That’s a wrap – 2016!

Well here we are, the last day of 2016.  Seems like a lot of people are glad to be done with 2016 but to be honest, I’m a bit indifferent.  It wasn’t a bad year for me and it also wasn’t the best year.  I actually can’t think of one bad thing that happened to me all year.   I feel very lucky because I know other people can’t say the same.  Years come and go – you have good ones, you have bad ones. Isn’t that what we call life?

I find myself this morning reflecting on a few things that did happen to me this year.  Let me break them down into my own iron triangle.  Side note – In Project Management, the iron triangle is referred to the scope, schedule, and budget of a project.  When one of these things is off, your perfect triangle isn’t so perfect or solid.  So I’ve applied this concept to me, personally and my own iron triangle contains family, health and career.

Let’s start with career.

At the beginning of the year, I started a new journey on getting my health coach certification.  It is a year long program that has taught me a lot about nutrition, coaching, and basically how  I can show up to be my healthiest as well as helping others too.  I’ll graduate on January 18th but I’ve already launched my website and working on getting a few clients for 2017.  If you’re interested, visit my page (atyourstartingline.com).  Your first session is FREE!  I didn’t realize how much this training was going to change my attitude about nutrition or how I do things but it was really exciting and fun to learn something new.  I’m loving trying new things with food and exercise every day!

As for my corporate gig, I’m still working at the same place as a Consultant.  I realize it doesn’t bring me joy but it does bring home a nice paycheck.  So I’m sticking with this for a while longer, trying to do the best that I can and make small changes to eventually be a full time Health Coach.

Health.

I’m happy to report that I’m still cancer free. I celebrated my 6th Survivor-versary and I haven’t had a cold/flu in I don’t know how long (knock on wood). I attribute this to eating better and exercising more.  I did have surgery to repair my implants though and I’m mostly happy with the results.  After that repair, I hope that I never have to have surgery again.  It’s not fun.

In terms of running, I hoped to have run at least 4 races this year, all in Oregon but that didn’t quite work out as planned.  In fact, it just wasn’t a good racing year for me and I’m not sure why.  Except maybe I had a lot on my plate this year and running was the one thing that really suffered.  I say that it suffered but as I look back at my stats, it wasn’t as bad as I was thinking.  According to my Garmin, I ran or biked almost 1,500 miles! Funny how you tell yourself the wrong ‘story’.

I completed the Shamrock Half in Portland (March), Salem Half (June), and the Bozeman Marathon (September).  I also tried doing the Runner’s World Run Streak again as I did last year.  The goal with the run streak is to run 1 mile every day from Thanksgiving to New Years and I started out doing well but I succumbed to the dark, wet, busy days leading up to Christmas.  I decided to give myself some ‘space for grace’ and be proud of what I did accomplish. I ran 21 days in a row, 59 miles, and my fastest mile at 7:51!  So I didn’t reach my goal in terms of races but I accomplished a lot more. And I’m learning to be proud of the good, focusing on what I did accomplish and not about what I didn’t.

Family.

My family still seems to be in the same state as it always is and that’s a good thing.  The hubby and I celebrated our 11th anniversary in Kauai again and it was nice to relax and recharge.  Seems like I’m constantly reminding myself that marriage is always going to be hard but I’m in it for the long haul.  It’s a marathon, not a sprint and any time you add another person you’re always going to have to work on the communication and compromise.  The alternative of being single forever doesn’t sound fun to me. So we’ll continue to get better as partners.

We spent time with my mom and brother over Christmas.  It was great to see them and I only wish I could seem them more.  We live in 3 different time zones and right now the best we can do is talk on the phone more and make the most of our visits together during the holidays.  But everyone is happy and healthy and that’s great!

So as 2016 comes to a close, I’m reflecting on all the great things that happened, things that I accomplished, and being thankful for every single day.  I was lucky enough to spend time with a lot of friends and family as well as add some new folks to the list.  Over the next few days, I’ll start planning for 2017 and hope it’s even better.

Happy New Year!

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