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This post was sponsored by Tomoson and Majestical Jewelry. All opinions are my own!
When I am not getting muddy from my mud runs or sweaty from my workouts, I really do like to clean up and embrace my feminine side. I enjoy dressing up and wearing jewelry whether I am headed out for a night out or even for a night at home.
Recently I received some earrings from Majestical Jewelry.
Majestical Jewelry is an online jewelry store where you can find any and every piece of jewelry that you can imagine! There are some great necklaces there that I have my eye on.
I encourage you to check out their site and find a few things to add to your jewelry collection. You can use code 15DOLLARSOFF to get $15 off orders of $55 or more.
In addition to that, you can try to win the earrings that you see in the picture above by entering the Rafflecopter giveaway below. The giveaway is valid in the continental US only.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
Last night I participated in a Twitter chat hosted by FitFluential and Mizuno Running. The chat was about a very thought-provoking question: What if everybody ran?
Since I am a runner, I understand how life changing becoming a runner can be.
As you may know, I have been a runner on and off since high school. I became more serious about running during the time that my relationship with B’s Dad was becoming unstable. Running provided me with an outlet. It provided me the stability that I was not getting from that relationship. It was my coping mechanism. It was my sanity. And most of all, it showed me just how strong I was.
My story is not unique. There are lots and lots of people who have found what they needed through running. However, there are still lots and lots of people who have not yet discovered what running can do for them.
So what do I think would happen if everybody ran? I think that everybody would realize that they are worthy, that they are strong and that they are capable of so much more than they ever thought possible.
Don’t just take my word for it. Click here to check out the analysis performed by Mizuno Running regarding all the great things that could change just by becoming a runner.
I would love to hear from you!
Are you a runner? How did your life change when you became a runner?
What are your thoughts on Mizuno’s findings?
If you haven’t already guessed, there is a new karate kid on the block! (And he is super cute, if you ask me!)
B started karate last week and he is SO excited about it. He has been asking me to take him karate for at least six months now. At first when he started asking I thought it was a fleeting request that would change as he discovered something else he would like to do. But no, his one and only extra-curricular request has been karate.
The main reason I have not enrolled him until now is because all the classes for five year olds started too early in the night. But now that B is six, the class is at a perfect time!
B has only been to two classes so far but I can already tell that it is going to be such a good fit for him. The karate teacher is very very good with the kids. The class has an excellent balance of fun and instruction that keeps the kids entertained from start to finish. I can already see that B is going to benefit in many ways from the class.
I am also getting an immense benefit from the class as well. I love watching him and seeing how much joy he is getting from the experience. It makes me happy to see him so happy.
Have you heard the news?!
Drum roll please…………
I have received approval from the big man of the Idiots Running Club to host an official satellite version of the Idiots Running Club Skunk Run!
That’s right! All of the proper forms have been filled out, the red tape has been cut through and I have begged all the right people to make it happen.
Now that I have done all of that, I need you (if you are in the Detroit area) to rally your running friends and meet up with the rest of the IRC of Detroit crew on March 15th at 8:15am at Lake St Clair Metro Park! We will be doing a group run at any distance and pace of your choosing. There will be snacks, there will be prizes and most importantly there will be Idiots!
To get more info on the run and to officially join it, just click here to view the event on Facebook.
Not from Detroit? No worries. You too can be an Idiot and can run virtually on your own that day as well. Click here for more info on that.
Hope to see you there!
So when it comes to goal setting, what camp do you reside in? Do you tell everyone about your goals, do you keep them a secret or do you do a little bit of both?
For the most part, a majority of my goals are extremely public. Hard to believe, right?
But I do keep some goals secret. The BIG goals.
The goals I am afraid to admit to myself or say out loud stay locked away for a little while. Then I may tell a few people who I am close to about them or even just drop hints about them in a round about kind of way.
At the end, all of my goals come out one way or another. And I am always grateful that I let them out. I like the accountability that I feel by announcing my goals and I feel that I am more likely to accomplish the goals that I say out loud.
So with all of that being said, I am going to let you in on goal that I have been keeping a secret. It has been a secret partly because it is a big goal and partly because it is a future goal.
