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Radio Silence

After a rather long radio silence, my thoughts have returned to Good Old Modern. This past year has been a busy one, and I quickly came to realize that my attention could only be pulled in so many directions.

Last October, I completed my 2014 New Years resolution to finally run my first marathon. I had no idea how EXHAUSTING marathon training would be, both physically and mentally. During seven months of training, my weekends were quickly reduced to long run. eat. sleep. But, would I do it again? Definitely. The race was exhilaratinggorgeous Lakefront views, the support from runners and spectators, and the pride of crossing the finish line.

Marathon Starting LineMarathon Prep

In other news, this Winter, the husband and I moved from our Downtown Milwaukee apartment, to a sweet little Tudor house, in beautiful condition, but in need of plenty of cosmetic help (so. much. wallpaper.)

First House

Currently on the hunt for some artistic inspiration for the color palette in our house—feeling especially drawn to the soft blue and lilac hues of Matisse’s The Knife Thrower (Le Lanceur de couteaux) from Jazz.

The Knife Thrower (Le Lanceur de couteaux) from Jazz Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954), The Knife Thrower (Le Lanceur de couteaux) from Jazz, 1947, One from a portfolio of twenty pochoirs

Henri Matisse, The Knife Thrower (Le Lanceur de couteaux) from Jazz, 1947, one from a portfolio of twenty pochoirs


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Girl Writing

Milton Avery, Girl Writing, 1941, Oil on canvas

After ringing in the New Year with a few close friends & plenty of champagne, I still had no idea what resolutions to set for the coming year. Though a bit late, I think I’ve finally established some goals for the coming year, with the help of Waiting on Martha’s lovely idea, of choosing a “word” for 2014:

I write my resolutions, and pick my “word” for 2014.  For those that haven’t ever picked a word before your word is supposed to encompass a desire, a want, a goal that you hope comes to fruition in the new year.

How I choose my word is really more instinctual than anything else.  I simply grow quiet and go through this list writing down every word that speaks to me.  Then from those chosen words I start crossing each word off until only one remains. – “GO” Waiting on Martha

So, this year, I want to ‘rise’. I want to rise in the mundane and daily sense, to rise each morning with intention, and start each day with my health in mind. I want to rise in the grand sense, to rise to my full potential, to meet challenges head on which I have procrastinated in the past.

I know myself well enough to know, that if I am truly going to complete my New Years resolutions, they need to be specific. Go to the gym more often? Not gonna happen without a specific goal to motivate me, and to work toward throughout the year. So, in line with my 2014 affirmation to ‘rise’, here we go:

1. This is the year I will finally run a marathon. The big 26.2 has always been on my long list of things to do in my lifetime, so why not this year? I’ve decided to work toward the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon on October 5th, which means I’ll need to start training this April.

2. I would like to raise my confidence and self-expectations as a blogger. I didn’t publish as many blog posts as I would have liked in 2013, which was often a source of guilt for me. But I have come to realize, that though I love to blog, I also like to spend time unplugged. This year I hope to better plan ahead for blog posts, to find a balance that works for me, and to publish more blog posts than last year.

I hope you have all had a wonderful start to the New Year, and if not, it’s not too late to commit to making the most of 2014!


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Marathon [sheet music,] 1909
Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music

So I recently did something a little crazy, and signed up for Milwaukee’s 15k (yes, that is 9.3 miles) Lakefront Discovery Run. I haven’t run more than 5 miles in years, and have certainly never raced so far, so this will definitely be a challenge. The race is on Saturday, Oct 27th, and I am attempting to jump into Hal Higdon’s 15k novice training program. I told myself I’d sign up for the race after watching my parents complete it last year—it looked like such a blast, most people donning Halloween costumes, and the promise of ‘malted refreshments’ at the Milwaukee Ale House after the race. A friend finally pushed me into signing up, and though I may be crawling across the finish line, it has been great motivation to get myself running every day. In any case, the race route runs right along the lakefront, so at least I’ll have a beautiful view while I trot along.


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