Challenges of the Holidays

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and my house is clean, the refrigerator and pantry are stocked and our new coffee cart is setup, with our old coffee pot, as well as our new espresso machine with milk frother, along with our assortment of coffees and flavored syrups. We’re as ready as we’re going to be to host our feast tomorrow and brunch on Friday. So now I have time to reflect on the rest of my list of things for which I’m thankful.

With all that is going on in the world these days I’m very thankful to be living in a time and a place where as a woman and single parent I have the freedom to hold a job I really like while pursuing my writing on the side. I feel truly privileged. I live in a city where whatever I need or want is readily accessible.  I live in a world where technology eases my existence and opens new and exiting doors daily. I am healthy and well and clear of mind, so I can enjoy all this world of mine has to offer. For all of this I give much thanks.

I’m ready for the challenges of the holidays, the challenges of fighting traffic and crowds to complete the shopping and errands, the challenge of orchestrating the perfect feast and the challenge of missing the loved ones who can’t be here to enjoy the holidays with us. I’m also ready for some new challenges, issued in fun and accepted with a determined spirit on my part. A running buddy has challenged one of my running groups to join in Runner’s World’s 36DaysofAwesome run streak challenge.  I’ve added a twist to this challenge. In addition to running at least a mile a day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s I’ll also be writing at least a page a day.

What a wonderful way to see the old year out and the new year in. I welcome anyone to join me in either/or challenge. Who’s with me?


Read about the dream that inspired me to write Passing RainFrom the Camel’s Mouth

4 thoughts on “Challenges of the Holidays”

  1. “A running buddy has challenged one of my running groups to join in Runner’s World’s 36DaysofAwesome run streak challenge. I’ve added a twist to this challenge. In addition to running at least a mile a day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s I’ll also be writing at least a page a day.”

    Now that’s a twist worthy of O. Henry! 🙂 Seriously, what a fun challenge (both of them)! My personal streak is closer to 36-years rather than 36-days, but I’m with you.

    It is indeed a wonderful way to ring out the old and ring in the new.

    1. My apologies for not replying sooner, Mike! Keeping up with this challenge on top of the holidays has been an additional challenge. You by far have the longest running streak of anyone I know. It’s nice to be in such good company as I run and write my way into the new year!

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