It's that time of the year again where the country goes wild on material objects. I like to take this time to start taking it down, go inward, quiet down and reflect on the year gone by; this year is a bit different as I'm taking two classes which require a lot of focus, reading and writing. I've been balancing out my time pretty well, and my time on my yoga mat helps a lot with balance........instead of going to my mat with a specific sequence in mind, I let my breath guide my body into the next asana........Ahhhhh.........my practice is vital for me to stay focused and balanced. I'm still running and biking outdoors, even though I'm not a big fan of the cold, and something tells me I'll be taking it inside in a few weeks, it was 32 degrees here today; and my body can't appreciate running in that cold.......though I must admit once I get into a groove I feel really good, not to mention how awesome I always feel after....I love being one with nature, taking it all in......I suppose that's why I'm still exercising outdoors, as there is nothing better for my mental, physical and spiritual body than good old mother nature and all of her moods.
Chicago's Thanksgiving parade was a blast, I volunteered and was assigned to escort the performers.......my primary group was a wonderful group of young ladies from Chicago's Curie Metropolitan High School dance group; it was a wonderful experience. Seeing these young ladies excited to perform, watching them as their faces lit up as all of the hard work they put in was paying off.....Priceless! There was so much talent in all of the groups,dancers, drummers, singers.....It was a great way to start my holiday.
Whelp back to the books...... I'm really enjoying both classes they compliment each other well, but I'm especially enjoying my research class, never thought I'd look forward to the next assignment, nor that I'd actually comprehend and enjoy the readings the first go around, it usually takes me a couple of reads to comprehend heavy stuff....not so in this class....and I like!! Over the summer I took statistics, and glad I did because it's been very useful in this class.....qualitative......quantatative........variables......
populations....problem statements...... Ai yai yai! I'd for sure be one lost puppy without having that statistics class under my belt.
Boy, I'm back at it and runnin', I seriously don't think I'd be able to manage all this if it were not for my daily physical activity. After a long day yesterday, I knew today was not going to get started without a run, after my yoga practice I headed out for a run; the weather has been mild and nice temps partly cloudy skies made today a perfect day for running.
The weather his time of the year makes it a bit tricky to figure out how to dress for each run, temps are all over the place. Today I got it right which was nice since I was breaking in my new kicks, I did not want any distractions!! I just love the process of buying new runnin' kicks, especially with a knowledgeable sales person, like the one I had, which was nice because a few months ago I purchased a pair of kicks under the advice of a horrible sales person, my knees immediately informed me that it was the wrong choice; so needless to say I was a bit excited to break in my kicks today.
The run was exactly what I needed, I always set a goal of 6 miles sometimes I go further, other days I'm much slower but I always cover the 6 miles, today was 6.5. I run for the peace it brings me, giving me time to collect my thoughts, put things in perspective or just to zone out. I also run to build my endurance and I’ve notice a significant difference, I average 10.5-11 minute miles and I’m good with that as I started at 15 min miles a few years back built myself back up to 11 min miles and then I sustained an injury that put me out for a month, I call that my ego driven injury. I began running again in August, taking my time and building slowly and with awareness versus attachment. I look forward to my runs, because my body seems to request them when needed; like today I had a lot of things on the to do list and no game plan.
For me any form of physical exercise allows me to put my game plan together; today on my run I mentally put things in order while running, and then had everything taken care this evening. I have a ton of reading for school and a nice run and bike ride followed by a bit of yoga relaxes me enough to sit still and read and comprehend, so I felt a real since of accomplishment this evening after getting my reading and writing assignments done in a timely manner. I try to be aware of my behaviors in potential stressful situations, so when I awoke with a sense of urgency this morning to get things done, I knew there would be no order in my day if I did not create balance first. My yoga, meditation and run did that for me today…….Oh, my new kicks helped too! ~T
YIKES, so much going on today…..I picked up my books ……One class I’m SUPER excited about beginning is Nursing Research class; this class aligns well with my business plan, I have a million emotions running through me at this moment.
I practiced 3 hrs. of yoga, meditated, went for a 6 mile run and a 15 mile bike ride in the past 24 hours, all playing a part to quiet down things in my head. I’m not only excited about my starting classes this term, I’m also excited about the election, listening to the results and awaiting the declared the winner......Moving FORWARDI’m going to finish up on some smaller projects tonight as I listen to the results pour in; I’m also going to crack open my research books!! I’ve communicated with both of my professors this term and look forward to getting into the work load; these past two weeks off have been just what I needed, I was aware of the mental, physical and emotional rest I needed and made sure I honored that. So to be all energized tonight is OK with me, this is an exciting time and I’m ready to get all into it!! ~T
So I finally did it........I registered for painting
classes, at a local art studio! I notice I feel so wonderful when I'm able to expressive my creativity; when I was in Michigan snapping pictures everywhere without a care in the world, I felt so at peace. Classes begin again in a few day's and I feel relaxed and ready, big difference from how I entered last semester.....I know this research class coupled with one of my masters classes is going to be challenging, I felt the need to balance things out and this painting class seemes like the perfect thing to do. Painting begins the last week of November, which is perfect as it gives me enough time to get settled in my classes. I'm so excited for this semester to begin, I'm actually taking three classes....whoa!!
Sandy has affected all of us directly or
indirectly; on the heels of the devstation she left behind there may be a positive light ahead; as Sandy has left
the majority at this point asking “hey, what the heck is really going on wiith our climate”. We have no choice but to investigate, create solutions and initiate; the future of our children, their children and beyond depend on it.
I stayed away from the lake Monday as advised; last year I witnessed a guy on a bike being pulled into the lake by high waves and strong winds. He ignored the warnings; I would never take that chance, I stayed away until today; I ventured out for a bike ride on the lake. Once I arrive at Fullerton I could feel and see the energy left behind by the gusting winds and high waves forty eight hours earlier that energy stretched all the way down to the field museum. It felt peaceful yet a bit eerie; seaweed, rocks and shells now covered the bike path, causing me to peddle slower to avoid getting a flat. As I peddled along I thought about all the people on the East Coast and the complete loss and devastation they are suffering; I said a prayeror them all. Then I became fixated on a small row boat painted tan and turquoise, lying off in the distance! I get a little excited as I peddle closer; I’m a lover of turquoise and wear the stone when exercising as it provides me with strength and energy, so the bright color caught my eye immediately. I hop of my bike and walk over to this beautiful little row boat off to the side, anchored with one blue sand bag; it appeared to have not been disturbed by the wind and waves that Sandy delivered, it appeared at peace. ~T
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