Happy New Year

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I fell off the wagon. I’m not quite sure what happened. Actually that’s a total lie, I do know. Passion was lost and a lot of life happened. My hubs, our family and I had a tremendous 2015. We lived so full! But somewhere along the lines, this blog took a chair on the sidelines. One day a few months back, my sage-like and wise hubs asked..”Why aren’t you blogging” I milled the answer around in my mind for days…swirling it like the last few sips in a wine glass before I came back to him with my answer. My tap house of creativity had bottomed out. I was too busy “doing” and not taking the downtime I needed and loved, to write. That is a recipe for disaster in a creative brain. Funny thing is; I THOUGHT I was taking down time. Now that I look back over this year, I was full steam ahead. What a great learning lesson.

I am praying for my One Word for the year (I do not do resolutions, I do a WORD) I am being patient. God always comes through on the word. I wait with great expectation and excitement for what God has in store. My word last year was Risk. Come to find out, that was a heavy word for my world, in so many horribly, wonderful ways. It was a tremendous year of risk. I embraced it, but am happy to moving forward into the New Year. I had a sweet, dear girlfriend tell me a few weeks back, to “Lean In” <to God> I’m leaning, sister. I’m leaning.

UnknownAs I go forward into the New Year, here are the things I DID take heart to. Maybe they weren’t’ being spilled out onto the pages of my blog, Facebook or other social media, but they were there. They are still there. They are still resonating inside me. Things noticed. Things loved. Things of trial. Things of complete gratitude. If nothing else, THIS year of RISK was an incredible year of learning experiences for me. Would I change anything? Absolutely not! But I am ready for pruning and new growth! 

There is nothing like family.

Small things are often the biggest things of all.

Sacrifice

Humility and selflessness are key elements to feeling truly fulfilled.

I need sand in my toes.

Raising a new puppy is exhilarating, takes patience and makes you belly laugh all within a 10 second period.

True, authentic friends are everything.

When life is rough, you learn who is true. And sadly, who isn’t.

Being sick is NO joke.

Raising your last senior is heartbreaking.

There’s true joy in making snow angels.

Laughter can be a great cure.

Joy needs to happen. Every. Single. Day.

Red wine and a girlfriend can bring world peace.

God is everywhere. Just take the time to stop and take a look.

Mountains make me feel so small and incredibly enormous at the same time.images-1

A dog’s love knows no boundaries.

When you have something good, hold onto it for dear life.

Cancer sucks.

Sometimes you just have to cry.

Having a daily dance party is a necessity.

Being private pushes some people away, unfortunately.

Don’t take yourself too serious.

Puppy kisses are the BEST.

My husband is the best human I have ever had the chance to know and love.

There is nothing like having all of your kids in one place at one time.

Travel needs to happen. And often.

Don’t be afraid to do something new.

The alpine lake is cold; jump in anyway. You certainly won’t regret it.

Seek out some sort of adventure, daily.

Never allow fear to beat you.

If you aren’t absolutely happy, change.

No amount of persuasion can make me do something I chose not to do.

Giving, really only fills you up.

Comfort zones; smash them.

Generosity gives you millions.

You are WAY stronger than you think.

My laugh lines are gorgeous; it means I’ve had a lifetime of joy and laughter.

Taking care of your body is not selfish.

Doing what you love is not selfish.

Some people can be so poor that all they have is money.

You can see a generous heart a mile away. And sadly, vice-versa.

Love one another fiercely.

Have a passion.

Sadly, not everyone is a nice person.

Want exactly what you have and you will feel rich beyond anything you can imagine.

There is nothing like a Mama heart.

Just when you think your kids have gone off the deep end, they become your best friends.

Racing, running, triathlon is not who you are.

Embrace and drink in every second you can with your children.

Do the things that make your heart beat wildly and bring you happiness.

That still, small voice..listen…It’s the voice of God.

Receiving cards from friends can light up your darkness.

Smile at every stranger. They need it, or they will think you’re weird. Either way, it’s a win.

