Every year around this time, I spend a lot of time reflecting on the previous year and mapping out my plans for the coming year. According to my Facebook “memories”, I generally sign up for the majority of my races sometime between Christmas and the first week of the New Year. For me, this helps me find the motivation to get back on track after a month or so of indulging in all of the goodness of the holidays and taking a break from my usual training schedule.
This year was no different. Over the last couple of weeks I have done a lot of reflecting on things I can do to be a better version of myself in 2017. And, one of the things I’ve realized is that I need to work harder to give credit where credit is due.
Each and every day, I work hard to live life to the fullest. But, what I often neglect to mention is that I wouldn’t do a lot of the stuff I do without being inspired and motivated by the people around me. So, this year I’m making it my goal to show more gratitude and make sure people know when they have helped me out, in big ways and in small ways.
For example, when I see fitness posts on Facebook, I generally have one of two thoughts, depending on my mood. First, I might think, “Good for them. That’s awesome that they are getting/staying in shape. They look amazing and so happy!” Or, if I’m feeling a bit crabby, I might see a post and think something like, “Must be nice to not work full time and be able to work out whenever you want…” Or, “Do they do anything besides workout?!” I know, I know…harsh. But, that’s the truth of it. HOWEVER, regardless of my instinctive reaction to said post, whenever I see fitness posts it ALWAYS gives me a little bit of motivation to get my own workouts done. And, I am incredibly thankful for that! Even if I’m crabby and jealous for a minute…I’m always thankful in the end.
Another thing I’m super thankful for is the fact that my sister is just as crazy as me and immediately signed on to my idea to run a marathon in all 50 states! Seriously. There’s ZERO chance I would be working towards that goal by myself. AND, to make it even better, my other sister and my parents are on board to be our amazing support crew! I definitely do not thank them enough for these things and many more. Without them, this goal would not exist.
Next, I am soooooo incredibly thankful for everyone that has and continues to support me on my journey to the Boston Marathon with my fundraising for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society! From the very beginning when I decided I was going to apply for a charity spot, to today when I have nearly $6,000 already raised, I have been humbled by the amount of support that I have been given. There are no words that can express how truly grateful I am for every single encouraging word that has been spoken, texted, or posted and every single cent that has been donated. And all of the effort that people are making to not only attend my fundraisers, but to help me organize them is amazing. From people signing up to play in the alumni basketball game, to registering to bowl, to helping me get items donated for the silent auction…the list seriously goes on and on!!! There is ZERO chance I could do this on my own. I have SO many people to give credit to for helping me make this dream a reality!
Another HUGE goal that I have for 2017 is to finish a 100 mile ultra marathon. Although this is something I have been thinking about for a couple of years, I never really had the confidence to give it a try until a close friend of mine decided that she was going to run it. And then, just like that, my mind was made up, and I decided this was the year I was going to give it a try. Because big, scary things are a little less scary when you’re not alone. And I’m really lucky to have some amazing friends in my life who do incredible things and inspire me to go out of my comfort zone.
I could go on and on with the list of people who deserve more credit for the roles they play in my life. But in the end, what it boils down to is that I realize more and more every day just how much I appreciate everyone who helps me get through this life and inspires me to make it great. And, this year I’m going to try really hard to show all of you that appreciation and give you much deserved credit!
Here’s to an amazing 2017!
Make it great!