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Ten Lessons Learned in the 2010s

"2010s" sounds very strange, by the way. As 2019 is coming to a close, I am both amazed at how quickly this year has gone by and also how much life has changed in the past decade.  Yes, I keep having to remind myself that we are, indeed, ending a decade ! I felt my spirit go back in time as I was re-reading my own  2009 "wrap-up post" .  I was in school and still living at home at the time, and I guess I envisioned that "...come next decade... I will be in my mid-thirties, possibly 'married with children."  And here we are.  I have two beautiful children who have wholly amazed me, and I have been constantly working on maturing myself into the mother and partner that I want to be. This is going to be one of those years where I won't be making lists of goals, because I'm very happy with most areas of my life and don't feel like I need to re-focus on them... for now.  As I just said, I am working on managing myself within my life's r
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Los Angeles Chinatown Firecracker 5K

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