Steps.

img_7073From Monday to Friday I was obsessed with one thing, my step count. I am not exaggerating when I say all I did was sleep, work, eat and walk. By the end of the week my apartment was disaster and my legs were sore, but my step count were amazing! My grand total for the work week was 101,272 steps. Not only did this earn me first place, but was also my personal best during a Workweek Hustle Challenge.

Although I do not think I will maintain this insane week step count moving forward, it was fun to prove to myself that I could do it. There are some weeks that you need to achieve something that seems out of reach. This was my unachievable thing and the success was so sweet.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

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True friends.

About mid way thought the day I was pretty frustrated. Too many times in my life I feel like no matter what do, people run away from my attempts at friendship. Which makes me all the more grateful for the friends I do have.

Through a fun combination of things Wednesday evenings have turned into friend days. A couple that I continue to get closer and closer to and I, do our best to get together at least this one day a week. I have known the husband since we were teenagers, but his wife is a new growing friendship that I deeply cherish. We tell each other stories, good and bad. There are moments we laugh uncontrollably and those we wish we had the words to make each others troubles disappear. Our interests are similar, but thankfully not identical. After all more of the same is rarely fun.

This evening was a girls night. We picked up some froyo and ate it while swinging at a little playground. Then I did one of my favorite things and went for a walk. She is new to the area so I try to wonder where she has never been to give her a better idea of where things are. It is also very fun to get her a little lost and confused, but I always make sure she recognizes a landmark or two.

As we wandered I was reminded once again that the friendships worth having will always come into your life when you least expect it, but need it most. I have few friends and for the most part those I have are far away. But true friends are always together, and thankfully just a phone call, txt or message away.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Walk and talk.

I am so thankful for time with friends and upcoming plans.

Today the plan was for me to meet up with a friend and simply walk around and catch up. It was perfect. We talked about so many thing, I’d like to think it was good for both of us. We made plans to go to a Festival and to run a race together. There is even a movie coming out at Christmas time that we are both excited about. So many wonderful things to look forward to!

I love having happy things to look forward to.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

My not so little cousin. 

Time flies, it is honestly insane how fast it goes. 12 years ago on Tuesday one of my little cousins was born, but I guess I can not call her little any more. She has grown into such a beautiful creative person, and I was excited to be able to celebrate her birthday today. It was a wonderful adventure and great time spent with family.

There were so many wonderful parts of the day, it is impossible to name a favorite. She was excited about each of her presents. We took a walk in the woods. I ate a peach right off the tree. We saw the pigs and chickens they are raising. She showed me her little art studio and we talked so much about this and that. Spending time with kids is simply the best.

I wish I lived closer so I could spend more time with them, but unfortunately the five hour drive is too much to make all the time. For now I can’t wait for thanksgiving to spend more time with them all.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

One step at a time.

Over the past few months I have avoided certain things. Things that reminded me of him. Things that we often did together. There are some meals that I refuse to make, some places that are difficult to go, some shows that I refuse to watch. At times it makes me feel weak, like I am unable to stand up for myself, but really it is simply a way to hold back the tears.

Today I faced one of the things I try so hard to avoid. I went for a walk for no real reason but to enjoy the evening. True I have walked home on lunch, and I have gone for a few hikes alone, but this was the first time I walked around town without a purpose on the same paths we once walked together. It was strange to be alone, and unfortunately I did think about him.

At the end of my walk I was proud of myself, because I took one more step outside of my current comfort zone. It is amazing how strong and confident I am becoming. I have challenged myself in so many ways, but it is still difficult to be reminded of him. In time I know everything I avoid now will stop causing pain, but for now I will celebrate my small accomplishments. After all, we can only take one step at a time.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.