Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Rewind, reset, renew


This new year, I set some goals.

Time to slow down. Enjoy life a little bit more.

Along with that, I set an intention to live more joyfully.

I figured that declaring it would make it happen. But it seems that life has different ideas.

Already.

It's only the beginning of the year,  but I'd like a do-over.

Is there a reset button? Can we do this thing again? Because things haven't started off so well.


Maybe it's me. Maybe my expectations were too high? I was so pumped about the way I ended last year. I hit that final mileage goal. I crushed all my other goals, save that BQ.

Sweet.

Feeling so positive, I was ready to tackle 2016 with arms wide open. Ready to restart, resume, and renew my training. I've got a marathon to train for.

I pulled out the mantras:
Good vibes only.
Don't stop believin'.
I can and I will.
I got this.

Instead, I wake up in a pool of sweat. Hot flashes, anyone?
Instead, I can not get my youngest out of bed for school.
Instead, it is school physical season v2.0.
Instead, an injury has sidelined me.
Instead of the cute ankle boots I ordered, I received a pair of size 11 Vans.


If I could rewind the last couple of days, I would.
Reset my expectations.
And renew my goals.
Reset my intention.

Let's do it. Here I go again:

I will welcome each day as a clean slate.
I will start each day with the intention of joy.
I will accept the things I cannot change.
I will be thankful for the little things that make me smile.
I will not take personally the people who treat me badly.
I will take charge of my happiness.
I will be positive.
I will run.

Good vibes only.
Don't stop believin'.
I can and I will.
I got this.
Just breathe.

Find joy in the journey.



How has your year started off? Are you tackling those goals?

I'm linking up with DebRuns for Wednesday Word. This week's word is renewal.









74 comments:

  1. That really is it for me and why I didn't set any goals this year. I am focusing completely on the joy in the life journey b

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    1. I need to do that. Just breathe and focus on joy.

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  2. Well, obviously, my year didn't start off great but in reality, I'm lumping that into 2015.

    And I'm getting a LOT more sleep now so I'm beginning to feel human again.I don't know where 2016 will take me, but I'm hopeful for a good year.

    I have a book from Louise Hays that are affirmations (365 of them). Everyday I just open it randomly. And one of today's was: Every decision you make is the right decision for you. Definitely one I need to repeat to myself!

    Here's hoping your year gets better, too.

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    1. I think that affirmation book might be a good thing for me. I'm going to look for it. Might be the perfect thing to start the day.

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  3. Oh Wendy, I am sorry the year has not started great for you. You had a fantastic 2015, and taking each day as it comes for the month of January may be helpful. Maybe focus on your weekends too when you can plan some time just for you.

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    1. Isn't it funny how life does this? Reflecting on what a great 2015 I had now has led me to a let down. It will all even out. It always does!

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  4. Ah, so sorry your year is off to a rough start all around. Today is Epiphany -- another day you can claim for a fresh start? I feel like I'm still in the period of calm before the storm of the new year. I just hope the storm holds off until after this week!

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    1. I love that. I will claim today for a fresh start!

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  5. Nothing to do with running, but much has gone awry in the workplace. Demoralizing. Depressing. I badly need to renew a positive outlook to see these last three years through. You already know it isn't easy.

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    1. Same at my workplace, which is exactly what has sent me into this downward spiral. Is it because it's January? I appreciate the empathy. We are in this thing together.

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  6. O boy I hope things start going better for you. I really feel as if my "new" year hasn't even begun yet cus I am so focused on this dang marathon this weekend. After that is over, I perhaps will decide (somewhat) what I'd like my 2016 to be like!

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    1. It's great that you have that marathon to focus on! Then recovery! Hopefully your endorphins and sense of accomplishment will keep you flying high for a while!

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  7. Oh, January. No rest for people in medicine. Or runners. Or Type A's. or moms. So you are screwed.

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  8. Sorry to hear that your hear isn't off to the start that you hoped for. But you seem to have a great mindset and approach to wanting your restart. Instead of asking "why me" you're attempting to make things better. What a great attitude to have!

