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Four years ago I lined up at the starting line of what I was sure would be my best half-marathon to date. I had carbo-loaded the night before, had water with me and the experience of completing two of these before, one of them on the same course. Armed with a goal and my Garmin, I set out to crush that run.
About 10km in my stomach started to turn. Nothing to be concerned about, I’d drink some water, hit a gel if I kept feeling weak and handle it – running is mostly mental anyways and my split times were on track. Paul was pacing me, as he ran his first marathon so I when I started to feel really off around 15km he pep-talked the heck out of me. As we waved goodbye at 19km I told him I would be there at the finish line to celebrate his first marathon and he told me to just keep pushing through, I was almost at the end.
But I didn’t make it.
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Hi cutie 👋🏻
I. Have. Missed. You!!!! But my unintended hiatus is OVER 🙌🏻 and it feels. so. good.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to show up with no explanation for my absence and just assume you’re going to accept it. So grab a coffee, tuck yourself into your favourite nook, pull a blanket over those toes and let’s do this mmmmkay? We have so much to catch up on.
Since my last post just a few major life events have occurred:
Embracing every second of summer, ☀️ rainy days included ☔️
Woo still getting back into the swing of things around here, but so stoked to be back with this week’s gratitude #hustle. Let’s just dive right in shall we?
Current mood: It’s the freakin’ weekend
Raise your hand if you’re soaking up allll of those long weekend vibes 🙋🏼 I feel ya.
These signs of Spring around Toronto are reminding me of all the Cherry Blossoms 📸 from Japan.
Trying something new with a Saturday post – I hope you’re reading this with a coffee in hand, ready to take it easy.
In the words of the man who writes the songs, “looks like we made it!” No? You guys, I’m talking about Barry Manilow. Seriously… love him… blame years of dance. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a dance routine in every style done to Copacabana.
Anyyyyyyways…. looking back on this week one word really comes to mind: laughter.
A beautiful view last night after the rain
I had one of those days earlier this week where it felt like everything was off – my commute, my colleagues, and simple work things that I usually breeze right through with ease (thanks, I’m sure to some IT updates). I thought to myself, “well at least tomorrow is Thursday and I have x, y and z to look forward to at the end of the week.” Then I realized, it was only Tuesday morning 🙄 (and I’ve been one day ahead ALL week – I went to watch the Raps game last night and couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t on hahaha).
But then the winds changed
While it rains in Toronto, I’m thinking about the dreamy beaches of Okinawa.
🎶 Back to life/back to re-al-it-y🎶
Oh this week. It will forever go down as a ridiculous comedy of errors. You know it’s been a week when yet another issue comes up and your colleague’s only response is, “of course”.
Unfortunately, between work and life this week I haven’t had a chance to turn my full attention to this space.
But for all that went wrong this week, there were some really wonderful highlights – here’s what I’m grateful for this week:
Excited to use one of my favourite bags again soon!
I had some fantastic opportunities this week to try new things, meet some awesome new people and reminisce with some of my favourites. I’m excited to carry this energy into the weekend as I work on some projects for the blog, finish my first CrossFit Open (read about that here), and celebrate friends. On top of these wonderful weekend plans, here’s what I’m grateful for this week:
The view from the road on Paul and I’s first road trip together (Sea to Sky Highway, BC)
I don’t care how cliché this makes me sound, who is ready for Spring? 🙋🏼 Saaaaaaaame. Since this is supposed to be a space where I reflect on what I’m grateful for, I’m not going to go on about how I’m so over leaving the house wrapped in multiple layers, all the wool, plodding through the snow and not feeling my face on my way into work – nope, won’t do it (okay, okay just a little bit – when will this winter eeeeend?!). Bright side – it’s going up to +4 today! Here’s what else I’m grateful for this week:
These Canadian beauties have been brightening up our space all week long.