Give to the homeless and less fortunate.

Take the trip of a lifetime. You aren’t guaranteed tomorrow.

Get into an RV and travel across the country.

Take your shoes off a walk in the grass.

Remember, you are raising someone’s husband or wife.  Grow your kids accordingly.

Laugh everyday until you cry.

Being on a Panamanian island for 2 weeks with teenagers is like wrangling cats.

Treat people nicely and with respect.

Burn the nice candle.

Take lots of photos. You won’t always remember.

Go out and build the snowman.

When you’re with friends, put your phone down. Don’t waste their time, or yours.

Run in the snow, sunshine and rain.

Never sit inside on a sunny day.

You CAN live in a house with 17 people for a week and all get along…in fact, you can have the time of your life.

That thing that you’ve dreamed of doing….do it!

Your house looks great! Your friends don’t care anyway.

Really listen to people.

Drink the expensive wine.

Act goofy. Who cares?

Be yourself.  Who are you trying to impress?

Sweat. Every. Single. Day.

Commuter flights in a foreign country can be an act of insurmountable courage.

Celebrating 50 years of marriage is a HUGE milestone to be treasured.

Laugh at yourself.

When traveling, learn the local language. Even if it’s only a few phrases. The locals will love you!

Don’t ever go to bed mad at a family member.

Sing Karaoke and make a fool of yourself.

Do something this year that you thought you could not.

Give generously.

Watch the sunrise and/or sunset.  It will WOW you! Always!

Make people laugh wildly.

Risk….it was harder than I thought.

 

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One Word…..

Welcome to the New Year!

It’s almost February and I’m wondering for all of you New Year Resolutionaries…How Ya Doin’? Keeping up on your plans? Your workouts? Your promises to yourself? Your family? Your friends? Are you reading more? Starting your new language? Learning to play that new instrument? Training for a marathon? Traveling? Skydiving?

What WAS the plan? The resolution?

Twenty One days to make a habit they say…if you’ve held out this long, then you are most certainly on the right track!

I’m not a resolution maker. I never have been. I feel like I learn, acclimate, adapt, goal-dream, every day. So I do a word! There’s a great website that I stumbled upon a few years ago; One Word 365 and I thought “THIS! This is awesome!” Ever since, I’ve done One Word.

2015 the word that came to me: RISK! It was a bold choice, and quite frankly a little scary. I am already a huge risk-taker…so to have RISK be the word that came to me for 2015, I thought…..”How much more?”

I think about and pray about this word daily. I’ve shared this word with friends, and family and the Hubster. It. Is. Out. There. Dangling in front of my every move. It’s thick in my mind every day.images-1

I’ve been very prayerful about it. “Lead me. Send me. Take me to the risk that YOU see for me.” That’s scary! That’s a huge. Audacious. Intrepid. And at the same time, if you know me…..right up my alley. Still, there’s a small part of me that thinks;

 wait….what?

I don’t even know what this is going to look like right now.

Will it be one great risk? Or will it be a series of small ambiguous uncertainties that unite into one?

Isn’t that the great thing about faith? And risk? The exhilaration of the unknown.

Unknown I’ve already been challenged a few times since the New Year on my One Word. And interestingly enough, my sidekick <see hubby> has helped me to recognize when in fact I haven’t or almost haven’t taken a risk that sat right in front of me. New relationships are one area. So I’ve taken the leap. Or….am at least standing on my tippy-toes, cliff-side, the tiny rocks crumbling at my feet, prompting me to step. As intimidating as it may be, I will live out RISK. With God. With my family. My friends. My faith. My training. My racing. My life.

I love what Rick Warren wrote about taking risks:

-You probably remember the part in the third Indiana Jones movie where Indiana Jones came to the edge of a cliff. He was challenged to step out over the cliff even though he couldn’t see a bridge beforehand. That’s not a bad picture of genuine faith. Faith is stepping out and doing what God has asked you to do when you can’t see what will happen in the end. You don’t know exactly what God’s going to do in the end, but you know he’s asking you to step out in faith. Click here for full article.

