Note to self:
Take time to do the things that make you smile.
And then share it. Who knows…it may make someone else smile, too.
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First of all, congratulations on getting married this year and celebrating your first married Christmas! That is way too fun!!! Second of all, cucumber cantaloupe and peppermint cocoa are two of my favorite flavors (okay, so they all might be my favs) and you will be getting BOTH of those! Woohoo!
I loved reading all your comments on why this time of the year makes you smile…you all made me smile! I wish that I could send a soap package to each and every one of you because I appreciate you all so much, but unfortunately going back to school has made me poor. I’m sure you understand. But…I will try to send you a bunch of Christmas cheer through my blog…did you get it yet?!
For now, I have to go get ready to do some Christmas shopping, get my cookies ready for my cookie party (YUM!), and wrap up my gift for my girlfriend’s gift exchange tonight!
Ho ho ho ho ho!
Stop whatever you are doing right now.
Find a mirror…in your bathroom, your bedroom, or in your purse.
Look at it.
Not just any smile. Make it a big cheesy, embarrassing, you-can-see-all-your-pearly-whites, Jim Carrey’d be jealous kind of smile.
Take a mental picture of that image. (Flash!)
Tell yourself that you are beautiful. That your smile is beautiful…
…and you deserve to be happy! Always.
I think there is a great importance to setting goals. Before volleyball games, I had my girls come up with goals as a team and come up with individual goals. At the beginning of the season someone would say, “Our goal should be to do good.” Well, that’s a given! I then explained to them that our goals needed to be measurable. We need to be able to actually see if we achieve them.
Once the girls grasped that concept someone would suggest, “Our goal should be to have no missed serves.” This seems like a great goal, however, these are middle school girls…and for many serving was not yet their strong suit. I had to explain that our goals need to be achievable. Then someone would blurt out, “Okay then, only ten missed serves.” Ten?! We’d surely lose the game is we missed that many serves. I then explained that our goals need to be achievable, yes, but also challenging.
So for this month, I am setting some very measurable, achievable, and challenging goals for myself.
1. Decide which nursing school I will attend.
Obviously I need to make this decision because I’ll be enrolling in classes soon! Aaahhh! I am so excited to start school, I just can’t say it enough! I am definitely feeling a pull toward one school, but I’m not ready to make a definite decision. Soon, though!
2. PR on November 20th in my second ever half marathon.
I finished my last (first) half marathon in one hour, fifty-nine minutes, and ten seconds. I so want to beat this!
3. Finish my second ever half marathon in one hour and fifty-five minutes.
Yes, I’ll be happy with any PR, but to really challenge myself I want to finish 1.55:xx. I know that for so long (marathon training) I was focused on mileage rather than speed, so for the past couple of weeks I’ve really been trying to get faster!
4. Cook (3 meals a week and two great Thanksgiving sides). Read (1 book). Make (3 things from Pinterest).
5. Smile 334,918,374,918,327,419,834,719,238,471,903,248,102 times!
How are you challenging yourself this month?!
Unfortunately, I haven’t really felt like writing lately. I’m sure this is pretty obvious since I haven’t been active on this blog since early last week. To be honest, I just can’t seem to get to feeling like myself lately and I don’t know why.
When I sat down to write today’s blog post, I didn’t have a plan of what I would write about. The first thoughts that came to my head were to complain about life and to whine about not having a real job or being in school. Yuck.
Instead, I realize that I have to power to overcome my horrendous mood by reminding myself all the things I have to be happy about right now.
Number one: Coffee.
I love my little Keurig and chai latte flavored creamer. The only negative about this is that I can only make one cup at a time.
Number two: My new planner.
It has the calendar for the month, and then it has pages for day by day. I love this because I can write a to-do list for every day…crossing things off a to-do list equals feeling productive…something I need!
Number three: Ali on the Run’s first marathon race recap! It has been beyond inspiring to read her blog as she has trained for her first marathon, all while battling Crohn’s disease and raising over $20,000 for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Her recap brought tears to my eyes and made me want to run another marathon tomorrow!
Number four: KNMS girl’s volleyball.
My little volleyball team is having a great season so far, and they make me smile on a daily basis. I had a light bulb moment the other day when I was complaining to my running buddy about not currently being in school. She reminded me that if I was in school right now then I wouldn’t have been able to coach the girls. As much as I hope I’m teaching them about volleyball, competition, and being a team, they are a big part of my happiness right now, too. I need them.
Number five: My volleyball team’s homework assignment.
I asked each girl to write about their proudest moment or a time when they did something that didn’t think was possible. I loved reading each other their little stories, and yet again, they didn’t cease to make me smile (and giggle)!
Number six: Duh.
Does this one even need an explanation?
What is making you smile now?