Monthly Archives: May 2013

In a Good Place – So Blessed

This past weekend, I was reminded over and over again how blessed I truly am. I feel so fortunate to be surrounded by such great friends, family, and neighbors.
On Saturday, I ran a 5K and was very pleased with my results. Afterwards, a bunch of us went to a friends house for celebratory Bloody Mary’s. It was a great way to celebrate the accomplishment. When I got home, I was pleasantly surprised that my neighbors had helped me out once again by mowing my yard. It brought me to tears. Then more tears when I noticed my basketball hoop laying in the grass. My first thought was Oh no, the wind blew it over, but then I saw a new hoop and been put in it’s place. (mine had a broken backboard and cracked base). My neighbors took mine down and brought theirs over for me and the girls. They have been so good to me. I don’t know how to repay them.
Later that day, a good friend and his son came over and helped Faith and I put up our trampoline. It was fun to do it together. Again, so humbled by how helpful people have been.
Sunday, I hosted a graduation party in my honor. It was a fun group of people – family & friends. We had a potluck, kids games, bon fire, and music. We danced into the wee hours of the morning. It was one of the most fun nights I’ve had in a long time. It was so important for me to host a get together again. I love hosting, but feared now that I was single, I wouldn’t be able to handle it on my own. The cleaning, prep work, organizing, yard work, garage, everything. But I did, of course with help from my close friends. I truly am in a good place and feel blessed each day for the people around me.

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Completing an icky job can be so rewarding!

Yesterday, I spent the day cleaning & organizing my garage. It was not a pleasant task…sweeping floor, cobwebs, organizing, going through junk…not my kind of fun. However, at the end of it, it was so rewarding to see the results of my hard work. I’ve never cleaned the garage before. That was always Lorens job. But, it had been driving me nuts and I knew if I didn’t do it, nobody was going to come do it for me, so I grabbed a beer and dug into it. We have a garage cat, so there is lots of cat hair & cat litter that needed to be swept up. While I was doing that, I also swept up a dead mouse – isch!!! I was tempted to drink something a bit stronger at that point, but I resisted the urge.
I swept and vacummed the floors, washed the rugs, went through all of his stuff and put it in a big pile for him to take with him. At the end of the day, it was quite a feeling of accomplishment. I now have a clean and organized garage. I think it’s time to have a party and show off my hard work!garage day

Mind over Matter

lm shirt Yesterday, I completed my first half marathon! It was one of the best feelings I’ve felt in a long time. I’ve been talking about doing a 1/2 marathon for quite some time. Two months ago, I decided to quit talking about it and just do it.

Two of my runner friends were also going to do it, so it seemed like a good idea. I followed a training schedule pretty closely to help myself prepare for it. I was so nervous so. Last Sunday, I went for my last long run with a friend and the run was so hard. I thought to myself, what am I doing? Why put this stress on myself. I ran an easy 3 mile run on Tuesday, but took the rest of the week off. By the time Sunday was here, I was so ready to go run again. I couldn’t wait. I do enjoy running, but you really need to be in the right mind set. If you aren’t, it feels like torture.

On Sunday, I got dropped off at the staging area and met my two friends. We were all running different paces, so we wished each other luck and found our spots. I started out running and felt absolutely wonderful! It was fun again. I smiled almost the whole 2 hours. I finished in 2 hours and 40 seconds. My goal was 2 hours and 5 minutes, so I beat my time by about 4 minutes. Running truly is a mind game. You may be in the best physical shape, but if your head isn’t into it, it’s going to feel like torture. But when your head is in it and you have a positive attitude, its amazing what you can accomplish! I can’t wait to do my next 1/2 marathon…next time my goal is under 2 hours.
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You don’t need a Fast Forward Button

Today I took my last college final! What a feeling that was. I remember thinking through the last few years that this day was so far away and wondered if I would really ever finish. Here I am today, feeling so much pride that I did indeed finish. So many people take college for granted. It’s just something every one does, everyone graduates, and moves on. Not me. It means so much more to me doing it later in life. It truly is an accomplishment.

As I reflect on the many years that I went to school, it’s such a good reminder that sometimes your goals seem so far away and almost impossible to reach. But if you take it one day at a time, you will eventually get there. I know I’ve wished many times for a Fast Forward button, but when I think back on all the days/troubles/hardships, it’s those experiences that make you a stronger person. A better person. So, next time you find yourself in a bad spot, and you are looking for the Fast Forward button…. embrace the situation, the struggle, and let it strengthen you. You’ll be amazed on what you can accomplish and pull through, and you’ll be stronger than before.