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    1. What else can I do? But it has been a tough week. Lots of tears. Here's hoping for onward and upward.

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    2. That's tough when the New Year slaps you in the face. But I think just keep on resetting that intention and don't give up.

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    3. That is exactly what I'm going to do. It was so hard to write this post and not come across as whiny. Which is exactly what I needed to do. Stay positive. It's my mantra!

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  9. My 2016 started pretty badly, too. Got word that a close family member is dealing with an incurable disease -- on New Year's Day, no less. Hang in there, we will get through it!

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    1. Oh, that is the worst news. My stuff is nothing serious like that, just a pile of annoyances. Sending lots of positive vibes your way.

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  10. Oh boy, I am sorry your month is off to a sour start. I am praying for an injury free year and new shoes, STAT for you!

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    1. It was the shoes that put me over the top. Isn't that how it always happens?

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  11. Every day is a chance to hit the reset button. I need to remember that too!

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  12. So here's the thing... it's not just the new year but each DAY is an opportunity to start anew, do something different and find joy in the journey. Take it one day at a time. Thinking of you!

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    1. Just breathe. That's what I'm going to do!

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  13. So far so good. I am running. I am relaxing more and I don't care about my pace or finish times (so far so good.)

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    1. I'm going to try to care less about my pace. But that's a tough one for me!

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  14. So sorry for the rough start. I spent the start of 2016, crying...and then I cried some more. So last night I decided to take things back and went running with my speedy friends that I can't keep up with, and had a blast. No goals for me this year, other than to get through it smiling.

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    1. That's why I chose the word joy for my word of the year. And that's why I'm doing a reset. Going to start this one over!

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  15. It is so hard when things don't go like you hope...I had a lot of that last year, starting the year in boot. I always tell myself, this too shall pass...when I get overwhelmed I just try to take one day at time and tell myself tomorrow can and will be different :)
    Hang in there!

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    1. I keep telling myself that. It's been a rough start. Trying to stay positive. Onward and upward, right?

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  16. My year hasn't started off quite as rocky as yours, but it's definitely not been all rainbows and unicorns like I would have liked. I think the best part of life though, is that any time is a good time for a fresh start. Tomorrow is a new day!

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    1. Today is a new day! I keep telling myself that!

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  17. That was my day yesterday. So many annoyances. Size 9 shoes appeared when I wear a 7. What's up with that for BOTH of us?? But then? The drive-thru barista waved my card away and said "this one's on us. Things have a way of balancing out. Hang in there.

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    1. Oooh. Nice on the barista. I keep looking on the bright side. IT's all I can do.

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  18. Sorry to hear that the year hasn't started out as well as you'd like...but that's why we have that reset button! I think for now I'm doing pretty well with the start of the year, but I still feel like there's so much more that I need to be doing. Never satisfied!

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    1. I just wanted to keep all the positivity from 2015 flowing through!

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  19. I sure hope the year starts to look brighter, I love the first quote I had to pin it. My year is going good so far just taking things one day at a time.

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    1. I love that first quote! Thanks for the pin!

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  20. I spent most of 2015 dealing with menopausal issues, that gets old really quick! I'm off to a good start so far this year... fingers crossed!

    Lucky for all of us, we don't have to wait until next January 1st to start again.

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    1. I've been good with "those issues"--haven't had many. Boom! Here we go...

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  21. Yes, good vibes only, say it again Tricia, GOOD VIBES ONLY!!! I need to practice this once an hour!!!

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    1. I'm putting myself in a good vibes only bubble. Bad vibes cannot come int!

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  22. My mind just won't allow 2016 to start until after Sunday. This race feels like a 2015 goal, I guess because I missed Chicago. My body feels so OLD this week. Yes, I want to push that button too. I vow to be less stressed this year. How I'm going to do that, I don't know. I hope your injury is short lived!

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    1. You and me both! You are going to feel totally rejuvenated after Sunday! I know it!

      Good luck and have fun!

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  23. My word of the year is savor. And I picked it intentionally knowing that it was going to challenge me every day and that was okay. You got this!

