A Coffee Date, The 2016 January Edition

It’s virtual coffee date time with the first Saturday of month crew! 

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If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that … I’m a bit scattered at not having a goal for the second half of 2016. For the past 18 months (April 2014 since I signed up for Dopey Challenge), I’ve been so goal driven that I don’t know what I’m looking at after April 24th London Marathon. I would like to go back to Augusta 2.0 in some form or another, but haven’t yet got clearance for it from the family and I’m mulling over it. 

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If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that … I’m at a GOOD 80% of my goal for London Marathon fundraising thanks to a great fundraising dinner that I hosted. I’m feeling fairly confident of meeting the goal now. And now it’s time to train! And plan a fun London vacation!

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If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that … I’ve fallen in love with the Keep Collective jewelry. Angela of Team Endured set up a “party” for my fundraiser and I made my first purchase to customize this double strap bracelet. It reminds me of *me* everytime I look at it.

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If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that … I had a good weekend getaway in Nashville with friends. It was the first time that we combined vacations with friends and we had a good time! We stayed at the Gaylord Opryland and enjoyed the Christmas activities there, even though a lot of the outdoor stuff was closed down due to the unseasonably warm weather. You can see many more of photos from the trip on my Instagram page.

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If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that … I FINALLY cut off my Ironman 70.3 Augusta bracelet. For those who have followed my journey, it is a big step to let go of the past and think of the future. The bracelet represented my strength and reminded me of what I’m capable of. And removing it reminds me to carry that strength forward. It also indicates that there are a lot of changes coming up. 

Looking back at 2015

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that … I’ve gone back to work for a short 3 months. It’s been a huge learning experience and I’m sure I’ll be in that position all the time. It’s a great place to be at, even though it is stressful and demanding. The advantage of being a short term contractor is that I’m lucky to be paid well since I don’t get any benefits. I’m not sure what I’ll do after the 3 months, because I can see my 9yo needing me more and more, but in the meantime, I’m atleast paying for my London trip!


 

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