful for. If you have a faithful practice that brings peace and inspiration into your life, shore it up by visualizing the outcomes you expect and then channel your energy into completing the tasks that will make your goals a reality.
FOCUS: If you slip up, refocus. It is essential to develop clarity about what we wish to accomplish and why. Behind every disappointment is an opportunity for renewed effort and phenomenal success. Don’t give up; rein in the negative mental backtalk, and fix your eyes on the price.
FUN: Motivation without mirth is pointless. Remember to factor in some fun time this year as it will guide you to your muse and lead you to all those fantastic places where rewards await you, just like you dreamed.

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for JAN 2022 – DEC 2021 are:
JAN
01/01 – New Year’s Day, 05 Nat’l. Screenwriters Day, 06 Epiphany
01/09 – 11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day, 13 iHeartRadio Awards, 14 Orthodox New Year,
01/16 – 16 Religious Freedom Day, 17 Martin Luther King Jr Day, 17 Winnie The Pooh Day, 21 Nat’l. Hug Day
01/23 – 24 Int’l. Day of Education, 27 Commemoration Victims of the Holocaust,
01/30 – 31 Grammy Awards
National Mentoring Month, National Glaucoma Awareness, Cervical Health Awareness Month, National Blood Donor Month, Birth Defects Prevention Month, National Human Trafficking Prevention, National Stalking Awareness Month

DEC
12/01 – World AIDS Day, 11/28-12/06 Hanukkah contd, 03 International Day Of Persons With Disabilities,
12/05 – 05 International Volunteer Day, 07 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance, 10 Human Rights Day/Week
12/12 – 12 International Day of Neutrality, 15 Bill of Rights Day, 17 Wright Brothers Day
12/19 – 21 Start of Winter (Winter Solstice), 23 50th Anniversary Of National Cancer Act Of 1971, 25 Christmas Day
12/26 – 26-01 Kwanzaa
Universal Human Rights Month, Safe Toys and Gifts Month, National Impaired Driving Prevention

Continued Below
New Year’s Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life is waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today, carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change. Sarah Ban Breathnach

REFLECTIONS: Happy New Year! #stayhealthy

REFLECTIONS: Happy New Year! #stayhealthy

REFLECTIONS: Happy New Year! #stayhealthy

REFLECTIONS: Happy New Year! #stayhealthy

What More Can We Do? Every year, I send these blessings to everyone because they have helped me focus on the positive. I am offering all of you twelve words as gifts/affirmations; you may focus on one to write/share/meditate on for each month of the year or design an affirmation practice of your own to help you imbibe the word and its meaning. I hope you enjoy them. For 2022, I am sending the following 12 gifts/blessings/wishes to each of you:

♥ Health
Happiness
♥ Hope
♥ Abundance
♥ Grace
♥ Peace & Love
♥ Wisdom
♥ Friendship
♥ Goodwill
♥ Success
♥ Adventure
♥ Divine Protection
You may also create your wish list of twelve and try the suggested tips above. What are you planning to do on the first day of 2022? And the rest of the year? Make it an auspicious beginning. I wish you the best year ever! Do share? Thank you! 🙂 ♥Happy New Year! 🙂

 

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  1. 02/01/2022 11:06 am

    It is so wonderful to get this today. Lots to absorb. So glad you are back! Chris

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      03/01/2022 12:52 pm

      Glad you are still on the path and doing great work. Thank you always!

  2. 02/01/2022 11:43 am

    Hello dear Elizabeth…and Happy New Year! I rarely stop by but I’m so glad I did today so that I could bask in the grace of your post and wish you a year of blessings in return. I loved reading about your running…how fantastic! Sending all good wishes for a year that blossoms with peace, love, good health, and much success!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      03/01/2022 12:51 pm

      So glad to hear from you and sending you blessings filled with the same. Time sure does fly!

  3. Neely Moldovan permalink
    03/01/2022 7:04 am

    I think staying healthy is probably my number one thing right now!

