choosing to love the good

first of all, thank youuuuu so much for all the positive vibes and well-wishes you sent my way regarding my running injury. i certainly appreciate all the love and sweet words, and i’m so thankful for all my beauteous blog friends i’ve made. you guys are fabulous and i’m thankful to be part of such an uplifting community of encouraging, strong women (and men, for you male readers out there!). it’s so easy to get discouraged by something like an injury, and i’m trying to stay as positive as possible and do what i can and use this setback as a means to focus on the good things in my life and count my many, many blessings.

lifenotperfectso, let’s talk about the good things, eh? (did i mention i work for a Canadian company? :)) there are so many positives in my life, and focusing on them will help me keep the discouragement away.

  • Β i’m finally putting the personal training certificate i obtained a few years ago to good use and training two of my girlfriends on a lovely outdoor pier one night a week after work. it’s been awesome and i’m really encouraged by their dedication and desire to get stronger and commit to working out, and it affirms how much i love fitness and would love to be able to train people more regularly as a job one day. you never know…
  • all your blog love must have done some good, because i actually managed a solid 6-miler this morning at a decent (8:40ish) pace despite the nagging injury. i won’t lie — the pain was consistent and annoying — but it wasn’t excruciating and i didn’t cry/die/fall/swear/scream at the sky (anyone else ever done this during a bad run? tell me i’m not crazy?), soooooo, let’s call that a success, hmmm? πŸ™‚

da-mo-1713it’s certainly not marathon training level, but hey — i’m running, so i’ll take it.

  • i just found out yesterday that my dad’s annual work convention — which we’ve been turning into a family trip every year since i was really young — is in Vegas this coming Spring, at the Bellagio. ummmmmm hi, thrilled about this. i’ve only been to Vegas once before, with my family, and we certainly didn’t do crazy Vegas or stay on the strip, sooooo…this will technically be my first “real” Vegas experience. the Katy Perry in me is so ready.


  • i start my third year (i can’t even belieeeeeve that?!) of grad classes tonight, and the two i’m taking should be pretty interesting (or at least one of them): Sexuality and Parenting. you can guess which one i’m looking forward to more. when i started this back-to-grad-school-take-two journey on somewhat of a whim two years ago, i never could have guessed where it’d take me or the amount of personal growth and introspection that’d emerge. i still don’t know what it’ll look like in terms of a future career path, exactly, but i’m taking it day by day, year by year, and letting life unfold. i know God has a plan for this and led me to this specific program for a reason, so i’m encouraged to stick with it.


  • i signed up forΒ Citibike this week, and all i can say is — what took me so long?! i don’t know if you non-NYers have this sort of commute-around-town-by-bike system in your city, but essentially, it’s a bike-share transportation system where you purchase a year membership and can unlock bikes at any of the stations scattered throughout Manhattan and zip around. it’s quite ingenious and extremely accessible and i wish i’d joined it last year when the program was established. i’ve been riding to and from work the past few days, and it’s so much better than subway-ing. i forgot how much i enjoy bike riding! makes me feel like a free little kid again.

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    i feel much better just writing about the good things in my lately life. it does wonders for the soul to stop and reflect upon the positives rather than get stuck in the muck of the not-so-goods, which can totally weigh us down. i’m guilty of dwelling on the things i’d like to change more than i should, so that’s something i’m working on.

    photowell ain’t that the truth.

tell me something good in your lately life, or something you’re looking forward to!


12 thoughts on “choosing to love the good

  1. Though I’m sure it isn’t all sunshine and roses, I definitely think that you have some solid goodness going on right now in your life. And if nothing else, you are awesome, so you make everything around you awesome by proxy πŸ˜€ What are you in grad school for?

  2. First, I’m so sorry about your injury! That totally stinks! I’ve gone through a couple injuries recently and they were awful! I hope you feel better soon. Second, I love the tone of this post. You are so positive and so uplifting!

  3. Bummer about your injury 😦 but at least you’re still getting some solid mileage in! Hope you recover quickly! Your positivity should help πŸ™‚

    Vegas is as an adult. Go wild!

  4. Whoooo I love Vegas! I’m so sad I won’t be able to go this year. Good for you for focusing on positive things, I’ve been doing much of the same. One of my favorite things right now is The Skimm. It’s this awesome email I get M-F that condenses news into short funny paragraphs and helps keep me informed.

  5. One of my favorite parts about blogging is feeling compelled to write about the blessings and positive things in your life, instead of dwelling on the bad stuff that sometimes just camps out in your brain. I’m glad your run went well but I’m still scared for you if it hurt the whole time! Be careful! Also Katy perry is my lady….so happy you can appreciate that πŸ™‚

  6. Finding that balance to where you continue to perform and not let an injury sideline you is the best feeling…when you are done. Be sure to get plenty of vitamin C and veggies and supplements to ensure that you are getting all the materials to rebuild yourself just as good as new.

    If only we could go back to school where everything was so much simpler.

    Clifford Mitchem
    Advocare Distributor
    Nutrition + Fitness = Health

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