We may walk on different paths, but we follow the same footprints.
This year I'm focusing on improving my running and overall health by taking the 2017 Mile Challenge and seeing where the journey takes me. I'm also revisiting the Monthly Challenge started by Nephew Jason in 2009.
I'll try to post something every day. It may be a short inspirational quote or a longer narrative. Please join me......
For once I got up early and got to run my 6 miles today before it got hot. What a beautiful morning!!! There really is something to getting up early, watching the sunrise and getting out and running. If feels ...........................!!!
Here is the song from my playlist that I ran mile 6 to Darude - Sandstorm Great ending to a great run this morning.
It's the beginning of a new week, and almost half way through the month of July.
How has your July been? So far, pretty good I would say. Staying on track with making smart beverage choices, eating real food and avoiding overly processed ones, keeping the compost pile going, garden is growing - picked a bushel of green beans and first ripe tomato, and........keeping up on weeding the garden. I would say ............. SUCCESS!!!!
Where did the day go? I got up early and watched a beautiful sunrise. Then for a short 2 mile run. I spent the rest of the day catching up of stuff and working in my studio on another painting. Guess that's where the day went.
The painting is turning out beautifully by the way.
Not much else to post this evening. Nothing of wisdom. Nothing of encouragement.
I've started training for another half-marathon. I'm feeling confident that it'll be a good race. The date is September 30th, so have a lot of time to prepare. I ran it last year, and did ok. This year I'm expecting a much better time. I have a good foundation, had a couple of relaxing easy weeks after the Colfax half, and now it's time to hit the road.
To start your day, I'm sharing last evening's post from Mr. Tony Garcia.
Before you bring this day to a close just a thought to rest your dreams upon.
Love does not suck. Ever. Love gently breathes color, life, hope into the empty pieces of you. Always.
Love does not leave. Ever. Love remains through the trials, stumbles, difficult pieces of you. Always.
Love does not scar. Ever.
Love heals, soothes, stitches together the broken pieces of you. Always.
Love does not raise its voice. Ever.
Love softly whispers, quietly speaks amid the screaming pieces of you. Always.
Love does not rage. Ever.
Love calms, brings peace, adds serenity to the turbulent pieces of you. Always.
Love does not ghost. Ever.
Love stays close, remains visible, is a presence within the haunted pieces of you. Always.
Love does not judge. Ever.
Love welcomes, accepts, loves all the pieces of you. Always.
As I read and reflect on Tony Garcia's message today, I took a closer look at Me ...............
The first stanza, beautiful and accepting tired, messy, scarred. I'm not one to wear make-up or try really hard to fit the magazine image of beautiful, but I do want to appear to be all put together, the one who is tireless. I put on my mask and cover the messy and scarred. I wear the mask beautifully. Self-image ... how do I see Me ... how do I want others to see Me?
The second stanza, perfection and accepting flaws and chaos. I am not perfect. I have flaws. I have chaos in my life. I do not want others to see these flaws, this chaos, so I hide behind my mask. Self-image ... how do I see Me ... how do I want others to see Me?
The third stanza, easy and accepting that life has burdens or struggles. On the outside it appears that there is nothing that I can't do. The reality??? I hide behind my mask of confidence. Self-image ... how do I see Me ... how do I want others to see Me?
The fourth stanza, "got it all together" and accepting out of control. There are very few people in my life that I allow to see me untucked. This is a mask that I have welded tightly. It is a mask that I wear and wear proudly. I let my mask down only to a select few. This is who I am. Self-image ... how do I see Me ... how do I want others to see Me?
The fifth stanza, calm and accepting storms, darkness, and turbulence. I ride a roller coaster. Most of the time my ride is calm and easy and then I sabotage my ride. The darkness, the storms, the turbulence take over. I hide behind my mask and hope no one sees my struggle. Self-image ... how do I see Me ... how do I want others to see Me?
As I reflect on Me this morning does it really matter how others see Me? Actually, the answer is no. The important thing is how do I see Me.
