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Life Lately 4.29.14

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I’m doing this new thing where I bribe myself to run in the morning by strategically placing a coffee shop at the end of my route. If I run, I get coffee. If I don’t, I don’t. Is there any more compelling motivation than that? I think not.

I did a lot of long-distance running in college (for fun, not competition) and royally destroyed my knees doing so, which is what led me to yoga seven years ago. (Are we totally sure college was seven years ago?) All these years later I still can’t run the distances I used to and for a long time I thought that meant I couldn’t run at all. Right now my body taps out around three miles, which wouldn’t be a big deal except I’m the kind of personality who wants everything or nothing. There is very little middle ground with me anywhere in my life.

If I can’t walk out the door and do a 9-mile run I just won’t run at all. Or at least that has been my mindset for a long time. Very recently, though, I decided I don’t have to be all in everywhere all the time. And as soon as I declared that my running life came back–just in 3-mile increments. I’m cool with that.

So in addition to the occasional 5K, here’s what’s been going on in my life…

I got one hell of a makeover from the team at Alchemy: The Workshop for the Girls’ Night Out fashion show. The event raised $107,000 for Ronald McDonald House and the whole thing is run by a team of very selfless volunteers who worked their asses off. I can’t tell you how awesome they are. Great event. Great cause. More makeup than I’ve ever worn in my life.

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I stayed up for 24 hours straight at Charlotte’s biggest geekfest: HackathonCLT. It has been my baby at work for the last month or so and was SO much fun. I love planning events, but this one was way outside my comfort zone. Marketing is marketing, but I’ve entered a completely new industry and am loving the steep learning curve and added challenge to my everyday. Totally worth the lack of sleep.

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I promised myself I’d start saying no to some things and maybe perhaps not go out every single night of the week. And then I kicked off that new plan by going out on a Monday night. Whoops. I went to a party at Denim House with my favorite girls.

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That’s all I’ve got. Anybody else have an all-or-nothing personality?

7 Comments

  1. Can definitely relate. So all or nothing lately. But I’m getting better in some areas, I think.

    Also, been trying your “curly hair” method recently…actually that link reintroduced me to your blog, and I’m LOVING it!

    • So happy! Thanks for coming back!

  2. Amy Amy

    I can definitely relate. I used to think unless I was running 5 miles it wasn’t worth even getting changed for. I love that you put a coffee shop at the end of your route…brilliant. Please take this as a compliment….you look better without makeup 🙂

    • I agree 😉

      Plus, I don’t know how to put it on myself anyway… PLUS it look straight up ridiculous in person and in daylight. Basically painted on.

      • Amy Amy

        I look like a clown when I try to get fancy with my makeup.

  3. Amanda Bee Amanda Bee

    I’m the opposite – a very middle ground person. I see everything in shades of gray and annoy everyone by my inability to make a freaking decision. But it just ends up with me trying to be good at everything but actually being mediocre at most things because I’m never willing to say “nope, not my thing” and focus on the stuff I’m good at. So maybe I could use a little bit of that all-or-nothing spirit 😉

    • I think grey is good sometimes!

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