yearly challenge

Consistency is Key

.I haven’t run a race at this pace yet, buuuuttt…I’ve been aiming to run 1000 miles this year, so I’ve been way more consistent with my running lately.  Especially when you compare it to last fall, when basically by the end of December I had stopped running at all.

So when I started back up in Jan, I was running over a 10min mile.  I felt sluggish and couldn’t even go for longer than a mile at a time.  It felt horrible.

And the other day I ran 3 miles at sub 9 min mile pace.  And by sub-9, I mean 8:57, but still! Lol

I’m just relieved to be back in the swing of things :-)  And while knowing doing something consistently makes you better at it is one thing, actually seeing the results yourself is another.

Originally posted by alexespitia

Moral of the story: just keep running! 

365 Days of Pride

As Pride month comes to an end, I think we should all take a 365 Days of Pride challenge.

Pride for being LGBTQPIA

Pride for being a witch

Pride for our own unique mixture of heritage

Pride for being an artist, musician, writer, actor, or singer

Pride for being you.

The Challenge:

1. You choose the start date. On the first day, I challenge you to make a vision board/to do list/mind map/etc for what you want to accomplish and bring about in your life for next 365 days

2. I challenge you everyday to post a compliment about yourself.

3. I challenge you to post a selfie every week of you being you.

4. I challenge you every month to document a funny story, incredible experience, spiritual awakening, or just something profound that happened.

5. I challenge you at the end of the 365 days to make a collage of your challenge and write about your experience.

I’m not gonna do it.

Every year for the past couple of years I’ve participated in the Goodreads’ yearly challenge and this year I’m not doing it! It’s actually a relief to finally say it. So you may be wondering why I’m not doing the challenge this year and my answer is pretty simple. I don’t want to. I feel like the challenge puts an unneeded amount of stress on reading. Every year I set my goal to a number that’s comfortable but still gives me that push. Every year I look at the number and break into a metaphorical sweat. “I’m x amount of books away from my challenge, I’ll never do it. What will happen if I don’t complete the challenge? Will that make me a failure? Look at all those people who have higher goals than me, they’re crushing it. Wow, now I’m disappointed in myself.” Why do I, and others, put that pressure on themselves? Sure I see my goal as a motivator but as the end of the year comes around I always get mildly nervous about not finishing it. I could always lower the number but in some ways that is worse lol. So this year, I’m going to R E L A X. I’m going to set my challenge to 1 book and I’m going to read as much or as little as I want. I’m going to do my own thing this year and it’s going to be great. I’m excited. I’m still going to track the books I read in 2016 but I’m just going to go with the flow this year. Now if you don’t agree with me or my thoughts that is completely okay. I don’t expect you to agree with me and I’m not asking you join me in doing this, I’m just explaining myself. This is going to be a little experiment for me. My reading goal for 2016 is just to enjoy myself. No pressure. Just reading what I want, when I want. Happy New Years my friends.