Good morning, girl. Happy Tuesday. Take care of yourself day. Take a healthy lunch to work. Take the stairs. Take the time to breathe and pray and de-stress.
What is your why?
I watched a motivational video yesterday that I can’t get out of my head. The speaker, Eric Thomas, also known as the hip-hop preacher, said, “What is your why? Is your why stronger than the forces pushing back on you?”
At the time, I was sitting in the living room, trolling the internet instead of cleaning the kitchen. The kids would be home from school soon, and there was nothing in me that wanted to spend a moment in that kitchen. Cold bacon grease, you know, the worst.
But what was my why? Why did I feel that I really should clean the kitchen?
It’s not because I enjoy cleaning. I only ever really clean with passion when I’m mad. It’s not because I particularly need it pristine. I am sadly free from that compulsion. No, it’s because I have a certain kind of home I want to raise my kids in. A certain kind of peace that I want them to be surrounded by.
I got up from my chair and cleaned the kitchen. And the living room. And put away the last of the Christmas decorations that had been sitting in the hallway for so long they had started to gather dust.
It’s a powerful thing, your why.
It’ll get you out of bed in the morning. Why do I want to get up at 4:00 A.M? It’s not because I don’t love my comfy bed and warm husband. No, it’s because I want a certain level of healthy body to move through life in. I don’t want to die early and sick. I want to be there for my kids when they have kids. And because I want the time to come here and talk with you. And because I want the daylight hours for my work and my family time.
What is your why?
Think on that a moment. Then get up and get going, girl. You have a life to lead. And may you lead it with joy, and passion, and strength, today and every day.
Good morning, Mamma. Happy Tuesday! How are you? Hanging in there?
I’ve been so inspired this week by friends who are signing up for races of different sorts for this summer. So inspired, in fact, that I signed up for a 5k (May), a sprint triathlon (July) and a 10 mile trail race (September).
I love this. This throwing a goal out there, putting the money down, sticking your neck out by telling everyone you know that you are doing x-and-such-a-race… it’s intoxicating. More importantly, it’s motivating.
Why don’t you try it? Pick something, about 3 months out, something that feels a little scary (remember, the goal isn’t big enough unless you feel a little scared) and register!
Then spend some time today Googling up a training plan (couch to 5k in 3 months). And then bask in the glow of the fear and excitement and thoughts of what a great role model you are going to be for your kids.
Then, one day at a time, get up and get it done.
Here’s a link to a great site that will show you tons of races in your area, wherever you live: http://www.runningintheusa.com/
Yes, you can, Mamma. Don’t let that little voice in your head tell you otherwise. You’ve got this.
And that photo, the one of you crossing the finish line, with your excited kids running alongside you for the last 100 feet, you’ll want to frame that.
Good morning, Mamma! Good Wednesday morning. Are you starting to wake up a little from the lovely candle-lit haze? Life getting a little back to normal? Starting to gear up for 2016?
I’m a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. Don’t listen to the haters who will tell you not to bother. This is a wonderful annual exercise in stretching and growing and getting better.
See the woman you want to be. Now visualize the path you have to take to get from here to there. Make a plan. The internet is a treasure trove of information for physical training programs, household organizational tips, and financial advice.
My goals for 2016: Better health, more organized home, and more disciplined spending.
I have teed up a 16 week training program for a triathlon. My husband has a nutritional plan all worked out that I get to come along on. I’ve read “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying” and plan to devote January 1st and 2nd to clearing out much clutter. And, my biggest resolution of all, the biggest change for me by far, I’m going all cash in 2016.
I’m excited! The start of a race is always high energy and Jan 1 is the start of a race.
What do you want? What do you wish you were a little better at? What race are you going to try? No matter what your results, you’ll be doing better than all the folks who never got off the sofa.
Give it a go, Mamma! Get a goal, make a plan and go public with your plan.
Whatever it is you want, you can get there. You can.
Good morning, Mamma. Almost 6 am, two cups of coffee into my day, and I am still sitting here struggling to get myself out the door for my morning run. I know I should, I know I need to, and yet, I really, really, REALLY don’t want to get off this sofa.
Guh. I hate it when the overgrown toddler in me rears her tantrum having head and interferes with my life.
Will I go anyway? Oh, yes, I’ll go. I have to. I’ve lived long enough to know that these mornings when I don’t want to go (REALLY don’t want to go) are the mornings I most need to force myself out the door for a workout.
It’s self-defense. Self-defense against every pouty, lazy, sad impulse that continues to live in me, even though I wish I could banish them forever. Like the characters that cute little emotion movie, I picture these emotions as little blobs, sitting in a corner, arms crossed, lower lips out muttering “I don’t want to” to themselves.
Well, the angels of my better nature are stronger today. They have to be. I have a life to live.
And so do you.
Whatever it is you are struggling with, girl, know that you are not alone. And whatever it is, know that the strength you need is there inside of you.
Grab it. And go, Mamma, go.
Good morning, Mommy. Back to reality, yes?
It’s the first Monday of the month, so I’ll be taking a chunk of time this morning to look at my progress on all my major work projects. I have a very informal word document I keep – it details my goals, the steps that need to be taken to move each project forward, the people that need to be involved.
Diving back into and updating this document keeps me on track, keeps me honest with my work. Am I where I thought I’d be? What new wrinkles have popped up in the last month? What were the successes? Road blocks? Are there any processes that need to be changed? Were there any great ideas that got plowed under by this or that crisis that need to be brought back to light?
It’ll take me a fair chunk of time this morning, but it’s time well spent.
Accountability. Perspective. Goal-setting.
Just because the targets continue to move, doesn’t mean we get to stop aiming.