Be free-floating, allowing the situation to surround you, and be in it. Take in the full surroundings, including the temperature of the water.
This may bring incredible clarity, presence and focus. This is what is means to be a jellyfish.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Mid Month Mantras and NaBloWriMo Motivation

It's here. October 15th.
Half way through the month.

Been so in incredibly busy, worn myself out almost every day trying to finish up business at our downtown location and figure out our next steps.

Somehow, I still have managed to get some running and walking in.
Plus, helping me achieve my NaBloWriMo goals, it gives me great motivations for writing.

Looking at the summary of the month, I can hardly believe it. 
31.31 miles.
6.55 total hours.
2,966 calories!

So, I guess it was okay that I ate some cupcakes (even though they didn't turn out like I planned), treated myself with some ice cream with chocolate syrup and walnuts, ate pizza (too much), and attacked those sour cream and onion chips. 

Imagine if I had eaten a little better! I believe I can start thinking I will break that plateau, well I did break it but the wrong way, I gained weight, and maybe lose a little weight.
Tentative Scale Calibration
photo courtesy of Raige Creations
It doesn't really matter though. I haven't weighed myself since I found I put on the 5 pounds I lost last spring. Plus, I am hoping the next time I do I will be pleasantly surprised with those five pounds gone, so I am waiting a few more weeks.

I am just happy to be active. I can tell it is helping my balance, and I can feel the difference in every-day life. Especially since my every day lately has been packing and moving heavy things, dealing with stress, and having to make huge decisions.

At the end of it all, I can say....
photo courtesy of Run with Your Heart on Facebook
Even not so good runs make better days, as my calendar above has a few not-so-good runs, but it still looks good on the calendar. This is a good mantra to get me out the door to run.

Though the days have been hard, I can say they have been good overall. I remember my hubby's great encouraging quote often.
One Day Closer
photo courtesy of Raige Creations
Now, to just get through the rest of the month. 
One day at a time. 
Another mantra I have used this past week. This mantra I have used to get out the door to get the work done.

What is your mantra for the week?


  1. My mantra this week is "It is better to be done than perfect." I'm working on a quilt for a friend that has to be done by Sunday(!) and I'm trying to finish it up before then.

    I miss running... I screwed up my ankle a couple of years ago and haven't been able to strength it yet to get back to it. It always seemed to clear my head though. Good for you for making time and taking care of yourself even with your other obligations!

  2. Dakota, that is actually how I finished every quilt I have I think it is impossible for me to make a perfect quilt.
    This story explains how I accidentally made a King size instead of a Queen...and had to fix the back to fit:

    And this story explains how I yet again made the back too small:

    Being done is just perfect though, especially for quilts, and the cold weather on its way now. ;)

    Try starting with walking, and see how your ankle feels. I walked for almost a full year before I took the chance to run. I have bad knees and had to take it slow. Walking and easing into running helped so much. Walking also clears your head. Check some of these for inspirations:

    Have fun finishing the quilt, and I would love to see pics when you are done...share with us when you finish!


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