When I look in the mirror, who do I see? What mask am I wearing? Will I take down the masks or keep hiding??? Will I continue to hide myself from me? Will I be able to accept all of Me, not just the good, but also the not so good .......................... I think so. Because to love Me, is to love all of Me. Not just the good stuff.
A simple word "Try" has made all the difference. I didn't know I could run a 5K until I tried. I didn't know I could run a half-marathon until I tried. I didn't know I could paint until I tried. I didn't know I could - until I tried.
On the same note. There are several things that I tried and the outcome wasn't what I expected or wanted. Did that mean that I quit trying? No, it just meant that I tried differently. Trying is a learning experience. It is an experiment. There is no "fail' in "try", there is just a different way to do that which you want to accomplish.
What do you want to do??? If you don't try, you won't know you can!!!
Took yesterday off, and today my knee feels 100%. Think that was a smart move. Listen to your body. If you push too hard, push through the pain, push beyond what your body can handle, you will risk a more serious injury. I know this sounds counter to what you may hear, but for me it's better to be a healthy runner than a stuck-on-the-couch-because-I was-stupid injured runner.
So, today is going to be a shorter run. I know I set a goal for running 5 miles every day this month. I'll try to keep that, but know that if necessary I will modify.
Today's message from Mr. Tony Garcia
This. A whisper from my heart. This. Your pep talk.
Have your fears Have your doubts Have your excuses Have a way to rise above them
Have a goal
Have a vision
Have a dream
Have a plan to reach them
Have a letdown
Have a meltdown
Have a breakdown
Have a moment and get over it
Have a good day
Have a great day
Have a fabulous day
Have gratitude for having another day
Have the courage to hold these always
Have a cause
Have a reason
Have a motivation
Have the discipline to live up to it
Have an understanding, these are a choice
It's Sunday and was planning on a long run. Instead I'll have to take a rest day. Did something to my right knee, and it feels a bit funky. Don't want to risk a serious injury, so will not do anything that will irritate it further.
I like this message a lot. How many times do you hear, "Don't sweat the small stuff." And, how many times do you actually take in what that actually means. So many times I find myself sweating over minor details. In a painting for instance, I'll spend hours fiddling with minor details that are lost when you step away and look from a distance. Minor details, though nice, are just that - minor. Don't waste time over them. So many times I find myself sweating over the should have, could have, would haves, instead of focusing on my can and will.
Today - "Don't sweat the small stuff ... and it's all small stuff." In the end, what will it matter? Focus instead on a better You.
Remember, today is another 5 mile day, so..............................
I've always had this question; Do I count the miles, or the amount of time I run? I found an interesting article on this very subject. The article points out that your body doesn't know miles, it knows time and effort put in.
"The amount of time spent running, however, is more important than the number of miles—it's the duration of effort that represents the amount of training stress. A faster runner will cover the same amount of distance in less time than a slower runner or, to put it another way, will cover more miles in the same amount of time."
The miles covered in a half-marathon are the same for all runners. So, as I am training for my next half-marathon, not only should I concentrate on my distance, I should concentrate on the time it takes to run a half and train accordingly. There is a direct correlation between the amount of effort and the increased possibility of injury and longer recovery time from a long run. I am a slower runner - working my way toward a 9:30 min/mile pace. To avoid injury I have to get my body accustomed to running for a longer time. That means a longer time commitment. I hear people say that you can run a half-marathon even if your long run is only 10 miles. I disagree. If you are a slower runner, that extra 3 miles can be a killer. At a 10 min/mile pace that's an extra 30 minutes of running. If your body is not used to it, it will not be a fun 30 minutes. The same is true if you are running a 5K or a 10K. If you don't get your body accustomed to running more than the 3.1 miles, or 6.2 miles - the final miles on race day are literally going to suck because your body isn't prepared to exert that effort for a longer period of time. There are also several other articles on this link that I found very interesting. Happy Reading!!!
Did you get your 5 miles in yet today? If not...................
