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Friday, December 23, 2011

A Challenge to Myself

Although I’m not big into listing out New Year’s resolutions, my reflection mode typically sends me in the direction of challenging myself to do one thing better in my life.  This challenge didn’t come to me in a dream or through something I read or heard, but more from some changes that will be happening…..soon.  My challenge to myself is simple:

Stay in the moment.  See it, hear it, feel it, enjoy it, embrace it, value it.  Good or bad, wherever I am at that moment is where I am and supposed to be. 

So, onto the “changes” I referred to at the beginning of this post…. I got a new job!!  Yay me!  In a world where people have been unemployed and are trying to scratch their way back, I’m eternally grateful to have found a position in a company that’s a better fit for me.  I’m hungry for challenge and love to see project successes come to fruition.  I haven’t had that feeling in some time, but knew I had to be patient and make sure I found the right position/company for me.  It’s also been a much more challenging interview process in this economy, with so many talented people trying to escape the unemployment line or trying to get ahead.  I will start my new job at the beginning of the new year and can’t think of a better way to kick 2012 off.

With this new job will come new challenges, including lots of “proving myself” and some travel.  Here’s where “staying in the moment” is going to be very important.  I need to get completely engaged in my new role and with my new peeps.  I need to learn or strengthen my knowledge in some areas I haven’t had to tap into in some time.  And I need to keep running, taking care of myself, and enjoying my family. 

It’s so easy to let important people/things slide when starting a new job.  As happy as I am with what I’ll be doing and where I’m headed, I’m also keenly aware that my personal world will change as well.  Like anything, I will get into a routine before I can spell “routi…”  But for a little while, it’s going to feel hard.  I expect to fall behind with blogging – though I won’t ignore it.  I love writing and I love reading about all of you!  But I realize that the many blogs I follow may not get their normal level of attention from me in the immediate future.

And then there’s my running.  Oh, do I miss you!  Today is 2 weeks since my surgery and I really feel ready to run again.  As I’d hoped, I’m now 100% sure I’ll be getting in a little run this weekend.  Merry Christmas to me J  The times I need running the most are those times where I’m under pressure, stressed, anxious…, I cannot let the healthy activity that consistently provides me sanity, confidence, pleasure, and the ability to snack slide.  It’s just not an option.  But it will take a little more discipline and commitment to ensure I don’t let it slide.

This challenge to myself is not always going to be easy.  If it were easy, I probably wouldn’t grow from it.  So, I say “Bring it on!”. 

Who’s with me?


  1. Hanging out in by field wishing I had a running partner.... Will brave the streets tomorrow morning since I didn't do a damn thing today. Glad to hear you are feeling better. Are you in Newburyport?

  2. Well, at least the weather should be better tomorrow (this morning was gross!). I'm hoping to go for a little jaunt and test everything out either tomorrow or Sunday. Oh, and I'm in Georgetown - probably within running distance!!!

  3. Oh yes! You are just down the road then. My in laws live on main st just a block from the post office! I'll head that way tomorrow, yell if you see me!

  4. Hope you'll be running again soon! Congrats on the new job!

  5. Thanks Tina - for now, I'll just live vicariously through you and others gearing up for your races :)

  6. Merry Christmas and happy run!!! Congrats on the job!!

  7. Thanks Kathy! I'm excited about both....and my first run went very well :)

    Merry Christmas!!!!