But I am going to let it out.
Here I go.
2016……will be the year of the marathon! My first marathon! Yippee!
I have my eye on the 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon in particular.
To get to marathon day I must first get back into half marathon shape this year and start marathon training in 2015! Both are very achievable and I am very excited about both!
Now I want to hear from you.
What camp do you fall into for goal setting?
Do you have any goals you are keeping secret that you want to let out??
Also do you have any marathon tips? I want to hear them!
Today my Dad would have turned 54 but unfortunately he only lived to be 32.
I am currently 34 years old and I have a lot of goals and dreams that I still have still yet to tackle so I can only imagine that the same was true for him.
And no matter what your age is, I am sure it is true for you as well.
So you know all those things that you have been wanting to do? Go do them. And you know all those things you have been wanting to tell people, go tell them.
And do me one more favor. Love the crap out of life like it is your job. Because it really IS your job and no one else is going to do it for you.
I know that we are all involved in lots of social media sites and most of us grimace at the thought of signing up for another. At least I do anyways. So rest assured that when I tell you that this one is worth it, it is.
I see Happify as an interactive online version of the book The Happiness Project. I don’t think the two of them are related to each other but that is how it feels to me. If you have ever read The Happiness Project then you know that the author examines her life to find areas she can improve upon to make herself more happy. She then takes those areas and makes them into goals that she focuses on for an entire year.
In a sense that is what Happify is about but once you decide on your goal, or your path as Happify calls it, all the steps to get to the goal are laid our for you in a fun and interactive way.
You can also interact with other people and see how they are doing on their paths which is the social side of the site. I don’t dabble in the checking up on others part of the site, I just like to pick a path and enjoy the process of it.
Full Disclosure: I was not compensated in any way for this post, I just really like Happify and wanted to share it with you.
Are you already a member of Happify? How do you like it?
Not a member? Are you thinking of signing up?
How was your weekend and Valentine’s day?
Both were great for me!
Chris and I ordered take-out from Outback on Friday night because we didn’t want to deal with the Valentine’s Day crowd. And then we watched a movie.
Chris spoiled me with a few gifts as well.
The best gift of all (besides spending time with Chris, of course) was the one in the upper right corner of the pic. He got me a race entry for the Martian 10k! Woot!
I know some people don’t celebrate Valentine’s day but I say why not! Any excuse to put more love out into the world seems like a good idea to me.
Another exciting thing that happened this weekend is that we got a new fridge!
Isn’t it pretty? We were SO in need of a new fridge. The one that came with our house when we bought it was far too small for our family of 5, 4 of whom are boys. This fridge can hold a TON and I had so much fun organizing our food inside it.
We also got a new shelf for the pantry and I organized that is well. The pantry is hard to take a picture of so you will just have to believe me that it looks great.
How was your weekend?
Did you celebrate Valentine’s Day?
Last week I mentioned in this post that I am not a fan of virtual races. While I realize there will be lots of people who don’t agree with me I am quite okay with that. We can disagree but still like each other. Runners are cool like that, right?
So why are virtual races not for me? For me signing up and paying for a race means I get to have the whole race experience. The packet pick up, the pre-race mingling with a bunch of people I don’t know but who are runners and are therefore already awesome, the race itself, the post race food and entertainment and of course the medal!
A virtual race means I just get one thing…..the medal. And while I will readily admit to being a medal whore. (I mean you have seen my medal rack, haven’t you?)
I want more than a medal! Yes, I said it. Out loud. On the internet. So it must be true. I want more than a medal. I want all the hoopla that I mentioned above. I don’t want to do a training run and get a medal at the end of it. That is not a race. It’s just not.
The only time I would consider participating in a virtual race (and I am making an exception when I run the IRC Skunk Run in March) is if I can duplicate the race experience. Meaning get a group of people together to meet up, run together and maybe grab some food after. And even then, that is still borderline not a race to me.
I know many of you will point out that some virtual races raise money for charity and I think that is great! And again, if that is your thing and your reason for doing the virtual run, keep doing what you do. Because at the end of the day, I am going to keep doing what I do and virtual races are just not my thing.
I want to hear what you think! Are virtual races a yea or nay with you?