Merry Christmas!

I’m more or less signing off for the holidays, but I wanted to be sure to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

It’s important this time of year to embrace the season, time with family and loved ones, time off of work, and time to count our many blessings.

I know I feel so blessed this year for my family and our health. We did contract COVID this year, but thankfully we all remained healthy and more or less felt fine! I lost my taste, and knew I had come in close contact with someone positive with COVID. Otherwise, I would barely have known I had the virus. My family had minor random symptoms, but nothing alarming at all! We would have dismissed every symptom as a minor cold or weariness from life. I’m so thankful!!!

I am VERY aware that this is not the case for everyone. So many (healthy) people are and have suffered greatly from the disease. So I do not take lightly the suffering that many have, are, and will endure. Prayers for those suffering!

This past year I lost both of my grandpas. The passing of these great men has made me especially sentimental and at times emotional this year. They both lived long, full, passionate lives. They were both ready for a better home awaiting them. However, their lives are a loss to those who knew them well.

This time of year is a time for gratitude and reflection. This year especially has a lot for which we can reflect. It was a year like none other. However, as I think back, there was A LOT of good that came from a year of a lot of hard. And for this I am so thankful.

Some questions I like to ask myself at the end of the year as we prepare to begin anew are:

  • What did I do well? (3 things)
  • What would I like to do better? (3 things)

This year I set a goal to get certified in Personal Training. I started in January and finished in August. Despite my kids coming home for school, COVID and quarantine crazy. I accomplished this goal, and for this I’m thankful. I started a coaching business. I have gained a really good client base, and have seen my clients have a ton of success conquering their fitness and nutrition goals. For this I am proud and thankful. Physically I have remained healthy, gotten fitter and stronger than I very thought was possible on my body. For this I am thankful.

What do I need to work on? This coming year I want to focus on pursuing peace. I am a strong-willed woman. I have strong ideas. Although I like a good discussion and can be persuaded, I don’t back down easily. I want to be more diligent in seeking peace in my home. I am GREAT at breaking up arguments and fights between my kids, but I am quick to argue myself (such a hypocrite). Nothing crazy. We don’t have a home of disruption at all. Many would be surprised that I am even writing this. However, there are so many things I could JUST LET GO. Who cares if my husband rarely puts his shoes where they are supposed to go. Who cares if my kids turn every single item of clothes/laundry inside out. Who cares if the dishwasher doesn’t get loaded like I think it should? Who cares? Seek peace and pursue it. This is my goal.

Secondly I want to be diligent with business and coaching growth and development. I am going to continue my education in nutrition and seek to do my fitness coaching as well. I would also love to continue to grow my client base!!!

Thirdly, I want to focus on gratitude. #1 and #3 are hard to quantify. I’m not sure how best to accomplish these, but they are definitely two attributes that I want to pursue and be.

How about you? For what are you thankful for this year? I would love to hear the many blessings in your lives right now as well. I know there is a lot of hard and a lot of sadness, and I don’t want to diminish any of this. But I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday season. ❤️

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