Showing posts from 2017

I aspire. I strive. I resolve.

This year was a memorable one as we watched Ady grow from a newborn to a toddler, delighting us with her own personality more each day, and teaching us more about life and love than we could ever teach her.  She is the light of our lives and made 2017 really extraordinary.  This year we also continued to make our house into a home, worked on our marriage as we strive to overcome the obstacles of parenting together, and traveled a lot (Hawaii, Minnesota, Colorado, San Antonio, New Orleans, and Chicago, to name a few of the destinations).  I also accomplished a lot with my career, took on new responsibilities in clinical education at the hospital where I work, accepted a position as chairperson of the Ethics committee, dedicated time to the Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy Board of Directors, and am preparing to present at a national conference in February.  I ran another half marathon in September, and I started playing French horn again, both of which were really gratifying expe…

Books of 2017

There are so many great books out there to discover and I wish I had more time to read!  This year I completed my Reading Challenge, thanks to my wonderful book club (also known as the Thursday night wine club) as well as suggestions from friends.  My book club read mostly fiction this year, but we did explore some nonfiction titles that were especially relevant considering the current political climate.  This year I also read the National Book Award winner for fiction (Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward) and the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction (Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad), plus some award winners from previous years.  I listened to audio books, especially during my drive to work or while walking the dog, but I spent more time on Podcasts this year.  Ady is already developing a love of books too!  I remember my amazement the first time I watched her turn a page in the correct direction.  Right now she's really into books with textured pages or on…