Hello there! It’s been a long time no see (or read or write as the case may be). I haven’t died. I’ve just been super busy and super lazy in the little bit of down time I seem to find. But that’s going to change! I know, I know. I said this before, but I mean it this time! Why am I so sure I’ll be more consistent with my blogging this time? Well, because of a simple horoscope I read today in the Sacramento Bee (it was in the actual paper edition, I have no clue if you can find it in the online edition). It said this:
Why does that mean so much? And on this particular day? Well, I’ll tell you. But bear with me, it’s kind of a meandering and seemingly disconnected story.
My last real post (i.e. not a pushed book review from Goodreads, although I do know a lot of people that really enjoy those) was the beginning of this year after I had completed the Inaugural Tinkerbell Half Marathon. Sadly, I didn’t quite keep up my running (or any sort of exercise for that matter) after the race. I was continuing my extra-curricular education at community college in pursuit of web programming and multimedia design certificates (I was taking three classes). I’d also started work as a contract analyst writing some fishery related reports. All this while still working full time and participating in a bowling league.
When the semester ended, I was extremely excited for my summer vacation. Somehow, the summer passed without actually accomplishing much of anything. I attended Comic Con again, but somehow never found the time to write about it. I still had the fishery reports to write and that took up a lot of time. Now, off the top of my head, I can’t tell you what I did over the summer. I didn’t paint. I didn’t write. I didn’t even play any of my video games. It’s sad when you can’t remember what you did, only what you didn’t do.
In August, school started again (I chose to only take two classes this semester – which has been a good choice). I started running every once in a while, but not enough. Why not enough? Because despite my apathy about running another race after I’d completed Tink, I’m signed up for two more. The first one is in November – the Big Sur Half Marathon in Monterey. That one happened because one of my cousins had decided to run it and I didn’t want her to do it alone. The second one happened because it’s the Second Tinkerbell Half Marathon and many other family members were headed down to enjoy the 5K as part of that weekend. So, I figured why not? November is rapidly approaching and I have not been training. Part of that is due to a fairly severe ankle rolling in June and the lengthy healing process (I can just now start to wear high heeled shoes again – but still only short ones and for limited times). The other part has just been apathy. But I’ve known that I need to get my but moving so that I don’t injure myself in November. So, all week I had actually been planning to do a 6 mile run today.
My plan was to run back to my home from my cousins (its 6.6 miles) after the combined birthday brunch family gathering. That way I had to do the distance no matter what. Early this morning, the gathering was canceled. I considered not doing the run, or maybe starting small with a 30 minute one. Then I read the horoscope (see above). I knew I needed to do the originally planned 6 miles, and I knew it would hurt. But pain and gain often go together.
And I did it. It was a slow 6 miles, but it was 6 miles. I’m going to feel it tomorrow (I’m really feeling it now). But without doing this, I know how bad November 18th would be. This is the start to being back in training so I can meet my original goal of besting my original Tinkerbell Half Marathon time when I’m back running it for the second time (At this point, I have no goal other than to finish the November one with minimal pain.).
And this brings me back to my goal of writing more regularly. The horoscope that got my butt moving today has also provided inspiration for my projects. While I can’t remember what I did over the summer, I know what I didn’t do. I didn’t work on any of the paintings I have started and/or planned. I didn’t write anything unless it was work related (day job and contract work). I have not been fulfilling my soul. It’s time to do that. I’ve been unhappy (for many reasons, but a big one is that lack of creative activity) and I know how to fix that. So it is time to feed the soul and to feed it regularly. So…
I’ll see you again soon!