Monday, January 5, 2009


(word of the year necklace, via Lisa Leonard)

I've put this New Years post off a few days so that I could focus on my family for the last days of Christmas break. But it's been on my mind almost constantly. Last year I decided to try Ali Edward's suggestion of choosing a word to focus on rather than specific goals. For me, it was exactly what I needed. I chose the word control and although I specifically wanted to gain control of my weight, I felt I would also learn to control other areas of my life. It helped so much.

Throughout the year, that word hung in the forefront of my mind and served as a reminder that it was all up to me. The life I wanted was in my control. This year, the word I have chosen is balance. I am so excited about this word and have already been considering it daily. Now that I have control of my weight, I need to find the balance it takes to keep losing the pounds while maintaining the rest of my life. And just like last year, there are other areas of my life that balance will help with. Like balancing the things I have to do and the things I want to do. Like balancing church and family obligations. Like balancing work and play.

Talking with a friend recently, we decided that finding balance in life is one of the biggest struggles for mothers today. We are pulled in so many directions, many of them just as good as the next one. I have decided that I will assist my efforts in finding balance with this talk, "Good, Better, Best." It is printed and in a place where I can read it often.

Last year, I did also set myself a benchmark to achieve and I am pleased to report that I accomplished it. I promised myself that I would run the 5k Cable Bridge run in 2008, and I did it (I was racer #1785, and I finished in 42:29.) So this year, I would love to get myself in the kind of shape it takes to run the 10k in 2009.

So this is my goal for the year, to learn how to live a more balanced life.

Happy New Year!