Friday, January 6, 2017

On Purpose

The new year is almost a week old (I hope you've had some luck with your resolutions!) and I have been fortunate enough to spend an extra couple of days at home before heading back to my place of employment.

We used that time to clean up: cleaning up and packing away Christmas decorations, clearing old funky food from the fridge after returning home from our trip, and moving no-longer-suitable clothes from the closets to bags for the Salvation Army.

In the same vein, I've decided that it's time to wrap up this occasional blog. It started out several years ago as a way to corral the thoughts that bubbled up as I trained for a marathon, and it saw me (us) through a short distance running career and even a little beyond. But I've decided to devote 2017 to the idea of Purpose, and while I take some time to figure that out, I want to do more reading, learning, and gathering information than nattering away like I do here.

When I do figure out some answers and have something fresh to write about, I know I won't be able to resist it. But something as weighty as Purpose is going to take a little more focus and a little more time, and I don't want this outlet as a means of handy procrastination.

I wish you a happy and healthy new year! And if you are devoting this year to something in particular, I hope you are able to get at it with your own sense of (you guessed it) purpose.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

What's Ahead?

It's the last day of 2016, a year that a lot of people seem to be hating for a number of reasons. There was that ugly election, a whole lot of general uncertainty, and all those famous people who died.

But I hope that you have some fond memories to look back on over the year, and that you were able to let go of some things that you needed to, too. And I'm not going to tell you what to do, but while you're planning your fun for tonight and thinking of your resolutions and hopes for 2017 (and I bet you have excellent ones!), I hope you have a minute to check out May Sarton's New Year Poem on Writer's Almanac (I can't link to today in particular, so just search for the December 31, 2016) (and hope that I resolve to get better computer skills next year LOL).

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Gift of Peace

I missed out on the DebRuns.com Wednesday Word linkup yesterday because we were barreling down I-95 from our Christmas trip to visit Jim's family on Cape Cod. This may be apt, because yesterday's word was "Peace" and there is nothing peaceful about that trip, ever.

But here is my #nofilter view of Christmas morning, which is worth all the stressful driving you can send my way.

And this morning, as I write this, I can enjoy the peace that the end of the year brings. Quiet days where you can sit back and think about the busy season that just passed, take stock of how things are working for you, and what you might do to change what's not working.

Peaceful, indeed.

If you would like to see the Wednesday Word linkup that includes peaceful thoughts from some fine writers, check them out here:

Deb Runs


And may your New Year be as peaceful as you need it to be!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Rolling into Christmas

You know that Carpenter's song that starts: "Greeting cards have all been sent/The Christmas rush is through..." ?

That's how it feels this morning. It's 5:09 and we're hustling a little bit to get out of town to go visit the family up north. But we (the four of us) exchanged presents last night to much merriment, those cards have been sent, and there's nothing to do but get to Cape Cod and enjoy the family up there.

I'm not savoring the 10 hour drive ahead but otherwise, it's a pretty great feeling.

I hope that you get to that moment where there's nothing left to do but enjoy the holidays. And I hope you enjoy them very much. I may not get to write much for the next couple of days, but I hope that you spend them happy.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Not a Moment to Waste

It's my first day of holiday vacation -- I am lucky enough to work for an employer that will be completely shut down for two weeks. And we have two days ahead of us before we take our road trip to visit relatives.

What to do, what to do?

These 48 hours feel like a gift all in themselves, and part of that gift is the anticipation of how we (those kids and me) will fill them up.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Giving You Something

I'm pretty sure that I take more from this blog than I give. It is a place for me to dump some thoughts and it's not exactly the kind of blog where you're going to learn something like what to pack on a Ragnar adventure (you should follow DebRuns.com for things like that because for real, she writes a great blog with serious information and inspiration in it. And very fine pictures!).

So today I want to give you a quote that I stumbled across on Monday:
"Let your smile change the world, but don't let the world change your smile."
--
Connor Franta
That quote came along at the right time for me because Monday was trying to be a crappy day. This quote prevented that from happening so ha on you, Monday!

I'm not going to tell you what to do or anything, but maybe that quote just might have come along in a timely way for you, too. I hope so.

"Giving" is the Wednesday Word this week with DebRuns.com. Want to find out what some other bloggers are giving? Check them out here:

Deb Runs


And in this season of giving, don't forget to give yourself a little slack, or credit, or cookies.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Road (or, at Least, Parking Lot) Rage

I know I've written in the last couple of weeks about holiday stress, but today is the last day of exams at the university where I work, and I almost literally brushed right up against some student stress this morning.

A New Year's resolution for me is going to be parking at the far reaches of one of our parking lots to force myself to get a walk at the beginning and end of each day. I decided to start today. I pulled up to a space far away from any occupied spots and prepared to back in. Unbeknownst to me, a student had pulled right up on my tail, and when I put my car in reverse he hit his horn hard. He then shared some of his thoughts, which I did not hear because my car has manual windows and I didn't choose to put in the effort to roll down my passenger window and avail myself of what was certainly going to be choice advice.

I did, however, make the effort to park my car in the paid parking garage so that I would not find key marks on it after work.

I might have mentioned that I have been doing a little bit of meditating, which helped me (eventually) let go of the stress of the encounter. Okay, I'm still working on that. It also helps me to practice compassion in hoping that the gentleman was able to leave the event behind him, because he was surely on his way to an exam. Good luck with that, parking lot scholar!