If there is one thing that is sure to put me in a funk, it is January.  Just like some people are not morning people, I am not a January person.  I can not seem to get anything accomplished in January and my motivation drops below sea level.  The fog in my brain never lifted enough to pick up a pen or pluck at my keyboard.  So, TGIF – Thank goodness it’s February!  I woke up this week with a renewed sense of direction and am filled with optimism for the coming year.  In fact, I think I will start the new year anew by celebrating the Chinese New Year this Sunday February 10th.

Of course many people start the new year off with New Year’s resolutions.  I could not come up with any, other than the usual live in the moment and be a better person until I was out on my bicycle earlier this week.  Like I have said in earlier blogs, I have a mountain bike which I ride on the street.  This year I resolve to change that…I am going to hit the dirt!  One reason that I ride on the street is that it is easier.  I just hop on my bike and go. No having to load up the bike and search out trails.  It is hard enough to carve out time to ride with a teenager to chauffer around and a toddler hanging off my leg.  But this year somehow I am going to find some time to hit a few trails though because it just sounds fun.  Also, it will give me something new to think about and get motivated about.

My other resolution is to continue to get outside with my kids.  A couple weeks ago I took Ginger, now 4, on her first real hike.  We carried backpacks with a picnic and took a short hike to a nearby waterfall.  She was so excited to go on a “big girl” hike and can’t wait to go again.   I am a strong believer in getting kids out in nature.

I am not a great photographer, but I came across a picture recently that I want to share  that I took last March or April while on a hike with my teenage son.  It was the most amazing thing I have ever seen….thousands of ladybugs covering the ground, bushes and nearby trees.  So get out this year and hit a few trails whether on your bike or on foot…you never know what you might see!



4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kathleen Scranton Shaputis
    Feb 09, 2013 @ 19:24:39

    Ah the memoires you’re building with Ginger! I loved the family picnics at Lytle Creek way back when. Silly ol’ sandwiches tasted SO good in the sunshine, on a blanket. I love the TGIF – that is fabulous!!! And so true. I always say Chinese New Year gives us a do-over, start a new year again!


  2. Sherry Scranton-Morales
    Feb 09, 2013 @ 22:43:21

    Love your ideas about life. Don’t have to have a College education to enjoy the best of life with the ones you love and the land God gave us. Wish the rest of the family could be here to see you discover all these wonders, but you and the children have the best and that is each other. Keep your love of life going and you will have helped us all by sharing it with us. Keep it going on.


  3. wimpygirlathleticchick
    Feb 10, 2013 @ 16:53:16

    Thanks Kathleen and Sherry and Gung Hay Fat Choy!


  4. jeri hoping too not to get my ass kicked now by a 14 year old Gonzales
    Feb 11, 2013 @ 17:41:11

    I get in a funk too Peggy Nov – Jan. I get very serious in February about getting back in shape…must be a Vit D thangee. Keep your promise to yourself about will love it!!!


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