Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Starting over....

Have you seen this?~ I love it...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

When you can't beat it.....

When there is nothing you can do to control the rain that continues to fall...
Buy rain boots! :)

Monday, April 25, 2011

A tour of the city with my camera!

Last Tuesday my friend Nicole and I went on a "photo walk" through the city. It was fun to discover things I had never even noticed in the city I have lived in for 36 years!
Here are a few shots from the day~

And one that Nicole shot of me!

Friday, April 22, 2011

We did it!

What an incredible experience!!
13.1 Miles~
I think this has to be one of the best experiences of my life~
And by far one of my top accomplishments!
It has only been 5 and a half months since we decided to start running to train for a 5k~
We pushed the limits we had set upon ourselves ~ and we did it.
I don't think I had ever run for more than 3 minutes in my life before this journey began!
I suppose that we are what limits us, we are who decides what we can or cannot do~ I have a long way to go in learning these lessons but this was a huge first step!
I am very proud of both of us!
Here are some photos for the day~
(they are not glamor shots by any means) :)
(And yes, there were tears, even before I hit the finish line):)
It started to lightly rain just as we were near the finish line and it made me think that it was my mom looking down on us and crying, letting me know she was proud!
It made my entire day!! I would not have been able to do this without the strength she shares with me every day!

My amazing friend Becky came down to watch us finish~ She brought us each one beer because it is suppose to replenish the things you burn on your run~ it was so awesome to have her there to cheer us on, along with Heathers husband Travis and their daughter Maquel!!

My other amazing friends Andy and Jason put this on my front door! When I came home it was waiting for me! :)
I am surrounded by wonderful people!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

It's here....

In less than 36 hours I will lace up my shoes, double check the list of things I think I should take, patiently wait by the front door until they get here to pick me up..... And nervously head to the start line of the 13.1 Mile Salt Lake City Half Marathon.....
I cannot believe it is here already.
Anticipation comes to me in the middle of the night~ I wonder how in the world I got here...A runner....One of the only things I know I can identify myself as in the current moment of my life, not much else is clear these days.
I cannot wait to stand next to my best friend and look at her and smile and know that this is how we have gotten this far in our 36 years on earth. She has been by my side since I was 15 years old. Standing next to me through all of the good and the bad, through all of my mistakes and lessons, through the laughter and tears...
I will look at her that morning before we cross the starting line and know that I am such a lucky person to have her in my life.

(picture taken about 5 years ago, we need an updated photo)!

Heather, I am so proud of you~ Thank you for jumping on board with me last Fall when I asked if you wanted to start running and train for a 5K~ I am so grateful for the time we have spent over the past 5 and a half months, pushing ourselves to this moment. Even when the running turned into walking, where we simply talked about life.
I cannot tell you how proud I am of you and how grateful I am for you in my life!
We will cross the start, and the finish line together!
Thank you for your support in my life over the past 21 years!
I love you and I am so thankful for you!
And I am so very proud of you!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Dear Vulnerability~

It is nice to meet you. I did not realize we had not met before, but it has become more clear to me lately.
I will try to know and understand you more and how you relate to me and my life.
Thank you for being here~

A friend of mine shared this video with me last week and I simply loved it.
What a great message~ lots of great messages!
A few of my favorite points were....
~Tell the story of who you are with your whole heart~
~Let go of who you think you should be, to be who you really are~
~Have the courage to be imperfect~

Friday, April 8, 2011

Hope for the flowers...

And for the rest of us!!
Spring is trying to shine upon us~ Glimpses of hope break through the cloudy, stormy, snowy days~ It is just around the corner, I know it....
When I was about 7 or 8 years old my mom took me to see a play "Hope for the Flowers" ~ I remember sitting on the floor in the very front of the theater. I imagine she bought this book that night.
I have it now and have read it a few times over the past few months. What a precious gift to have after all these years. My mom continues to give to me in silent ways every single day. I am so very grateful that I had her as my mother. She was the most amazing person on earth.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Thank you Jamie...

A wonderful friend of mine, Jamie, sent this to me in the mail last week.
Although we have never "met" she has been such a key support in my life during such difficult times~When she is down and struggling, she thinks of others. She is such a kind and Generous person.
Thank you Jamie!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Dragonfly lights....

One of my coworkers and his wife bought me these amazing lights when they discovered my love of dragonflies and what they mean to me~
The lights are now on my mantle.
They are the perfect addition to help warm the room.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Dear Camera~

I promise to use you more this year~
I know I have neglected you over the past few years~ I have set you aside from my own creative needs.
I cannot wait to put you around my neck and wander my city and find new things and learn more about myself in the process~

Monday, April 4, 2011

Another sewing class....

Another new project!
I am hoping to make the green dress with this cute black and white polka dot fabric~
Wish me luck! :)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

10 miles!!!

The half marathon is coming in less than 2 weeks now~ Yesterday we ran 10 miles!!!
Something I never in a million years thought I could do~ I suppose we set up our own limitations in life and I am so happy to break through some of them!
I took the biggest nap after the run but I feel great~
I'll post more of the Half if we can get some photos~
13.1 miles.... here we come!!