Thank You, 2014!

It seems important to stop for a moment and recognize 2014.  I won a race.  I went to Paris.  I turned 30.

I swam the English Channel.

I got to the other side.

The other side.

2014 was a phenomenal year of watching passion and work and excellence and dedication achieve the improbable.  I was never strong or athletic or the best or fastest swimmer.  I had a hard time believing in myself.  And it took me a long time to get to a place where I could be ready to begin that swim.

But I was never so sure of anything in my life as I was of myself in that ocean.


“I understand from reading your blog that you are somewhat spiritual,” one of the reporters asked me over the phone once I returned home and sat in a cafe in Rutland. “Is there anything you want to say about that?”

“I have always believed in God,” I replied without thinking.  “This journey was his way of showing me that I could believe in me, too.”

How grateful I am!  Not for the things I did, not for any of the achievements, but for that truth; I can believe in me.  I can let a community believe in me.  I can confess my dreams to my hands and free them to work for them.  I can trust in people to support and assist and guide and coach and mentor and judge and be all the wisdom I do not yet have.  I can take this halting step forward and trust that even though I do not see what is on the other side, that I will have begun to make myself and the world that much better.

Hooray for a tremendous past year and, without further ado, on to a new one!  There are lots of fantastic dreams coming up, lots of work to be done and lots and lots of swimming before us!

If you didn’t get a chance to see my English Channel Swim video on YouTube, you can click on it here.  And thank you, so much, for joining me on my journey into new things!

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