Thursday, June 14, 2012

Cock-eyed Optimist

I've always been a firm believer that things would work out for me. I just think that if you have goals, and something you're working toward, rather than just going about your life without plans, things will happen for you instead of to you, if that makes any sense at all.

Lately, I've been feeling like I'm in some funk. Loyal readers probably get it from my last couple entries. I promise, this one will be a bit more chipper!

That said, last night at BBW, we prepared for our big Semi-Annual Sale (Go in now! Walk, don't run (during store hours, of course) to get the goods before they're gone!), and I got to see some people I haven't seen in forever. Like, since the LAST semi-annual sale. Craziness. One such person was a girl I actually graduated high school with. We didn't care for each other as kids, but we're friendly now. She's in school working toward a degree in skin care (an anestetician? Okay, misspelled, but she told me it was about skin care), so she's been giving up a lot of hours to focus on it. We talked about my book, and I showed her the cover.

I'm not sure why, but it honestly surprises me how excited people get when they tell me they want to read it. I guess I've always considered reading a bit of a lost hobby. I know people in my family read (with some very few exceptions), and I've had a library card since I was two, but I don't think of people outside my family as readers. It gives me hope. A lot of hope, actually. I just hope that my words can live up to their expectations. I think they will, but we don't really ever know, do we?

So, back to the cock-eyed optimist. I was texting back and forth with my sis, Kiri, today (and if she ever gets her butt in gear, she'll hopefully have a witty guest blog for you. She's a great writer.), and we were talking about running the Disney Tinkerbell Half Marathon in January 2014 and the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February 2014. To preface this part of the conversation, we are NOT runners. Neither of us has ever been particularly athletic, though we each played our share of team sports (we both did baseball and volleyball, and she also did basketball, but this was all pretty much finito by eighth grade. We were artsy, bookish people!), we never really got into being super active.

I read a lot of wellness blogs, and find their stories of running races so inspiring. Add to the fact that we adore Disney, and you have a match made in heaven. We have about a year and a half to prepare. I'm no expert, but I think we could do it. I think spend the rest of this year working up to actually running, period, and spend next year working up to running long distances. I've found several training programs to prepare, and they all seem doable, so long as you actually train.

I wanted to go with a group of girlfriends, because what could be better for friends to do, than dress up in tutus and sparkles, possibly fairy wings and tiaras and run through Disney? Seriously, it sounds awesome, and to be able to run 13.1 miles, how HUGE would that be? Any other gal pals want to make this trek with us? We won't be doing it in 2013, but 2014, by golly (yes, I went there!), we shall be there, bright eyed and bushy tailed at 5:30 am for the races!




Meeting Prince Ali Ababwa aboard the Disney Dream, September 2011

In my future, I see myself as a full-time writer with time and money to afford the travel and race costs. It's pricey, but I think it'd be something to remember, and a reward for a job well done. That's why I believe in setting goals. I like working hard to see things happen. I don't want my days spent not caring about what I do. I like having a reason besides basic necessity to get up in the morning. 

"Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!"~Mame Dennis, as played by Rosalind Russell in 1958's Auntie Mame, now available on Netflix. Worth the watch. AMAZINGLY hysterical movie!

I think meeting Prince Ali at the end of that race would be reason enough to run, don't you?

Has anyone ever run a race? If so, what was your first one like? Any advice for someone like me who is just now training (Started C25K at the gym yesterday)?

And before I forget, my baby girl is five years old now. Happy Birthday, Jane Austen!


3 comments:

  1. You can totally do that race!!! I've always wanted to do one of the Disney races. Hopefully someday when I'm not poor I'll have the chance to try it :-)

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  2. You should make it your reward for finishing school! Set aside a little money each paycheck to work toward it. How long is your program?

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  3. You know what my dear!!! WHY NOT!!!!!!! I might be ready to die at the end of that long stretch, but I desperately need to start being healthier!!! Plus it would be fun to do something like that with one of my besties!! :)

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