Monday, December 31, 2012

Farewell, 2012!

Usually I am ready and willing to bid farewell to the old year and hoping that this new year is a better one.

This year, while I am ready to bid farewell to the old year, it is for a totally different reason.

I am ready and excited to see what this New Year has to offer.

2012 was a year of enormous change for me. There was loss. There was sadness. There was frustration. There was fear.

But there was also growth. More growth than I think I have ever experienced in one year. You can't have growth as a Christian without some of the bad stuff. At least that's what I think. There was some stuff in my heart that had to be purged. And it hurt. But I'm better off without it. I truly believe that.

My Word of the Year for 2012 has been Courage, and I think I lived up to it this year. I had to do a number of things that required a lot more courage than I have ever had before. I only did it through Jesus. Plain and simple. I simply do not have that kind of courage on my own.

Though this year was a painful one, I think the biggest thing I learned through it all was how to be dependent on God in everything I do. And while I still need daily practice, I have come so much further along than I was this time last year! So for that reason, I do not lament a single experience that occurred in 2012. They have shaped me and changed me for the better!

So I look back on 2012 and I am thankful. And I anticipate living out the story that God is writing in my life in 2013! He is the best author!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Just sayin...

"How can we possibly even guess how many, given our nation's refusal to create an active national database of the mentally ill?" - NRA response statement to the Sandy Hook tragedy.

Having a mental illness is NOT A CRIME.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Going "Coast to Coast" to support families with Autism!

In honor of my 5th year of running, I decided to raise money through Train 4
Autism for Spectrum, our local autism support group. I set my goal race to run the Princess Half Marathon at
Disney World in February and my goal amount was $500. I wanted to be able to Pay
It Forward for when Austin and Reece attended Spectrum summer camp on scholarship a few years ago.

Well, today, I am happy to announce that I'm also going to be running a half
marathon at Disneyland in January, only 5 weeks before the Princess Half
Marathon! Run Disney calls this the Coast to Coast Challenge!

Now you may be wondering what this means for the fundraising I am doing for
Spectrum?! Well, I figure Double the Miles? Double the Races? Double the GOAL!!

Yep, instead of raising $500 to send two children with autism to Spectrum's
summer camp - I am shooting to raise $1000 to send FOUR children to summer camp!

If you would like to support my efforts, you can donate online through my
personal fundraising page\

Please feel free to share this link with your friends and family! I have already
raised $325 towards my goal! No amount is too small! Thank you in advance!

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Just one word

We are nearing the end of 2012 and you know what that means...

It's almost time to pick a Word of the Year for 2013!

I first started doing this in 2008, and it has been a wonderful way to set a focus for the year without doing "resolutions" (which just aggravate me to no end). Also, it has been exciting to look back at the Word of the Year and see how it has played out.

This year's Word has been Courage. You can click the link above to read why! And I already have my Word picked for 2013... but I'm not gonna tell you what it is! :D