January 02, 2013

Thirty Point Two

It's been a crazy couple of weeks as usual this time of year. Good crazy, but not conducive to writing, as I am inspired when my life feels like it is somewhat in order, when the pantry is full, and there isn't a mound of laundry calling my name.

I love writing and creating things more than anything.

It kind of makes me feel like we do when we're in love.

I am not big on New Year's resolutions, plus historically, when I've set a goal for myself I have not whispered a peep about it to anyone. There is a quote by John Selden on this topic:

Never tell your resolution beforehand, or it's twice as onerous a duty.

However, as I grow older, I think maybe we can benefit by sharing our goals when we have a hard time achieving them....not in a whining way....but in letting people know when we are stumbling.

As some of you know I have been swimming competitively again after a 30 year hiatus. For a over a year now I have been trying to break 30 seconds in the my event, the 50 meter freestyle. Every time I have raced I've done it in 30.2 seconds.

I realize that for non-athletes reading this you might think I am a bit wacko even talking about it, but... here is the thing: one second is as long as saying "one-one-thousand" or 4 quick snaps of the finger- and I am just trying to take 3/10 of a second off my time...which is NOTHING. You'd think. It's less than 2 quick snaps of the fingers....but for the life of me, every time I've raced, I can't seem to break 30 seconds. Very small potatoes in the scope of life, I realize, but frustrating as hell none the less.

Which brings me to another good quote:

One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things.  ~John Burroughs

 I, however, do not want to rise above 30.2, I want to drop below it :-)

Today I heard from our Dutch family friend, whom I have known for over 40 years, since she lived as an exchange student with us- a sister in my heart. She signed her email, "I hope you work out every plan you have in mind for 2013." I  liked how she phrased this.

So it is this that I leave you with this week:

I hope you work out every plan you have in mind for 2013.

(and I will keep you posted on mine)
 P.S. Many thanks to Ellen for the Curly Girl cocktail napkins. Those were great (and came in very handy!). My mama loved her's too.


  1. happy new year to you
    beautiful louise!

    i have never been big on new year's resolutions either but the last years i have noticed that i go into a reflective "state" towards the end of the year. i think it is quite a good thing because this makes me more aware of what i want to FOCUS on in the new year (among other things also). in this new year i want to continue focusing on finding the good things and opportunities that lies in the life i now have with living with a body that doesn't allow a lot of the ordinary things anymore. i will not focus on what i can not do anymore but on all the little things that i actually can do and be pleased and happy with that because that is what i have....that is how my life is. i am a strong believer in the fact that there is something to be grateful for in every single day...it can be difficult to see sometimes but it's there...i know for sure...it's all about focus.

    i want to thank you so much for the heart warming words you write me in comments. want you to know that i cherish them deeply.

    wishing you the very best for this new year
    please keep us/me updated on your plan : )


  2. Happy New Year to you too V. What I like about your photos and writings are that they make me slow down and allow me to take a closer look. The pace that you have in your life, although hard at times for you I am sure, flows to others like osmosis. It is much needed in this hectic world and I am grateful for your perspective.

    Everything really is about focus- no matter what we are dealing with or what direction we are facing.

    I am so happy we have come upon each other, my friend from Norway.

    xo, Louise

  3. I love this post and picture. It reminds me it is important to plan for success.

  4. Thanks Kass. It is important. And it's more fun. xo

  5. Well...dear friend of mine, you set your intention and not only did you break your plateau, you smashed it! I'm so happy and proud for you, and even happier that I was witness to you breaking your times and your amazing talent! Sometimes...it is in the letting go that we really feel the pull to succeed in whatever we set our heart on :)

    Love you so much my swim sister xoxoxo

  6. Thanks Cyn. I loved swimming with you again after a 35 year hiatus.

    Being with you chilled me out and this coupled with changing my stroke and a month of daily sit-ups and push-ups helped me swim the 50 YARD free in 26.8- which the swimiming calculator on the web says is equal to 29.5 in meters...


  7. You will did it, Louise! Yes, congratulations!

    I definitely understand the difference in seconds. . I'm hoping to run the 5k under 28 minutes -just a 27. anything (I was just a few seconds away officially, and I ran just under 28 last year when it wasn't counted), but now I have to start all over again. I couldn't run for 7 months because of hurt calf muscles. Now (in addition to losing the 20 pounds that I happily put on while not running-ha!), I have to retrain. Minutes and seconds!

  8. Thanks Two Wordy!

    I am glad that you are back on the road and feeling better.

    Keep up the great work. It's so good to set goals!