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Finish Strong: Dani

December 16, 2020

Finish Strong: Dani

Finish Strong

In this end-of-the-year series, we’re asking what it means to close out 2020 on our terms, what we’re grateful for, and what’s on the horizon for 2021. 

Danialle C.
Pelham, New York

We’re closing in on the final days of 2020, any unfinished business you’re trying to tackle before the calendar flips?
First of all, hanging up my family photos on the wall and a floating shelf in the dining room.

And then mentally prepare for 2021 and beyond. Towards the end of the year, I usually sit with my planner (yes, a physical paper planner) and loosely review/plan the upcoming year or two, including important events, vacations, big races, and goals. I like to have a general outline of what’s to come, even though it almost always changes.

In spite of everything that’s unfolded in the past several months, what will you be most grateful for in 2020?
Oddly, my city’s lock down. I found them to be a blessing in disguise. I had time to do things I usually wouldn’t make time to do and was able to see my son transition from infant to toddler. I also found myself truly appreciating the things I have and realizing there was a lot I took for granted, like my health and time with family and friends.

What’s one buzz word (or phrase) you wish would die with 2020?
Does COVID count? If not, then periodt.

Any favorite shows you’re watching this season?
Jane the Virgin. I was late to the party but it was the dramedy I never knew I needed during this crazy year.

If you could choose one word or phrase to guide 2021 what would it be?
Peace. It was easy to see the negativity in everything during all the craziness of 2020. I think peace will help change the view.

Go back to New Years Eve, 2019. If you could travel back in time, what advice would you give yourself?
Dear Dani – Spoiler alert- this upcoming year is whack! The plans you have for 2020 will be thwarted but with a little creativity and adjusting, things will work out.  Embrace the idea of truly going with the flow. Remember, adjusting a goal doesn’t mean failure. So be kind to yourself. Give yourself time to reset when it gets crazy. Take that quick run or extra 10 minutes of sleep. Stop reading a book if you don’t like it. Eat a cookie. Do the things that are worth your time. Don’t lose yourself with all the noise of this year. 

P.S. Make sure you close the bag of your apple cider donuts in October. If not, you will be stung by a wasp.

Fast forward one year. What’s one thing you would have liked to achieve? 
5 tricep push-ups. Why are they so hard?

If you could sum up 2020 in either a song or movie title, what would it be?
"Wrecking Ball," by Miley Cyrus

You can find Dani at: Instagram @therunningpumpkindiaries

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