It’s Friday night as I begin to write this and I’m sitting on my couch, eating dinner out of a cardboard box from Whole Foods, still sweaty from the gym, watching Real Housewives of New York City. I know you totally wish you were my friend. I’m SO fun. I may even fall asleep while reading some historical fiction in a few hours after I take my melatonin. Someone seriously needs to reign me in – I am OUT. OF. CONTROL.
All jokes aside, this is truly my idea of the perfect Friday night. Gym, take-out, some Netflix or Hulu, and falling asleep to a good book. Especially after a tiring week like the first week at a new job. Starting a new venture can be somewhat mentally exhausting. I am thinking about my new gig 24/7 and trying to learn every single thing I possibly can about the brand, the health food industry and our target audience. I am swimming (more like doggie paddling) in a sea of digital tools and trying to streamline my thoughts and come up with a creative and effective strategy to increase our presence on the web. It’s so fun but I just can’t shut my brain off. I’m like a puppy with a new toy.
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I had a fantastic dinner date on Wednesday at my favorite spot, Cafe Gratitude, with Teresa who I haven’t seen in FOREVER. We enjoyed some insanely delicious organic, savory, vegan bowls and caught up over turmeric lattes. It was the perfect mid-week pick me up.
I took it easy with my running this week because I just needed a little cut-back. I’m really good at listening to my body these days. I will never do a workout just to simply do it. I always weigh the pros and cons and choose the option that is most beneficial. Sometimes, that’s an easy jog and sometimes that’s pushing the pace until I have sweat dripping into my eyeballs.
On Friday I worked from home and then enjoyed the aforementioned rager on Friday night at home in my sweats expecting to go to Anaheim the next day for the massive Natural Foods Expo. I went to bed early, woke up early and hit the road. I turned on a podcast, sipped on my coffee and got excited about the health food extravaganza I was about to explore.
But as luck would have it, I never got there. In San Juan Capistrano I got into a pretty bad car accident – yes, another one – and never made it to the expo. Brittany had to come rescue me after my car was towed away. I spent 5 hours on the road and ended up right back at home. This same situation just happened 7 months ago and the insurance company was a nightmare to work with so I expect nothing less this time around. My car is still in San Juan Capistrano and I will be car-less (again) for likely the next month. So yeah, that should be fun…
After a shitty Saturday, I had to make Sunday a good day so I went through with running the San Diego Half Marathon courtesy of LARABAR. I met up with Lauren, Sheri and Jenna at the start line and right before we started, the girls told me we were going to take it easy and run a 1:40. I was totally on board and loved the idea of running it together for fun.
None of us raced it and instead we enjoyed a speedy long run with a ton of company. It was SO MUCH FUN. The hill on Washington was perfect Boston training and I love that the last few miles are downhill. I cruised into the finish with some 6:40s and felt freaking fantastic. Besides the crazy Washington hill, it felt truly easy and that’s a great sign.
I’ve felt a little out of sorts after this crazy week and to remedy that, I’ve been making a gratitude list and going back to reading “The Untethered Soul.” That book has so much wisdom and always helps me to get my head and heart in the right place. Reading it is like seeing a chiropractor for the psyche. When I feel all out of whack, I need the message of that book to pop me back into place. If you haven’t read it and you’re seeking some spiritual enlightenment, I highly, highly recommend it.