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Mid-Year Monday

Congratulations, folks! We have made it half way through 2012. Now, I don't want to get you too excited, but that means that there are only 175 days until Christmas! Be still my heart!

With that exciting news out of the way, I thought it might be nice to do a mid-year reflections post to see how closely I have followed my New Year's declarations that I made back in January. For those of you less inclined to click sketchy links in blog posts, here's a quote from my New Year's Reflections post:

In 2012, I will run my first half-marathon and my first marathon if all goes according to plan. I intend to run more, read more, and stress less. I am determined to spend more time with family and less time stressing over work. Much less time stressing over work. I will nurture my relationship with God and spend more time in Church and worship. I will be a better version of myself. The best version I can be.

Let's see how I've fared:

In 2012, I will run my first half-marathon and my first marathon if all goes according to plan. I intend to run more, read more, and stress less. I am determined to spend more time with family and less time stressing over work. Much less time stressing over work. I will nurture my relationship with God and spend more time in Church and worship. I will be a better version of myself. The best version I can be.

I did in fact run my first half-marathon back in March. It was a great success if I do say so myself. I hope that it isn't the last one I ever run, because I'd really like to crush that two hour time given the chance to do it again.

The first marathon hasn't happened, nor do I intend for it to happen. Having trained all through the winter for a half-marathon gave me some great insight into the time commitment and effort that goes into training for these great events. It is also a heck of a lot of stress on the body. I gained weight. I was constantly sore. And did I mention the time commitment?

Unfortunately, the marathon goal, like so many others, has fallen by the wayside (anyone remember when I wanted to go to culinary school?). I am not necessarily disappointed by this, though. This goal has been replaced by CrossFit, which, if you know me at all, has taken over my entire life and has encouraged many changes in my life for the better. How can you be disappointed by that?

Moving on.

With the new job, comes a sigh of relief and the ability to breathe easier. I no longer have to stress about office politics, finding work for myself to do, and proving myself among my peers. The new work environment has been positively uplifting thus far, and the quality of life that has been gained in simply a week from the lesser commute is a blessing.

Spending more time with my hubby and puppy and less time in the car contributes to the completion of my next goal. But even further, I have seen my in-laws on several occasions this year, met some of hubby's extended family for the first time this spring, and have seen my friends on a fair share of occasions and even have plans for a west coast visit later this year. I flew to Florida to spend time with my own family during a particularly trying time with my grandfather's brain tumor, and I have made plans to visit both of my sisters later this month in their respective locations. This has been a great year for fostering existing relationships and growing new ones, with the new family I've gained both in the gym and in church.

Which brings me to my next goal. So far this year, I am proud to say, my husband and I have been regular attenders and contributors at the Church of Christ. Though we attend on the regular, we have yet to make the commitment of joining. Baby steps I suppose. Luckily, the minister married us in October and knows the hubby likes to make well informed decisions, and when he makes a commitment, he makes it for life.

Notice how I sort of skipped over the part about reading more? Well, I haven't been breezing through as many novels as I would have hoped, but I have substantially grown my blog roll, especially in the regards to healthy eating and living. I finally finished the Harry Potter series and am currently in the middle of four separate books. New goal: Finish these four books by Christmas (which I must remind you is only 175 days away!).

All in all, 2012 has been a fantastic year. My family and I have been incredibly blessed. I thank God daily for all the ways He is working in our lives and pray that He continues to use me to carry out His plans.

I am very excited to enter into the second half of the year and move closer to, you guessed it, Christmas.

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