  4. Alice Mola permalink
    03/01/2022 7:27 am

    “Motivation without mirth is pointless.” You hit it right on the head! With all the resolutions and goals we make for this year, we have to promote our happiness above all! Loved reading your post and sending all those blessings back to you as well.

  5. Nyxinked permalink
    03/01/2022 7:50 am

    I hope you manage to achieve all you want to this year. I would love to run a marathon but after getting Covid in November my lungs have been very bad. Even my usual runs have been prosponed until I’m able to breathe without an inhaler.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      03/01/2022 12:50 pm

      Wishing you a speedy recovery this year.

  6. Ashli Ferguson permalink
    03/01/2022 11:10 am

    Happy New Year! The do’s and don’ts list is AMAZING and I am definitely going to adopt some of them in my life!

  7. seadbeadyblogs permalink
    03/01/2022 12:21 pm

    I don’t really make plans for my blog. I will see what crosses my path and decide then

  8. cinny permalink
    03/01/2022 12:47 pm

    I always try to stay healthy. My goals lapsed some at the end of the year but I’m going to try again this year!

  9. Heather permalink
    03/01/2022 3:33 pm

    I am looking forward to 2022. I think this is going to be our best year yet.

  10. Harassedmom (@laurakim123) permalink
    03/01/2022 7:18 pm

    Good luck for the training! It is always good to have big goals to work towards.

  11. amalateesside permalink
    04/01/2022 12:06 am

    I love this inspiring post, thanks so much and happy new year. I’m hoping to reach optimal health this year!

  12. Predrag Kovačević permalink
    04/01/2022 12:46 am

    Thanks for this. A great read to start a day. So positive and encouraging. By thinking of New Years resolutions a tend to forget my daily ones, and they are more important.

  13. Gervin Khan permalink
    04/01/2022 1:55 am

    Happy New Year to everyone. I am glad to read this article and I am ready to to face this year with a lots of positivity and energy. I am wishing everyone of us to have a wonderful year.

  14. Fransic verso permalink
    04/01/2022 6:14 am

    Good luck with your new year and happy new year! We stayed at home as well.

  15. Amber Myers permalink
    04/01/2022 6:24 am

    Happy New Year! I am ready for 2022. I hope you have a wonderful year.

  16. risalopez permalink
    04/01/2022 7:32 am

    Let’s start the year with positivity. I hope you had a wonderful New Year!

  17. Tara Pittman permalink
    04/01/2022 10:57 am

    This is so amazing! I have always wanted to run a marathon but was put off by the training.

  18. Ave permalink
    04/01/2022 11:36 am

    Congratulations on running the NYC marathon! I hope this new year will be full of great achievements for you.

  19. pacioalita9 permalink
    04/01/2022 12:54 pm

    Happy new year Eliz! I hope you will have a great year too and accomplish the things you want to do this year

  20. Beth Pierce permalink
    04/01/2022 12:55 pm

    I still cannot believe it’s 2022 already. Times flies quickly. I’m not a goal oriented person but this was really motivating

  21. briannemanz permalink
    04/01/2022 12:58 pm

    2022 will be healthy and happiness for me. I am manifesting it. I’d love to have a healthier lifestyle and happier relationships

  22. Kelly Bolen permalink
    04/01/2022 4:03 pm

    I hope you achieve everything you hope to! And the NYC marathon! That is impressive! Good for you! Happy New Year!

  23. A Nation of Moms permalink
    04/01/2022 5:43 pm

    Great thoughts on the new year. It is nice to approach the year with some healthy, positive thinking.

  24. Marjie Mare permalink
    04/01/2022 5:57 pm

    It’s a new year, another chance to start over. Let’s be healthy so we can achieve these goals.

  25. Jasmine Martin permalink
    04/01/2022 6:25 pm

    2021 was all about adjusting for me, but I plan for 2022 to be all about growth in every way. Growth financially, growth in reaching my fitness goals, and growth in bettering my relationships/connections.

