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


Happy Birthday To Me!

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.
Oprah Winfrey (Brainy Quote)

Today is my birthday.  I had another post planned, but decided to go with something more appropriate to the occasion.

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Basic Running Tips : Jogging Tips – YouTube

Everyone who has run knows that its most important value is in removing tension and allowing a release from whatever other cares the day may bring.
~Jimmy Carter 
(Quote Garden)

Basic Running Tips : Jogging Tips – YouTube

After yesterday’s post & now jumping to a Youtube video on running form, I feel like this blog is as bipolar as I am.  I guess that makes sense since it’s my blog:)  Yesterday I talked about trying to kill myself, today I bring you a short video about proper running form!

One of the benefits of starting out slow is that it makes it really easy to concentrate on developing your form.  I’ve already mastered the keeping your fists loose (I started out running with clenched fists & that was a hard habit to break) & keeping my shoulders out of my ears.  Staying loose while you’re running is super important.  You need to put your energy into your run & not into clenching & hunching.

I really struggle with keeping my head up, because I have a natural tendency to want to look down around other people because I’m awkward & to watch my feet because I’m clumsy.  I’ve tripped over the line on a football field & that’s just chalk.  Since watching this video I’ve also been working on keeping my arms moving in a straight line & trying to follow this guy’s advice on posture.  On that last one I have to admit I don’t entirely understand him.  I think I do sort of, just not fully.  Lean forward, don’t sit.  Gotcha.  My feet have a bit of a natural turn-out (this was awesome in ballet), so keeping my feet pointing forward is uncomfortable for my knees, but I haven’t had an issue with letting them drift out while running.

The video is less than 2mins long, but for those who can’t watch it for whatever reason or just don’t want to, I’ve condensed his main points into this handy list.  TBH, I usually skip videos myself.  I have crappy internet & a lack of patience.

  1. Arms straight, no swinging or twisting side-to-side, it’s inefficient & you’re wasting movement.
  2. Don’t stand up straight.  Bend slightly forward from the waist.  Don’t “sit” while you’re running.
  3. Keep your feet straight when running & don’t let them drift out to the side.

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Breaking Your Own Heart

The very thing you’ve been the most afraid of
You’ve been doing it from the start, breaking your own heart. 

Breaking your own heart- Kelly Clarkson (Stronger) Good Sound Quality – YouTube

Considering yesterday I talked about letting fear hold me back, when I heard this song last night I wanted to share.  After all, what’s scarier than letting someone close enough to love you?  Besides being welling to let yourself love someone, of course.  I’m hoping someday soon I’ll be strong enough to let that happen again.

(lyrics behind the jump)

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Joss Stone “Security”

I wanted to share another song today.  This one makes me cry, because so much of it hits close to home.  Not to mention I’m still searching for my security…  Someday.  Someday.  Patience, young padawan.

A loss that would have thrown
A hole through anybody’s soul
And you were only human after all
So don’t hold back the tears my dear
Release them so your eyes can clear
I know that you will rise again
But you gotta let them fall
I wish that I could snap my fingers
Erase the past but no
You cannot rewind reality
Once the tape’s unrolled[Chorus:]
If your spirit’s broken and you can’t bear the pain
I will help you put the pieces back
A little more each day
And if your heart is locked and you can’t find the key
Lay your head upon my shoulder
I’ll set you free
I’ll be your security

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So Happy Being Me! Loving Angie Stone Today.

Angie Stone “So Happy Being Me”

Looking back on when I started
Had a lot of sun and a lot of rain
I had some joy and been broken hearted
But now that doesn’t mean a thing
I’m living for the joy and laughter
Longing for my befores and afters
All in all it’s been cool
And there’s nothing I wouldn’t do
I’m so happy being me

So happy being me
I’m regretting nothing about me
Too busy living life, giving love, Freely
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