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Groundhog Day is coming this Friday, February 2nd. According to folklore, if the woodchuck emerges from its burrow and sees its shadow due to clear weather, it will be frightened and retreat back into its burrow, indicating that there will be six more weeks of winter. On the other hand, if it doesn’t see its shadow due to overcast conditions, it will remain outside, signaling an early spring.

The most famous Groundhog Day celebration takes place in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil is believed to predict the weather for the upcoming weeks. He is only correct 50% of the time.

However, I can’t think of Groundhog Day without recalling the 1993 movie starring Bill Murray. After reluctantly covering the festivities, Phil Connors finds himself inexplicably trapped in a time loop, forced to relive the same day over and over again.

I can think of very specific times I would like to repeat over and over again!

Groundhog Day- Top 10 things to repeat over and over:

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1. Traveling to Favorite Destinations:

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Revisiting beloved travel destinations allows you to relive cherished memories and discover new aspects of a place.

-Beach vacations. All of them are wonderful but especially 2009! 

2. Quality Time with Loved Ones:

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Spending time with family and friends, enjoying shared activities and creating lasting memories.

-Christmas 2010!

3. Learning and Personal Growth:

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Repeating activities that contribute to personal development, whether it’s learning a new skill, language, or pursuing educational goals.

-Learning guitar during Junior year in college 1991!

4. Cultural and Entertainment Events:

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Attending favorite concerts, performances, or cultural events that bring joy and enrichment.

-2012 Notre Dame versus Stanford. ND wins in OT! 

5. Physical Activities and Hobbies:

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Engaging in activities like hiking, cycling, painting, or playing a musical instrument that bring a sense of fulfillment.

-The first time letting the motorcycle clutch out through an intersection without stalling! 

6. Celebrating Milestones:

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Repeating special celebrations and milestones, such as birthdays, anniversaries, and achievements.

-My daughter’s 16th birthday! 

7. Acts of Kindness and Volunteer Work:

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Repeating acts of kindness and contributing to the community through volunteer work, fostering a sense of fulfillment and purpose.

-WIBC and the Salavation Army raised more than $400,000 during Radiothon radiothon 2022! 

8. Relaxation and Self-Care Rituals:

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 Repeating moments of relaxation and self-care, such as meditation, spa days, or quiet reading sessions.

-Sandestin Florida Beach Golf Resort & Spa 2020! 

9. Favorite Meals and Culinary Experiences:

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Enjoying beloved meals and exploring diverse culinary experiences, perhaps even repeating favorite restaurant visits.

-There are a lot that stick in my mind but a simple one that I recall was an amazing grilled cheese and tomato soup in Louisville in 2019! Yep, just soup and a sandwich. 

10. Outdoor Adventures:

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Repeating outdoor adventures like camping trips, beach outings, or stargazing, connecting with nature and finding joy in the great outdoors.

-The Rocky Mountains in 2017!

Ultimately, the things worth repeating depend on individual preferences, and what brings happiness, fulfillment, and meaning to one person may differ from another. What would you like to repeat?