Reinventing Myself

It has been a few years since I had outgrown my previous blog name and focus. I tried to think of a new name and a new way to write. I needed something that represented my interests over the past few years as well as current interests.

When I started writing nine years ago, I didn’t have anything in mind to cover except for my everyday life.
That life was forced and faked.
That life had a lot of pain.
That life was controlled and manipulated.

My new life is something that I’m happy to be living. My new life is something that I have control over and no one else can take that away from me.

Something as simple as changing my blog name and focus helps me to retain that control over my life. It helps me to shed the issues from my past and remind me that I am loved.

I have people in my life who respect me and the things I want to accomplish. My goals and aspirations are just as important to them as they are to me. Best of all, I respect myself now.

Bodybuilding and running are only two of the many ways that I show myself respect.
I have a family and friends who are always at my side and have my back.
But the biggest surprise of 2016 was meeting someone who makes me want to be a better person in every way. He has shown me what life should be like with someone by my side, supporting my every decision.

Reinvention is complete is so many ways. 🙂


Good News Everyone

Finally, something fun to report for the first time in a while.

My back is feeling better. I have had three pain-free days and if it continues through tonight and tomorrow then I’m running and hitting the gym this weekend. Gotta get my butt off the couch and doing something productive for myself, I feel like a sloth. And I have a half marathon to train for…

Being sidelined by any kind of injury is something that can kill your spirit and make laziness fun in a way. I can’t tell you how much Netflix I have watched recently in the time that I would typically be at the gym or running.

I can’t wait to get back out on the streets (to run) and in the gym again.

Concentrating on Being Scattered & Nuts

The days blend into each other and the weeks have done the same.
Concentrating is something that needs improvement.
So does advanced planning.
Add daily planning to that list.

Work has been nuts, in a good way.
My personal life has been nuts, in a good way.
Thoughts have been scattered, kind of in a good way.

For now I am getting through each day successfully without forgetting anything too important.
I need to focus on certain areas of my life more often and more intensely.

I’m working on it.
For now, I’ll leave you with this picture from my flight down to Florida on Thursday.
Simply gorgeous.
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Semi-Realistic Resolutions

Let’s be honest…almost no one actually keeps their New Year’s resolutions. The end of your year is full of hopes and dreams left over from the holiday season and that lead you to believe you can accomplish anything over the next 365 days.
Fly to the moon? Sure!
Run 43,909 miles? Sure!
Walk from Maine to Russia? Sure!
Don’t eat any processed sugar? Sure!

I think that everyone is still laid up from their holiday pie and cookie hangover and good decisions are never made with a food hangover. Realistic resolutions are never realistic, no matter how reasonable they seem to be.
Semi-realistic…this is more accurate.
SO many resolutions can be met but people are lazy. Yeah, I called most people lazy. Me included. Lazy is a sport and I am a gold medal winner. No, really, I’m extremely motivated but when the couch calls, I listen.

I am going to keep it real for 2017.

In and out…all year. This is realistic.

Meal prep and meal plan more often.
In order to drop this 10# I put on in 2016 (because, fuck 2016), I need to keep my diet nice and tight. I crush the exercise part but food is way too good so I need to prep in order to be successful in any way. I am a bit of an over eater when I don’t prep and plan. This is semi-realistic.

I just need to run more. Easy enough. No set mileage (because then I’ll fail), no set number of days a week to run (because then I’ll fail)…so, just run more often. This is realistic.
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Umm, nailed it. Super realistic.

More time with the weights
I have slacked with the gym time over the last few months compared to how I was rocking it pre-fall, but I know that I can get back there easily. Gym more…realistic. But, as anyone who goes to the gym who isn’t a cardio bunny knows, an empty gym is one of the best things you can ever see.21173c110658fe2ffaa0c392d5be2b7b

Most of my semi-realistic resolutions could be accomplished with consistency, especially the breathing one.

Any semi-realistic resolutions you plan on maybe keeping in 2017?

Ugh, Adulting

I feel like all I have been doing lately is adulting without much time to spare for myself.
I have mega slacked at the gym.
I have super crazy mega slacked with running.
I have been horrible at meal prep.
I have been really horrible at keeping Bo busy and taking him for walks.
I have had a large lack of sleep and not taking the time to replenish it.

Ugh, adulting.

At Home Out on the Road

I went to college intending to study environmental science.
I thought I wanted to study in this field because being outdoors is one of my favorite places to be. After taking a few environmental science courses I knew I was meant to be there.
Then after actually researching the field, I realized just how much science is involved. You would think that the word science in the name would tip me off, but I never claimed to be smart. After combing through the entire catalog of majors at my University, I found one that spoke to me, even more than environmental science did. It involves outdoor recreation and environmental education, things I value highly to my happiness. The best part? It involved almost no science what so ever!

After spending time staring at the New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia, all of the feels about being outdoors took over again. My current job, that I love, is mostly a desk job and doesn’t really fit with the field I have my degree in, in the sense that it is indoors. If I had the chance one day to work outdoors in the recreation field, I just may jump at it. NW Ohio isn’t a hot bed in this field though.

Last weekend I was in West Virginia on a mini vacation and visited New River Gorge National Park and visited one of the famous sights of the park: the New River Gorge Bridge. I read that two Statues of Liberty can be stacked on top of the Washington Monument and there will still be room to spare underneath the bridge. It is amazing to think of the size of this bridge that spans the gorge. 2016-10-28-08-55-15 The entire park was majestic with the changing of the leaves for the season. There were hints of color that glowed when the sun peeked through the clouds. The sweeping views throughout the park were too much to fully take in during one short trip. 2016-10-28-09-11-15My absolute favorite place in the park that we saw was Sandstone Falls. I could have sat and enjoyed the falls for hours. Hearing the water run over the rocks and breathing in the fresh air was simply intoxicating. This is one of the reasons I feel at home when I’m outdoors. The beauty of the world around us is something I don’t take for granted and that is one reason that I wanted a degree in a field that allowed me to take advantage of this. 2016-10-28-12-34-35It also helps that I had the best company while I enjoyed these fantastic sights in West Virginia. Having people you care with around you makes the places you feel at home feel even more comfortable.
Vacations have a great way of soothing the soul.

New River Gorge National Park

I visited my first National Park in August and I realized I need to get to more of them. I’ll be road tripping this weekend to Charlotte and as we pass through West Virginia, we’ll make a stop to New River Gorge National Park.
The NP is well known for the New River Gorge Bridge (seen below).
Seeing as it is so late in October, I’m hoping that the foliage is displaying beautiful color


There are also some great hikes to waterfalls and what I’m sure are sweeping vistas. We only have a few hours to take in all we can (twss) at the park, so I, being the nerdy over planner I am, am making notes on the spots in the park that would be clutch to visit.

Have you ever visited this park?
What National Parks have you been to that you love?