Goal Board

This is a New Year post of sorts.  One year ago, on January 1st, 2017, I wrote up a “Goal Board.”  Not a “vision board,” per se, as is the buzzword, but semantics do matter, and a “Goal Board” sits better with me.

Last year’s Goal Board was on a big piece of white bristol board, with lots of bullet points, arrows, and colours.  I wrote it at our dining room table, using fresh new markers that Santa brought my children, and it organized my ideas in a way that I was surprised I couldn’t experience through thought alone.  Then again, I’m a visual learner and I love to write, so getting ideas onto paper matches my personality.  This year, my kids wanted in on the action, so it was a family affair in the dining room, with fresh bristol board, new Santa markers (St. Nick is the practical sort around here), and lots of conversation.

My five year-old’s Goal Board looks like this:

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Not a traditional Goal Board perhaps, but she’s got a lot of what’s important to her on there, and she learned that 2081 is different than 2018.  She’s proudly hung her masterpiece on her bedroom wall.

My eight year-old, meanwhile, came up with this:

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He wants to save $25 (which he’s begun doing by shovelling driveways in our neighborhood), learn how to do a cartwheel and a trampoline front flip, get a shutout in hockey, and do a 360° roll with his drone.

Now, I’m not quite transparent enough to share my entire Goal Board with you here for all to see, but I will share with you this section, which focuses on an important part of my world: running.IMG_7902

These three goals all fly in the face of the fear that nitpicks at the back of my brain whenever I sign up for a race or set a lofty pace goal.  “You can’t run that fast,” it says, “what if you fail?”  In fact, let’s call a spade a spade, I had two big running “failures” in 2017:

But I also had some great successes, like running a several-minute Personal Best to win the Moon in June 10K, being awarded the Most Accomplished Runner award from the Burlington Runner’s Club, and watching 39-year-old Lyndsay Tessier come in second place at the Canadian Marathon Championships in Toronto.

Enough success to keep me determined and enough failure to keep me trying.  Enough limits being pushed and enough self-imposed barriers being broken. Enough early mornings and enough late nights, enough work put in, enough dreams being chased, enough shooting for the moon, and enough aiming higher and higher.

Be brave, my Goal Board screams to me.  Be brave.

And in case you didn’t notice, this post isn’t even about running after all.

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Be brave.

 


Writer’s Block

I’m having a rough time this week.  Usually, I can’t type fast enough to get my thoughts onto the screen, but this week I’ve been drawing a blank.  I’ve sat down to write this week’s post three times and come up with a whole lot of nothing.  So I’m simply going to write about what’s on my mind, and what’s been consuming my thoughts as of late.  Perhaps you’ll agree.

  • The World Junior Hockey Championships.

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Did you see that game last night?  C’mon!  I will be suffering today through the stayed-up-too-late fog, but happily so.  I think World Junior hockey is the best hockey of the entire year and I’m a huge hockey fan.  I’ve been to three WJHCs (Red Deer 1995, Ottawa 2009, and Buffalo 2011) and here it was, practically in my backyard, and I didn’t get to a single game in-person.  But I cheered from my couch, with my kids, so I’ll take it.  Nostalgia and memory-making all rolled into one.

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If you’ve been following my posts, you will know that I’ve been selected as a finalist to run the Pan Am torch through Burlington this Summer.  My neighbour nominated me without my knowledge, and it has consumed my thoughts ever since.  What an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity it would be; it puts a smile on my face just to think of it.  Please take a moment to vote and help me win this chance: click HERE to get to the City of Burlington’s Pan Am website.  Voting is open until January 15th.  Thanks in advance.

  • My energetic patient, 3-year-old M, who’s had such incredible results from chiropractic care.

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I blogged about him a couple of weeks ago, and his improvement continues to grow.  His mother has written such powerful words about the positive effect that treatment has had on him:

“So anyone that has children has talked about poop at some time or another? I just have to say how ecstatic I am about my child’s poop today! I know..tmi..but this is worth the read. I brought Mason to a chiropractor after so many failed attempts to get his constipation under control with diet and medication. Low and behold after my second visit to see Ashley Worobec we saw results, but nothing like we saw today after our fifth visit! I can truly attest that seeing a chiropractor has changed our lives. Do not just go to anyone, Ashley Worobec truly cares and has been fanstastic through this whole process. Even potty training is coming along. Here is to a great start to 2015. — feeling thankful.”

I feel very lucky to have the job that I do, and it’s times like these that make me even more grateful.

  •  New Year’s resolutions.

I think of the New Year as a fresh start, and fully support resolutions/goals/modifications for the year ahead. I will be doing another Whole Life Challenge (I did the first one in the Fall) and I invite you to join me. It’s 8-weeks of challenging many aspects of your life, including nutrition, exercise, and mental well-being. It begins on January 17th.

Also, I’m thinking of this graphic:

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That’s it.  Those are the thoughts filling up my brain, taking up valuable blog space.  And also, this:

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I often think of this.

Words to live by.