  26. Eboony permalink
    04/01/2022 6:33 pm

    Thanks for keeping us posted on your accomplishments and sharing ideas that we can tie into our goals for 2022! Saving this as I make my vision board in a few days!

  27. Knycx Journeying permalink
    04/01/2022 9:40 pm

    This is the time of new and a celebration of wiping out the old – thanks for the motivation to embrace chance and always ready – Knycx Journeying

  28. Marcie permalink
    05/01/2022 2:09 am

    So, no fault of yours, this post makes me sad. I love running … but my knees are toast right now. Seriously. I have all of the symptoms of Runner’s Knee and the doctor said that was what I likely have… I still have to get the x-ray to confirm I don’t have arthritis. I really wanted to do a half marathon this year…but I also don’t want knee replacement surgery. This really stinks… I am going to have to vicariously live my running life through you and other like you. I really wish I could run…. I am almost tempted to do it anyway. Ugh… but the consequences? I would really love any advice you may have!

  29. Gervin Khan permalink
    05/01/2022 3:25 am

    2021 gives us a lot of hardships but still grateful that I am able to make it. I have a lot of goals this year but want to focus more on myself and giving more time with the family.
    I am wishing you all the best this year and I wish you to achieve all your goals. Happy New Year!

  30. Jen Schreiner permalink
    05/01/2022 4:03 am

    Congrats on your training! This is such a great goal to try to accomplish. Best of luck.

  31. Renata Green permalink
    05/01/2022 4:10 am

    Ever since the pandemic, the turn of the year becomes even more symbolic. I hope, this year there will be a change. However, thanx for those great tips – they are so encouraging 🙂

  32. Catalina permalink
    05/01/2022 6:34 am

    I am so glad for you that you had the chance to participate to run the NYC marathon in 2021. I would like to be a usual runner!

  33. terristeffes permalink
    05/01/2022 6:34 am

    I read that consistency is more important than intensity. That has helped me so much. I hope it says something to you, too!

  34. Fransic verso permalink
    05/01/2022 6:52 am

    That’s awesome you give back, and that’s something I like to do as well.

  35. Aditi permalink
    05/01/2022 7:00 am

    Amazing post, super inspiring to know that you followed your dreams and your family is there to support.. keep up the amazing work

  36. A Nation of Moms permalink
    05/01/2022 7:01 am

    Happy New Year! It is nice to reflect and to approach the new year with positive thoughts.

  37. monicasimpson28 permalink
    05/01/2022 7:34 am

    I need to set some serious attainable goals for myself this year. I for some reason stopped exercising so I need to get back into that. That’s my first goal. I also want to read more!

  38. Natural Beauty And Makeup permalink
    05/01/2022 9:42 am

    My New Year started on a very bad note! My dad got hospitalized and mom isn’t keeping well. I thought 2022 would be great for me but not sure anymore 🙁 Thank you for your 12 gifts for us. Hope you have a fabulous year ahead <3

  39. Ebony permalink
    05/01/2022 3:10 pm

    Thank you for sharing these NY ideas! I love the 12 affirmations you have listed above. I think I want to try these and share with my families as well!

  40. risalopez permalink
    05/01/2022 5:27 pm

    Happy New Year! May your troubles be less, and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door!

  41. Gervin Khan permalink
    05/01/2022 9:58 pm

    Beautiful post. I am welcoming this year with full of positivity, faith, hope, love, and happiness. I am wishing you to achieve all your goals in life.

  42. Yonca permalink
    05/01/2022 10:16 pm

    Hi Elizabeth!
    I enjoyed reading your honest post as always.
    Every New Year brings with it fresh energy and a renewed spirit.
    I hope this year turns out to be the best year of your life.

  43. Indu permalink
    05/01/2022 10:44 pm

    Happy New Year. Keep inspiring, always.

