To be the best Wife, Mom, Daughter, Sister, Friend, and Runner I can be...God willing!

Sunday, January 1, 2012


2012!  It is here and so is the time to think about what I want this year to be about for me and my family.  Luckily for me I have lots of time to think about such things when I am running.  I really wanted to have a word for the year again.  I prayed about several different words and felt like I was to FOCUS in 2012!


F:  Fully be in the moment and don't worry (so much) about what is happening next
O:  Open my eyes and heart to new experiences, ideas, and opportunities
C:  Cuddle with Emma, Jonah, Samuel, Elena, and Drew every day
U:  Use my and my family's gift to serve others
S:  Simplify our house and our lives

I like goals.  I am a very goal oriented person.  I like to do lists.  I am generally pretty good at accomplishing my goals, but I decided I wanted this year to be different.  I am not creating goals (with one exception) for myself.  I am going to remain FOCUSED to meet the every day and the long term challenges of my life.

The marathon is my exception.  It is my goal and my FOCUS for 2012.  I do not feel like I have enough energy to determine any other goals for myself until I finish the marathon.  My time and energy is being dedicated to marathon training and my family.  Everything else will get what is left of me until 3/3/11.  That is the day that I accomplish my goal of running a marathon.  After that day I can re-evaluate my goals.  However, I will continue to maintain my FOCUS!


  1. Love it! I think I may have to develop FOCUS as well with the only difference in cuddle buddies.

  2. Choosing a word and not creating goals seems to be a theme for both my sister-in-laws. Love reading both of your posts. Sharing through words is a gift both of you have. Sounds like you had a super Christmas!