Welcome to Lessons on the Run! Let’s start with the basics…
1) I’ve done this whole blogging thing once before. That blog is now on private because in all honesty, it had no point. I tried to be what everyone else was, I did nothing that really made me want to write. It was a chore. In reality, I love to write! I was a communications major after all. I’m sarcastic, people would say its hard to tell when and if I’m ever being serious. Having my own voice in this blog is the most important thing to me.
2) I think the blogging community is great. Since discovering healthy living blogs, running blogs, fashion blogs, and just whatever-is-on-my-mind blogs, I’ve finally felt like there are people out there that get my quirkiness. But, let’s be clear. I don’t cook often. I’m not in the kitchen making new recipes. I work a 3pm-11pm shift and a lot of the time my dinners come in reheated form with goldfish on the side. But I’m trying.
3) As far as the name is concerned…my first blog was Embracement. Cute, right? I thought so. The name was more to convince myself of a “mission” than for any other reason. I was trying to be this upbeat girl, who always looks at life with the glass half full, who was this enlightened person…above it all. Let’s face it…I was lying. Of course, I’d love to be that person! I strive to find the good at the end of the day and see the meaning in the things that piss me off. But that’s not really “me” 80% of the time. I get pissed. I complain, more often than not. I find people that don’t know how to walk on the right side of the street endlessly irritating. But I still come home to my puppy at the end of the day and manage to smile no matter what.
4) I wasn’t a runner up until recently. In the last year I ran 3 half marathons. I loved every single one of them and I learned a lot from all of my training. I’ve finally registered for my first marathon and I’m pumped! It’s always been in the back of my mind and I always knew I could do it…but there were a lot of things that held me back. Mainly, people who said it wasn’t “good” for me, that it’d “take over my life”, that I wouldn’t “be fun anymore”. Well, I’m happy to say…I no longer care about what those people think 🙂 Running a marathon is what I want to do for me!
5) Which brings me to the whole lessons thing. This year ended in a way I never expected. I was blindsided by a breakup after a 3 year relationship with someone I thought I was going to marry. One day everything was fine, the next day it was over. I’m still getting over the whole thing, but I’m on the road to being okay. Sure I miss the endless cuddling because it’s my favorite thing in the world. But I’ve also learned a lot. Mainly, that I’m super independent, that now I can dedicate myself to my career goals, and that maybe, just maybe that relationship was a stepping stone. That last part was one of those things I tell myself to make me feel better. One day it’ll work, right? Just smile and nod.
…In the end, this whole life is a work in progress. I’m a young 20-something, in my first “big girl” job. I’m counting down the days until I can move back to NYC since due to that whole breakup thing I’m not really feeling at home in Boston anymore. I’m trying to look at everything as a lesson. I’m no longer forcing myself to like everything that happens to me. Suffice it to say, I’m sure being single for the first time since I was 19 and training for my first marathon is gonna be an experience…and I have every intention of keeping my sense of humor along the way!
Oh! And I love people. Love ’em. I was a communications major after all. I can talk for days…about me, about you, my puppy, hummus, running…the weather. Email me! firstname.lastname@example.org