Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"Training" Update

Just as planned I will still be running the American Family Fitness Half Marathon here in Richmond in just under three weeks. Unfortunately I will no longer be running the race with Team in Training, though I still am continuing to fundraise for the organization and everything already donated still goes straight to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

This was definitely not the season for me to run another half! Truth be told I really could have gotten myself in shape to do it, but was lazy during the summer enjoying my freedom from wedding planning. I still wanted to run the race but didn't find the best fit with the team training so opted not to re-commit to my hefty fundraising goal.

Scenes from this weekend's long run
I've previously talked about the reasons why I enjoy running and one of those is that it's an individual thing for me. While I have lined up by myself at starting lines and felt a twinge of envy at pairs and groups of running buddies I know that I'd prefer to be by myself. I want to go at my own pace and only have myself to worry about. I thought that I could get in the groove but it just didn't click into place, I want to train when I want at my own pace and in the areas that I want to run.

House of Cards is what has kept me going with indoor runs!
I'm grateful for all of the support I've had in training for this second race but will have to admit I'm getting sick of answering questions about how it's going--because it's not! Being lazy I started way too late to really get running and so am hoping to get to eight or nine miles before race day, but we'll see what happens. I'll probably end up walking big chunks of the race and am OK with that, I'm just trying to get to the finish line no matter how it happens. Nothing will be as satisfying as the first half marathon that I ran, that was the big achievement and now I get to do it with a bit less pressure.


Who else is planning to run some races this fall? Let's band together for some extra motivation!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Motivation: The Great Return

For the first time since May 2010 I went an entire month without blogging. Before this there was always at least one post, even when I busy I would think "you can't look back at the archives and have nothing for this month!" But nothing is what you will find for September 2014. And I'd have to say I feel great about it.

After the craziest summer (ya know just gettin' married and going on a big 'ole fabulous honeymoon to the Mediterranean!) and coming back to a crazy new academic year with big changes in our staff and new job responsibilities blogging was on the backburner.

During my training runs for my upcoming half-marathon I've thought a bit about why I didn't have the urge to blog and few things came to mind. First, I just didn't feel like it was my space. My last blog designer did a great job but at the end of the day it didn't feel like me. Hence the shiny new layout and branding making me feel more like a grown up. Secondly, I was living life. While I've always loved documenting certain parts of my life through this blog there have always been plenty of unpublished moments. But missing my outlet for creativity and the fact that I love to poke through my archives going back to previous points of life has me back.

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While I've shared this particular piece of motivation before, it's one of my favorites and I try to keep it close as a daily reminder. A reminder that every day I am not going to accomplish something big and amazing. And that life doesn't have to be grand and spectacular to be enjoyable.

I think one can easily get caught up in the game of the internet. You know, the one where everyone posts happy, shiny, positive things and perfectly posed and edited pictures. Sometimes a good break is in need to remember why I specifically choose to blog and what exactly this blog is for me. Yeah, you could say I'm an over-analyzer. I do not live to blog, but blog about the beautiful life that I have.

So take a few minutes to really let these words sink in for you today and remember to enjoy the day ahead.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Motivation


Just like that it's the start of my third academic year on the campus that I work at. How did that happen? I can still remember my first day, and the first day of classes that we had students back just like it was yesterday. And I hear it only keeps going faster each year. Yikes!

With some new responsibilities at work this year I must admit that I've succumbed to a bit of self doubt about my knowledge and abilities to succeed. I am excited to dive in, but y'all--just a bit nervous! A twinge of imposter syndrome has given me a few moments where I've felt that I'm not sure that I'm up for the challenge, even though I'm certainly more than capable.

This quote has been one that I've always kept close to me, knowing that it is all too true. There have been many things I haven't pursued in life because of the challenge and I know at this point I would have been able to succeed in all of those if I had gotten past the fear of failing. Today and this year I'm going to be reaching into the light and pulling out everything that I've got as I pursue these new responsibilities and tackle some side dreams that I have.

After a good pep talk from Mr. Young yesterday, this week's Monday Motivation will hopefully bring power to all of y'all reading out there. While I've seen Mr. Young coaching, I've never been a part of his huddles or pep talks and I can certainly see why his players appreciate him so much. I am lucky to have him around to challenge and inspire me for the rest of my days.

So as you encounter that task today that you don't think you can handle--go for it. Self doubt will get you nowhere y'all!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Everyday I'm Hustlin'

T. G. I. F. friends! Is anyone else as excited to see Friday this week as me? We have students back on campus this week and after having a day full of back to back appointments yesterday I'm feeling a bit out shape from the summer. Seriously, I came home and fell asleep on the couch after work which is something I never do. With the weekend kicking off at 5pm, my bestie coming to town this weekend, and throwing a party here tomorrow there are many reasons getting me jazzed about today!

Another one of those would be getting to take this sweet new mug to work today:


I can't even remember how I first stumbled upon Ashley Brooke Designs, but I have been obsessed with her items ever since. Whenever I'm on a site where I love the design or see stationary that makes me drool I always try and find where it came from and I'm pretty sure that's how I landed on ABD a few months ago. Since then I've followed her on Instagram and after a few flash sales I finally gave in and got myself that mug that I've been lusting after.

All of the mugs are adorable, I would love to have the whole collection but this one is my favorite for obvious reasons. What better motivation at work each morning than having my coffee from that sweet mug? Should also be a good convo starter with students!


As if I wasn't excited enough to see a little package when I got home yesterday, I really appreciated how ABD puts thought into their packaging. That polka dot tissue paper...swoon! The extra touches that so many companies are branding their packing with these days really make me smile.


I just have a feeling that I'll end up with another one of her mugs in my collection so soon. It's tempting to just click the button and put all of them in my cart. In addition to having the most clever sayings and an awesome handwritten font I love how they are so classic--just a plain white mug with the text. Haven't quite decided but I think this might my next pick:

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Even if you're starting your day with coffee in a boring mug this morning, I hope this can bring some brightness and cheer! Seriously, go check out ABD right now--you won't regret it. Happy weekend friends!