Yay! It’s Friday! Do you know what I’m really excited for? The Golden Globes this weekend! OK, really I just want to see the pretty dresses on the red carpet.
Thank you all for your input on which half marathon I should run this year. I really appreciate your advice. I think that I’m leaning towards the Brooklyn Half. Or possibly doing the Broad Street 10 miler in Philly in May and then a Fall half marathon. Then a certain Pavement Runner and a certain Darwinian Fail decided to up the ante and throw the Toronto Marathon into the mix with promises of lots of Fitfluential friends, making my decision all the more difficult. Not nice friends. Not nice. Back to the drawing board.
One of my other goals for the year is to read more books. I read a lot of blogs (which I love) but there’s nothing like getting lost in a good story and being totally consumed by it. I was all set to dive into Gone Girl when I received a notice from the library that a copy of Matched was being held for me.
I first spied it on my friend Kristen’s Instagram and then I saw that it made Shell’s list of Keepers from last year. I’m hoping that it will satisfy my need for dystopian young adult fiction until the third book of the Divergent series is released.
I also recently started reading Danielle LaPorte’s The Fire Starter Sessions, which is a guide to define success on your own terms. I’m not really the self-help book type but there’s something about this book that intrigues me. You should watch some of her videos – she sparks a fire and makes you want to cultivate your inner passions. That passion and fire is also part of my commitment to live intentionally this year. My husband thinks that I’m just going through a midlife crisis.
On to this week’s round-up. They are all about journeys in one way or another and the question – how did I get here?
Surrender, Trust, Believe
This is one of my favorite posts from the week. Lisa talks about her quest for a marathon PR which, while it hasn’t resulted in that coveted PR, it has revealed some important life lessons. I admire her perspective and her passion, and her strength of character comes across through her words. Lisa is also organizing a virtual run to support her good friend and her 6 year-old son who is battling cancer. Please consider making a donation or running in support of Kyle’s Krusade.
Discomfort: A skill for running and life
I totally identified with Tiffany’s post. While I was driven to perform well academically growing up, I wasn’t born with the inherent ability to push myself in physical pursuits because it was hard, I would be uncomfortable, and I was afraid of failing. It is a learned skill.
Labels are Bullshit
Labels abound in our society. Sometimes, they are helpful – they help us sort and organize and figure out how to “deal” with a situation. Sometimes, they aren’t so helpful. Sometimes, we’re so eager to label people and things because that’s the easiest thing to do. This post from Alison dives into many of the complicated feelings when labels are applied to our children.
50 Ways Other People’s Kids Suck
I’m sorry. This post from Scary Mommy is just funny. And true. Yes, your kids suck (and I mean that in the nicest way possible).
Eoin Finn: How Did I get here?
OK, so I know that I featured a video about surfing last week but I couldn’t resist this video about what surfing can teach us about life. “What surfing has taught me about life: when to paddle, when to relax, and when to ride a wave and enjoy yourself as much as possible.”
Happy Weekend everyone! Are you excited for movie award season? Have you read any good books? I’d love to complete my list of books to read this year. Do you use Good Reads? Should I sign up?
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