A “New Normal”

Be Here Now

I don’t recommend getting used to having anything stay the same for long. Especially when you are someone like me who wants to be the best version of herself. Without question being a better version of myself involves constant change. And as I have been brutally reminded these past weeks. I need to ease into change. I need time to get used to the change(s). And then reorganize my day and/or my life so that the change(s) simply become my “new normal”.

Green Heart

The truth? It’s easy to reorganize my life. Or day. When the changes don’t happen all at once. That’s when rather than lose my sanity, I prioritize. My home. Family. Grad School. Work. And no. I am not a priority to myself when everyone and everything else needs to be my priority. Deadlines. Cooking dinner. Working. There isn’t enough time in the day for anything about me. Literally. Running can even become less of a priority if I am not careful. And I know. That you know. Exactly what I am talking about.
And that is where July and almost August went. Overtaken by change and my priorities. Big changes. And an overwhelming number of priorities. All at once.

Kokanee Goodbye

My old pup took a turn for the worse.

Heart Leaf

I adjusted to working at my new job. But my days didn’t get any longer. That when my prioritizing started working overtime.

I made it through finals and completing my final projects with my Summer courses. The pressure I put on myself to make the Dean’s List for a third term? Well. It paid off.

Quilt One

I made a quilt for my niece.

Quilt Two

I made another quilt for the Mr’s daughter’s baby on the way. Which will technically make me a grandmother soon. But I refuse to let that make me feel old. Okay. Refusing is a stretch. I am trying.

Geocache

Buckaroo and I found our first Geocache. Its safe to say, I am obsessed.

Heart Rock

The #100 happy challenge on Instagram I am doing really helped me look for the good in every day. Even on the horrible days. And its not to late for you to start the challenge. I would love you to join me!

Waiting for Bean

I went back and forth from the hospital for  waiting for my nephew to be born. My sister’s labor was high risk. The Mr. stayed home with old pup. My little pup wouldn’t leave her side. But its not the same. I knew I would never forgive myself if old pup passed away without me or the Mr being with her. 

Kokanee

Old pup passed away the same day my nephew was born. She was nearly 15 years old.  The Mr. didn’t tell me until after my nephew was born. So I left the hospital, picked up Princess and met the Mr. at the vet to have old pup cremated. Then Princess and I went back up to the hospital to see my nephew. I really don’t know how to put in words what those series of moments on that day felt like.

waiting for Olive

Less than three days later I headed to the hospital in the city and I waited for my niece to arrive.

Bean and Olive

I feel so blessed to be a part of both my amazing sister’s births. My nephew and niece are perfect.

White Heart

Today I am adjusting to having old pup gone. Starting my courses for Fall. And feeling like. This. Today. Everything that is on my plate at this moment. Is my “new normal”. And its manageable when I can make time for running more often.

Which means I can also come back to something that is about me. For me. Which is blogging. Running. And sharing my life with all of you. Seeing what all of you have been up too. With some form of consistency. In some ways I will be picking up where I left off. Stay tuned. I have some a-may-zing reviews to share with you. And so. So. Much more.

How is your Tuesday going?

What did you done today to be active?

I sure have missed all of you, thank you to those who have reached out to me!  Until next time, always be true to yourself and think like a boss!

Mid June Goings On

Big Heart Over My Path!

I don’t know where June is going. But she seems to be an awful hurry. Okay. So it feels like the days are just flying by. But in reality a couple things I had in the works are coming together. And becoming a reality. Fall training has begun. DIY projects in my yard and home are done. And some DIY projects are still being worked on. And baby showers are being planned.

Heart Leaf

That job I interviewed for a while back? I start work this Wednesday. I am not nervous about doing my job well. I am nervous about trying to manage everything. All at once.

Heart Shadow

Grad school “decision makers” decided having extra classes going on in the summer was a good idea. I have no doubt the extra curse words. A few tears. And overwhelm will continue. But the good news is, I am at my halfway point this week. Only four more weeks of extra-ness overwhelm. Trust me its a thing. 

Heart Leaf

Two weeks in a row I made a goal to do something to nurture myself. Run away. Or do something just for me. And I failed miserably. So tomorrow I made a date with myself to sit by the pool. My thinking is F-you guilt that I am already and going to feel.Easier said then done. I hope guilt doesn’t win. 

Heart on a Leaf

Part of May and so far in June there has been some very petty negativity going on that I haven’t been able to completely get away from. Everyone learns differently about what is really important. I get that. What that said. Its one of those lose. Lose situations. I have taken as many steps back as I possibly can. But I am still at my wits end with it all.

Heart on a Leaf

I am off to the grocery store(s). I don’t know how I will manage adjusting to work, but I am extra grateful I am organized. I planned meals for the week and will be doing a little prep tomorrow evening.

Stay tuned for a review. A giveaway. A winner. An Award. And more. Not necessary in that order.

How is your Monday going?

What did you do today to be active?

Did you notice the heart above my running path in the first photo?

Until next time, always be true to yourself and think like a boss!

Motivational Monday

Run Away

Jobs. Going to school. Children. Marriage. Friendships. Siblings. Training schedules. Crossing finish lines. Family time. Quality time. Quiet time. Personal time. Aside from all the yucky-ness of an illness or when something in our lives isn’t going smoothly. Did I miss something?! Point being we are all busy doing something related to one of the above at any given moment. Or series of moments in a day. Or maybe most of those things all day long.  We all need a change of pace. A different perspective so all the busy-ness feels worth it. And we don’t run ourselves down trying to hold everything together. All at once. So run away somewhere. Do something for you. And only you. To nurture your body and mind. Even if it’s only for a little while.

And yes. I need to take my own advice. But as with most things I say to you here. I am saying those things to myself too. So. Running away. That is my goal this week. It was also my goal last week, but for a number of reason’s it didn’t happen. And that is just not okay. It’s Monday and I am already feeling the pressure of what I have to do this week. So even if it’s an evening trip to the ocean. Or a few hours sitting by the pool. Or a weekend away. Somehow. Some way. Running away is going to happen for me this week. And I hope it can happen for you too.

Stay tuned for June goals in progress, an award, a review, the winner of my Spartan giveaway and more, not necessary in that order.

When is the last time you truly did something for you. And only you? Me? Aside from taking the long way home from a run, it was going to watch the sunset at the ocean a few weeks ago. And I have been craving that simplicity since.

Any ideas for meal prepping for the week? I have come up with a few things, but otherwise I am at a loss, which is rare since I am usually so good about organizing and planning things!

How was your weekend?

Until next time, always be true to yourself and think like a boss!