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Every year I like to choose a word to wrap my new year around. Awakening is my word for 2017.

Awakening“An act or moment of becoming suddenly aware of something.” “Coming into existence or awareness.” “Spiritual awakening, a realization.”

 Maybe the book title by author Mark Nepo sums it up. “The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have.”

 It’s not that I feel like I’ve been absent in my life, When I’m with my grandkids the world around me stops. I also try and focus on being present with my clients and my family, but I do believe that my work and goals throughout my adult life have pulled me away from life to a certain extent.

Making it to the CrossFit Games three times required sacrificing time with family and friends, and I have to wonder how often I wasn’t truly present for life events because I was somewhat consumed with training, diet, sleep, and more training. Before CrossFit my blinders were on while training for my one and only Iron Man. Achieving the status of elite athlete has required a focus that has resulted in me being self-absorbed at times.

There are seasons for everything, and while I have no regrets regarding my fitness accomplishments, I am excited for this new chapter in my life.

I have long believed that God has directed me. I knew it was time to change my course this year, with school requiring more time and focus. Little did I know that just three months after making the decision to end my competitive CrossFit training the real reason for my new focus was revealed to me. My mom, who has always been there for me, was diagnosed with cancer. I feel so blessed to be walking through this journey with her. There is nothing more important than being available, and fully present for her.

My awakening excites me to take on life’s challenges with renewed energy. I know that the images of the word will mean so many things as the year unfolds. My mind seems clear, and open in a way like never before. My nurse practitioner studies will continue to require more and more focus. Nothing is more important than my family at this stage of my life. I Thank God for all of the stages and experiences in my life, but I am most grateful that I have been awakened to be fully present in 2017.

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