Friday, December 31, 2010

Goals = Success!!!

Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality. -Ralph Marston

Another year is ending and a new one beginning. Time to make those promises that we plan to brea....ahem...keep! Declaring resolutions are for the birds! I declare goals and goals only. My goals are usually stepping stones for something larger so I can't exactly give it a year only. Well, that is if they are important goals. So, my goals for the year are continuations from last year:

1) be more active

2) be more spiritual

3) be more positive

4) live with purpose

5) Love more and without fear or doubt

6) continuously keep up a blog

Those are in no particular order. So, I figure if I try to remove as much doubt or fear from all those goals, they will become my reality. Here's to a successful New Year!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Quote Happy and Full of Inspiration

Yeah. It's been one of those days. And I have absolutely no reason for it. Well....maybe because I've been on vacation since the 23rd and will not be returning to the grind until five days into the new year! Yes, yes, yes....that has to be it! So, I'm full of expectation and that old feeling that everything is possible and awaiting new beginnings. I love a new year like a fresh morning. Me and Alex went to the gym this morning after a short 3 day break. We did however find time to take a much needed walk with my Daddy after Christmas dinner. I refused to sit there feeling full and groaning with everyone else! So I headed out with the dogs and did a 20 minute jog. I returned to find my Daddy and husband gearing up for walk. It was a good time. So, I'm back home and trying to get myself organized for the fresh canvas of 2011. This means getting that workout schedule down and a fresh pair of shoes. My mind doesn't need a heck of a lot of work in the inspiration area but I've found it nonetheless. I was copying new quotes for future facebook statuses and found one that helped me get through a grueling treadmill workout.

"That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road. And when I got there, I thought maybe I'd run to the end of town. And when I got there, I thought maybe I'd just run across Greenbow County. And I figured, since I run this far, maybe I'd just run across the great state of Alabama. And that's what I did. I ran clear across Alabama. For no particular reason I just kept on going. I ran clear to the ocean. And when I got there, I figured, since I'd gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going. When I got to another ocean, I figured, since I'd gone this far, I might as well just turn back, keep right on going. "--Forest Gump

So, keep going even if you have no reason for it at that particular moment. One day you will look back and find a reason to attach.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Early Christmas for Me

"So many believe it is love that grows, but it is the knowing that grows and love that simply expands to contain it." That's a direct passage from 'The Shack'. I finally understand it. I have found that knowing with my husband. And because I've finally figured it out, my love has expanded to include family and friends. He's definitely been good for me and has opened my eyes to a lot of things that were always there. He told me what I meant to him last night because I requested a love letter for Christmas. Since funds are tight and he requested I not get him anything, I thought this would be a good request. Well, I certainly got more than I expected. To have someone speak how they feel about you and to know they are truly speaking from the heart is a true gift. He's been going through a lot worried about his family overseas and yet, he can find the time and energy to do that for me. I do love that man. Who'd have thunk it? Me...head over hills. Well, that is one gift I will never forget.

Now, drawing on his strength and encouragement, I will get back to work on the training. Just 4 more months before the Roundup! Oh my!

Monday, December 13, 2010

My Appointment

Well, this morning I checked my Facebook to find Amanda wanted to go walking at 9am. It was 8:30 when I checked it. Since it's been about a month of Sundays since we walked together, I figured I should get on it. I stepped outside and it was freakin' freezing. Like 33 degrees freezing. On the way there, I called her to tell her I would be running a bit late. I wanted to stop by Walgreen's and find a pair of earmuffs. You see, I was rockin' the fro' this morning so any knit cap that Alex had wouldn't fit over my hair. No luck at Walgreens so I head on to the park because I didn't want her waiting long in the cold with little Dax. We walked and talked for about an hour. We only did three miles but the talk was worth it. Besides, I did a marathon cleaning and organizing of the spare room yesterday so my body was a little sore from that. But good news. I unloaded 45lbs worth of weight from the trunk of my car. I finally brought in the free weights to use. Should help my car with fuel costs. So, now I'm sitting here typing because I had a great inspirational thought yesterday but it's lost on me right now. Maybe later. I will have to think on it a bit longer. I walked today and that's going to have to be good enough.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

It's Not the Work

I have a phrase that I try to remember when things get tough or even when I'm just tired of it all. It goes, It's not the work but the purpose that makes it so special. I don't really know where I saw that. I think it was in a book. Sorry....can't site it until I remember. In any case, I have tried applying it to everything I do. I work so that my husband and I can have it a little easier. I workout so that I can be healthier. I pray for my soul and those of others. I smile to make someone else's day better. Everything is special. Sometimes we trudge through life thinking of how hard it is or how boring it is or just thinking of how we would rather be doing something else. Well, try keeping this phrase handy. When you think about why you are doing it, it moves you just a little bit. For some of you, maybe it moves you a lot. But I know one thing for sure, it will definitely make you think. And if you can't find a special reason for whatever it is you are doing....well, I say stop doing it because in the end it probably won't be worth the time. Making my life special involves work and I'm here to say so far, it's all been worth it. Well, I was giving my husband a bit of a silent treatment but after writing this, I think I need to go hug him. After all, he was working at making our lives special too! Goodnight.