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out with the old…WAIT!

I don’t know why we feel the need to inevitably reflect (perhaps a bit too sentimentally) at year’s end, yet certainly I can’t help but get caught up in the tidal wave of Year in Review.  I know that I started off the year with some giant goals, and it’s probably worth at least a peek at them.  Maybe just a peek at the ones I nailed… oh, ok, let’s look at them all.

But before we get to all those goals, can I just say how happy I sounded about going back to work in that post?  So happy.  One thing I did realize this year, being both crazy employed and totally unemployed (other than my awesome job as MOM), is that I do like to work.  I don’t like to fill out forms and work at a desk under fluorescent lights, however.  Who does?

Anyhow, getting to the goals:

1. Tracking my food. Weighing less.  Well, the truth is that I did track my food.  Just not consistently.  A week here and there, a couple of days on and off.  Not consistent.  A small bout of food-fueled pity partying here and there.  A lot of moving-away partying.  Still has to be a goal for 2014.

2. 1/2 Marathon.  Done. Bam.  Not in unseasonably sunny conditions, but in unseasonably blizzardy conditions.  But it was cool.  I would do it again.  In fact, I am doing another one in March.  My running feels strong and durable now, so I am pretty psyched.

rock CF rivers half

3. Half-Iron distance race.  Didn’t happen.  When Mr. Prepared got a new position in May and started living in the Holiday Inn two time zones away, my training went into salvage mode.  My main goal became to qualify for Age Group Nationals at a race, which did happen.  But the 1/2 Iron is here and on the table again for 2014.  My new plan (so far) is to do Rev3 Wisconsin Dells, because I get to race and take my kids to America’s greatest waterpark.  Smart mommy.

Rev3 Dells

4. Mantra: Be Positive, Patient, and Persistent.  Kind of a hard goal to quantify.  I was all of these things at many times through the year.  I felt as a family we were very positive about our move to MI.  I worked really hard to be patient with the kiddos, model good behavior, and yell less.  I think I was moderately successful.  I was persistent in achieving my goal of becoming a certified trainer– I took the steps to do that, and I can now say I am an ACSM certified personal trainer as of December!  I also took my Madd Dogg Athletics/ Spinning Instructor training course in December.  I don’t currently have a plan, but I am working on it.

ACSM logo

There were lots of highlights of the year, though, including Mr. Prepared doing his first 100-mile race in Zion.  What a great time with family and friends in an amazing location with a wonderful result.

Zion 100 Taylor finish

Carrying Sarah to the finish! Can you believe it?

Selling our home in Eagle was fantastic and lucky, as we caught a blip in the market, even though we didn’t want to leave.  We also were very happy to find an amazing (Uh-MAZE-ing) school here in MI for the girls.  Lots of new opportunities are here, and many have yet to be discovered.  Needless to say, I am looking confidently toward 2014.

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moving, michigan, and more

…so much more.  Seriously, as I wrote up that race report in my last post, I knew change was on the horizon.  We drove home from GJ and I imagined that it might be my last drive through the mesas as we headed home.  Since then, the past 3 weeks have been a blur.

Tomorrow, Mr. Prepared leaves to take on his new job as the GM of Mt. Brighton, a little ski mountain outside metro Detroit (yes, Detroit) in Michigan.  He is going to commute back and forth for a while this summer, and I will stay here in Colorado to sell the house, pack up our things (or supervise the packing of said things- YAY!), and be with the kids.  It’s all been a bit of a whirlwind.  People’s reactions have really run the gamut, from those who give the perfunctory “congratulations” to the people who look at you like you must be mad.  Those people are my favorite, because you can see the fear that motivates them to act that way.  Fear of change.  Fear of new experiences.  Fear of humidity, Midwesterners, or whatever they are thinking of when they screw up their faces in a ball and say, “Why would you leave?” or the sometimes more polite, “Are you ready for this?”  To which my answer would be a resounding “Hell YEAH!”

Yes, I am sad to leave our friends and everything we know here.  No, I don’t really want to leave the mountains of Colorado.  Yes, I love the school the girls attend.  Yes, I like teaching at CMC. But do I crave new experiences and new opportunities? Yes.  Would I try just about anything? Of course. I mean, hell, I did a barre exercise class last week, people.  I took off my shoes (and my feet were stinky!) and did first position, second position, some stuff I don’t even know.  Maybe that was not on the scale of pulling up roots and moving clear across the country to a metropolitan area, but still.  Ballet and I have not exactly had an intimate history heretofore.

Change is good and healthy for everyone.  And how lucky are we to have this beautiful, miraculous opportunity to do something amazing and new?  I can only hope that everyone has the opportunity to embrace changes in their own lives in the way that our family will here in the near future.  Don’t run from change- run toward it!

Change-yourself-quote

 

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