  44. Farah Al Zadjaly permalink
    06/01/2022 12:26 am

    Another beautiful post with soo much love, compassion and honesty . love it.

  45. Following the Rivera permalink
    06/01/2022 12:55 am

    My resolutions is to focus on my health too. Wishing you a very happy new year!

  46. christiana Onuoha permalink
    06/01/2022 2:36 am

    Happy new year to you Elizabeth. Your blog has been a huge source of inspiration to many people from around the world, I hope you achieve all the goals you’ve set for yourself this year.

  47. aisasami permalink
    06/01/2022 3:14 am

    This is a really inspiring DO’s and DON’Ts list. I haven’t set my 20222 goals, I just don’t kow what to acheieve in 2022.

  48. pacioalita9 permalink
    06/01/2022 3:42 am

    Congratulations on making it to the Marathon last year. I can relate much to the pandemic derailing our personal goals but i hope we can do more this year.

  49. emman damian permalink
    06/01/2022 4:30 am

    Happy new year! My wish for this year is to be healthy along with my family. I hope this pandemic ends too.

  50. Clarice permalink
    06/01/2022 5:14 am

    Happy New Year too! These are really beautiful reflections and yes, I am ready for change. I am excited on what the new year has to offer.

    This is really precious – “DO use social media as a healthy tool to stay connected to other runners. DON’T get caught up in endless scrolling and wasting precious time.”

  51. Khushboo permalink
    06/01/2022 8:59 am

    Happy New Year to you too. I hope you have a wonderful year. It was good to read about your running. I have to start exercising too soon.

  52. Dreaming In French Blog permalink
    06/01/2022 1:05 pm

    Hi Elizabeth and Happy New Year! I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting these past few day of my year in 2021. I hope that I can learn from my challenges and make 2022 even better.

  53. swathiiyers permalink
    06/01/2022 4:14 pm

    Happy New year to you and glad to know that you are running . Yes taking care health is ultimate importance nowadays.

  54. Fabulous Perks permalink
    06/01/2022 4:32 pm

    What an amazing reflection, I hope you receive all that your heart desires.

  55. Jasmine Martin permalink
    06/01/2022 6:02 pm

    There are so many things that I plan on doing in 2022! I look forward to all of the new and I’m looking forward towards growth in reaching my goals.

  56. Rosey permalink
    06/01/2022 6:19 pm

    The training for races is rigorous. Many lessons learned in that type of discipline though, about running, but also about ourselves. 🙂

  57. Travel See Write permalink
    07/01/2022 12:19 am

    Happy new year and hope you achieve everything you plan to achieve in 2022

  58. Talya Stone permalink
    07/01/2022 1:26 am

    I loved reading about your experiene of running. I am trying to get back into running. I have never signed up for a run that scares me and thinking now I should! Well done on all your achieved in 2021!

  59. Christian Foremost permalink
    07/01/2022 4:45 am

    Happy happy happy new year to you and your family!!

  60. Roshanna21 permalink
    07/01/2022 6:02 am

    Reflections are great way to start the new year. Happy new year!

  61. risalopez permalink
    07/01/2022 6:09 am

    May the New Year bring you happiness, peace, and prosperity. Happy New Year!

  62. melissa cushing permalink
    07/01/2022 6:14 am

    Im glad you set goals for the new year. I did the same. I believe that doing different things helps us grow. Happy New Year!

  63. Ave permalink
    07/01/2022 6:28 am

    Congratulations on running the marathon! I live in Spain, so we did the 12 grapes when the clock was ringing in the new year.

  64. diapersinparadise permalink
    07/01/2022 8:05 am

    Wow, you accomplished 3 marathons as a newbie?! That’s incredible, and inspiring. I am hoping to train for my first half this year. This is the time of year to set all those goals. Thanks for the inspiration!

  65. thewelltraveledchild permalink
    07/01/2022 10:42 am

    These are all such great tips. Important to keep focus!

