Tuesday Ramblings & Updates

So, I had this blog post planned for Monday, but alas my blog hosting company had other plans.  It was down and I couldn't blog, as you may have seen on facebook!  Anyhow, I sure hope your Monday was a great start to the week.  Aside from my blog issues, yesterday was good and pretty average, it was a Monday afterall.  

Last week I worked out Mon. - Fri. and it felt great!  It'd been a few weeks since I was able to get all 5 days in.  I'm hoping to get back to my 5 days a week routine this week, as well.  

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It'd been awhile since I gave any updates on my office makeover, well, it's more of an office organization/finally getting around to decorating it, than it is a makeover.  Honestly, there hasn't been much to update!  My desk has remained pretty uncluttered, so that's a plus!  I also moved some boxes into the closet and now my office floor is cleared up.  The closet...well, that's another story! But at least it appears neater!  I also decided I'm going to have some DIY canvas prints made with my favorite motivational quotes to decorate these bare walls I have.  I'll definitely post some photos of those when they're up, which will be soon (I hope!) 

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Lastly, I'm working on my goals and plans for 2014 and I must say I am getting excited and dreaming big!  I'll be sharing them on the blog soon because accountability is key to getting things done for me!  How about you, are you working on your goals for next year?  How do you stay on track during the year?  I'd love to hear from you :) 

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Let's Stop Comparing.

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Did anyone else watch the NYC Marathon on TV this past Sunday? I watched bits of it and was so inspired.  I know I will never-ever-ever run as fast as the top female finisher! She ran 26.2 miles in 02:25:07.  Amazing!  To put things into perspective, I'm hoping to finish my first half marathon, 13.1 miles, in around 2:30.  Of course, running is her life, not a hobby.  She's an elite athlete and to compare myself to her, for any one of us to compare ourselves to her, would be wrong.  It's unrealistic and not healthy.  So, why do we still do it?  We may not compare ourselves to top athletes, but we compare ourselves to other women.  We're bombarded by stories on social media about all these amazing success stories and we start to feel bad about ourselves.  We start to second guess ourselves, second guess our own progress.  I know it happens to me.  I'll be like, "It only took her 3 months to lose 30 lbs, it took me a year!  What's wrong with me?" "She can do how many pull ups? I just want to do 1!" I could go on and on, but you get the point.  

Let's stop comparing ourselves to others.  The only person we should compare ourselves to, is ourselves. Let's focus on becoming better than we were, not better than so and so.  We are all at different stages in our lives and journeys, so why compare our middle, with someone else's end.  How do I know what it took for that lady to lose 30 lbs in 3 months! Maybe it was hard for her, maybe it was easy for her.  I don't know.  I only know that it was her journey, her story, her moment.  Not mine.  It took me over a year to lose 30 lbs and I'm ok with that.  Why? Because it's my story, my journey.  

Let's look back at who we were last year, last month, last week, and be proud of the progress we've made, the goals we've reach, and the hurdles we've overcome.  Not just in fitness, but in life too.  That is much more rewarding and much more realistic.  Let's be happy with ourselves.  Let's live our life fully and wholeheartedly.  Let's promise to stop comparing ourselves to others and focus on ourselves this week! Write down 5 things you've done this year that you are proud of and start feeling good about yourself.  Deal? Deal! 

Let's stop this and start living our own life! 

Let's stop this and start living our own life! 

Finding the Balance in Our Lives

Is this even possible?  I ask, because we all seem to struggle with it.  I don't think I've ever met a single person that has said they live a perfectly balanced life.  We are always striving for a perfect balance between our work, family, hobbies, responsibilities, etc. What does having a balanced life really mean, anyhow?  

I've struggled for a long time with this.  Don't get me wrong, I do appreciate the freedoms and perks that come with being a mom who works mostly from home.  But, it's very hard to work from home and have "working hours".   When I'm doing laundry, I feel I should be working.  When I'm at the gym, I feel I should be working.  When I'm playing with my children, I feel I should be working.  But then, when I'm working on my computer, I feel guilty that the dishes aren't done or that my daughter is playing alone in her room.  Or better yet, watching way too much Disney Jr.  Also, with social media being such a big part of our lives and in my case, a big part of my work, I feel like I'm always "on".  

There are days, when things feel completely chaotic and out of control mostly because I'm trying to juggle too much at the same time.  On those days, I feel unaccomplished and stressed out.  I find that when I get to this point, I need to step back and prioritize.  I need to figure out what's most important, what's truly urgent and tackle those things first.  This means some things just don't get done or don't get done right away and I have to be ok with this.  

Maybe having a balanced life does not necessarily mean a stress-free life.  Maybe a balanced life isn't so balanced after all.  There are things that will take priority over others, like our family. Or things that will take more of your time.  There are things we just prefer doing over others.  Instead of looking for a perfect balance in our lives, maybe we should just look for some balance.  Maybe balance is more about being flexible and able to change directions.  Balance may not always be about giving everything or everyone equal priorities.  Maybe balance is about letting go of the things that hold us back and weigh us down and keeping what makes us happy and fulfilled.  

What does having a balanced life mean to you?  

 

I was really struggling to keep my balance during Tough Mudder! 

I was really struggling to keep my balance during Tough Mudder!