This month's healthy July challenge includes flossing every day. I'll admit that this is something that I forget to do, so this month I am going to make a conscious effort to do so. I found an interesting article and thought I'd share.
A lot of people make a big deal of this day with fireworks, backyard bar-b-que, parades, festivals, and enjoying the day off from work (in the middle of the week). We are surrounded by wheat fields, so don't shoot off fireworks at our place because of fire danger. It would be a sad day indeed if our celebration caused our year's income to go up in smoke. We do take time out from farm work to attend a festival in a near by town.
Did you log your 5 miles today???
Now, GET OUT THERE ... You have work to do!!! (Today being the 4th of July is no excuse!)
Monday's get ready, get set ......................GO!!!
July is going to be streak month. The challenge is to run at least 5 miles every day this month. Speed is irrelevant, it's the distance covered that matters. This is doable. Some days are going to be a schedule challenge, but You will make it happen. The question: Can I run 10 one day and then skip a day? The answer is NO. This is Streak Month. The goal is to log 5 miles Every Day. The question: Do I have to run the 5 miles all at once? The answer is NO. If scheduling makes it tough to get in 5 miles, then break it into chunks. The important thing this month is to log at least 5 miles every day. There is no "banking" miles this month.
There - You've made the commitment. Continue to make smart beverage choices, eat real food, don't forget to exercise your entire trinity. And............. floss every day!!!
Now, GET OUT THERE............You have work to do!!!
Started working on a painting commission for a cousin. She recently retired and wanted a piece to reflect her new life of following a path not often taken. Here is my progress so far. The sky is just about finished with the exception of some sun rays coming down from the top left illuminating the path. Also need to add native plants and grasses to the foreground - maybe some yucca on the bottom right for balance.....???
There is a place like this not far from my house. I've run there a couple of times, but the fear of rattlesnakes has kept me away during the warm weeks of summer. It's a beautiful - see nothing forever kinda place. There isn't much obscuring the landscape.
Enjoy your week. Make a list of your get-to-dos. Include a run/walk every day. It doesn't have to be long, but at least 20 minutes. Also include on your list something special that You will do for You.
July 1st, the beginning of a new month in this 2017 year. This month watch a sunrise - at least once, and floss every day. Also keep up your exercise regimen. Maybe June was full of pot-holes and set backs. Maybe June was full of I'm tired, I'm not getting anywhere, I'm ready to just throw in the towel. Well, you can throw in the towel or use it to wipe the sweat off your face. This is the mid-year downer. The newness of the year has long worn off. Your excitement of logging miles stopped being exciting. You fell into old traps and sabotaged your happiness. You are human. You are not perfect. You are in charge of You. Every day brings the promises of a new beginning. Wipe the slate clean. The second half of this 2017 mile journey is just beginning. Take time to regroup, rejuvenate, and reset. Set goals for this coming week. Write them down. Make a commitment to You to stay strong. You are in charge of You.
And so, to begin this month of July, I leave you with a message from Tony Garcia from his book Wanna Know a Truth, pg 247
What if? What if, just for today, you understood your immense power and vastness? How would that change what you believed you could accomplish? What if, just for today, you knew what an agent of change and calming influence you are? How would that change how you handled the struggles of the day? What if, just for today, you realized your incredible beauty and depth? How would that change how you view yourself? What if, just for today, you saw yourself as a miracle? How would that change how you allowed others to treat you and how you treat yourself? Powerful and vast. Capable of change. Calm. Beautiful and deep. A miracle. What if, just for today, you simply believed?
Some random thoughts Life has certain criterion for existence. Therefore, the universe was created based on those life criterion so it can flourish in this existence. This thought is contrary to mainstream theories which suggest the universe and all there in contained the necessary components for life to spontaneously generate. And so, I believe therefore - the elements of life existed within the essence of the creator before the "big bang" and the creation of the universe. There was a plan for the creation of a physical existence for the vital-ism which is sustained in the biological entity of all organisms, not a chanced spontaneous rearrangement of organic molecules. I am beautifully and perfectly made according to His plan, not by chance, not due to a random explosion................... If it was just a chance event, a random rearrangement of organic molecules, then what is the purpose of life? What is the purpose of our existence other than to just exist? There is none.
