Sunday, April 28, 2013

What 23 Means to Me

Sorry for the delay in posts recently. I have finished up course work for the semester and have been taking a break from a lot lately. Within the past week I turned 23 and have decided to make a list of what 23 means to me this next year...Every year I like to reflect and here is where I stand now.

23 means..

  1. Continuing to live a wholehearted and authentic life. 
  2. Continuing to strive for excellence and reaching goals.
  3. Finishing up my first year of grad school and starting my second.
  4. Having new professional experiences! (ex. Boston, UCLA, etc.)
  5. Continuing to stive for a life filled with healthy living, including losing weight and reaching fitness goals.
  6. Loving myself.
  7. Running longer distances and being able to register for a marathon by my next birthday.
  8. Going to Disney more.
  9. Really embracing Florida for one more year and exploring more and new places.
  10. Cooking more and trying new recipes. 
  11. Appreciating people in my life more.
  12. Sending more handwritten notes, cards and letters.
  13. Taking up a new hobby. Scrap booking? Photography? Playing the flute and piano again? Whatever my life allows me to do?
  14. Trying to read a new book for enjoyment once a month.
  15. Attempting to save money.
  16. Starting to look for jobs and decide where my life path will take me.
  17. Embracing and being more "in" the moment.
  18. Volunteering my time to the community more.
  19. Trying different things like skydiving and paddle boarding!
  20. Being more positive.
  21. Drinking from more local coffee shops.
  22. Running my dad's first half marathon by his side.
  23. Living it up and being grateful for everyday of my life.

While this list is eclectic and diverse, I think it speaks truly to what it means to be 23 to me. And with that being said good night!

Disney Birthday Day!

With one of my biggest fans, my mom

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

"It's Always Darkest Before the Dawn"

It is with a heavy heart that I am writing this post. Originally for the day I wanted to reflect upon my experience at the Athleta Iron Girl 5k from Sunday, but in light of the events yesterday at the Boston Marathon, I did not think that my personal experiences should be the focus nor appropriate for this post.

The events at yesterdays Boston Marathon is something that is becoming too common within our country. We can't go to malls, school, movie theater or now even races without having some sort of fear. It saddens me because now what should have been a celebration of accomplishments and hard work, has turned into another situation where we have to come together and support the runners, the civilians, the people of Boston and more to help the situation.

While I am empowered and know that there are good people in the world because of the stories of runners donating blood to Fraternity men opening their home at MIT to let people in, it should not have to come to this anymore. I can only hope and pray that this ends, that violence in our country ceases and life could be peaceful for awhile. My millennial generation has grown up always seeing this sort of violence--I remember being in 6th grade in my hometown that is approximately 18 miles outside of Manhattan and seeing smoke from the World Trade Center in the sky. I had to ask my father why that was, why would people do this?

There are no answers to these senseless acts of violence. What we could only do is persevere. I am not a religious person, but this quote from Romans 12:21 can only describe the situation we face today best.

By being good and doing good, we can overcome this obstacle as a country and only hope to move forward. By living whole-hearted lives and living with joy, we can continue to make the world a little bit brighter everyday at a time.

Yesterday when I heard the news, the first thing I did when I got home was lace up my sneakers, throw on my Red Sox shirts, and ran. I ran for the 8 year old boy who lost his life, I ran for those individuals who no longer can run because of injuries and I most importantly ran for Boston. Becoming a runner this past year is one of the best things that has ever happened to me and I can only hope I can achieve that goal of running the Boston Marathon. But for now, whether you are a marathoner or a walker, I challenge each and every one of you to get out there and #runforBoston. And when you do run, walk, cycle, skip, dance, etc. your miles be sure to record them here to show the difference you can make and show the US the support you are willing to give!

#runforBoston (Record your miles here)

And with that I leave you with this song ("Glee" version obviously). As the song says, "It's always darkest before the dawn". We will move forward. We will succeed.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Numbers Game

Ever since I was younger numbers were never my thing. I hated math, I hated the SATs, I hated rankings, I hated the GREs and I always, always hated the scale. I had always felt why should a number define who I am or make me any better or less of a person. It was (and still is) always an intimidating part of my doctor's visits and physicals for school.

However I realized that sometimes you just have to get on it and let yourself be vulnerable. And today I not only got on a scale but received a "Body Composition Analysis" from the InBody scale in the Wellness Center at the university I work at. What the analysis does is measure your body composition (including total body water, dry lean mass and body fat mass), your body composition analysis (including weight, skeletal muscle mass and body fat mass) and an obesity analysis looking at BMI and PBF (percentage of body fat).

Now I did not really know what to expect as I had never done this before and was facing my fears. However, what I did find out was not exactly what I wanted to hear. While this may not be good news, it is a great thing. I needed a reality to check to get me motivated and back on My Fitness Pal.

Today has not been my greatest day in awhile, however I believe that we need to have a challenge only to better ourselves to be great. It is also important to remember, while you may not be feeling great it is important to express gratitude. When I graduated in May 2012 I was heavier and very much less active than I am now, I still have come a long way since then. I am thankful for that. I am grateful for that.

Within the next few months going into summer and my second year of grad school. I expect even greater change and greater things to accomplish starting off with a potential PR this Sunday at the Athleta Iron Girl 5k.

I'm about to be 23. Let's make this year of my life a great one, starting off with loving myself, accepting vulnerability and expressing gratitude (if you have not seen Brene Brown's TED Talk I highly suggest it).

After all, age (and weight, and scores, and GPA, and everything else) is nothing but a number!

P.S-I am way to stoked to see Kelly in concert in September. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A Little Hump Day Inspiration...

 I have been extremely busy lately, but here is a little hump day inspiration from "The Little Engine That Could" to get you through the week, I know this helps me and will help me the next month while I wrap up my first year of graduate studies.

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