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Saturday, January 08, 2011

Dear 2011 Me. Part II

Dear 2011 Me,
This is 2012 Me, I'm sitting at your desk that you kept clean all year (honestly, this new you is pretty "all over it" these days, so glad you organized yourself early in the year!) anyways, I'm writing to you about what you did this year, in 2011. Because I think you need to know.

Dude. You started 2011 off with a bang! YOU RAN A FREAKIN MARATHON! (In a tutu of course). You ran it with your friends and sole sisters and your husband and you had the best time in your life. (You know you just did it for the sticker, right?)

So how do you go on from there!

I have to say, 2010 was pretty good, but 2011, you really buckled down and got the hang of this triathlon thing. You're climbing into the top 1/3 of your age group, still sort of a midpacker but you're shaving off some time and gaining confidence finally. But instead of distance goals, you're working more on technique and speed and strength. WHO KNEW EVER IN A MILLION YEARS THAT THESE THINGS WOULD MATTER TO YOU! Look how far you've come from sitting on that couch all plumpy like! And that eventually crossing the finish line wouldn't be enough? I know, even now I still can't believe it. But you're still having fun, and that's what matters most.

You found a better balance between training and family because last year when you sort of "winged it," it was tough.

You didn't suck up the swim in St. Anthony's this time and you did not get a flat in your next 70.3 in Augusta in September either (and by the way that was a really fun weekend because Augusta is not too far from your best friend and you all got to hang out for a few days around the race.) You finished that race in just over 6 hours.

Here's the hard part.

Your 4 year old turned 5 and is in Kindergarten.

I know.

You can cry, it's ok, you still do.

Anyway.

You got control of that lawn of yours and your yard doesn't look all trailery anymore.

You are at more peace this year than even 2010, because you've proven to yourself that when you set your mind to something, you can do it. Whatever it is. And having harmony at home and balance in your mind gives you peace.

I'm sorry, I'm sort of scattered. Yes, even in 2012 you pack too much in a day and I gotta go write some other stuff, fold 5 baskets of laundry and get dinner on, so I'm gonna wrap this up.

Here's some valuable advice that you took this year: Try not to take everything too seriously. Stop nagging your kids about stupid stuff. A couple of pounds means nothing: it's the lifestyle that means everything. Get outside more with the kids! Go to the beach and stop caring about what you look like in a bathing suit.

Yep. You did all those things and everyone is happier. Trust me on the nagging thing.

Oh and one more thing. You are beginning to think it's time for the full Ironman. Not quite yet.

But soon.

Can't wait to catch up next year!
Love,
You.

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Part I of Dear Me is here with my 2010 letter. 

8 comments:

Heather @Chatterstorm.net said...

Oh, that was just great! (pssst... I especially like that part about wearing a suit and hanging out on the beach! Good lesson to learn!) Happy 2011 and to all the great you will do!

Tami @ ThisMomsDelight.com said...

Wow, a clean desk?!? That needs to be added to mine! Will you come clean it everyday for me? LOL

Bari said...

The 2010 Christie O was pretty awesome. I can't wait to meet this 2011 Christie O cuz she's going to seriously kick @$$.

Tiffany said...

Christie - You are a rockstar! It has been so neat to watch your progression this year and all that you have overcome as you master the triathlon. I can't wait to see all that you create this year - So, so glad I get to be along for the ride!

Jane said...

Love this letter to self idea. What a great letter, too! Love the organized desk bit. :) I just read your "about" section and it is so inspiring! I am also a mom of preemies and LOVE march of dimes! I'm so glad you visited my blog because now I can follow yours. Congrats on your successes and I hope to follow in your footsteps!

Joanna said...

What an amazing letter!! You have already accomplished so much, that I have no doubt you will accomplish everything you set to do in 2011.

Congrats and good luck!!

Adah said...

Wow Christie...you are amazing. 2010 was huge but you go over and beyond! Keep up the good work and that clean desk!

Brooke said...

you are freakin aesome. and will only continue to get better.

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