A second chance … 

Nasty people happen. They are out there. We encounter them. I often leave these encounters wondering WHY for about 10 minutes then I let it go. I’m pretty good at stuff like that because I know that eventually I will find out the WHY. The reason they were NASTY. They are often reasons that give clarity to the interactions. Not that it dismisses their behavior but it certainly makes you understand them a little better. Often times these reasons make me feel bad for the unpleasant person. Sad for their circumstances. I think this is why I try not to hold a grudge and I am willing to forgive people when they apologize. I do need to feel that they are being sincere. And of course, if the negative behavior were to continue then I would set limits with them and likely keep my distance. But giving them the opportunity to show a different side gives us both a chance of having a great friendship.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you give someone a second chance!!!

I was right … 

I downloaded a new fitness app. Nike+ Fuel. It’s straight up awesome. It tracks my activity level and compares it to my history on previous days. Which I love … except that when it comes to things like this I can be a little hard on myself. I know me, if I see that I earned 10,000 fuel in one day then I will want to reach that level or more the following day. Now this isn’t necessarily a bad goal, however, as a distance runner this is completely unrealistic. There are days when I will run 10, 15, or even as much as 22 miles on a training run! And let’s not forget about race days of 26.2 miles! I can’t outdo THAT, day in and day out! THIS is why I have never downloaded apps like this before. I can’t win. And I don’t like it. YET … here I am, day two of my NEW app … and jonesing to earn more fuel than I did yesterday. OY. When will I learn to listen to myself?

Well, I hope you all have a day where you find out that you were right!!!

Smiling, celebrating and running … 

Today on my run I was coming up behind an elderly man. At the same time walking the opposite direction toward me was a group of elderly women. I could hear the women’s voices, off in the distance. As I got closer I heard them saying excitedly things like “There he is!” and “He’s here!” As I reached the man and the group of women suddenly the women all began to sing! It was the man’s birthday and this beautiful tribe of women was doing their best to make him feel appreciated. Wow! I loved it! I was so thankful to witness this little treasure. It was wonderful to see the kindness, friendship and excitement that these women brought to celebrate the life of this man … that I didn’t even know! What a sweet moment I got to share with these strangers. This my friends is what life is all about. Genuine life moments. Simply. The. Best.

Well, I hope you all have a day where life leaves you smiling ear to ear!!!

5 years and no end in sight …

I can’t believe it. Five years ago today I posted my first blog entry on Facebook. A page I still post to every day, Living in LaLa Land. It took some months of encouraging from a few of my friends and family but I finally did it. I created a place to post my daily hopes. Not just for me, but for all of us. A place to come to find a smile or a laugh even when our day wasn’t going as planned. A place to remind us that each new day is a gift. And that life, no matter what we may be going through, should be appreciated. This, in fact, is my WHY.

Let’s face it, life can suck. Mishaps, tragedy, mistakes, change, loss, and straight up bad luck all happen! But it doesn’t mean we can’t still be happy. I may have to get there in a round about way, but my writing always motives me to FIND hope in each day. It’s not always easy. Trust me, there are days when the last thing I want to do is find a HAPPY. But this blog and my commitment to it has forced me to. And it has significantly impacted my life in a beautiful way. I am so thankful for the people who pushed me to take the chance and put my words out there. It’s no easy feat finding the confidence to do so each and every day … for 5 years! But I’m not quitting. Not on me. And certainly not on finding hope in each new day.

Thank you everyone who has followed me! Your support truly humbles me! Happy Blogiversary to US!!! 

Well, I hope you all have a day where you see no end in sight!!!


Toothpaste and a minor explosion …

We use Mentadent toothpaste. We have for as long as I can remember. I think it is the best toothpaste out there. It comes in pump form and each box comes with two cartridges. We used to be able to get cases of it at Costco but they stopped selling it about 10 years ago. Needless to say I have changed A LOT of cartridges in my day. Which means I’ve also mastered it. 

Now, you may be questioning why one would need to master changing a toothpaste cartridge. But trust me, the struggle is real. There are two sides to each cartridge. A blue side and a white side. Ideally you push on the top of the cartridge once it’s loaded and the toothpaste, both sides, is evenly distributed onto your toothbrush. However, with settling, this is nearly impossible. A new cartridge will always disperse one side more than another. It took me some time but I finally figured out a way to resolve this. There is a cap on the opening of the part of the cartridge that disburses the toothpaste. If you keep that closed and gently push down on the cartridge the two sides even out. You can then pop open the lid and WAH LA an even amount of blue and white end up on your toothbrush. I have done this for a very long time without incident … until today.

This morning I needed a new cartridge of toothpaste. I proceeded to do the same thing to evenly disburse both sides of toothpaste. However, this time when I opened up the cap I could see that the blue side was still not even with the white. So I re-capped it and pushed.

I am not sure if I had some sort of previously undiscovered superhuman strength, but when I pushed down on the dispenser for the second time that toothpaste came BURSTING OUT! It was a GIGANTIC stream of blue and white GOO! Holy moly. What. A. Mess. But … both sides are even now. Swell.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you survive a minor explosion!!!

A plan …

Have you ever tried to figure something out for the LONGEST TIME yet nothing would come to you? No matter what you did an answer eluded you. Ugh. Talk about frustrating! And then, the day comes when it hits you like a ton of bricks! I GOT IT!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you figure out a plan!!!

Pooped …

The past two years I have really tried to focus on getting more sleep at night. I have written before about how I can honestly go with very little sleep for a very long time. And then I have bouts of insomnia on top of that. The past two years I have literally forced myself to stay in bed and rest. Now, after a ton of practice I can usually fall back to sleep. Go me! There are, however, those bouts of insomnia that still occur. And boy oh boy do I feel them now. I think it was almost better when I slept less, HA! The past two nights I have slept terribly. The first night I couldn’t fall asleep then woke up about 4 hours after I finally did. Then last night I tossed and turned. OY. When these bouts occur I am usually OK for most of the day and then suddenly, at no specific time or after any particular activity, IT HITS me.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you aren’t pooped!!!

We lost a part of our past …

Prince Rogers Nelson died today. If you were in high school in the 1980s this stings. A lot. He was an icon. A gifted musician who’s talents reached far beyond just music. He influenced our fashion, our hair cuts and even how we danced. He showed us what passion looked like. ELECTRIFIED. 

May he rest in peace.

Well, I hope you all had a day where you didn’t lose a part of your past!!!

Picking up where we left off …

This morning I got to meet with my dear friend Paula. We saw each other a few weeks ago at her birthday party but prior to that I can’t remember the last time we got to spend some REAL time together. I’ll admit it, I missed the heck out of her. Knowing I was seeing her today made me feel like a kid at Christmas! And regardless of the time that had passed we fell easily into our deep conversations and laughter. Like time stood still waiting for us. Yep, having friends like this is the BEST.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you picked up where you left off!!!