Well hello there beautiful followers. Happy 2017! (I can hear you muttering to yourself, “She’s 27 days behind on that greeting.”) Yep, It’s January 28, and I am just now getting around to writing my first post of 2017. I even missed the blog’s 2 year birthday – I’m a terribly blog mom. But, I am here now. I’ve been struggling a lot lately with balance. By the time I get home from work (which is kicking my ass again) and the gym at night, I have no energy to write. However, I dusted off my old 2015 vision board. It served me well, and I hope to refocus those goals. I was dreading this post because I’m ashamed to report that I’m the heaviest I’ve been in a long, long time, even with hitting the gym five times a week. So I’m renewing my goals from 2015. Last year I got extremely off track because I was busy making a life in a new city. I love my life here. I’m happy here, but I reverted back to old eating habits. Plus I’ve been more social, and I’m terrible about monitoring food and drink intake while socializing. So I’m pledging to you today that I am going to make 2017 a year of balance, wellness, and happiness. Those words are my focus words. My goals.
Anyway, after a very stressful week at work, I decided to get out into nature this morning even though it was cold and windy. I’ve missed being able to hike after work since it gets dark so early in the winter. However, I needed some time with nature today. I decided to try a new trail that I’ve never been on. Once I parked, I took off walking without researching the trail beforehand. I decided to pick a path and see where it took me. As I walked the trial and worked on clearing my mind, I focused on the beauty around me, on the wind, the sun hitting my face. I could feel the tension start to ease away. I love hiking. I love the community you feel even when hiking alone. This morning so many people were quick to smile and say, “good morning” as we passed on the trail. At one point, I slightly panicked because I realized that I couldn’t remember the name of the trailhead where I parked, but I continued, confident in the path I was on and that it would lead me to where I was supposed to be. That feeling, that sureness, is something I wish I could bottle and take a dose of during my most stressful times. I’m glad that I reconnected with that feeling today.