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    1. I do! I just want things to move in a more positive way!

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  24. Hang in there.... tomorrow will be another day.

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    1. Tomorrow's my day off, so that's all good! :)

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  25. Hang in there, Wendy. I know we cannot control everything that happens to us, but I know we can control how we react, and you are going about it just right- taking a deep breath and reassuring yourself that you can HANDLE THIS.

    Seriously, size 11 Vans instead of your cute boots? It can only go up from here. :)

    *hugs* from Pennsylvania!!!

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    1. Yep, the shoes pretty much were the straw that broke the camel's back...

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  26. The good news is that you're getting all the annoying stuff out of the way, now, in January. The rest of the year is golden! <3

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  27. OMG size 11 Vans. That is funny (in an annoying and frustrating way). Hoping it all goes up from here, Wendy. You have a great positive attitude.

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    1. It is taking a lot of mental energy to stay positive these days! Holy moley! The shoes!

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  28. My new year has started with myself in a fog...trying to get back in a routine after being gone for 9 days. I have all of my Christmas decs still up (and lit!), and am not completely unpacked from arriving back home (at 2:45AM Monday). I have been MIA from blogging forever because there are just so many other immediate things that need my attention....but (glass-half-full) things have finally started to ease up at work, so I'm hoping for a couple of free afternoons to get things back in order ;-) I know...these are all good problems, but they still leave me feeling slightly out of control and frazzled. Oh well....onward!!

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    1. What else can you do? It will all get done, right?

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  29. This year personally has started off ok, professionally very stressful and I often have to remind myself just to breathe. Learning to accept things that I cannot control is tough, remembering that I can control the way I react to them is tougher! RESET :)

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    1. I quoted that to myself this morning. This has been a tough start. Just breathe!

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  30. "I will not take personally the people who treat me badly".... it is never about you, it is always about them... and that doesn't make it ok for anyone to treat anyone else badly, but it is true.... Every day is the first day and a new start...you'll kick ass in 2016!

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    1. I keep telling myself this but there has been a lot of treating badly this week...not sure why. Just keep smiling, right?

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  31. YES! Choose joy - and running is such a joy, isn't it? Your intentions remind me of the serenity prayer: serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things that I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. You certainly have serenity, courage, and wisdom!
    Ugh, it seems like retailers cannot get things shipped right this time of year. Macy's lost over $150 worth of merchandise at will call for us. Thankfully they fixed that for us and we got our items back! Hopefully the shoe misorder fixes well. I know stuff like that is small in the grand scheme, but those little annoyances can just pile onto the big ones if we don't have the right mindset.

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    1. I haven't felt serene this week and that has kind of thrown me! I'm working as hard as at retaining that as I do at running...

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  32. Oh my goodness yes. I had a rocky start but it has gotten better and I am determined to stay on course. I love the reminder of good vibes only!

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    1. I'm going to get it on a mantra band and wear it every day!

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  33. Ugggh, so sorry. You need something to remind you of these intentions....a momentum wrap maybe?

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    1. Funny you should mention that...I got one for Christmas from my sister ("just breathe") and I just won one from Zenaida's blog. Coincidence? I think not...

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  34. I'm sorry for the rough start to your year! Lets say the first weekend didn't actually count :) Like a false start. Come to think of it, I had a bit of a false start myself - coming down with a head cold and missing my first long run of 50K training. But things have gotten better since then. Cheers to another clean slate, and a renewed sense of good vibes for 2016!

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    1. Here we go! I'm ready for things to get better. Upward.

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  35. I love your intentions Wendy. It is so important to be kind to ourselves, forgive ourselves, and get up and try again. It's just the beginning of what will be a wonderful year. Start over now if you wish!

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  36. Other than two days of vertigo, my new year is going pretty well. I tried a home remedy "flop to my side" today and that really has helped lots. Crazy, huh? I hope your year starts looking up. And hot flashes - UGH! Those are no fun!

    Thanks for linking up!

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    1. I'm curious about this "flop to my side"! What is that?

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