I just got back from four days of pure bliss in Tecate, Mexico at Rancho La Puerta. It was the ultimate wellness retreat and I feel rejuvenated, well rested and invigorated upon my return. I still need to put the whole trip into words (and I’m working on it) but until then, I thought I’d pop in and say Happy Autumn!
|i actually saw a few sunrises while in mexico…|
Fall is by far my favorite season — even more so in the Midwest. In all honestly, it isn’t much different than summer here in San Diego but I still get excited about the minor changes that happen.
I loved Gina’s post today (The Fitnessista) about turning over a new leaf with the new season.
She says, “With the new season, it’s also the perfect time to initiate change and assess your plan for the rest of the year.” I thought I’d join in since I am coming off four straight days of reflection while being almost entirely unplugged and removed from distraction. I am super tuned in at the moment to what I want to manifest and what I want to work on.
MEDITATE. I am dedicated to making meditation a daily practice. I finally started meditating while at Rancho La Puerta after saying I would start for…ever. I have continued since being home (so far – day 4). The goal is to meditate for at least 10-15 minutes each day. I was introduced to an app called One Giant Mind and I will use it to hold me accountable and guide me in my practice until it becomes as routine as brushing my teeth and exercising.
GET CERTIFIED. I have registered for the Run-Fit Specialist Certification as well as an Advanced Sports and Exercise Nutrition Advisor Certification. Now it’s time to buckle down, read the texts and study hard. I want to be certified in both of these by the end of the year. (There is A LOT of material).
RUN WITH MY PEOPLE. I tend to be a lone wolf when it comes to running, but I have this wonderful running community at my fingertips and I’m lucky to call many of these runners my friends. I would like to make running with them a priority each week. I am so blessed to be a part of such a healthy, like-minded community and I need to take advantage of it. And think of all the running friends yet to be made!
MAKE TIME FOR “ME TIME.” This one is kind of a Catch-22. In the past, I’ve been notorious for being “flaky” so I made a conscious effort to be more reliable and change my reputation. But now, I am so busy with constant plans that I overbook myself on the regular. After a long day of work, I often find myself going from the office to run with one friend and then straight to dinner with another and not even allowing for a shower in between. I am rarely ever home and it can leave this outgoing introvert feeling exhausted. I need time to recharge my batteries. My new goal is to say “maybe” more often, instead of saying “yes” to everything and consequently feeling overwhelmed with obligations. “Maybe” doesn’t jive well with a lot of people but at least it allows for some flexibility and less commitment. It gives me the chance to see how I am feeling in the moment and honor those feelings. Exhausted? Pass. Super busy? Pass. Feeling great? Go for it!
I have more goals and things I’d like to focus on this Autumn, but I think that’s a good start for now.