Sunday, January 24, 2016

Thinking Out Loud

There's a comfort and an ease about time spent with people that you trust completely. Words flow, spirits soar, and hearts are healed.

I can't say it more plainly than that. I'm truly grateful to have these people in my life. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

"By The Time"

By the time the light forces its way into the room, I've already been awake for hours.

By the time my feet touch the floor, I've already imagined the worst scenarios of the day to come.

By the time I'm out the door, I've already fantasized a dozen better alternatives.

By the time I sit at my desk, I'm already in a foul mood.

By the time I leave for lunch, i'm frustrated at how I've wasted the last several hours.

By the time I finish work for the day, I'm naively hoping that I might still be productive later.

By the time I get home, I'm shutting down inside. 

By the time I go to bed, I'm mentally exhausted. 

By the time I go to sleep, I'm already dreading the day to come.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Running? What running?

This has not been a good year for me as a runner. Once again, I've let the craziness of the real world distract me from taking care of my health.

I have a Ragnar Relay in three weeks. And a full marathon two weeks after that. I don't feel trained for either event.

Candidly, I need to get my shit together. This is a bad situation that continues to get worse.

This coming Thursday, I leave town for a ten day mental-health vacation. And I fully expect my calorie intake will be high as I eat and drink my way across the country.

Oddly enough, I'm okay with that. I need to focus on my heart and soul right now. When I return on the 31st of January, I'll make physical fitness a priority.

But, that isn't to say that the next ten days will be a free-for-all. Healthy eating won't be my primary goal, but I will work to make smarter choices when the opportunities arise.

If it all sounds rather muddled and unclear, then you are reading it correctly. I'm not sure exactly how this trip is going to go. But I will do what I can, when I can, and deal with the consequences when I get back.

Healthy living and fitness is a lifelong journey. And sometimes, there will be necessary detours along the way. This is one of them. 

Monday, January 18, 2016

My First Write-cation

It's currently January 18th, 2016, and this is the first blog entry I've posted this year. Honestly, it's poor form to consider myself a writer when I'm not writing. So it's time to do something about that.

I have planned a Write-cation for myself. It's an extended trip that is the right balance between time alone, sightseeing, new adventures, and reunions with long-time friends.

I started writing out the details of my planned trip, but I opted to delete that. I think I'll wait and share the details as the trip unfolds.

I will say this: I will be gone eleven days, visit ten different states, (hopefully) catch up with seven different friends, utilize at least six modes of transportation, and write thousands of words.

That's the plan. I leave this Thursday, Jan 21st, and you're invited to follow along through the blog or Instagram.

It's time to travel and write and reconnect.

Aaaaand, go!

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