Keeping it Simple

It’s official – I’m old :) Well, not really. 31 to be exact. Just a young spring chicken!

Yesterday was like any other day, spent at work and capped it off with a night at the Running Room with our half marathon clinic.

Granted, the day was made extra special as my coworkers bought me bouquets of broccoli in honour of the special day (see how well they know me?) and they also took me out to lunch at Sky Blue Sky Sandwich Company. I also received some awesome little text emoticon buttons from Sam (one with devil horns! yes! \m/ ), a cupcake from one of our adorable little clinic members and tons of lovely wishes from friends and family members on twitter, facebook, texts, email, comments on here, in person, and on the phone.

All in all, it was just another day, which is exactly what I had hoped for. 

But the big day also included a little chat from about goals and motivation at our RR clinic from a really great runner and blogger that made me think about some of the things I have achieved over the last year and I hope to achieve in the next year (and beyond), and I should tie into one of those lovely memes that like to go around that Campinggirl tagged me in. But we know how I do these…

So I present to you seven things from my 30th year of which I am proud:

  • Finding a job again! – seven months of unemployment were HARD, but I got through them :)
  • Never giving up – there were days I didn’t want to get dressed, leave my apartment and avoided people, but I’m happy that I did and thankful that I have amazing people in my life. Maybe it should be that THEY didn’t give up on ME.
  • Getting back to a healthy weight – It was something that was so easy to do but I wasn’t in the right frame of mind. I sometimes still think I need to lose 10 more pounds, but I’m in a good place and it’s a GOOD thing.
  • Taking the batteries out of my scale – I know I said I was going to put them back on my birthday, but I seriously think this was the best thing I have ever done and I probably won’t put them back in until the New Year now.
  • Pushing my limits – I swore I’d never run more than a half marathon and then suddenly, without much training, ran a 30km, a race I was pretty proud of considering I ran it all by myself, with no cheering section and in another city. But I made friends there by meeting two amazing Heathers and it was an experience I will never forget. Then, a month and a half later, I decided to push myself just a bit more by trying to run two half marathons in seven days, something that was completely bananas, especially when I caught a cold, but I did it anyway.
  • Giving back – Volunteering was a great way to give back, but coaching run clinics has been even better. It’s not only a great way to make new friends and meet new people, but you learn more about yourself and gain confidence that you didn’t realize you had.
  • Love you – Not you, me. Each day I love me more. Bits and pieces of me. Granted, there are parts of me I can’t stand to see, but they make me who I am, they got me where I am, and they’re going to get me where I need to go tomorrow. I have to be thankful for what I’ve got and make it all work together, because there’s no fairy godmother that’s going to come and make it all better. This may be as good as it gets and I’m the one who takes it to the next level.

But then there are seven things I should probably do this year…

  • Run that pesky marathon (such a minor detail)
  • Finally get my drivers license (I’ve been putting that one on lists for YEARS)
  • Build back up my savings (it got severely depleted last year)
  • Actually take vacation time AWAY from TO (hello, west coast girls!)
  • Decrease debt (the credit cards have disappeared)
  • Find a new place to live (it doesn’t feel like home)
  • Keep smiling :)

Simple, right? But a mouse has gotta do what a mouse has gotta do!

So what are some of the accomplishments you’ve achieved in the past few months? In the last year? Since your last birthday? Any big goals on the horizon right now? Do you re-evaluate them regularly? What keeps you motivated and on track?


Lynda with a Y said...

Great post, great accomplishments, great goals for the future. Happy Birthday!

H-woman said...

You have a lot to be proud of in your 30th year! The 31st looks like it's got some great things in store, too. And a trip west is definitely in order!


Vickie said...

seriously love the broccoli bouquets! Like they might be the all time greatest birthday thing I have ever seen.

What a great post. Happy belated birthday. And I didn't quite realize I am (nearly) old enough to be your mom. . .

Sarah said...

Happy Belated!

This is a fantastic post, as per usual :) Its making me make my own list of what I've done, want to do in the coming year.

Great reflection :)

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