I wish I had some wise words to usher in 2013, but the truth of the matter is I haven’t had a full night sleep in about 2.5 years, and this past week has been especially tiresome, with my babies under the weather, and schedules all out of whack due to the holidays. We’ll see who makes it up to midnight tonight- oh…life with two babies! Instead of wisdom, I will tell you a bit about my plan for the new year. I have been jokingly referring to 2013 as my ‘return to glory’ year…and by this I mean physically. I will NOT be pregnant for the first time in a couple of years, and in about 6 months or so, I will be done nursing. My body will be mine for the first time in a while, and I plan to get back in shape…a return to glory, if you will.
Now this isn’t about weight loss, or getting to the gym. It’s about rekindling my love of moving. Because here’s the thing…I used to be a competitive athlete; lacrosse, distance running, hiking, water skiing, swimming, scuba diving, downhill skiing, tennis. Once I married and moved to Providence, my priorities shifted and I became super focused on my writing career, and all things creative- sewing, knitting, photography and so on. I lost my competitive edge. Add in two babies in just under two years, and well…here we are today.
Being home in Michigan, I have had the chance to browse through old pictures, including these from my 1999 trip to Mount Kilimanjaro. My dad and I reached the summit of the tallest peak in Africa together when I was 16. It was an incredible trip, and it called for intense training. I remember the feeling of being able to hike for hours with a heavy pack on my back, of being able to run for miles without getting winded. I can still feel the sting of the below-freezing air entering my lungs as I crossed the glacier field en route to the summit.
Realistically, I know I don’t have the time to get back to my peak fitness (let’s face it, I walk up a flight of stairs, and when I make it to the top, I want to take a nap)…but I want to make an effort. I found a women’s lacrosse league here in Rhode Island. It begins in the spring, and I plan to be there, with my out-of-date equipment, and tired body. I might no longer be a spry 16 year-old, but I plan to get back in the game. Here’s to 2013- and all the glory that it holds. It’s going to be a great year.
Thank you for spending precious moments of your day here with me…I love sharing this space with all of you. It means the world to me that you take the time to visit. Here are a few of my favorite memories from 2012:
January: Pregnant again, and an amazing trip to London
February: Gorgeous Jamaica
March: It’s a BOY
April: Gone to the beach, and the perfect baby shower
July: Vikram, our little love, joins the family
August: Brothers, trips to the farm, and my husband becomes a US citizen
October: NYC in a day, and a BIG birthday bash
November: Hosting my first Thanksgiving
December: Christmas with the family
Happy New Year!