#Last90Days Ending the Year on a High Note

Have you heard of Rachel Hollis? Or, maybe, Have you heard the book title “Girl, Wash  your Face” ? Rachel is a lifestyle blogger, motivational speaker, coach, and author that I only recently stumbled upon. You can get a better grasp of what her empire is by clicking here and visiting her site. Why do I bring this up? Rachel is running a challenge for the last 90 days of the calendar year to inspire and motivate individuals to kick-off their goals NOW. There’s no need to wait until the new year, anytime is a great time to keep a commitment to yourself.

I’ve yet to read her book, but I can get on-board with her ideas to end the year strong; so I’m committing to my usual goals, but with more motivation than I can usually muster as we settle into late fall/early winter.

She provides ideas with her 5 to Thrive list that I’m using to loosely plan the next 90 days.

These are mine and  you can see her items below.

  1. Wake-up an hour earlier (or carve out an extra hour of focused time)
  2. Workout for at least 30 min. Walking, Barre3, and circuits will be my focus
  3. Drink half our body weight in ounces of water. Yup, done.
  4. Alternative: Throw in a serving of veggies at each meal. Done.
  5. Start a gratitude journal. 3-5 things each day.

 

Are you IN?

Let’s Play BINGO for Self-Care

As promised, I’ve brought to you the self-care bingo card that will guide you to be more mindful of everyday wellness. I plan to check the boxes off of this card along with you during the month.

This bingo card is intended to be personalized by the user, so you can add actions that personally build you up. The idea of caring for yourself is not all bubblebaths, saying no, or alone time (but those can be a part of it); self-care is setting aside time that reboots you each day. It’s equally important to relax at home with a book as it is to spend time with important people in your life.

It may be difficult to brainstorm 10 items, but brainstorming is a part of the process to understanding how you best function!

Spend the next week prepping your BINGO card and you’ll be all set come January 1st!

If you need clarifications, have suggestions, or feedback, please let me know!


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Starting from Scratch.

Can you remember the last time you were a beginner at something?

It’s hard. It’s plain hard, especially, when you know what you were once capable of doing on a regular basis.

I’m a lifelong mediocre athlete. I played high school tennis, but solidly held onto the 4th singles slot. I was and still am a non-competitive dancer, a jazz baby, middle school tapper, and I picked up ballet late in life. I continued to dance in my university’s no-cut Repertory Dance Group for three years and have again recently picked up tap.

JV Cross Country instilled in me the idea that I CAN run and it IS fun. The golden rule for running is to find your pace partner and don’t push yourself before you’re ready. Because of my jack-of-all trades upbringing, I was always in decent shape, had strong legs, and was never injured.

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It’s now that I’m almost four years out of undergrad and I sit at a desk 9-5, with little overall movement. Similar to the mermaids cursed by Ursula in The Little Mermaid–my baby muscles shriveled. After last year’s PNW Ragnar Relay I let my slightly injured hip/knee  go and escalate from annoyance to injury.

Here’s photographic evidence of the first appearance of the hip injury.

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I’m back to a beginner status.

I can’t do a real push up.
Squatting the bar is hard.
Running 3 miles without creaky knees is an accomplishment. 

But, I’m glad this happened.

It’s gives me perspective on how I once had to work to my personal best. When I can run 6 miles with ease, I’ll appreciate the accomplishment and remember the hours of strength training and rainy day runs. 

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It’s a time reestablish what my new norm is as a 26, nearing 27 year old, without dwelling only what I was at 23. Eight hours at a desk is a vastly different lifestyle than 3 hours of class a day and walking all over a college campus. 

I plan to shoot off fireworks and ring cowbells when I run my casual 10 minute miles without gasping for air.

If you don’t use it you, you lose it,and i’m ready to rediscover what i’m capable of doing. 

When did you last feel like a beginner?