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For the month of December, I’ll be participating in Reverb 10. Each day gives a new prompt, which is a chance to reflect on 2010 and manifest what’s next in 2011.

December 14Appreciate
What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it? (Author: Victoria Klein)

There are so many things that I’ve come to appreciate in this past year, but probably the most striking is how much my life has changed for the better now that I have Lulu. She’s brought so much joy into my life, and has taught me so much about myself.

Because of her I:

  • practice patience.
  • live in the moment when we’re together.
  • play.
  • don’t take everything so seriously.
  • wake up early, but don’t mind.
  • get into conversations with complete strangers.
  • am so much more active!
  • walk every single day, rain or shine.
  • go to Pet Food Express more often than I go to Sephora.
  • know what it’s like to have someone rely on me completely.
  • moved to a much better house where I feel safe and at home in my surroundings.
  • am a better person.

Lulu came into my life at the perfect time. A few years ago, I wasn’t ready for her. My life was completely consumed with work, and then grad school. I didn’t have time to take care of myself, see anyone, or do anything. I lived to work, and it was completely unhealthy. And in the last few years I changed that, I found balance and created a life for myself where work was just a part of the puzzle. And then I was ready for Lulu.

I think Lulu has helped prepare me for the next phase I’m about to enter – taking on a much larger role in my nieces lives. I’m looking forward to seeing all the changes that take place in my life as I take on this new challenge in 2011.


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pws-mermaidpresence4x9.jpgOver the summer I found out about the Mermaid Run from someone I was working with. She mentioned how much fun they are, and how they’re geared for women. She had competed in the triathlon and had a terrific time.

In the summer I was really trying to gear up my workouts, and thought that this sounded like a good idea. I wrote an email to a bunch of friends letting them know about it, and hoping they would want to take part in it with me.

Last night I decided that it was time to get back on track with the Couch to 5K program, no matter how much pain I feel in my legs when I try to power walk/jog. I’ll get over it, right? As I get more fit, that will go away, I hope. Right?

I’ve never done anything like this before, so this would be a huge thing for me. It’s all part of trying to live a healthy lifestyle, not just be “on a diet.” I’m really excited to push myself in this way. I think I’m definitely ready for the challenge.

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