Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Empowering Moments

Hellllllo... it's been awhile. I've been lazy busy. I am writing this blog post to give myself some motivation to finish strong in my training for this upcoming 13.1 in San Diego. Do you ever have to remind yourself of all the amazing things you've done just to give yourself that extra boost to finsh the current task at hand? I DO!

I know everyone has those empowering moments in their lives and oftentimes those special memories can be used to give you that extra push you need when you're trying to tackle a problem at work, fix an issue at home or in my case, train for another race. So anyways, enough small talk, here are some of my empowering moments: 

Finishing my very first half-marathon. I put this first since this blog is about about me running. The day I did this was the most exhilaration I've ever felt in my entire life. I was so excited and proud and happy and EXHAUSTED all at the same time. It was truly one of the best days of my life. I wouldn't take that day back for anything and I still have my medal hanging on my dresser to remind me everyday that I CAN DO ANYTHING IF I PUT MY MIND TO IT! And so can you!

Delivering a 9lb child, no epidural. I kid you not, labor was child's play in comparison to the halfer. I'm not kidding. My body was in more pain in the days following the race than it was following childbirth. I am 100% dead serious. Let me also say this, I wanted that epidural so bad, but there wasn't enough time. I'm not one of those brave people who wanted to experience the miracle that is childbirth naturally, I wanted the drugs. This was definitely an empowering moment!

Breaking up with a friend. Do any of you have someone in your life that after a certain time has caused you more hurt than happiness? Well, I did. But I don't anymore. And it took a really long time for me to come to grips with the fact that maybe it just wasn't meant to be. And you know what, that's ok. I'm going to be totally honest here, it was quite hard for me to just let go of this particular person. I wanted so badly to make her happy and continue to make memories with her. But finally I realized it was just time to say goodbye. I wish her absolutely nothing but the best and I will always have open arms if she ever needs me...
Graduating from college. I remember opening a card from my Dad hoping it was filled with a significant amount of cash and reading the words, "I am so proud of you. Love, Dad" That's all it said. I still have that card and I'll never throw it away. Let's face it, college was the best four years of all of our lives. Don't be coy. It was. How many times in our lives are we faced with the opportunity of four (or five, or even six) years of carefree living, great times with friends, no stress, and endless freedom? Just once. College. But outside of the awesomeness that is college, you leave with a degree! What a sweet deal! No one can ever take that away from you.

Finishing a professional sales training program. After finishing the sales training program at Pfizer, I really did think, "wow, I didn't think I would make it out of here alive." That was one of the hardest, but most rewarding experiences in my life. And I love when an interviewer looks at my resume and say "wow? Pfizer." My little heart skips a beat and I say to myself, "YEAH! PFIZER!" The mind games, two months without a normal night's sleep, the gross food, the endless scrutiny from colleagues and sales trainers is over. Finally, I finished boot camp. It wasn't all bad though, that experience gave me the confidence to know I could make it through any training program at any company. And I also met a great friend while I was there. How empowering!

Anyways, I hope you all think of some empowering moments in your life. Its kind of a cool exercise to do because it truly will life your spirits!

Since my knees have been killing me lately, I decided to take Addy for long bike ride in the Burley today. I've always loved bike riding and its great for the quads! :)

Getting excited for Sannnnn Diego!

xo, c