As I sit here sniffling, saying goodbye and good riddance to a nasty cold, I can’t say I feel the same way about 2017. Certainly, 2017 had its share of ups and downs. It challenged me, it uplifted me, it frustrated me. But in the rollercoaster of deep physical fulfilment contrasted with injury mishaps, of emotional connectedness and joy coupled with sadness, stress, uncertainty, is… life. No year is ever perfect. Sure, some are better, or more noteworthy than others. Perhaps some even seem like they never really came together. If you are challenging yourself enough though, the path forward is never entirely certain. There are often as many failures as successes. What IS certain, at least if you are an eternal optimist like me, is a perennial sense of excitement about the future no matter what today, yesterday, or last year held.
In short, a new year is simply a reminder that if you didn’t like 2017, it is up to you to make 2018 better.
I wish you and yours a beautiful year full of love and health, coupled with the wisdom to know that you are certain to face challenges and uncertainty and setbacks on your way to personal growth. It’s all part of what makes the good stuff feel so special. Take it all, embrace it all, and let it shape you for the better.
Each time the calendar turns over to a new year, it’s an opportunity to recommit yourself to exciting goals for the months to come. Dream big, put in the work, and you will find fulfillment. I encourage you to find a group of like-minded people to share your journey with.
On that note, I’m over the moon to join the Altra Endurance Team of athletes. I have the utmost respect for the ethos of the company, for their deep commitment to the trail and ultra community and for the incredible group of athletes I now call teammates. Alta offers a wide range of shoes perfect for adventures on the trail, road or even track. I love to mix it up on all surfaces, and the versatility of their shoe collection will support me through every stage of my 2018 journey. I can’t wait to share my miles with you. Onwards 2018!