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Realize your awesomeness in 2017

Happy New Year!
Um, yes true, it was new a few weeks ago, but nevertheless, all the best to you in 2017! May this year bring you happiness, joy and good health.
These good wishes remind me of a New Year conversation Dan and I recently had. We were discussing our resolutions and he asked, “Can you imagine how awesome we could be if we tried just a little harder?”
Honestly, he wasn’t saying that we are lazy or anything. After all, we have stayed pretty busy. We continue writing, in December, we shared some of our thoughts about Love, Marriage, and MS for Healthline and recently wrote an essay about the power of music for Mango Health. We also continue to stay active with our church and MS community. Plus, I can’t forget Dan’s full-time job at Central Michigan University.
But somehow that question keeps coming back to me: “Can you imagine how awesome we could be if we tried just a little harder?”
I really have been giving that a lot of thought, maybe there is a shred of truth in the idea that if we tried harder, we could be even more awesome.
I wonder if we cut ourselves slack because we are living with Multiple Sclerosis. Is that our excuse for taking it easy on a tough day? And if it is, should it be? Because isn’t most everyone going through something? Or dealing with some condition? That’s life, and I’m not trying to be cold.
In reality, we are doing well; imagine what we could accomplish if we put in a concerted effort?
From the little things like enjoying more quality family time and getting more rest, to the biggies like actually following that healthy diet and moving more, you may have more control than you realize. There’s that old adage, the world is your oyster. In other words, you are in a position to take advantage of the opportunities that life has to offer.
So I in 2017, I am going to control and realize my awesomeness. Who’s with me?

But I want to play too

Throughout the summers, Dan makes the most of a gift I got him when he received his master’s degree from Central Michigan University: An officially licensed CMU cornhole game, complete with maroon and gold bean bags.  Friends and family come over to cook out, hang out and chill out, and inevitably they find themselves lining…Continue Reading

Shaken, not stirred

My, how things change when you’re battling a chronic illness that literally and figuratively is inside your head. I went to Central Michigan University’s indoor track today and ran. For a couple laps. I ran three. Walked three. Ran four. Walked three. Ran four. Walked two. Nineteen laps total. Nine times around the track equals…Continue Reading

The Blame Game

As I was reading at the dining room table, I heard a car and then my husband’s voice. “Strange,” I thought. “Maybe Dan ran into someone he knew while he was out on his run.” So I kept reading, only to be horrified when I saw Dan walk in the front door. His right eye…Continue Reading

MS be damned

I never saw the concrete coming, but it came quite quickly. Right up to my right eye as my head slammed into the sidewalk. Again. I fell when I was out running last week. I think my left leg, true to its traditionally sporadic toe-drag form, clipped a sidewalk crack about two miles into my…Continue Reading

Moving forward

June is here, and while Jennifer is busy wrapping up her graduate class for Central Michigan University’s first eight-week summer session, I am working to get back into running form for the summer season. I recently had my worst-ever time in a 5K race at the Alma Highland Festival of Races over the Memorial Day…Continue Reading