Friday, June 1, 2012

friday afternoon (Pre) inspiration...

I love to run. Do you love to run? Or even like to run occasionally? If not running, is there some kind of challenge you enjoy? A certain workout or activity that you have to push yourself to complete? If so, why do you do it?

Some days running is extremely difficult, sometimes it is a breeze (more often than not, it is the former). Regardless, I love it. Though I love it now, this has not always been the case. Some people are born to run and some are naturally talented at it. I, however, was neither. I have played sports involving running basically since I could walk and talk. But running for sport, just to run, I did not begin until I was about 14 years old. At that time I hated running because it was difficult and I was no good at it. One of my best friends talked me into running with her. And looking back, I am so glad she did.

Since then I have developed a love for running. I have grown into it. Over the years I have run for varying reasons. Whether it was training for the Boston Half Marathon, a 5k, or just for fun. Lately I feel like running is an outlet for me to shed the stress, for my mental health and to maintain my sanity.

It never fails that my worst runs are always the ones I go into thinking that I have to run because of all those cookies I ate yesterday or that beer in which I indulged last night. I don't know about you, but usually when I feel like I have to something, I lose my motivation. Like most things, running is as much of a mental exercise as it is a physical one. It has taken me a long time to really understand this and to really understand that attitude truly affects how successful we are at all of the challenges we pursue (not just running).

Why do you run?

Once you find the right reasons, you are going to have a lot more fun doing it (whatever it is).

Though talking about running, Pre's advice applies to almost everything we do...

"You have to wonder at times what you're doing out there. Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement."
~ Steve Prefontaine

Friday, May 25, 2012

a little friday afternoon inspiration...

I came across this inspirational quote by quite an inspirational lady today and thought I might share it with you before heading into this Memorial Day weekend.

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do."

~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Have you conquered one of your fears lately?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Hello? May?

Is it just me or is May flying by?

Work has been crazy. I am already nearly a week into Summer semester. Over the (short) school break, we had friends in town. I have traveled 1000 miles and back. Planned and threw a baby shower. All of which was absolutely wonderful, just quick! I may need a break from my break.

Needless to say, the hubs and I were looking forward to getting into a summer routine. (Please note the past tense, and it is not even summer yet). Plans change and they can change just as quickly as they were made. The idea of a "normal routine" now seems laughable. The Big Guy had a different idea for our family. We are not exactly sure what the next few weeks have in store for us, but our new "plan" is to not have a definite plan, hold on tight to each other, and truly enjoy and cherish any time we are able to spend with our friends and families.

Change is a good thing. It keeps one flexible and alert. On one's toes, if you will. And it is constant. In less than one year's time, I will have hopefully graduated from law school and I know throughout this year everything will change. Priorities will change, babies will be born (not mine, mind you), families will change in size, friends will relocate, and (my) hair will become more gray, of course. And there is absolutely nothing I can do about it, except pray and embrace it. Worrying is useless. Quit the worry and enjoy.

 As time flies by me, it never ceases to amaze me that the more things change, the more they stay the same. (You didn't mind that I squeezed one more cliché into this post, did you? Didn't think so).  :)

Friday, April 27, 2012

how does one get through a long friday afternoon?

80s on Pandora. That is how. And maybe a latte from Starbucks, but we shall see how the rest of the afternoon goes. The end of my spring semester is in sight, still out of reach, but in sight. Work is busy, exams are in full swing and my hair is becoming more gray by the second. So here's to the upcoming weekend. Take a little time to recharge (and take some time to make a hair appointment for a much needed dye job). I know that's what I need.

What gets you through a loooooong, never ending Friday afternoon?