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So close, yet so far… and other thoughts

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“Consider, Sir, how insignificant this will appear a twelvemonth hence.” – Samuel Johnson (via The Happiness Project)

Happy Friday everyone!  After the stress I’ve been feeling the past few weeks, I finally got a couple solid nights sleep (and a three day weekend!) and my mood has improved. I had a lot that I wanted to talk about today so this post might be a little random….

First of all, I am SO close to being rid of my credit cards. Sooooooooooooooooo close. I am down to about $900 on one card.

The hardest part is that I have the money in savings to get rid of the consumer debt, but still having the student loans I realize that would be stupid.

It’s so tempting though.

Goal: To have the card gone by the end of June!

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Next up, I have a lot of random food at my apartment in the freezer and cupboards so I decided to put myself up to a challenge for the next week.

Challenge: Only eat what I already have.

I am allowed to purchase a couple of staples (milk and eggs), but everything else has to come from what is already in my cabinet.

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I’ve read a lot of great blog posts lately… here are some of my favorite:

Dave at What’s Dave Doing writes Just a little longer, about following your dreams, regardless of the reasons you can’t.

Chris Guillebeau at the Art of Non-Conformity writes How to Go Everywhere on your mentality as they relate to choices.

Christine of C’est Christine writes This is Your Life. Self-explanatory.

 

The Journey

Runner statue, Stanley Park (credit: rickz)

I woke up yesterday morning really early. And when I say early, I mean really REALLY early. Like 2 a.m. early… and for no reason other than that the stress got to me. By 5 a.m. I figured I might as well get up and tackle the day… and tackle it I did. Breakfast, French and a balanced checkbook all before I’d even entertain the idea of waking up on a normal day.

The only thing that could have actually made it better was if I’d gone on the 6:30 run I considered when I woke up, but I’d been up over 4 hours at that point and figured I’d be better served by an hour nap before work than an hour run. Unfortunately, as my stress levels have risen I’ve foregone running for sleeping. And I’m not sure that’s been the right decision.

Luckily, I had an evening run planned with a coworker, so I knew I wasn’t totally skipping it yesterday.

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Truthfully, I’m shocked by how much I enjoy running. Prior to last month, I very openly hated it. I thought (and told anyone who would listen) that running was too boring, too hard, and worst of all, if I wasn’t losing weight, what was the point?

To put it simply, the point is to run.

I began running because I wanted to know what it was like to run 26.2 miles, even though it sounded crazy. (As I typed that sentence, I actually wrote “even though it sounds great.” My how times have changed.) The proud me side of me wants to prove that I am capable of it, both to myself and to others.

Another part of me knows that running is the only thing in my life that I can control right now. That no matter what happens during the day and how fast things feel like they are spinning out of control, I can put on my sneakers and run as hard and as long as I want to. That’s on me.

I set a goal to run 50 miles this month and I don’t know if I’ll hit it, but that’s okay. I’m a slow runner and there’s only so much daylight. I find that I love just being outside with my feet hitting the earth.  Some days I struggle to make it to three miles. Others I can drop six no problem. I’m not ready to run a full marathon yet, but I’ll get there eventually. It’s not solely about the destination, but also the journey…

Which I am happily taking with my own two feet.

(amazing photo belongs to rickz)

Positive Thoughts

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I feel as though I am going 2,000 different directions. And it’s starting to stress me out.

I wanted to write about all the things that stressed me out last (including my dog chewing up my brand new, just arrived in the mail yesterday The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau), but I had some time to chill out and decided instead to simply write about the things I’m thankful for.

  • Pleasant, cool weather (in May!)
  • Sitting on the balcony with my puppy and a glass of wine
  • My AWESOME new business cards from Moo.com (printed on ecofriendly/100% recycled paper)
  • Closing another credit card 🙂
  • Apprendre le français
  • The thunderstorm this morning!

Patience

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I have asked the universe and prayed for patience for a very long time. I don’t remember when I started asking for it, but up until recently I’d given up that I ever learn it.

That is, until in NYC, I didn’t stress about being (very) late to our Sunday in the park. Or in Miami, when things didn’t go as planned and I was able to roll with the punches. Or on the flight home, when we had to turn around less than 60 miles from our destination because of storms and I didn’t arrive until over 6 hours later on a typically 45 minute flight.

Okay, well on that last one I finally snapped after we sat on the tarmac for about 45 minutes at our destination and my cell phone battery died. Getting angry at a cell phone seems a little silly now, but hey, I was one very tired and hungry human.

So clearly my patience is still a work in progress, but I realize that I’m capable of having it. I know it will be great to have in my future endeavors!

Do you have a trait that you consider your “work in progress”?

 

Cinco de Mayo Cookies

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These Cinco de Mayo piñata cookies are probably one of the coolest things I’ve seen made out of baked goods in awhile. I might have to spend next weekend baking!!

You can find the full walkthrough here.