My Year To Thrive

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." ~Maya Angelou


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An Update, Only Four Years Late

"Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like."

 Basically.

 

Hello, dusty blog. Someone emailed the other day requesting I update. I planned to get around to it, but when I thought about it recently I realized “the other day” was 2015. Whoops. There have been a lot of things I want to talk about, but obviously haven’t sat down to do that. Tonight I was thinking about posting something on Facebook & decided to put it here instead. Based on the responses I have gotten on other posts, I think it’s something a lot of you can identify with. I’ll open with the poignant bit, so those of you easily bored don’t have to read through my whole update to see it.

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Anyone Can Be a Runner & Here’s Why

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
~Marcus Aurelius (Brainy Quotes)

 

Because anyone who says differently is an asshole & everybody knows asshole opinions don’t matter.


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A Quick Update on Me

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
Maria Robinson (Think Exist)

 

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My life

It’s been a while! There has been a lot going on in my life since I last posted here, nearly a year ago. I finally approved comments & replied to the simpler questions. I need more focus to deal with the emotionally heavy comments.

For those playing along at home, here is a quick bullet list of the haps:

  • Still living in my apartment 🙂
  • I adopted a 2nd dog to keep my little baby company.
  • I got a job. Then I left for another job. Then I left that job. Now I’m looking for a new one. Preferably a part-time job with actual part-time hours, & not a “part-time” job where you work practically full-time hours for low pay & no benefits.
  • I stopped exercising & keeping up with my routines when I started working, but I’m back to daily exercise & a nightly routine that keeps my home a calm environment.
  • I started running again! I joined a local 5K training program. We did walk/run intervals & never got to running a solid 3mi, but it got me out there & I’m still running. These days I run 20mins 3x a week & walk the other days.
  • I added yoga to my nightly routine this week.
  • I did standup finally! Just once, but I plan to go back.
  • I’m writing again & working on some things for submissions. I also know a publisher who will publish my novel when it’s done — assuming I don’t fuck it up.
  • Since shaking off my abusive ex, I haven’t dated again. I’ve met some guys, but can’t make that leap to something more. My flirting style is aggressively ignoring people. That makes it really hard to communicate interest.
  • I’ve made a lot of new friends & have been socializing.
  • The nurse who manages my meds here, is the same one who did a few years ago back home. She knew me when I was in a very different place, so can see how far I’ve come & is really proud of my progress. It’s nice to have people who understand how big some of the changes in my life are. Most people don’t get how significant it is I live on my own now, take care of two dogs, leave the house, even get out of bed. A lot of people can’t identify with the struggle, but all too many can. 😦

 

I suppose that’s all for now. I hope everyone out there who is still struggling can take some solace in knowing it can get better if you hang in there. It’s not easy, & I’ve been very fortunate to have the ability to take  time out of the work force to be able to focus on my recovery. I hope to be able to return to full-time work in the near future, but for now I have to be able to handle a part-time job. :-/


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Upcoming New Running Game App: Run An Empire

My philosophy is: If you can’t have fun, there’s no sense in doing it.
~Paul Walker
(Brainy Quotes)

Reading a comment thread in the Fit Fatties Facebook group, I found a mention of Run An Empire. It’s a running game app (app game? story app? “strategy running game”), similar to Zombies, Run!.  The difference being, from what I can see — it’s still in closed beta, instead of earning items to build up your virtual zombie compound, you actually capture & defend the real world space you run through.

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Perfectionism, Stress, & Routines

When you aim for perfection, you discover it’s a moving target.
~George Fisher (Quote Garden)

My writing area

This is where the magic happens. Now that I have my own place I finally have room for a writing area! The white binder with a couple of notebooks on top of it is the never-ending novel. I have decided this will be the year I finally finish revising & editing, & let it go. Seriously. I’m going to do it!

I wrote a couple of years ago about things I was letting fear hold me back from. So far, I’ve had a job, started dating & had a boyfriend — even if he turned out to be shitty, moved to a larger city, I’ve become more social & made a lot of new friends, & I’ve started checking out the comedy scene here & working on a set.  Now, I have my own apartment! 😀

Like a lot of big life changes, even positive ones, it can be stressful. I’m really happy with my decision, but it is a major step, especially financially.  I am working with vocational rehab though to go back to work; a long-term job, not something seasonal.

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Whether it’s 2 or 22, your size has little to do with how beautiful you feel | AL.com

Whether it's 2 or 22, your size has little to do with how beautiful you feel | AL.com
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Whether it’s 2 or 22, your size has little to do with how beautiful you feel | AL.com

This article showed up on my personal Facebook page, & I thought it was pretty great.  So, of course I had to share it with you guys!  It’s message is certainly one I share & promote.

When you think about your best friends, do you ever think “If she was only a size 2, I’d enjoy hanging out with her so much more”? Of course not. That’s ridiculous.

So then why do we think that way about ourselves?

Working toward becoming a healthy person is a good and worthy goal, something I should be proud of.

Working toward becoming a size 6 is not.

It’s just not. It is not good or worthy. It has nothing to do with being a healthier me or a better me or feeling more beautiful.

 

Read the complete article here & click below for a brief update on me.

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How To Exercise Out Of Self-Love and Not Due To Fat-Shaming | Everyday Feminism


How To Exercise Out Of Self-Love and Not Due To Fat-Shaming — Everyday Feminism

Catching up on some things at the library.  I am getting closer to the ‘net at home; probably in the next couple of weeks.  Yay!  I got behind on my 31 Miles to Halloween challenge, but have been making the push this week to catch up my miles.  I should just squeak by.  Finished C25K w1d2 with J. yesterday, & we will finish the week up tomorrow.  Yay again!  The prize for October was to be spearmint teas & related goodies, based on my previous article about tea for PCOS.  I have it together, but decided to wait to until I can be more active here before posting it.

So, on to the meat here.  A couple of friends posted this on fb & I got it in the EF newsletter today, so I figured why not.  It’s a fairly brief article, as most of their stuff is, & does a good job of summing the issue up.

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