The sun is shining and despite the chilly temperatures it’s a gorgeous day in New England. Even though I’m incredibly sore from a weekend at yoga teacher training I was really looking forward to going for a run. So I layered up and headed out. Saturday night we had a good old-fashioned snow storm here in Boston and I think the skier in me was dying to get out in the snow and play. As I navigated the snow and ice and treacherous side walks I couldn’t help but think how this run was much like 2012 itself…filled with obstacles, hard work and rarely a moment of clear sidewalks to just cruise but at the same time filled with happiness, contentment and smiles.
For me, 2012 was definitely a year of making dreams a reality. I ran the Boston Marathon, became involved with Team in Training and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which later proved to be a relationship that would help me make the career change I’d been working so hard for. I became a certified personal trainer. I found myself featured on Women’s Running Magazine’s and Fitness Magazine’s websites. I embraced my new career and job. And started my journey to become a certified yoga instructor, which in just a few short weeks wraps up. Michael and I escaped to Maine for a relaxing week away and in June moved in together. 2012 was a big year when I stop to think about it.
For me though, 2012 isn’t about all the accomplishments I can write on paper…sure, I’m proud of them and all of my hard work but I think I’m MORE proud of the person I’ve become and the lessons I’ve learned. I think I learned this lesson for the second time in my life and I’m sure I’ll have to learn it a third but making your dreams a reality is a lot of hard work. It’s persistence, diligence, tears and sweat and more so it’s about having a support system who might believe in you more than yourself and will listen to you doubt yourself again and again while always reminding you that you can do this. I’ve learned that not everything needs to be done RIGHT NOW and that truthfully I don’t want to do everything RIGHT NOW. It just means that it make take you an extra year or maybe 5 to accomplish your goals and make your dreams come true but it also means that you’ll slow down and enjoy the journey along the way and really isn’t that what life is all about? I think most significantly (and with many thanks to yoga teacher training) I’ve finally learned to find peace in life. I’ve learned how to just be. I’ve learned to love who I am and outgrow the parts of myself I don’t love. I’ve learned that the best moments in life are the most simple, like laying in bed laughing with the one you love and curling up with a good book on a snowy day.
As we head in to 2013 I’m looking forward to what lies ahead. In my efforts to simplify and become a recovering Type A there are no goals to talk about, or lists to tackle this year. I know my yoga journey will continue on as I transition from teacher trainee to teacher and I know my running will always be there. Maybe 2013 will have another marathon in store for me, but maybe it won’t. Most of all I hope 2013 brings as much happiness and laughter to my life as 2012 did.
As I finished my run this morning I couldn’t help but find hope and happiness in the words that Ellie Goulding so confidently belts out…
But now I’ve seen it through
And now I know the truth
That anything could happen
Anything could happen
So as we welcome in 2013 tonight I hope you’ll believe along with me, that anything could happen and dreams really do come true.