5 Reasons Clear is . . .


. . . My Word for 2021



                1. Remove an unwanted item
                2. Pure & Intense
                3. Away from
                4. Get over something safely

Synonyms: wholly, strip, remove, crystal clear, straightforward

I struggled with picking a word for 2021. I came this close to going with Aware, aka mindfulness. Sometimes I’m a very mindful person — and sometimes I’m really not. I get caught up in the “I’m so busy” trap, which never ends well. Somehow I knew it Aware wasn’t quite right.

One morning, as I was doing some Yoga, I was thinking about the Yamas & Niyamas (which I actually am writing a post about for the Website/blog I’ve been mightily resisting creating for my Yoga, and finally realized I really need to do). Clean actually popped into my mind suddenly, and then Clear just popped in. 

In some ways it still doesn’t feel like “the one”, and yet my gut says it is.

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Clear away what is not serving me
We all have things that aren’t serving us. Sometimes they’re just habits. Sometimes they’re inertia: much easier to keep a status quo than do something about it.. 

Clear away more clutter
I worked really hard on this in 2020, and made a lot of progress. I’ve been on a hiatus from it because the end of the year just always does a real job on my energy — and that’s in a good year.

There is more work to be done, though, and I want to clear out my Yoga room more. I already feel a sense of peace when I step in there, but there’s also still some clutter that needs to be cleared. That’s not the only space in my house where more clutter needs to go.

Be clear on my goals
Yes, I’ve started to use my Simple Elephant planner — even though we all know what happened to planning in 2020 (I can no longer find this planner on Amazon, but this one is similar — Amazon Affiliate link here).! The planner lives up to its name: it is, indeed, quite simple.

This makes it a lot smaller than my Clever Fox planner from 2020 (see my review here) — which I never did completely fill, so I’m using it for note taking right now, LOL.


Clear my mind regularly
Ok, I already do this. When I first started to meditate, it was an on again off again thing, but it’s been a daily practice for several years now. It can make such a difference in your day to start it off with some meditation. You don’t have to sit for 20 minutes! Even just 5 minutes of calm can make all the difference in how you face  — and embrace — your day.

Cue Yoga classes clearly
Clear cueing is not my strong point. It’s something I’m continually working on. I also tend to trip over my words when I’m just doing vlogs, too — which I’m pretty sure is always going to happen. I intend to audit another teacher training that I’ve heard really helps with cueing.

Do you pick a word for each year?

What is your word for 2021?

Even if you don’t pick a word, what would you like to see more of in 2021?

5 Things I’m Loving/Not Loving

End of Year Edition


It’s been a while since I’ve shared some things I love — and some things I don’t. 

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One: Loving
. . . My new Brooks sneakers. It was time!

Not exciting but my feet needed these

Not Loving
. . . the uninspired colors. Of course they were on sale — about half what I’d normally pay for running shoes — so I can’t really complain.

Two: Loving
. . . Finding the single sock that had disappeared months ago. I’ve no idea where it was, but it suddenly just appeared in some laundry. Actually, this is the second missing sock I’ve actually found this year.

Not Loving
. . . how dirty the sock was (just like that first one I finally found) — even after washing it. I’m not sure either will ever get clean enough to wear again! 

Finally a sale!

Three: Loving
. . . my new Smartwool socks. It seems like they never go on sale, but I finally got a discount! Yes, these aren’t running socks.

Not Loving
. . . I need to rearrange my (multiple) sock drawers/boxes.

So much easier with just Bandit, even if he didn’t quite understand walking a labyrinth

Four: Loving
. . . Walking one dog. It’s so much easier. I felt the same way after Chester passed and Lola was our only dog.

Not Loving
. . . the reason we’re only walking one dog.

Five: Loving
. . . that I can now go in my mom’s apartment. Having a bathroom to use . . . it’s priceless when you’ll be away from home pretty much all day!

Not Loving
. . . the big announcement: my sister sold her house and plans to move somewhere down south. I am happy for her, and in many ways she has done more than her fair share with my parents. However, she lived about 40 minutes away from my mom as opposed to my almost 2 hours away. Not only that, if my mom ends up in the hospital at some point — unless I can stay at my mom’s apartment (which obviously is about 40 minutes away from the hospital), I have nowhere to stay without having to get a hotel room.

I am happy for my sister. She is 65, and the time is right for her. Although they have sold their house & have no idea where they’re actually going to move/live.

Sucks for me and my mom, though.

What are you loving/not loving lately?

Loving 2019: Spilling over tea/coffee January 2019


Notice what I did there? I snuck in my word for 2019 (read about it here). I’m hoping to keep it in mind a lot more than I did Believe in 2018, although Believe really was a great word for 2018, as I pushed myself outside my comfort zone (read my wrap up of 2018 here) and had to believe I would be successful — and I was!

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Pull up a chair and mug with Coco and Deborah and me for the ultimate coffee tea date.

I’ll just be over here with my tea . . .

Loving a New Year
I know not everyone loves a new year, or even pays it much attention, quite frankly. Or they make resolutions they know they have little chance of keeping. I think there’s just something about having a clean slate, an entire year laid out before you with nothing but possibilities, that’s exciting.

Unflattering photo theme today, but this is me & Gizmo most mornings

Loving that Gizmo is still purring and curling up on my lap
I see the changes in him all the time. He’s not back to normal, but I think he’s settled into a new normal for him. Which still involves lots of lap time, lots of purring, and eating pretty well again.

I’m hoping that he stays well at least through March, which will allow us to get to Savannah and will also get him to his eighteenth birthday.

Loving clear streets and paths
Most of the past few big storms have missed us completely. I wrote that last weekend, and at the time all our snow from earlier in the year was gone. We’ve still had plenty of cold weather, but we’ve also had a few really warm days that melted whatever was left.

I’ll be a very happy girl if it could stay that way for another six weeks. Doubtful, but a girl can dream.

Loving going to races with groups
I’m the rogue runner in our little group. The one who goes off to races with her husband in tow instead of following the group. OTOH, without me, there might never have been a group at all. The group came to be because I wanted to run Wineglass with friends.

Running is definitely more fun with friends, but sometimes you have to do your own thing, too. Still it’s nice to have a posse — sometimes, at least — in the local races.

Ugliest & Warmest Coat Ever

Loving/not loving this coat
I wasn’t going to share this photo. And then I thought, why not? Even if it does make me look like a caterpillar trapped in a cocoon. The coat is seriously ugly. And it’s heavy. It’s also seriously warm, and I’ve already had to wear it on too many dogwalks this winter!

Not loving an empty calendar
Just one last big goal race — or I suppose one first big goal race in 2019. And then . . . who knows? I like to plan, I like to have the next race lined up before the one I’m training for is even run.

Things have a way of working out the way they’re supposed to; I truly believe that. I guess I just have to trust that 2019 has some good things up its sleeve for me. And at this point in 2018, there was also only one race on the calendar.

Tea? Iced Tea? Coffee? Decaf? Green smoothie?

Do you care what your coat looks like as long as it’s warm?

Do you love the possibilities a new year brings?

What are you most looking forward to in 2019?

I am also linking up with the  Fridays with Fairytales and Fitness from Fairytales & Fitness.