March in Review
Okay, for real...how is it April? This must be the real April Fool's joke.
If you are a consistent reader of my blog, you know by now that I planned to set mini-goals and mantras for each month that all will build up to my larger 2017 plans. This March, my goals consisted of: focusing more on writing (check!), visiting the wildflowers in Anza Borrego (scratched due to an unexpected bout of the flu) and trying some new fitness classes around San Diego (check!). Beyond these goals, my mantra the last 31 days was "own your dreams; there is no better way to make them happen." So this month, I actively focused on some of my my dreams - both big and small. I took the time to be more thoughtful about my writing, I accepted freelance assignments that intimidated me but I knew I was capable of and I reached out to bloggers I looked up to for advice. I shared big ideas at work - with confidence and excitement. I decided whether or not I wanted to race this year - and what would replace my dream of hiking Mt. Whitney this year (stupid lottery!). I redid my budget and started to actively save for some trips. Though I tend to be proactive, I really liked this month's extreme focus. I can't sit and wait around for my dreams to happen - I have to be an active participant the whole way through.
Here are some other highlights from this March:
I raced my way to second-place in my age group in a local 5K with a cause near and dear to my heart. I went into this race thinking that I was just going to see how it went. I just wanted to finish. Well, when I finished my first mile at 6:30, I went with it! Beyond this exciting recovery win, the 5K supported Chelsea's Light Foundation, which was founded after high school runner Chelsea King was assaulted and murdered during a run in San Diego County. The foundation honors her spirit and provides resources for protecting children and inspiring positive change in their communities. As I was a senior in high school not too far way, this story hit me really hard and I was happy to run this race for the second time.
One of my best friends got married. The wedding was beautiful. My friend, Katrina, looked absolutely stunning. Not to mention, I got to hang out with some of my best friends and boyfriend all evening - eating, dancing and drinking. I don't think I've ever had so much fun at a wedding before. Congrats to the new Brownes in town!
I bought a new vacuum! Is adulthood when you get excited about such a purchase? Whatever. My cleaning OCD has reached a new level.
I somehow ran almost 14 miles. The final weekend of the month, I woke up at the crack of dawn with one of my best friends and we headed out towards Mt. Laguna. We hopped on a beautiful (and cold...35 degrees in shorts!!) trail and headed into a stunning canyon. It was by far the prettiest trail I'd ever run on - full of creek crossings, desert and marsh-type biomes and plenty of chirping birds. The views were gorgeous and kept me entertained (along with good conversation). I had intended to run 6 miles total, but ended up hitting around 13.5. Oops. The best part? I felt so strong. The worst part? I think I was sore for a whole week.
This month, I will be focusing on this mantra: Be a seeker of everyday magic.
Hello April (thought I still believe this is a joke!)