  66. Heather permalink
    07/01/2022 3:56 pm

    I’m always grateful for a new year. It’s a fresh start and a new opportunity for us to better ourselves.

  67. Indu permalink
    07/01/2022 8:13 pm

    Your posts always inspire and motivate.

  68. Gervin Khan permalink
    08/01/2022 2:00 am

    Welcoming this year with positivity and energy. I am setting aside the negativity because I know this will not help me to grow. Happy New Year to everyone.!

  69. Fransic verso permalink
    08/01/2022 2:01 am

    Good luck with your running training. It’s cool to stay healthy running and marathon is the best.

  70. Christian Foremost permalink
    08/01/2022 3:08 am

    2022 here is the philippines isn’t starting off so good. Still hopefully, things will turn out better!

  71. Autumn Murray permalink
    08/01/2022 4:08 am

    Happy New Year! I plan on setting achievable goals in 2022 and actually achieving each one of them. Wishing you all the best in 2022!

  72. Ebony permalink
    08/01/2022 4:40 am

    I love the tip above to not count calories for my weight loss goals! It literally stresses me out! Lol! I will also try to have a group of running buddies to increase my cardio this year!

  73. A Nation of Moms permalink
    08/01/2022 5:10 am

    I like your running and racing strategy. I think too many people just do races to show off or have a rack of medals. I always do fitness to better myself and my health.. awards are a bonus 🙂

  74. Farah Al Zadjaly permalink
    08/01/2022 7:14 am

    This is always an amazing blog.. Always inspiring !!!

  75. thewelltraveledchild permalink
    08/01/2022 4:30 pm

    I am so glad you are running again! That is so great!

  76. Rosey A permalink
    08/01/2022 5:31 pm

    Just checking out the good luck foods. I’ve never made any but I think it would be a fun tradition to start.

  77. Jasmine Martin permalink
    08/01/2022 11:23 pm

    So I made black eyed peas and rice along with greens on New Year’s Day. I am looking forward to the New Year and new experiences.

  78. Ntensibe Edgar permalink
    09/01/2022 1:32 am

    Aaaawwwww….thank you, girl. I loved this saying, ““Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time, to figure out whether you like it or not.” Virgil Garnett Thomson”. Thanks for sharing.

  79. khoingn | The Broad Life permalink
    09/01/2022 3:59 am

    Hello and Happy New Year!

  80. bye:myself permalink
    09/01/2022 4:37 am

    As always, these are some truly deep thoughts in these difficult times. I wish you the best and look forward to your valuable input in 2022!

  81. katrina kroeplin permalink
    09/01/2022 4:52 am

    what a great reminder to stay positive during the year.

  82. Clarice permalink
    09/01/2022 5:48 am

    Happy New Year and yes, I am so ready for a change! I am positive and looking forward to be better 2022. Thank you for sharing this beautiful reflections.

  83. Caroline permalink
    09/01/2022 11:11 am

    This line couldn’t be more true ‘anything that matters takes time and effort.’ Committing to something is the hardest especially if it’s a new thing. But persistence will make all things happen. Best of 2022 to you too

  84. SiennyLovesDrawing permalink
    09/01/2022 2:27 pm

    Thanks for sharing this post, after reading this, I felt I have not really done what I have planned for 2021, gonna catch up & do them in this new year 2022 🙂

  85. Blair Villanueva permalink
    09/01/2022 3:02 pm

    Another year, another opportunity for all of us. I’m always grateful for everything, for my family and for this life. The year 2022 is another chance to make things right, and continue to spread optimism!

  86. MrsEneroDiaries permalink
    10/01/2022 3:03 am

    Happy new year! I love your 2022 goals, I can’t wait to share mine as well. I love how you have organized and set your goal for this year. good luck!

  87. Alexis permalink
    11/01/2022 11:31 am

    Having a good attitude is everything all year long. Love this encouragement. Thank you.

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