30ish Days at a Time

Holy hell did 2011 just fly by!  Here’s what my year was filled with:

In January, I started this blog because any day is a good day to take a positive step in your life. I also ran my first half-marathon in 2:09:06.

Come February, I embraced my athlete status and took a knee injury to a sports doctor.  When it started to feel better, I climbed the seven summits of Phoenix over a long weekend!

March was the perfect month to get a bike.  It was love at first ride.  I never got around to telling the how we met story.  Basically, I bought it off Craigslist from a super serious cyclist who bought it for his fiance who rode it once and hated it!  It was just my size and a good price for a starter bike, since I wasn’t sure how often I’d actually use it.

In April, I participated in a very Phoenix race and rocked a short-distance pace I never imagined I could (4.2 miles in 35:44).  When registration opened up on Veteran’s Day, my mom signed up for next year’s Pat’s Run before I did!  After that race, I injured my knee.  Again.

In May, I volunteered at a triathlon to figure out what they were all about and was majorly inspired.

Oh JuneI found yoga.  What started as a “well, this new studio is hosting free classes for their first two weeks, so I might as well give it a shot even though I’m probably going to hate it,” turned into a love…completely transformative for my body and spirit.  I’m also sometimes reminded that although I didn’t write about it, one Friday afternoon in June, I ran 12 miles for funsies.  On a treadmill.  I think about that when it feels like running is the toughest thing in the world and that I’m never going to get back to that level.  I was there once and I will be there again.  Things that are that great are worth anything.

July marked the beginning of training for my first triathlon.  I kinda rocked it.  I joined a fancy new gym that had everything a yogi triathlete could want. I was also slightly distracted in July and didn’t post very much!

In August, I deepened my yoga practice by figuring out the whole intention thingI turned 27!  And I visited San Diego and Las Vegas, which messed with my training plan a bit, but the change of scenery was a good thing!

September is another Oh month because I completed my first triathlon!  I also got involved with Girls on the Run as a coach to 10 wonderful girls.  Oh yeah, and I barely talked about it here, but I bought my first house (note to self: give the blogworld a little tour in 2012).  Yeah, I’d say September was a pretty good month.

In October I was still on a tri high and talked about it a lot.  Probably to distract from the fact that I was a little burnt out on training and was taking a breather.  This time the break wasn’t because I was injured, thank you, yoga!  I was in two weddings in October and visited my favorite city, Seattle and spent time with some great friends!

During November, I decided to pare down on my commitments as I took on a major one, my new pup, Rigo. I set a 10K PR, 1:01:50!

In December, I got a crash course in homeownership (the leak was found and everything fixed as good as new thanks to my HOA).  Girls on the Run ended so quickly, but I loved watching my girls cross the finish line of their 5K.  I also built my race calendar for 2012 and came up with a training plan.

The year has had its ups and downs, but as an eternal optimist, I choose to focus on the ups and think about the challenges in terms of how they strengthened me.

What I Wrote Wednesday – December

I love quotes. The right ones always seem to find you exactly when you need them. When they really speak to me, I write them down in my day planner. As the year wraps up, I’m going back to pull out what I wrote, month by month. It’s interesting to go back and think about what was going on in my life at that time, why those quotes meant something to me then and what they mean to me now.

December 2011 (most of it anyway)

How people treat you is their karma, how you react is yours.

Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, it empties today of its strength.
– Mary Engelbreit

It is stronger to act than to react.

Everything in life is temporary.  If things are good, enjoy it because it won’t last forever.  And if things are bad, don’t worry, it won’t last forever either.

A woman is too precious to compromise her good time or her happiness because things haven’t gone her way with a man.
You can’t control how a man expresses himself.  Love him anyway.
– Kristine Gasbarre, How to Love an American Man

It’s never a question of can you, but will you.

Previous posts:
February 2011
March 2011
April 2011
May 2011
June 2011
July 2011
August 2011
September 2011

October 2011
November 2011

What I Wrote Wednesday – November

I love quotes. The right ones always seem to find you exactly when you need them. When they really speak to me, I write them down in my day planner. As the year wraps up, I’m going back to pull out what I wrote, month by month. It’s interesting to go back and think about what was going on in my life at that time, why those quotes meant something to me then and what they mean to me now.

November 2011

Start where you are and just keep going.
Makeunder My Life

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.

Don’t approach today wearing yesterday’s glasses.

Happiness is not a reward, it’s a consequence.  Suffering is not a punishment, it’s a result.

Life shrinks or expands according to one’s courage.
– Anais Nin

If someone wants to be a part of your life, they’ll make an effort to be in it.  So don’t bother reserving a space in your heart for someone who doesn’t make an effort to stay.

Someday is not a day of the week.

Taking time to live life will only inspire your work.

Stop waiting for things to happen.  Go out and make them happen.

Previous posts:
February 2011
March 2011
April 2011
May 2011
June 2011

July 2011
August 2011
September 2011
October 2011

What I Wrote Wednesday – October

I love quotes. The right ones always seem to find you exactly when you need them. When they really speak to me, I write them down in my day planner. As the year wraps up, I’m going back to pull out what I wrote, month by month. It’s interesting to go back and think about what was going on in my life at that time, why those quotes meant something to me then and what they mean to me now.

October 2011

The key is not to prioritize your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

Even if life was perfect, it wouldn’t be perfect.
– Yogi Berra

Change your words, change your world.

Things are how they are.
– Mike, Desperate Housewives (for shame)

Everything is going to be alright.  Maybe not today, but eventually.

