After my 8 mile run in 10 degrees this morning all I could do to get warm was take a 200 degree shower :). Ok…not quite, but close! I then switched into comfy mode…aka my new slippers and a seat by the fire :). The cold weather even got to my Garmin and my Ipod because neither of them wanted to cooperate with me!

DSC_0289So here we are…just days away from, a brand new year! I am actually not even quite sure where this year went!

The next couple of days will be all about people making “New Years resolutions”. I am not a big New Years resolution person myself. I feel like it is almost an automatic set-up for failure. Whenever I think of New Years resolutions I think of all the people who crowd the gyms for the first 2-4 weeks of the year and then don’t come back until the following new year. I think of changes that people try to make simply because of a day and they only last a few weeks at most.

Don’t get me wrong…..I am not opposed to resolutions. I just look at it a little differently. I look at the new year as more of a way to evaluate my life and where I am at. Then spend time thinking about the coming year and where I want to be.  I like to reflect on areas of my life that I want to improve and come up with ways to help myself make those improvements….but if I think of something that I want to change, I am not going to wait until Jan 1st to do it.

I came across a poem again that I have heard before and really liked. It really causes you to think about how you are living your life and what evaluate what you are doing with the time you are given here on Earth.

​The Dash
by Linda Ellis copyright 1996

​I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on the tombstone
from the beginning…to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth
and spoke the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that they spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved them
know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own,
the cars…the house…the cash
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

So, think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
to consider what’s true and real
and always try to understand
​the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we’ve never loved before. 

If we treat each other with respect
and more often wear a smile,
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

​So, when your eulogy is being read,
with your life’s actions to rehash…
would you be proud of the things they say
about how you spent YOUR dash?


So right now, reading this again and sort of going over the last year has given me a lot to think about!

I want to make the most out of each and every day that I am given here on Earth.


I want to appreciate all that I am blessed with and teach my kids to do the same. I want to teach my kids to love God and put him first. I want them to have the ability to give up something for themselves out of a pure desire to GIVE, and I know that these things are taught more by example than by words.


I want to encourage and inspire others. We have one life…let’s live it to its fullest! So while these are not necessarily resolutions…they are some thoughts on the direction my life is going. I do have some running specific goals that I will be talking about tomorrow if you are interested in those :).


Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If yes, what are some of yours?

How is the weather by you? Anyone running in freezing temps?


  1. says

    LOVE this post!! What a wonderful thought to end the year with.
    I have a quote on my Pinterest quotes board that says “Collect moments, not things”, which I think is a fantastic reminder in today’s society.

    I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions either. I think it’s overwhelming to come up with a list of changes to overhaul your life, and that all changes must start on one day. I try to live by the “there’s no time like the present” rule if I want to make some adjustments to how I live my life.

    I look forward to reading about your running goals 🙂

    • Jen says

      Thanks Amber! That is a great quote :)! I love the no time like present rule too….if you have some changes to make you might as well go for it! Hope you had a great day!

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