Today is June 20. The last day of spring, and the time of the Summer Solstice. Actually, the solstice is not based on a calendar date, but the timing of when the Sun is at it northern most point from the equator. I found a very interesting article on this subject.
This website is really pretty great. A lot of very interesting information. Enjoy!!!
As of today, I will have to run 6.5 miles per day to achieve my year goal of running the year of 2017 miles. This is still not out of my realm of reality. What will it take to achieve this goal? It will take discipline. It will take making smart choices instead of falling into old traps. It will take commitment to a journey that I started January 1st. It will take commitment to lacing up those shoes and putting in extra miles on days that I can. I will do this!!! I will not fail!!! I will not sabotage my goal!!!
Strategy: Set a mile goal for the week. Chunk it up into the 7 days. Keep in mind that plans may change. Make adjustments. Some days may call for 2 runs. Don't just try to stick to the plan - DO!!!
This is going to be a very busy week. We are going to Albuquerque, NM for the National LWML Convention, leaving Wed. and coming back Sunday. I am the banquet centerpiece director and responsible for constructing, shipping and setting up 200 centerpieces for this event. Also, the designer of the stage front. Oh my. I will say it was fun, but it really took a lot out of me. I am anxious that the pieces made it to their destination and there aren't too many that were broken. I am anxious that we have enough time to set the pieces on the table. I am anxious that the stage front isn't going to turn out the way I have it visioned in my head. I am anxious ... and then I stop and realize that I am not doing this alone. I am not the only I in this thing - there is a team of We.
I realize that it it often tough for me to let it go and trust in the abilities of others. I like to have control. I like to do things my way. I'm learning that I need to let every situation be what it is instead of what I want or think it should be.
Today and tomorrow are going to be Make Sure days. Make Sure my lists of things to bring are complete. Make Sure necessary items are packed. Make Sure the garden is well watered and weeded. Make Sure I take time to go for a run every day. Make Sure .................... to let go and let others.
Today is a day of reflection and goal setting for this coming week. Look back on this past week. Think of one thing you are especially happy about. Write it down. What is one thing you want to accomplish this week? Write it down.
This 2017 journey has had its ups and downs, its challenges and successes, its dreams and reality checks. Remember that goals obtained ARE NOT finish lines. Keep the promises you made at the beginning. If you stumble, pick up the pieces, glue them together, and continue on. Stay hydrated and make smart beverage choices. Eat real food. Exercise Your trinity. Take time for You time. And, remember that You are in the driver's seat on Your journey.
The last weekend of Spring and Father's Day. Going to relax, enjoy family time, and great food!!!
On the menu:
Lunch today - asparagus and ham crescent roll-ups with swiss cheese and a side salad.
Supper tonight - grilled rib eye stake, coconut shrimp, grilled asparagus and roasted potatoes.
Sunday Brunch - grilled ham steak and egg/potato bake, and rhubarb crisp with home made ice cream for dessert.
Today, a message from the book by Tony Garcia, Wanna Know a Truth pg 227.
"Every person I admire who's successful and radiates an inner happiness, they are living their truth. It's that simple. Decide what your truth is. Then live it. ~Kamal Ravikant
Dear You, I wonder sometimes, through all the noise and confusion and trials of trying to become, I wonder if you have forgotten the truths about yourself-truths that do not change even as so much changes. So I thought I would take this time to remind you of those truths just in case you forgot. 1. You are stronger than you give yourself credit for. 2. With all your perceived imperfections, you are still good enough. 3. You are worthy of love and happiness. 4. Your worth is not defined by a number. You are priceless. 5. You are beautiful. Everything else is a lie. 6. You can do this. Stop doubting it. 7. You always have a choice. Always. 8. You don't have to be perfect. See #2 for more details.
9.You are closer than you think. Look how far you've come.
