Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Crossing the Finish Line

On Friday I posted this on my Facebook page

I heard it on the radio that morning and it resonated with me.

Every day we are given the chance to build ourselves back up from what we were yesterday. Whether it was a bad day at work, an argument with a friend, loss of a loved one, or an impacting change in our lives.

We are not required to just remain who we used to be but offered a new day to grow and improve ourselves so that tomorrow can be better than yesterday.

I took my first step on Sunday.

I participated in the 16th annual Key West Half Marathon and 5k. I ran my first 5k in support of Surfers for Autism and Train 4 Autism.

I honestly did not know that I could do it.

I have been battling an unknown ankle injury that just does not seem to go away and nobody can tell me what it is.

I didn't train because of said bum ankle.

I doubted myself and I think I used the crutch of my ankle as an excuse to back out and not try at all.

But then I remembered why I signed up for the race. For families like mine to continue to receive the benefits of those two organizations.

I had the support of some amazing people in my life who told me that I could do it and again reminded me why I was doing it. They told me never to give up and that what truly mattered is that I try and cross that finish line.

So I woke up at 5am that very cold 55 degree morning, drove down to Key West, picked up my race bib and prepared myself for what I was about to undertake.

As the time came near to approach the starting line, I was nervous. I looked at the people around me who looked like they have been doing this for quite a while now and my nerves began to take hold.

Then I remembered the quote above.

I was being given my tomorrow to make my changes to who I want to be and this was my start.

So I put in my earbuds, turned on the Pandora, took a deep breath and began to move with the crowd.

At first my pace was fast and I was feeling the burn...why was I pushing myself so hard? I didn't have anything to prove to anyone but me...so I slowed it down. I changed my pace to a run/walk so as not injure my ankle further.

I took in the sights and the energy of everyone around me.

I kept going and pushed through the 1 mile mark, the turn around, the 2 mile mark...I took advantage of the water being handed out.

As I neared the 3 mile mark, the "cheerleaders" kept yelling..."almost there, you can do this!" and so I picked up my pace, got my fourth wind in me and quickly realized to myself.... "I can do this! I am doing it!"

And so as I approached the finish line and I saw the clock showing the time...42:33...tears came to my eyes.

I was crying because I did it!

I felt great! Adrenaline was coursing through my body. I was calling and texting everyone I knew.

I was excited for what I had accomplished.

Even when I felt like I couldn't do it, the love and support of my family and friends pushed me through it. The desire to help others was my driving force.

I did something I didn't think I could.

And now, I'm ready to start training for a half marathon!

There is nothing in this world that we can't do. We have to believe in ourselves and when we feel down we need to look to our friends and family who build us up to give us that extra shot of "Get up and go" that we need.

Here are some shots post race...I'm waiting for the professional shots to be uploaded to share those with you.

I did it!! Woo Hoo!! And I'm smiling too!!

Actual post time...not bad huh?

Celebratory beer....gotta love being in the Keys!!

Much love!!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Of Silence and Noise

Hey everyone! I know I haven't posted in a while...still trying to figure things out.

Getting back into the swing of things is not easy.

Being single is not easy.

I am so used to having someone around - someone to talk to and spend time with.

Now, well, that's not the case.

I'm getting used to being me, on my own, and the silence.

I don't like the silence or the solitude.

I know some people like to be alone and seek the silence whenever possible but to be honest, that is not me.

I need something to do, people to be with, I need friendships, companionship, the sound and noise.

This is taking a lot of getting used to.

I'm doing my best to get out there and have fun but honestly, I just can't wait to get back home.

Even though living in paradise is amazing, I need to go back home and be closer to my children, closer to my family, and closer to my friends.

That is what I am working on now - that is what I am focusing on - trying to cut through the silence to get back to the noise.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Surviving it all

Recently I came across this on Facebook...

I fell in love with this post because it is just perfect for right now.

Even while being positive as of late, there are days that I just want to crouch in a corner and rock.

But I am not letting that happen because I am a survivor of so many things.

And so are you.

Take every day in your life and realize that you have walked away from so many challenges and problems and mistakes...there are going to be hard days and good days and we are just to learn from them and move forward.

Yeah, I know that I am preaching this and it sounds like self-help mumbo jumbo but I am saying this because we need to hear it.

We forget that through every day we are more than just going through the motions...we are living and we need to stop attacking ourselves for what we perceive has gone wrong and find a way to be right with all things happening and continue to survive.

Monday, January 6, 2014

A Brand New Day

Well, 2014 so far has been off to a positive start. How about you?

I am saying this because I am keeping up a positive outlook on things. That is my resolution if you will.

This is not necessarily an easy thing to do because I generally tend to be very logical and maybe sometimes negative in my thinking. Unfortunately that has not brought me too many good things so I'm trying a new approach.

I hear many things about the "law of attraction" and if you will it to you then it will come.

I think it makes sense.

Every time that I worried about something non-stop, something negative happened. I wonder if I would have just been positive and laid back about it all - maybe things would have turned out a bit different?

Well, now, I'm going to try that approach to thinking.

Bring on the positive and hope for the best!


It couldn't hurt to be honest. A positive outlook means a smile on my face and a kick in my step and right now, that's what I need so that is what I am doing.

There are many changes coming my way too. I can feel it and maybe some of them really soon and all these changes once again, are for the better.

It is better to go into these changes with a good outlook on their outcome and a bit of hope in my heart.

This is not to say that there won't be challenges - trust me, that is one thing in my life that I know I can guarantee - challenges.

But this time, I will look at them differently. Think about them differently.

So, for now, I'm going to count every blessing, I'm going to enjoy every morning and reflect every night.

Change is a comin' people and I'm going to take it and run with it!!

Oh and speaking of running - please don't forget about that little thing there on my side bar that is measuring my progress in raising funds for my upcoming race...if you can't help, please at least share it and help me get to my goal. I wanted to raise $1500 for Surfers for Autism and Train 4 Autism but as you can see, I'm REALLY far behind.

Oh, and here is your dose of cuteness for the day....