And Thats a “Wrap”

Today’s Workout:  40 minutes weights, 8 miles running, 60 minutes

As I was wrapping Christmas gifts last night I couldn’t help but find myself reflecting on my life and thinking about how so many things seem to be “wrapping up” for the year.  All good and exciting things but experiences that make me reminisce and appreciate how far I have come in my life over the year.

Last week I “wrapped up” a major project at work. It felt great to get this project completed and this accomplishment helped me to reflect on how far I have come in my career.  It is very exciting to say that I genuinely love what I do and love being around the people I work with.

Last Sunday I officially “wrapped up” my 2011 running season with an incredibly memorable fourth marathon.  I will cherish this day forever and wrapping up this memory was hard but I promise to never forget the moment.  I always want to remember the triumph I felt as I crossed that finish line hand in hand with my bestest friend.

I am in the process of “wrapping up” school for the semester and feel good about the balance it brings to my life.  I feel a great sense of accomplishment after I complete each semester.

As 2011 comes to an end I find myself “wrapping up” the year and closing another chapter of my life.  A wonderful chapter full of memories, achievements, failures, learning experiences and triumphs.  Definitely a chapter worth looking back on.

 If I had to define the year in one word it would be growth.  I have grown as a runner, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a manager, and as an individual.  I truly believe I have become a better person and I hope and pray I have been a good example and influenced those around me for the better.  Each night before I go to bed I think about my day and whether or not Trevor would be proud of my actions and the way I treated others throughout the day.  Keeping Trevor in the forefront of my mind has enhanced my outlook, my attitude, and my pride and I look forward to continually improving myself in the future.

A few things I have learned in 2011 that I want to always remember as I continue to grow in 2012:

  • I CAN do hard things
  • Attitude always determines outcome
  • Everyday is a new gift
  • I run Because I can
  • Life is worth the fight
  • I cannot control everything that happens to me but I can control the way I react to circumstances.
  • The most important thing in life is people not accomplishments or material goods.  When I leave this earth I do not want people to remember what I did for a living or my fastest 5k PR.  I want them to remember me for being a good person and always serving and loving those around me.

What is the most important thing you learned in 2011?These are just a few of the things I learned.  It truly was a year of self-growth and I can only hope that I can continue to grow as I move forward.