Month: October 2013

Color Me Rad

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Aren’t the port-o-potties a lovely backdrop?

Last week,  some coworkers and I participated in the Color Me Rad run/walk here in town.  It was a blast and very well organized!  Considering there were close to 9000 people there, that was a VERY good thing!

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Some RAD ladies!

One of the things I like most about this run/walk is that it isn’t timed, and that it is suppose to be FUN!  The main goal is to get people to be active, whether they are running it or just walking it.

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post-run… errr, walk…

So many other races can be very competitive and though there is nothing wrong with that in of itself, it can be intimidating.  We just walked it and enjoyed every minute of it!

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another post-walk

Have you ever participated in Color Me Rad or some other sort of run/race?

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High Five for Friday!

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Hey y’all! I’m linking up with Lauren at http://www.thelaurenelizabeth.com for High Five for Friday! And I sure am glad it is Friday! Here is what I’ve been up to this week:

1. Last Friday night, the ladies at my church had a retreat at Fort Caswell. It was a wonderful time of fellowship and worship.

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Beautiful sunset and the Oak Island Lighthouse

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CABC Ladies

2. Saturday night was “date night.” We went to dinner and then saw Gravity in IMAX 3D. It was the first movie we’ve seen since we got an IMAX here in Wilmington, and I don’t usually like 3D (it gives me a headache). But this movie was perfect for it! The movie itself was really good too!1384119_10100552759981766_2026105886_n

3. On Sunday, my family had lunch together and had a planning meeting for our trip to Disney World… My dad takes trip planning very seriously lol.1384331_10100553211437046_221635232_n

4. I am hooked on puzzles. At the ladies’ retreat, several of us worked on a puzzle, and I got hooked. Mom, my sister, and I started one on Sunday, which my mom ended up finishing that night, and now I am working on my own (1000 pieces… yeah, I might be busy for a few days…)

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5. We have a new “neighbor.” This kitty has been showing up on our doorstop every so often this week and the other night, Linux got a glimpse of him and just stared out the window for about half an hour watching him. It was hilarious because the cat wasn’t even remotely worried about Linux, but Linux was whining and fussing (I’m pretty sure he wanted to play with the cat haha!)

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Linux and the cat

So, what have you been up this week?

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25 things every woman needs to know.

Had to share! So so good!

1) Life is a steep, uphill battle but it’s fierce & it’s beautiful & you’ll be sad to see it go if you live it right.

2) New people won’t stop coming into your life and opportunities won’t stop knocking on the door but you need to have the space for them. In all you currently have– be them relationships or obligations– step back and ask yourself “why.” If you can find the answer, hold tighter. If the answer escapes you, it’s time to let something go.

3) You should resolve to be awesome for the rest of your life. Right now. Do it.

4) Leggings, no matter how much we wish, will never one day magically transform into pants. Wearing them with tops that don’t cover your bum is not cute. Please, please, please stock up on pants.

5) Goals are not a January 1st kind of thing. Set…

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My _______ is better than yours.

Is it me, or does it seem like there is a lot of this mentality going on in our world lately?  And if you have noticed this, are you just about completely fed up with it like I am?

There are lots of areas that I see this happening in, but one of the main areas I’ve really noticed lately is within the exercise realm.  I’ve mentioned briefly that I practice Bikram Hot Yoga, which I completely love. One of the main things I love about it is that they truly are judgement-free.  It doesn’t matter where you are in life, whether you have any experience with yoga, what your weight/height/health currently is, they welcome you in and make you feel so comfortable.  The teacher reiterates over and over that yoga is a PRACTICE, it’s not perfect.  Every time you come to class your body is different, and sometimes it’s feels easy and sometimes you have no idea why you came.  But no matter what, after class, there are fellow yogis there encouraging you and congratulating on a great class.  For me personally, this is what keeps me going back week after week.

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However, just because I love Bikram yoga, that doesn’t mean I think it is for everyone or that I think my workout routine is better than someone else’s.  But I get on Facebook or Twitter and see comments and statuses that just make me cringe.  Instead of building each other up, they call those who don’t do their form of exercise “weak,” “fat,” “lazy,” etc. They even talk about other forms of exercise as being lesser than theirs (“well, this isn’t Zumba, we actually workout!”).  Excuse me?!  I’ve done Zumba and it is exercising! I’m pretty sure all forms of dancing are considered exercise. So what if it isn’t the form of exercise you do?  Why does that matter?  We are not all the same — we have different personalities, beliefs, hobbies, etc. so why would the way we choose to exercise (if we choose to exercise at all) be any different?  Some people love to run, some like weightlifting, others like yoga, and some don’t like exercising at all.  And you know what?  That is their choice and who am I or any one else to judge them?

When I searched “judging” in Google Images, this saying kept coming up over and over. Does it disturb you as much as it does me?

 

So instead of tearing each other down, how about we start building each other up? And not just with exercise, but with all aspects of our lives?  I know that exercise might be trivial in comparison to other things, but that’s just one small area that we can start with.

Just thought this picture was cute.

 

 

The Crud

So I have been a little under the weather this week… I caught “the crud” a.k.a. a nasty head cold.  I hate being sick (is there anyone that actually likes being sick? haha!), but it’s also been a good reminder that I need to rest up.  Work has also been extremely stressful so I am looking forward to relaxing this weekend.  How has your week been? I sure hope you are not fighting this mess!