"If you're going to be thinking, you might as well think big" - Donald Trump
If you just let that sink in for a moment - percolate, if you will - then you might realize that when your thoughts and ideas become big, you shed a lot of self-imposed (and perhaps subconscious) limitations. That's pretty cool, right? I mean, the realization that if you THINK big, you can DO big.
So that's the plan for 2013; Thinking Big and Doing Big. If all goes to plan, I'll be able to apply this motto to a lot of different aspects of life... school, biking, and everyday livin'. Who knows, maybe the key to success is to think of each day (or "everyday livin'") as something BIG; something full of POTENTIAL; something... special?
All pretentiousness (aka douchiness) aside, 2013 should be quite the year. I am BEYOND excited for the season to start. Having said that, I like to think I'm wise enough to not wish time to speed up. There are still a few months left to "get fast" (Arizona and California are on the agenda in the upcoming months) and I intend to use them!
Now, what you've all been waiting for... My New Year's Resolution! As everyone who knows me knows, I am afraid of a distinctly large number of things. So, I decided to make my NYR to conquer my fears. What are these fears, you may ask? Well, I have comprised a list. Here goes.
- Sharks. Watching Jaws when you're 5 is just a bad idea.
- The ocean
- Really just any open body of water where things could be lurking in the depths (or the shallows)
- Cliff jumping
- The dark (yes, actually)
- Drops (on my bike)
- Snakes (but only if they're touching me)
- Crowded places (ie. the city... there are just way too many people)
- Situations where my first instinct screams DANGER (97% of the time this is just an overreaction)
- Space (the kind that Astronauts explore)
- Airplanes... or more accurately, being airborne at 35000ft
- Needles/getting blood taken (hopefully I just won't have to deal with this fear, or else someone is going to have to deal with a passed-out Haley)
- Scary dogs (don't get me wrong, I love non-scary dogs)
There are a whole host of other things I am afraid of, but most of the ones not listed are completely rational (I promise). I mean, it doesn't really make sense to conquer my fear of skydiving, does it? It's perfectly rational to not want to throw oneself out of an airplane. Sooo, I am going to try and conquer the IRrational fears in 2013! I'm sure I will think of more to add to the list, but that's all for now. It's a daunting task, but I think I can probably-most-likely handle it.
Just to finish off I want to thank everyone for making 2012 a kick-ass year. Obviously, there where times that things didn't seem so great, but a positive attitude is everything - and what's the point of fixating on the negatives? I got to experience and accomplish so many things this year, and I am grateful for all of it! Thanks to Norco, Havi, all my teammates, both coaches I worked with this year, my family, friends, and everyone else! Life is what you make it, and you guys are making it awesome.
Just a little picture recap of 2012, to fulfill my sentimental side:
|Great training camp with a great group of ladies!|
|OCA does Oxnard, California|
|Pretty nice view to wake up to|
|For someone who is terrified of the ocean, I sure do love the beach|
|Sprint practice... the day I realized why I am an endurance athlete|
|Start line of my first race as a U23/Elite. Can you say momentous occasion?|
|Let's just say Texas produces some interesting spectators|
|First short track ever. It hurt. But somehow... still smiling?|
|We decided to race tandem... it was rad.|
|Violating the Golden Rule (Don't look back!)|
|Worked on my Hunger Games skills this summer... you know, just in case.|
|Reconnecting with hockey teammates? Priceless|
|Learned how to walk the line. Seems like it was a year of firsts!|
|Can there be any question why I love Uxbridge?|
|Realized my school is actually very pretty :)|
|Let me tell you, that was one fiiiiiine cake.|
|Can you spot what's wrong with this picture? Just a casual Monday morning in the Student Ghetto.|
|Got to race Crank the Shield with a great guy and an even better role model. Thanks for lending me your wheels, Watson.|
|Raced my first 'cross race! Those mtb skills really helped in the mud|
|It's not every day you turn 19!|
|Pretty sweet Christmas present. Thanks bro.|
|Pond days with Dad :)|
|I was met with incredulity when I told my teammates I bought a dress. Not sure if I should be offended?|
|Not only did I buy a dress, I bought these bad boys. PHE/KIN semi was a blast.|
Well, I think that rounds out 2012. Happy New Year everyone!