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This New Year, I can actually reflect on my resolution from last year with a triumphant smile!


This New Year, I can actually reflect on my resolution from last year with a triumphant smile!  I ran my first official 5K (or a crazier version of one).  Not only did I run my first race, but I ran one as part of an overnight running relay team, “Sassy Sole Sisters,” with 12 girlfriends from Bakersfield.  Over the course of two days and one night, we covered almost 200 miles from Lake Mead to Las Vegas.  The Ragnar Relay Series, with their motto: “Run, Drive, Sleep? Repeat,” gives runners of all abilities a chance to run together.  Some of my team members ran 20-plus miles; however, my portion of the mileage was 7.5 miles.  With runners going around the clock, at one point, I was running up a hill in pitch black wearing a head lamp and reflective vest.  And, when we weren’t on the trail, we were resting, sleeping, eating, talking, or laughing in our van.

At the end of the 36-hour stretch with little sleep, no pillows, or showers, the 13 of us had accomplished something that we can talk about for a lifetime!  We had a weekend full of inside jokes, unforgettable stories, new friendships, and a fabulous party at the finish line; but, most of all… WE FINISHED!  I set out to run a 5K, and I ended up running a Ragnar Relay.  Our team had such a blast that we’re doing round two in April for the Ragnar Relay Series - Southern California, where we’ll run from Huntington Beach to San Diego.        

In keeping with my theme about living an active lifestyle, I was thrilled to help KCFM plan an indoor ice skating party, “Celebration of Success,” at the SJCH Ice Center.  With 20 lucky guests from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kern County, we had a blast!  To see all the pictures and learn more about how you can throw a successful indoor party, check out the article, “Party on Ice,” on page 16.  Thanks to Scott Hay, Maggie Cushine, Ana Martinez, and everyone else who made the party a success.    

Also in this issue, you will find KCFM’s annual Private School Directory on page 12.  This directory gives you all the information you need about local private schools to find the right fit for your children’s educational needs.   As part of this special section, check out the article, “12 Ways to Give Kids an Academic Edge,” on page 11, which gives you the tools needed for your children to achieve academic success.  

This month, Tracie Grimes writes in her Humor at Home article, “I Do All My Own Stunts,” about her recent trip to the Bay area.  Her day starts out with a mishap in the bathroom followed by a seemingly comedy of errors getting from one bridge to the next.  As beautiful as the city may be, she says she’s not in a hurry to return.  To find out more about her adventure, or rather her misadventure, turn to page 19.

Tracie also gives us her monthly pick of top reads for the New Year in her article, “The More Places You’ll Go,” on page 18.  She says families can start new habits with reading at least 20 minutes a day.  Some of her recommended books include “The Black Rabbit” by Philippa Leathers, “The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart” by Julie Andrews,” and “A Crazy Day with Cobras” by Mary Pope Osborne.  And for moms, she says “The Red House” by Mark Haddon follows eight people with eight different stories.

Ringing in 2013 gives us a chance to not only make a New Year’s resolution, but also some time to reflect on our resolutions of years’ past.  Whether you plan to run a race, read a book, or learn how to ice skate, if you set your mind to it, you can make it.  As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t – you’re right!”  

Wishing you a very Happy New Year!!!

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