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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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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Weekly Review: Sept. 21-Sept. 27, 2014

“A season of loneliness and isolation is when the caterpillar gets its wings. Remember that next time you feel alone.”
~Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass (Goodreads)

I have a few fun things happening on the blog in October:

Another contest! (& there’s still time to enter the current one)
A Halloween mileage challenge
Start C25K

I had a really good week.  I’ve slept well, felt well, been mildly productive, & I have walked for ~40mins every day.  I didn’t walk last Sunday, but I did work with my resistance bands.

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Health Tip: Use Proper Form When Running: MedlinePlus

Using proper running form can help prevent injuries and make running a little easier and more comfortable. 

Knee MRI shot from Wikipedia

Health Tip: Use Proper Form When Running: MedlinePlus.
(Image used from Wikipedia.)

This was just one of their brief bullet point articles, so not much to cull from for a blurb, so here is the bullet list:

  • Bend your elbows at a 90-degree angle and keep them close to your body, with your hands relaxed.
  • Relax your shoulders and keep them down; drive from your shoulders, not your elbows.
  • Avoid leaning forward at the waist, but keep a slight forward lean at the ankles.
  • Lift your knees higher as they move forward.
  • Hit the ground with your heel, rolling forward onto the ball of your foot. As you lift your foot off the ground, push-off with the front of your foot.
  • Hold your head steady and level, and try not to bounce.
I’m not back to running yet, but I’m trying to get back out there.  I have walked & tried doing a few other things, but my ankle/foot is still bothering me, along with some intermittent pain in my lower back. More on that behind the jump. Continue reading