I encountered positive peer pressure with my youngest sister. She was trying to figure out how she could run more as summer approaches us. I told her that her options were later in the evening or early in the morning. She opted for early morning and said she would do it if I would. So, I got up at 5:15 this morning and completed a 3-mile run. I didn't run as fast as I usually do, but it was definitely a rush to get myself up and going instead of hitting the snooze button. I'm a little more tired this evening, but I think she has definitely hit on something here. When I have a definite reason to get up in the morning, it's easier to actually get up and do it. My plan is to come up with something physical to do each morning. Tomorrow morning I will be getting up to walk Cali, our chocolate lab.
I've been talking about it, and now I'm actually going to do it. An item on my bucket list is to do a tandem skydive. I told myself that if it was between $200-300 that I would do it. After doing some research, I discovered that it is going to cost $250. So, I put it out on Facebook to see if anyone wants to join me. One of my former students is considering it, and I've had several people who have done it that I had no idea. They all say it's worth it! It's pretty cool to find out who has done something that you never knew that they had done until you put yourself out there. I'm really getting excited about doing it, and so I'm going to officially register for it tomorrow. That in itself will be a rush!!
It's tough to get out of your comfort zone. We get so comfortable with how things are that we think that this is all there is and we're okay with it. When we become okay with it, then we get stagnant. The key is to change something up to get out of your comfort zone. It doesn't have to be something earth shattering, just change something up. I'm in the middle of a 30 Day Change Up Challenge with 5 friends on Facebook. We're each making an adjustment to our schedule or doing something new each day for the entire month of June. I've always enjoyed writing in a journal, but I've never committed myself to doing it everyday. Well, today I started my one year commitment of writing each day on the progress of my goals for the next year. I'm so excited about it, and it's definitely getting me out of my comfort zone!
We often tell others to "take care", but how often do we tell that to ourselves? We need to heed those two words on a daily basis. If we don't take care of ourselves, we will struggle to do for others. I found that out yesterday when I got one of my dehydration migraines after my run. Even though it was a beautiful 70 degrees with really no humidity at 9:45 yesterday morning, I was dripping with sweat. I came inside and felt like I drank plenty of water, but it was obviously not enough as later in the day I encountered a blinding headache. Thankfully, I have a wonderful husband who knows what these headaches are like for me. After I took my migraine medicine, he got a warm wash cloth and water for me. I went to our bedroom and was pretty much out of commission for the next three hours. I felt better in the evening, but this morning I still have some residual, what I call the "migraine hangover". Even though I drank plenty of water, I did nothing to replace my electrolytes, and that's where my error caused what happened. So, I learned from my mistake and will be more proactive when I go on my next run tomorrow. In the mean time, I'm listening to my body today, and I'm only doing what I really feel like I should be doing.
I'm so excited about where I am in my life right now. Do you ever just feel so excited, like a child who is anticipating Christmas morning? That's exactly how I feel! Sometimes it's a little overwhelming, because I'm not sure exactly where to start with all that I want to do. That is why it's imperative to take a deep breath and set priorities. Put together a to-do list and then start attacking it one item at a time. It can be done, and I know that I can have it all. I just have to make sure I don't lose sight of what it is that I want to do.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.