Pursue with Passion: My 2014 Focus Phrase

Yes, I know it’s January 3, and all the New Year’s posts are supposed to be over now, and we’re all supposed to start failing on our resolutions. But I’m a little behind on blogging, so I’m posting my  “Welcome, 2014!” post now.

I never know what to do for the New Year. I’m not a fan of resolutions, really. I usually set some goals for myself, at least, but this year, I wasn’t feeling that either. The thing is, I have some big goals, professionally, personally, and running-ly,  (most of them are listed among my Thirty Before Thirty goals), and they will likely take more than a year to accomplish.  So I didn’t really want to set specific 2014 goals.

Then, I saw several posts in which the blogger chose a focus word for 2014. Instead of making resolutions or making goals, their goals were to try to make their life in 2014 reflect those words — words like joy, perspective, fearless, balance, etc. I liked that idea. A lot. But as I thought about my 2014 word, I found myself coming back to two: “passion” and “pursue.” I liked pursue because that’s what I want to do: actively pursue those big goals. But I also liked passion because those big goals are in the areas of my greatest passions: writing, running, teaching. Also, I want to not just pursue these goals, but passionately pursue them. Not the lackadaisical, “I should write/run hard/research today, but…look, Pinterest!” type of “pursuit” I’ve done in the past.

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I decided to combine those words into a “focus phrase” for 2014: Pursue with Passion. This year, I won’t just think about trying to get professionally published; I’ll actively write and research. I won’t just dream about running a 3-hour marathon; I’ll run hard and fast (and recovery smartly). I won’t just complain about my digestive issues; I’ll experiment and research and pursue a solution. And I won’t just go to work every day and “try to do my best”; I’ll strive every single day to improve my teaching practice.

In short, I will Pursue With Passion. 

What are your New Year’s goals/word(s)/resolutions?

Christmas Break Recap (I’m Good At Clever Titles)

Hi friends!

No, I didn’t fall off the face of the planet; I just spent some time enjoying the holidays and my family. Worth it.

I’m far too lazy to write a detailed recap of everything that happened during my little hiatus (and really, do you care?), so here are some pictures and minimal explanations.

Break started with a cookie-baking/90′ dance party with my friend Sarah.

photo 1(I have an awesome picture of Sarah dancing, too, but she might punch my face if I put it on the interwebs.)

Then, we headed to the Western slope to see my family. Mom and I got pedicures:
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I wanted to buy this for my brother:
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And I got in a few runs with a view of Grand Mesa.
photo 1Crappy iPhone picture, but you get the point.

photo 2New CW-X tights! Hooray!

We headed back over the mountains the day after Christmas, and an accident on the interstate caused a detour, which made our usual 6.5-hour drive into about 9 hours. But the scenery was pretty.

photo 3I love you, mountains.

The next day, we headed to see my in-laws for a few days. Friday night, the whole family was together, and then my in-laws were babysitting our nephews for the rest of the weekend. So I got to enjoy a lot of this:

photo 2Sitting on brother’s face is always fun!

photo 1 photo 4Seriously, is this not the cutest human you have ever seen?

And, of course, I had to do a little bit of chilly running.

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We came back home Monday just in time for eye doctor appointments (my eyes are worse again! Stop it, eyes), and we have spent the last couple of days relaxing and enjoying being home. And not doing much work, which I’m sure we’ll regret this weekend. Oh well.

Also, I found out today that I won the last week of Heather’s Better With Veggies MoveHappy Challenge! I’m super excited. One of the prizes is a 5k or 10k training plan, so I need to get a race on the calendar, stat! Any recommendations for a fun Colorado 10k?

That’s my break in a nutshell. I’m trying to catch up on all your posts, but I’ll admit, I’ve hit a few “mark all as read” buttons. So tell me any nifty news in your life that I might have missed!