Sunday, October 1, 2017

New Beginnings in Life

Have you ever taken a vacation, returned, and reassessed your life only to decide that major changes do not seem scary? I took a trip to Switzerland which was not only an epic adventure, but a template for thinking globally instead of locally.  I am taking a brave, new step towards the twilight of my career and redesigning my work life.  I want to continue my passion for wellness but on a different pathway.

 Is it scary?  Yes.

Will it work?  Who knows, but I know I need to try.

I have felt scattered this past year.  Holding a full-time job, taking care of my Dad, rearing a puppy, and trying to keep my running life together has been challenging.  I love being a part of the wellness world, but I feel that I have exhausted my current skills set since beginning my career 30+ years ago.

I have had a restlessness that wakes me up at night and consumes my thoughts during the day. This is how I know I need to try and step outside the box.  I need to push my edges and create more peace and harmony in my life.

I am fortunate to have a wonderful husband who although he doesn't try to understand me, he gets me.  He sees the highs and lows and supports, encourages and celebrates with me every step of the way.  There is something rumbling in my soul and I want to explore it. He is my rock, sounding board and my safe haven. Life is infinitely more wonderful having him as my husband.

Do I have a concrete plan yet?  Heck no.  That will be a part of the fun these next number of months as I am leaving my current full-time job at Starmount Country Club December 31st (unless they hire someone before then).

I have had many different avenues to encourage people to live healthier lives:  tv, radio, newspaper column, etc.  and maybe I will do something along those lines; or not.  Who knows at this point, but I am truly excited!

I can't wait for my future to unfold and I hope to chronicle it here in the blog.  Here is where I am committed to writing more and exploring this incredible earth we inhabit for such a short period of time.

Cheers to new beginnings!

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

New Year, New Everything!

I am embarrassed I have fallen short on the blogging front.  This is a new year and a new everything.  Last year this time, I was helping my Dad up in NYC in ICU.  Fast forward to now, he is living 6 miles from me in NC and adapting to NC life.  

In case you followed me last year, I did indeed hit my goal of 2016 in 2016.  I was logging some serious mileage in the month of December, but I did it!  I ended up with 2023 miles.  I did not, however, sign up for 2017 in 2017 because I did not like the stress this challenge caused me.  I think on a number of days I would have opted to rest my body (and probably should have) but I got my running shoes on and ran anyway.  I logged many more miles walking, rowing, elliptical training and cycling but I chose to only consider running miles in the challenge.  

One of the most magical moments of last year was being asked to be a Lululemon Running Ambassador.  Some of the Lululemon Crew came to a half marathon I was pacing in October and were there at the finish line with really cute signs. I was moved to tears of joy.  I have been a Lululemon fanatic since I learned about them 6 or 7 years ago in NYC.  I was the first patron on opening day at their showroom location here in Greensboro, NC and have been an avid fan of just about everything they sell.  They are really making great strides in their running gear and I hope to help them in any way I can with my 40+ years of running.  Big, hairy audacious things are in the works and I cannot wait to share them here on the blog.  Suffice it to say, I still pinch myself often to make sure I am not dreaming.  
 Lululemon now has a complete store at Friendly Center and I have been fortunate to host some runs from the store with more exciting plans in the future!  Stay tuned!  Now back to running...

 I am excited to be returning to Boston this April for the 2017 Boston Marathon.  My running friend, Jeriann, moved to Dallas so we thought this was a great way to see and spend some time together.  I am so excited to share a hotel room with her and plan on documenting our time in Boston down to the nitty gritty; all things running, that is!  I visited Jeriann in December and ran the half marathon there and ran into a few running friends celebrities:  Deena, Meb, Ryan, Desiree, oh my!  Can't wait for the fun to continue in Boston!  I did manage to earn 2nd place in my age group and just last week received my award.  Cameron, my faithful rescue dog LOVES to be in pictures!
I have been diligently training for Boston and can't wait to share what has been working and what hasn't in some future posts.  For now, here are some of my favorite pictures from last year (I am definitely working on my flexibility in 2017..eek!):