What scares you? Do you make resolutions or goals? What are they? Are you good at keeping them?  Are you fearful to move?  Do yourself a favor; follow through. This time next year, you will look back with great esteem and admiration at what you’ve accomplished.image1

I cannot wait to see this year of RISK unfold and evolve.

I’m MAD excited for a #NoExcuses 2015

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It has been November since I have written a stitch and I was almost certain that my post-holiday brain would’ve forgotten how to login entirely to my blog, but alas here I am.  I do have a lot to write about, but am going to start slow!

MyThanksgivingChristmasandNewYearwasamazing!  And we will come back to that.  BUT…Just for the fun of it I decided to write a Mad Lib with my girls over at Fit Approach today.  We have started a New Year, New You, No Excuses challenge.  The rules.  Simple; MOVE! Have fun! Motivate others! Encourage! Don’t make excuses!  Pretty darn easy!  So today we started with a plank challenge.  30-seconds, any variation!  I chose side planks.  It was a hard decision, because for some strange reason, I LOVE PLANKING! You can check out my side plank on my Instagram by clicking here.

Ok on to the really fun stuff.  Mad Lib!  Do you remember these things from when we were kids??  I remember sitting with girlfriends with our little Mad Lib pads and filling in blanks for hours, all while rolling around laughing to the point where more than likely we were shooting Dr Pepper through our noses!  They were so fun! So here we go! 

  • Hey 2015, it’s me SportyMama (nickname, spirit animal, real name, blog name)

    This year I would like to do more yoga, learn to speak Italian, and get a PR at Ironman Boulder in August.

    It would also be super duper awesome if I also travel more this year. It’s not a resolution, though, just a reminder to myself to try and have the best year yet because my family and my health deserve it!

    The thing I am looking forward to most this year is racing Ironman Boulder (again) AND doing my first Half Ironman distance with the hubs in Canada (the competition is on like Donkey Kong.)

    I’ll use the one thing that truly gets me out of bed in the morning which is COFFEE (uhhhh…just keeping it real) to help me get up, get my bootie movin’ (verb) and get after my #NoExcuses 2015.

    Speaking of excuses (ahem), my very favorite excuse is I don’t have the time and I have used it to get out of doing hill repeats and laundry…which I LOATH on more than 6,405 (number) occasions.

    I vow to move my body and be more healthy this year even if it means I have to give up some wine nights with my girlfriends.

    Even if my alarm clock gets eaten by the dog in the middle of the night, I’ll still vow to make the time, get up and bust out my daily workouts!

    I will stop blaming the daughter and hubs [ex: kids, dog, husband] for eating the rest of the chips and salsa when everyone knows it was really me.

    My hubs and girl-child [job, hair, car, husband, kids] are not the reason I make excuses. I will show my hubs and girl-child[same as before] who’s boss this year and get my track workouts[type of sweaty activity] on.

    I know that swimming [type of workout] is better than coconut ice-cream  [noun]

    I will reward myself by eating even more chips and salsa (and Guac)

    No Excuses 2015 has just begun and already I am imagining myself a winner. I can’t wait to rock a Zeal Hoodie (article of clothing) from Augusta Active. I can’t wait till my sweaty friends are jealous of how fresh, clean and glowing (adj) I am between workouts with help from ShowerPill body wipes. I can see myself rocking side crow [yoga pose / workout move] in new Tab it Over Jacket [article of clothing from Actio926] from Actio926 and looking fit and fly while doing it. And of course, I’ll be taking my workouts to the next level and improving my Core [noun] with my new ActivMotion Bar to help me train for my next Ironman [distance] race with Sasquatch Racing.

    Oh, and let’s not forget how amazing my running tights [article of clothing] will smell in my / during my run [favorite type of workout] after washing with some WIN Detergent. And lastly, I’ll keep rocking my 2015 with clean eats and nutrition from Beaming with Health!

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