So, remember how I said that I had been writing but not publishing? That the beginning of the year had gotten away from me a bit? Well, this morning I plugged in my jumper drive and lo behold there were my posts from earlier this year that never made it online.

The first one was not so evergreen and basically had the same message as the Life, Complicated post. But some of the others, while slightly seasonal had some important stuff in them that I needed to get out. And as the year is well past half over and I am still straggling a bit, I thought, these feelings are still there, and they are still important. So I am going to share them now.

This first one is from the end of January, as you can see from the dated material.


Welcome to the New Year


2017! Woo hoo! Right?

Ok, so, perhaps you aren’t that excited for the new year. We all started off in different places, most of us with goals, small or large, that we hoped to accomplish over the next 365 days. This past week we celebrated the most common day for people to quit their New Year’s Resolutions. Last week we inaugurated the 45th president of the Untied Stated, of whom most folks have very strong opinions-one way or another.  In most places it is darker, colder, wetter, and a bit…well, a bit of a downer. Perhaps you are finding yourself in a rut as we wrap up the first month of the new year.

Snap out of it.

It’s time to pick yourself up and climb out. Throw away your negativity, shut out the negativity around you, dust yourself off, and get back on that horse.  That’s what we are doing here.

It has been a LOOOONG time since we have posted and frankly we are disappointed in ourselves. We had that brilliant relaunch this summer, with such high hopes and goals and we promptly let life get in the way and lost our steam. But it is time to feed the boiler and get this train moving again.

This past December I turned 34. It was a bit of a wakeup call.

I am in my 35th year of life.

As I churned this over I realized that I am not where I hoped to be when I turned 35. Mind you, I am not unhappy. But I am not fulfilled either. When I came to this realization, I decided that rather than moping about it as many would do, I would make year 35 about me. This may sound selfish, and maybe it is, but almost nothing I have ever done has been for myself and I feel, after almost 35 years, it is high time I took my own opinions into consideration. Just about everything I have ever done has been for or to please someone else. Well, you know what? It is time to make myself proud, and why shouldn’t I? I want to feel accomplished when I turn 35. I want to feel successful when I turn 35. And more than anything  I want to be on a path that I want to stay on when I turn 35, so that in 35 years, when I am entering my 70th year I can look back and say to myself, “well done!”

So I started 2017 fresh. New goals, new ink, and a new look. Year 35 is about being a new me. The me I want to be.

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I haven’t fallen into my rut, yet, although, I haven’t been running as hard I would have liked when I started 2017. And with January almost behind us, it is time to kick it up a notch. In the upcoming post, I am going to tell you a bit about the program that I am using as my driving force this year, My Peak Challenge.  I am throwing it out here now, but it really deserves a post of its own. The motivation and the inspiration I am gleaning from this experience is beyond mere sentences. It deserves some devoted writing.

That being said I will wrap this up.

Welcome to the New Year.  For me, 2017 is Year 35. New goals, new look, and a new outlook.

Je suis prest.



Health, Lifestyle, and Creavity Coach. Writer. Food Life Photographer. Peaker, Cooker, Eater. Whisky and tea lover, plaid and Outlander addict.