Wednesday, January 4, 2012

When In Doubt...Look Up

My friend, Brooke, had me thinking the other day. Instead of resolutions, she asks God for a word for the year. Last year her word was Believe (reminds me of Polar Express :-) and this year it's Joy (love this one, too!!)

I didn't ask God for a word, but I think I've been given a phrase: When in Doubt, Look up. Actually, it was on a rickety sign outside of someone's house today when I was papering neighborhoods with boot camp flyers.
Sooooo...maybe it's not directly from God...but it still seems to me to be a pretty good motto.

There were many times this last year when I was in doubt, but stubbornly refused to let it seep in too deeply. Maybe I was looking up on the inside and just didn't always realize it. I think this year I'm going to take it a step further and actually look to Him and "believe" that he wants "joy" in not only Brooke's life, but in mine as well. I find great comfort in knowing that this amazing God wants a relationship with me as much as I want one with Him...and in knowing that he does want me to have Joy...that beautifully mysterious peaceful joy that can only come from Him. comes my word.
Trust...well THAT just popped into my head right here while I was typing.
Ya...maybe that's my word. Trust. I'll have to ponder that one. Seems to fit rather well with my phrase don't you think?
Well, that was weird...and a little awkward. Sorry for the interruption.

So, I'll start off this update (as that seems to be how my blogging is going lately...little spurts of updates that don't amount to much) with saying that I really hope to blog more frequently sooner rather than later. I miss it. I know I'll eventually get settled into a routine, but right now I feel like I'm spinning around and around.

Ok. Top news is that with help from Good Ol' Nelly, I was the overall winner of my women's NFL pool. Woot!! I'm rollin' in it!

And...I know you all are wondering how the Sign Wars are going.
EVIL sign haters: 3, Me: zero

I'm losing the battle here. I don't get people.

Um...I still have two children. Mai, the athlete, is starting basketball today (I know you're not supposed to label your kids, but I'm gonna) and Jack, the absent minded professor, is starting an after-school class called Mad Science and also just joined the chess club!! What a brainiac!

Me? Glad you asked. I was smart enough to not apply for the 1/2 IM mentor position that I had planned on with TNT this year, but am I smart enough to realize I'm too busy to train for Pac Crest again this year? Hmmm....When in doubt, look up! Consider me looking up right now for some divine advice on this one.

Oh yes!!  I love me a cute workout skirt and thanks to my extreme knowledge of everything "Michael", I won a $25 gift card to Road Runner Sports and finally got around to spending my $$ today on this cutie:

Womens Brooks Epiphany Skort Fitness Skirts
and I got a note from Mom last night that one of these is on it's way...
 Running Skirt FREE SHIPPING

These are super comfy!!! I already have one in black, so she's going to surprise me with a new color. I LOVE that my new job(s) require me to wear work out clothes!!! WOOT!!

So??? What's your go to word or phrase for the new year? Don't have one yet? It's still not too late to ask for one :D


Anonymous said...

What a great, great post.. Uh no I don't have one... YET!

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

I don't have a word or phrase and I have been trying to come up with one, maybe I should just relax and let it come!

Love the skirts, I have the Brooks one in blue. Where is the second one from?

Coy Martinez said...

My word is "believe", because self-doubt isn't any fun at all. I wanna believe in myself this year :)

ajh said...

Work out clothes for work = awesomeness!

misszippy said...

I haven't seen a post from you in a while, but it sounds like you haven't posted, so glad I haven't missed them! Anyhow, love your mantra and your word! Mine, like yours last year, is believe. Got it on my wrist right now in the form of an Endorphin Warrior bracelet!

Abby @ Have Dental Floss, Will Travel said...

I totally know that feeling of spinning 'round and 'round. I like to think that someday I'll figure out how to slow down, but who knows? Maybe we're just not programmed that way!

Julie said...

I'm so glad things are going so well for you! Your posts here/or on FB always make me smile.

I don't have a word but I really like the idea and I'm going to give it some thought for sure.

Kate said...

Love that Brooks skirt!

My J is starting basketball this year, too. :)

I think trust goes perfectly with your motto. I also think it's great that you're looking for a word on your decision.

Evil sign haters...boooo.

Mike said...

You never know, God could have had someone put that sign out so that some day you would see it.

CautiouslyAudacious said...

I keep thinking I want to get a running skirt they look so cute on everyone else but have somehow convinced myself it wouldn't look as cute on me...

RainStorm said...

I haven't really thought about it... Maybe 'follow' or 'listen'? Will need to sit still and think about it more...

Raina said...

Trust is one of my words - so is persevere. I actually am more about focusing on an image than a word, if that makes sense. :)

Those skirts are going to be SO cute at work or in a race! Love the Brooks one :)