Whatever you choose to do today, be great at it.

You are braver than you believe and stronger than you seem.

You must do the thing you think you cannot.
– Eleanor Roosevelt

Never apologize for showing feeling.  When you do so, you apologize for the truth.
– Benjamin Disraeli

Life is not a supermarket.  Life can’t sell out of happiness.
– Caitlin Boyle, Healthy Tipping Point

 

Previous posts:
February 2011
March 2011
April 2011

May 2011
June 2011
July 2011
August 2011
September 2011

What I Wrote Wednesday – September

I love quotes. The right ones always seem to find you exactly when you need them. When they really speak to me, I write them down in my day planner. As the year wraps up, I’m going back to pull out what I wrote, month by month. It’s interesting to go back and think about what was going on in my life at that time, why those quotes meant something to me then and what they mean to me now.

September 2011

Live without pretending, love without depending, listen without defending, speak without offending.

Don’t open your umbrella until it starts to rain

Every day is a new beginning.  Stay away from what might have been and look at what can be.

Somewhere, each day, we have to fall in love, with someone, something, some moment, event, phrase.  Somehow each day we must allow the softening of the heart.  Otherwise our hearts with move inevitably toward bynacism, bitterness, fear and despair.  We will move toward hardness. That’s where most of the world is trapped and doesn’t even know it.
– Richard Rohr

Work for a cause, not for applause.  Live life to express, not impress.  Never strive to make your presence noticed, just your absence felt.

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is not happiness without action.

When you stop working with your “shoulds” and start focusing on the reults, you will finally get the change you are after.
MoneyTalks

The first step toward getting what you want is having the courage to get rid of what you don’t.

The only time you run out of chances is when you stop taking them.

Be miserable or motivate yourself.  Always your choice.

Previous posts:
February 2011
March 2011

April 2011
May 2011
June 2011

July 2011
August 2011

What I Wrote Wednesday – August

I love quotes. The right ones always seem to find you exactly when you need them. When they really speak to me, I write them down in my day planner. As the year wraps up, I’m going back to pull out what I wrote, month by month. It’s interesting to go back and think about what was going on in my life at that time, why those quotes meant something to me then and what they mean to me now.

August 2011

If you want to do something, really do it, in the moment, without what-might-have-beens or what-might-bes.

Settle less.  Expect more.  Live bigger.

As we drive along this road called life, occasionally a gal will find herself a little lost.  And when that happens, I guess she has to let go of the coulda, shoulda, woulda, buckle up and just keep going.
– Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

When you’re open to receiving them, the possibilities just keep coming.
– Oprah Winfrey

It will all add up to something, even if it’s disconnected now.

Looking at something too closely complicates things.  Get a new perspective.

Every day might not be good, but there’s something good in every day.

Gratitude turns what we have into enough.

The race is long.  To finish first, first you must finish.
You can’t know what happens before it happens.
That which we manifest is before us.
The car goes where the eyes go.
– The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein

Previous posts:
February 2011
March 2011
April 2011
May 2011
June 2011
July 2011

What I Wrote Wednesday – July

I love quotes. The right ones always seem to find you exactly when you need them. When they really speak to me, I write them down in my day planner. As the year wraps up, I’m going back to pull out what I wrote, month by month. It’s interesting to go back and think about what was going on in my life at that time, why those quotes meant something to me then and what they mean to me now.

July 2011

Don’t let the future steal the present.

Be grateful for past experiences, focus on present blessings, create lasting change in my attitude toward the future.

Move with the flow.  Don’t fight the current.  Resist nothing.  Let life carry you.  Don’t try to carry it.
– Oprah Winfrey

You can’t control everything that happens, but you can control your reaction.  Be positive, be strong, be calm.

Storms make trees take deeper roots.
– Dolly Parton

I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.
 
– Anais Nin

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.

Previous posts:
February 2011
March 2011
April 2011
May 2011
June 2011

What I Wrote Wednesday – June

I love quotes. The right ones always seem to find you exactly when you need them. When they really speak to me, I write them down in my day planner. As the year wraps up, I’m going back to pull out what I wrote, month by month. It’s interesting to go back and think about what was going on in my life at that time, why those quotes meant something to me then and what they mean to me now.

June 2011

At any given moment, you have the power to say: “this is not how the story ends.”

You don’t have to like or love everything in the usual sense. The good and beauty far exceed the bad and ugly.  Have your preferences and go where you’re drawn.
 – Letters from the Universe

Previous posts:
February 2011
March 2011
April 2011
May 2011

What I Wrote Wednesday – May

I love quotes. The right ones always seem to find you exactly when you need them. When they really speak to me, I write them down in my day planner. As the year wraps up, I’m going back to pull out what I wrote, month by month. It’s interesting to go back and think about what was going on in my life at that time, why those quotes meant something to me then and what they mean to me now.

May 2011

Never say “no” to adventures!
– Ian Fleming

A bad attitude limits choices.

Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.
– St. Catherine of Sienna

It’s never too late to be what you might have been.

Previous posts:
February 2011
March 2011
April 2011

What I Wrote Wednesday – April

I love quotes. The right ones always seem to find you exactly when you need them. When they really speak to me, I write them down in my day planner. As the year wraps up, I’m going back to pull out what I wrote, month by month. It’s interesting to go back and think about what was going on in my life at that time, why those quotes meant something to me then and what they mean to me now.

April 2011

Do one thing every day that scares you.
– Eleanor Roosevelt

Anxiety is love’s greatest killer.
– Anais Nin

Previous posts:
February 2011
March 2011