10. You are not broken
Now that you know your truth, it's time to act accordingly. Go live your truth.
It is beautiful out, and there is a lot to do in the garden. The warmer weather shifts growth (of weeds) into high gear. Time to start to tie grape vines to the fence to keep them from just growing willy-nilly. Time to evaluate the bed of greens - keep/trim back or dig out and plant something else??? Time to start increasing watering schedule..... A lot to do!!!
Also on the schedule for today is a 4 - 6 mile run later this afternoon.
So, what am I doing here writing on my blog..................
Today's message if from Tony Garcia. It speaks volumes!!! Thanks Mr. Garcia!!!
This. A whisper from my heart.
It seems, more and more, we live in a world that is dominated by a "take, take, take" mentality.
This, "if a little is good, more is better" attitude. So take, take, take some more.
This, "get yours while the getting's good" idea. And do not worry about what is left for others.
And I am left to wonder the consequence and impact it is having on our children.
And so, I wanted to speak to the children about those things I hope and pray they will take.
This. An open letter.
For a child. For your child. For the child in you.
You will be presented opportunities to take many things in your life. In fact, you will be encouraged to. We live in a take what you can get world.
Take this. Take that. Take some of these.
Advertisers market this idea all the time.
All in an attempt to sell you on the notion that you need their product to feel better about yourself, to feel more complete, to feel like you belong.
As I reflected upon all the messages you will receive in your lifetime about take, take, take, I came up with my own list of "takeaways".
Here are 12 things to take for a healthier and happier you. Take as many as you need. Take them in abundance.
1. Take your time: Plan, prepare, allow for growth and mistakes, do the work, do not rush the process. This is true for just about anything of value which you seek.
2. Take compliments: You steal from the person who says something genuinely kind and honest about you when you deny their words. Accept them, as the gift they are intended.
3. Take feedback: You don't know everything. You never will. Be open to learning and growing and improving.
4. Take less than you give: Be a giver. Of compliments, of kindness, of forgiveness, of a hand, of yourself, of light, of love. Unconditionally. Unselfishly.
5. Take only what you earn: You are guaranteed nothing. Do not act as if something is owed you. If you want something, earn it.
6. Take nothing for granted: Not today, not your health, not friends or family, not this one fragile, finite life.
7. Take time to just be: Relax, meditate, read, sit quietly, nap, breathe, slow down. Your body and mind and spirit will thank you.
8. Take little personally: It's not always about you. In fact, it rarely is. The meanness, pettiness, jealousy, anger, hatred, bitterness of others speaks of them, not you.
9. Take responsibility: For your actions. For your words. For your choices. Place blame at the feet of no other.
10. Take ownership: Own your story. Own your signature. Own your gifts. Own your path. These belong solely to you.
11. Take the opportunities: To explore, to chase dreams, to smile, to create, to make a difference, to dance, to laugh, to see the world, to make magic, to feel goosebumps, to participate, to express gratitude, to fully live.
12. Take it one day at a time: Do not stress about what is yet to come. Be present. Focus on now. Much is lost for looking too far forward.
I decided to title my latest painting "Awakening".
This is a painting of a woman in her "Red Sundress". The sky and the sea are dark after a long stormy night, but the sun rises between them - separating the darkness and offering hope. The red dress, as in the first painting of the woman in the red sundress, is her Courage. As the sun rises, she knows she can face life with confidence. The night is past. Today is a new day. She has an awakening, a spiritual epiphany, a lighting of the fire in her heart that she knows was always there, but was afraid. Now with confidence she faces the sunrise, a new beginning. She is a strong woman able to face the challenges of life. There will be other storms, but she has her red sundress and will put it on and face them.
There's a lot of work to do today - so better GET OUT THERE!!!!
Yesterday we got a lot of work done in the garden. All of the beds have been weeded, and the pear tree is gone leaving an empty space with vast possibilities. Not sure what to put in it's place ......... ???
Today I had a run scheduled, but finished a painting instead. Think I'll go for that run now.