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Tuesday Tidbits

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Happy Tuesday!  It's another snowy day here in Santa Fe.  We've had a relatively relaxing month!  Here are a few updates on life lately...


1.  A couple months ago I purchased a new vehicle, a 2019 Chevy Equinox.  (I named her Selene, after the Greek Goddess of the moon, on account of her pearl color.)  I am so in love with her!  It's my first real "grown-up" car.  I have been so thankful for the All Wheel Drive feature during this snowy, slippery winter, and I love having a safe vehicle for toting Ady around town.  (The only downside is the popularity of white SUVs in Santa Fe... I almost accidentally stole some girl's white Jeep after yoga class... oops.)


2.  I'm just about the only person I know who doesn't watch Netflix.  I can't say that I feel like I'm missing anything, other than the opportunity to join in every other conversation about new shows.  TV isn't really a part of my normal routine.  That being said, I love This is Us!  The s…

Santa Fe Snowshoe Classic

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This has been the best winter for snow since we moved to Santa Fe.  (We probably have El Nino to thank for that.)  I haven't gotten back into skiing yet this season (partially due to the time commitment and the childcare expenses involved, and partially to avoid injury), but I have really enjoyed hiking in the woods with my snowshoes.  This past weekend I participated in the Santa Fe Snowshoe Classic, a 3.8-mile snowshoe race on forest trails in the Sangre de Cristo mountains.  It has been a goal of mine to do a snowshoe race, and I'm so glad I finally did it!  The route was a scenic loop at 9600-ft elevation, following the Big Tesuque Trail, Pacheco Canyon Road and the Winsor Trail.  I had never hiked this stretch of trail before and enjoyed seeing a new part of the forest.  The first half of the trail was mostly downhill, followed by a long climb up the remainder of the loop.  It was vaguely reminiscent of my Nordic ski racing days (minus the spandex and sub-zero temperature…

JOY for 2019

A new year.  A new chapter.  A fresh start.  Another opportunity to come closer to being the person I want to be.  A chance to set goals.  A moment that calls for reflection.

I have a lot of the same goals year after year: to read more, write more, drink more water, do more yoga, smile more, run more, spend more time with friends.  I strive to be better at my job, to be more financially responsible, to be a better wife and mother, and to achieve balance in my life.

For 2019, my focus is JOY.  

What is joy?  Is it pleasure?  Is it happiness?  Is it jubilation?  It's not necessarily optimism, or suggesting any expectation of the future.  It simply is experiencing pleasure in what exists right now in this moment.  It also reminds me of Enjoy, and Rejoice.

This one word sums up who I want to be this year.  If I can find joy in my work, in my family life, in my social life, and in my hobbies, then I will feel successful.  I will know that I am on the right path and staying true to myself.

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Books of 2018

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What would the world be like without books?  To me, books aren't just about enhancing literacy and gaining knowledge (though these things are essential, of course), but reading also means experiencing new perspectives, envisioning a different life, understanding the past, and gaining an appreciation of my own life in comparison.  Books allow us to escape from our own tiny reality and experience something greater, and I believe that the desire to enhance our knowledge of others' perspectives makes us better people and more compassionate citizens of the world.  I try to make reading a priority every day, and to also set this example for Ady.  We eat breakfast every day, we brush our teeth, we walk the dog, and we read books.  There are literally books in every room of the house (yes, including next to Ady's potty).  

I read a lot of books this year -- fiction, mysteries/thrillers, memoirs, parenting books, a few in the scifi and fantasy realms, and a few re-reads of old favor…

Winter Wonderland

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We were fortunate to have a beautiful and snowy Christmas week in Santa Fe!  I'm so relieved that we made the decision to not travel for the holidays this year because it gave us the opportunity to enjoy Christmas in our house, start new traditions with Ady, and minimize the stress of traveling.  I am also incredibly thankful that my mom came to visit for the week, sharing in our Southwest traditions and embracing outdoor activities in the mountains, and Ady absolutely loved having quality time with her Nana.  

Since hospitals don't take breaks for holidays, and winter is a busy time of illnesses and accidents, I unfortunately had to work all week.  However, I have discovered over the years that I don't really mind working holidays.  I enjoy the opportunity to support my patients who are sick in the hospital on holidays, many of whom don't have family or friends visiting at all, and I have some really fond memories of the patients I have treated on Christmas Day and Tha…

Tuesday Tidbits

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I love the month of December.  The days are getting shorter, calling us to center in and conserve energy.  There are holiday parties, good food and drinks, and lots of reasons to give to others.  It can be challenging to stay peaceful and sane amidst the commitments, the expectations, and the fast-paced nature of the season, but I'm thankful to not be traveling anywhere this year and I feel a sense of calm about staying in our own home for Christmas.  Here are a few tidbits about things keeping me busy this month!

1.  Meeting Santa!
Ady is starting to get the whole "Santa thing" and is pretty excited when we talk about him and read books about Christmas.  Now that she's 2, everything is "mine," so once she got the hang of sitting on the lap of the big guy in red, she became very attached to "my Santa" and needed some help learning how to share him!

2.  Winter Knitting I have two main projects this year -- a little vest with buttons for Ady, and a warm…

Gratitude

Life is beautiful and there really is so much for which to be grateful.  Though my family is far away, I have the means to visit them and the technology to communicate with them.  My friends and my work team bring me joy every day.  Working as a physical therapist gives me the opportunity not just to help people, but to help people help themselves, and to give them hope for a future after an injury or illness.  My husband is my rock, an amazing father who has seemingly unlimited patience and compassion and who exemplifies a balanced life.  My smart and adventurous two-year-old makes me appreciate the beauty in the world and experience awe and wonder of the little things; everything is new and exciting to her toddler self, and she is present in every moment.  I'm thankful for my home, for our space.  While it doesn't always look as fancy as our friends' homes, it's well-loved and it's ours.  And it's hard to not be happy living in a place where I can see snow-ca…