The Green Girl's New Year's Resolution is stay injury-free.
After struggling with posterior tibial tendonitis for almost two years now, I am determined to run pain free.
At this point, I am not focused on mileage or speed - the most important thing is for me to be healthy.
To symbolize my commitment to this, I am coloring in one of my daruma eyes.
The Daruma concept is based on an ancient Buddhist monk who, after nine years sitting meditating in a cave, lost the use of his arms and legs.
A symbol of good luck and protection in Japan, a Daruma is a type of traditional Japanese okiagari-kobōshi papier-mâché doll. Okiagari-kobōshi dolls have a weighted bottom that enables the doll to recover to an upright position after being tipped over. This represents persistence of spirit and recovery from misfortune.
Daruma dolls are traditionally given to someone starting a new venture, celebrating a birthday, or at the beginning of a New Year.
At the start of an endeavor, one eye is painted and a wish is made for good luck. The other eye is painted when the goal is reached.