I don't know if you know this, but 2017 is my year.

I'm going places this year. I'm meeting new people. I'm taking chances with my career. I'm seizing opportunities as they place themselves in front of me.

One of the things I'm pursuing this year is balance. I am a self-proclaimed work-a-holic (I blame my childhood; see: Sweet Corn Season post) and I'm not very good at rest (see: Rest post) even when I say I am.

I've been reflecting more on this aspect of life recently - my own challenges and how I'm working towards a healthier life this year.

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Suck it, 2016 (Alternate Title: Glass Half Full)

I don’t know about you, but 2016 was a rough year for me. I can’t remember any other time in my life that had so many consecutive days of dry-heave crying.

So suck it, 2016. You tried to bring me down, but you didn’t. And no matter how many days I had tears streaming down my face and my heart was full of sorrow, the laughter and love still overcame.

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Love Wins

I don't know about you, but this election season was the absolute worst. Granted, I haven't participated in too many presidential elections in my adult life, but from what I hear and read, it seems we've never been more divided as a country (except maybe the Civil War? But that seems like a low bar to set).

We may not be united in thought, in creed, in race, or in politics, but we must be united in love against hate of any kind. As a collective, let's change this world's heart.

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Sweet Corn Season

Sweet Corn Season. It's a capital-letter-phrase in our household, and it's an experience that I've been looking forward to sharing. Let me tell you the story.

When I turned 12, my parents bought me a cheap, above-ground pool for my birthday to replace the old stock tanks we used to swim in (hashtag farmlife, am I right?). It came with a catch (of course): my brother and I were going to help pick and sell sweet corn the following summer to pay for it.

And thus was born the annual Sweet Corn project.

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Rain or Shine

Well, I did it. I'm officially a finisher of the Colorado Half Marathon. What can I say about it? It was fun(?) It was hard. And really cold.

For a May 1st race, I expected to be wearing a tank top and shorts. Mother Nature had other ideas.

We ran the race as if living in the old Window's screensaver, with snow falling on us the duration of the 13.1 miles. It was cold while we were waiting for the start, then glorious as we warmed up, then absolutely frigid once we cooled off and the wet weather chilled us to the core.

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I've been learning a lot about myself and about life this year. Training for the half marathon (my New Year's Resolution, in case you hadn't heard) has been a big part of this journey.

Training for a half = many miles of running. Which actually equals many hours of running. That's right: hours. Honestly, I never thought I would say the words running and hours in the same sentence. What has become of me?

I thought I would take the beginning of this new month to share with you a few of the lessons that I've learned this year.

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Resolution Update: Failures, Freak-outs, and Fixes

I turned around this morning and realized that it's February.

It was like bumping into a friend at the grocery store - one whom I meant to call last week and just didn't get around to it. February's a good friend, but I just wasn't thinking about her until I saw her standing there.

"Oh hey, February! I didn't realize you were there..."

And why am I turning red there in the cereal aisle of the imaginary grocery-store-slash-calendar? Oh you know, because all those good intentions that January and I promised each other seem to have faded in just a few short weeks.

Yes, I'm talking about resolutions.

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How to Set a New Year's Resolution You'll Actually Keep

A few years ago, I belonged to a gym that was just down the street from our house. I joined in July and faithfully went about three or four times per week through the summer, then fall, and into the winter. I figured out just the right time when it wasn't too busy and I could grab a treadmill without a wait.

But then came January. And the gym. Was. Packed.

Every treadmill - in use.

All the free weights - gone from their resting place.

The indoor walking track - completely packed.

As a healthcare professional, seeing all the people working out delighted my heart! As a regular gym-goer, I was incredibly annoyed.

I needn't have worried, though; a month later the gym was back to its normal capacity. The good-intentioned New-Years-Resolution folks had tired - or (more likely) had come up with valid reasons that excused them from completing their goals.

Let's be honest - we've all been there. I've certainly been there. We've all set goals that we genuinely intend to keep. But somehow things come up, we run out of time, or we just plain run out of motivation.

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Soul Food

This Christmas I'm feeding my soul.

About 95% of the time, I make decisions about what to eat based on health. I really believe (depending on what you eat) food is either medicine or poison. I think about this a lot and I try to live by that rule.

But there are times that food is as much medicine for my soul as it is for my body. In my book, Christmas is one of those times.

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