2013: A Look Back At Some of My Highlights

New Year’s Eve & Day are my favorite holidays.  I get a little sappy and a lot introspective around this time.  While I believe in regular reflection and goal setting throughout the year, I can’t help but find this to be an appropriate time to take stock of where I am, how I am doing, what I’ve done, and what is next.

santa ornament - editedThere was a time when this process was primarily a negative one for me.  I would stop to reflect on what I didn’t accomplish or what goals and dreams were out of my reach.  In recent years, however, I’ve taken to heart just how important it is to give equal billing to what I have done.  Rather then quickly glossing over accomplishments or milestones in order to continue moving upward and onward, I now recognize the value in celebrating the victories (large and small) that are behind me.  And, while some believe that you gain wisdom mostly by rehashing your mistakes and failures, I also see the learning that presents itself in evaluating what has gone well.

To this end, here are some of the highlights, milestones, and victories that took place for me in 2013:

  • 26.2 miles = Done! – The experience of running my first marathon have been shared in depth here and here, so I won’t say Me with medal 3 - editedmuch more other than that it stands as one of the single best days of my life.  I can’t wait for many more!
  • Goodbye, Gluten – Going gluten-free was not something that I ever intended to do.  It was (and still is) extraordinarily difficult for me, but 7 months later, my vastly improved health stands as evidence that it was what I absolutely needed to do.
  • 1500 miles – It took me nearly right up until the end of the year to do so, but as of last weekend, I have run over 1500 miles for the year.  So cool.
  • 71 books – I love to read and always have.  For me, books are a never-ending source of education, escapism, and inspiration all in one.  I track my literary adventures over at Goodreads.  If you’re interested in seeing what I’ve been reading, please head over and say hello (username: srrose).
  • Facing down an old fear . . .  The dentist! – I’ll admit that, prior to 2013, it had been quite some time since I’d dragged myself to the dreaded chair.  It is an experience that long struck fear in my heart.  Having little or poor dental insurance for a long time had supported me in running away from this fear, but I finally did it.  After several trips to get all caught up, my teeth are happy and healthy!
  • Cultivating creative confidence – This year saw me take some big strides in levels of self-confidence related to creativity and pasta with italian peppers - editedcooking.  I can’t say that I produced the largest quantity of creatively driven output this year, but I found myself trusting my instincts more, feeling stronger in my skills, and being open to experimentation.
  • Keeping THIS going – I know that I’ve had periods recently of reduced posting, but I’m thrilled that I’ve been able to keep this site going.  I love it.  I love the process of it and that I get to connect with so many incredible people around the world because of it.

I’m certain that I could go on a bit longer, but I will end my list on that note.  So, thank you to every person out there who has been a part of all of this with me in 2013.  I’m looking forward to seeing what next year will bring.

Happy New Year!

A Big Thank You and Lots of Blog-Love

I am thrilled to say that Laura over at Cook to Love nominated this here blog for the Sunshine Award!  I’d like to give a big thanks to Laura (who has great things going on over at her own blog, by the way).  I’m still somewhat new to the blogging community and I am so appreciative of the warm welcome I have received from so many of you!

As a recipient of the Sunshine Award, there are a few guidelines to follow.  Recipients are asked to provide a link to the blogger who made the nomination (see above), nominate 10 other bloggers, and answer a few questions about myself.  Below you will find both the completed questionnaire and the fellow bloggers I have nominated.

Happy Weekend!


10 Questions:

1. Who is your favorite philosopher?

This is tough, as I don’t know that I have a single favorite.  I love wise progressive, feminist minds such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mary Wollstonecraft and Judith Butler.  I’m also a fan of Foucault.

2. What is your favorite number?

I don’t have one.  Truly.

3. What is your favorite animal?

Cats.  All kinds of them, but specifically these two:




4. What are your Facebook and Twitter?

I don’t tweet and I have only a personal Facebook page.  If you’re interested in it, just let me know.

5. What is your favorite time of day?

Dinner time.  Actually sitting down at a table to enjoy food and company is a semi-short, but much welcome break from the busyness of a normal day for me.

6. What was your favorite holiday?

Before Mr. Move Eat Create and I moved to Portland, we came up to visit and make sure it’s where we wanted to be.  The instant feeling of belonging and ardor that I felt for the city was fantastic.

7. What is your favorite physical activity?

Running.  Clearly.

8. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?

Coffee.  Strong, black coffee.

9. What is your favorite flower?

I change my flower love on a whim.  On any given day, I’m in love with whatever is at the farmer’s market or outside of New Season’s Market.

10. What is your passion?

Learning.  In whatever form it takes – formal education, reading an article, chatting with someone about interesting topics – I never want to stop learning.


And, the nominations go to . . . . .



Emily Cooks Vegan

Andrea’s Garden Cooking

The New Pioneers

Tenacious Dee

on the lam(b)

Plant Based Diet Adventures

Health on the Run