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 Reasons Strong is My 2020 Word


Every year I choose a word to focus on; a word of the year, if you like. Unlike some years Strong didn’t just pop into my mind, but I have a feeling that I’m going to need to be Strong in 2020. Of course we always need to be strong, but I have a feeling it will be a challenging year, which seems to be my norm for the last few years.

Previous words:

Strong for Family

Strong for family
Although we brought my Dad home, it has not been going well. His dementia continues to worsen, and he continues to try to walk on his own, which has resulted in many falls. Even with an aide, it’s just too much for my 91-year-old mother and we are looking to move him to a nursing home. Somehow I will have to find the way to tell him that he needs to be there, and I’m not sure how I will do it; he will not understand.

Strong in Patience
This one is tied to dealing with my family. It takes a lot of patience. Patient with my Dad. Patient with my mom, who needs someone to vent to and someone to help her make decisions she doesn’t want to make. Essentially she has already lost the great love of her life, even though he is physically there. Patient with my sister, who is also tired of being the point person when there are hospital trips.

Strong for Friends

Strong for friends
I have a few friends going through tough times. Some struggling through some of the same issues as me, some through illnesses.

Strong in confidence
I am planning to start up a Youtube channel. At first I thought I’d wait until 2020, but I realized that that’s just fear of putting myself out there. It is definitely scary. I have some things I’d like to get out for people to use during the month of December, so it’s time to bite the bullet and just do it.

Strong & Determined

Strong in determination
I have plans and dreams and it will take strong determination to bring them to fruition.

Have you ever picked a word to concentrate on for a year?

Do you have a 2020 word? What is it?

Have you ever had to work on the fear of putting yourself out there?

Adding Georgia to my states


Looking back and forward
There was only one half in 2019. There may only be one half in 2020. Running was on the back burner for much of the year, but running continued to be strong with PRs here and there (and really close almost PRs!). No injuries, knock on wood. One trip to the ER. Completing my YTT (Yoga Teacher Training) and teaching some yoga.

After being very sick in the Spring, I felt I needed to work on my running endurance so I stopped using run/walk intervals. I walk each mile to drink water and eat something on long runs. I still run/walk up steeper hills, because I’ve found that works better for me than running up them. Sometimes I just walk towards the end because I’m tired — and I always regret it when I do that!

One mile felt really long at first. Heck, some days it still feels really long!  I seem to be doing well with it, though. I didn’t run a half after I’d ditched the intervals, so I’m not sure what I will do when that day comes again.

My sweet boy, always in my heart

We lost Gizmo at the beginning of 2019, but he had a good, long life and was only seriously ill a short time before we helped him cross the rainbow bridge. I told my brother early in 2019 that I felt my Dad was going downhill, slowly but surely. He still is, obviously. It’s been a very stressful time for the whole family.

Here was my prediction for 2019:

Here’s what I believe about 2019: no matter what happens in 2019, with the right attitude, I will love 2019, I will accept the highs and the lows, and no matter what life throws at me, this too shall pass.

Strong as life ebbs & flows

2019 was a hard year. I don’t think I can say I really loved it, but I did accept the highs and the lows, and yes, there was both. I believe that my Dad most likely won’t see 2021, and that is a blessing; and if that is the case, I hope it’s peaceful.

I know no matter what 2020 will be a difficult year, again filled with highs and lows, and again, I will do my best to be strong for my loved ones — and for myself. I will rejoice in the highs and accept the lows and what they may have to teach me. I will take whatever curveballs life throws at me and become a stronger person because of them.


Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup


5 Reasons Love is My 2019 Word

ballyouneedisloveEvery year I choose a word to focus on; a word of the year, if you like. Usually at some point it just pops into my head at some point, but I must say this year that didn’t happen. I did find myself thinking about the word Love on one run, nothing else has popped into mind, so I’m going with it.

Love: it’s a good word, isn’t it? It’s all you need and all around, after all.

Fairytales and Fitness

Previous words:


Self Love
Not too long ago I wrote about how important self love is (read it here). If you don’t love yourself, you will never be able to change whatever in your life you want to change (assuming you want to change something).

If you don’t love yourself, you will never appreciate what you do have and find happiness. It all starts with self love.

Love Your Life
We all have bad days, weeks, months, even years. Life happens and it ain’t always pretty. Here’s the thing, though: we only have one life. Hating your life is just a waste of time, don’t you think?

That doesn’t mean you have to love everything about your life, and it also doesn’t mean that you have to accept everything about your life. You have the power to change. If you don’t come from a place of love in the first place, though, that change is unlikely to stick.

Finish lines are fleeting. You have to learn to love what gets you to the finish line.

Love the Process
This is one that doesn’t come easily to me. Enjoying the process without getting hung up on the end result. I chose to do this, right? The good and the bad — it’s all part of the process.

Learn to love the process and the end results will take care of themselves.

Decluttering, using things from my travels — a few things that make a house a home!

Love Your Home
This one really doesn’t come easily to me. I would rather do almost anything than clean and declutter. When I do those things, though, I am happier. I have made a lot of progress this year — but there is still lots more work to do before I really love my whole home.

As with loving yourself, though, loving your house, warts and all, is the key to loving your home (see what I did there . . . house vs home?).

Love Others
Love starts with yourself, but it will spill over into all areas of your life. The more you love yourself, the more you can love others — warts and all.

Have you ever picked a word to concentrate on for a year?

Do you have a 2019 word? What is it?

What are of love do you need to work on?

I believed and I did it; crossing the finish line after 18 miles

Looking back and forward
2018’s word was Believe (you can read that post here). In rereading that post, I was only signed up for one half when I wrote it — The Cape Cod Half Marathon (read about it here), which was part of the AMR retreat. And yet I ran 2 other halfs (here and here) and an 18 mile race (read about it here).

Guess what? I’m only signed up for one half in 2019, too, and I’m not even sure I will make it to the starting line due to circumstances beyond my control — although I would definitely still love to.

2018 broke my Half PR streak, but there were still enough PRs to make me happy. I had to dig deep and really believe to tackle my longest race in one of our hottest summers ever. There were quite a few curveballs on the personal front. Here’s what I wrote last year about Believe:

Even without a plan, I believe that 2018 can be a great year filled with new challenges to conquer, more fun with friends, and yes, hopefully more hiking, too!

You know what? Except for the hiking, I was right on (although at least there was some hiking). And here’s what I believe about 2019: no matter what happens in 2019, with the right attitude, I will love 2019, I will accept the highs and the lows, and no matter what life throws at me, this too shall pass.