I’m baaaaack!

It’s been over 3 months since I posted on this bad boy, and I am thrilled to finally be back! The last several months were jam packed with school, work, and incredible experiences so much so that my dear old blog got left in the dust. By far the biggest intruder of blog life was grad school. But after many research papers, all-nighters, and one very stressful capstone defense, I am officially done with school forever! (Or at least for the next 10 years. As my mom told me, “never say never.”) Don’t believe me? Here is a little glance at my all-too-detailed planner from March and April.

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So. While I was gone, a few things happened. Here’s a quick recap.

  • I ran my very first half marathon, the Nike Women’s Half!

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  • I graduated.

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  • I helped plan the GW Class of 2012 1st year reunion.

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  • I saw so many of my favorite bands live and finally went to Bonnaroo!!
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Wheeler Brothers at the Hamilton

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He’s My Brother She’s My Sister at the Black Cat

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Roooooo! How I miss you!

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Lucius at Bonnaroo

He's My Brother She's My Sister, take 2 at Bonnaroo

He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, take 2 at Bonnaroo

Sons of Fathers at Bonnaroo

Sons of Fathers at Bonnaroo

Needless to say, it’s been a busy few months. The one thing I haven’t done? Work on my apartment. But now that school is over and my responsibilities do not extend beyond my job, I am so ready to get back into the DIY swing of things. So cheers to real life and the many projects ahead! Let’s do this.

So THIS happened…

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As of about an hour ago, I am officially registered for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in DC! Part of me is screaming “WHAT WERE YOU THINKING, YOU FOOL!” but another part of me is beaming and so excited to get started. And after the week I have had, anything that brings a smile to my face is worth pursuing.

So it begins! I’m ready to tackle the farthest distance I have ever run! And I’m thoroughly looking forward to getting super in shape in the process… Holla!

Also, I am completely aware that my DIY-ing has slowed to an abysmal rate. Finals, work, and some personal stuff has got me in a DIY funk. I’m working on a tree skirt and some other fun things, and I’m hoping in the next few days I’ll finish at least one of the projects I have halfway completed and left in the middle of my apartment.

Until then… let the training begin!

 

Oh What a Beautiful Morning

Yesterday was the definition of a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. The kind of day where you’re just so very tired of wearing your happy face for the rest of the world, and you just can’t take another second. And when these days creep up on me, I want nothing more than to be with my family, and suddenly I feel so very alone. My frustration with DC grows quickly, and I think of a million places I would rather be. And even though these days seem impossible to get through, I try to remember what my step-mom told me last night at the height of my frustration and panic – that the days that challenge you and push you the most are the days that you learn the most incredible things about yourself, and you are able to realize how strong you really are. And today, that terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day seemed so far away, and I did in fact get to see how strong I can be.

This morning I rose at a horrifying 5:30 AM, laced up my running shoes, and headed to the National Mall for the National Guard’s Veteran’s Day 10K. I had trained for quite some time, but after having gotten off track I was starting to psych myself out and worried I wouldn’t finish or would have to walk the whole thing. I am so pleased and proud to report that I ran my very first 10K in 1:03:33! I know that might seem fairly modest to some but for me this was huge. Not only was it the farthest I’ve ever run, but it was also one of my best paces to date. And I can’t thank these two lovely ladies enough for being so supportive and understanding when I had to fall behind them and their powerhouse speed 🙂 I cannot begin to explain how satisfying it was to finish what I started, and it was exactly what this brave girl needed after such a lousy night.

And the day just continued to improve. After a well earned brunch and nap, the Comcast technician finally arrived! And yes, that’s right! After nearly two weeks of no internet, I am now basking in rays of wifi! ♫ And it feels so good ♫ The evening wrapped up with a Cowboys win and a Giants loss, followed by some homemade snickerdoodles and an episode of Nashville. Can’t think of a better way to end an evening than with my girl, Connie. And to top it off I unpacked one of my last two big boxes and got started on some bathroom renos.

It’s funny how quickly things can turn around. I’m a big believer in letting yourself have a bad moment every once in a while. It’s important to let out the negativity to make space for the sunshine. And boy did the sun shine in!

Loving today, welcoming tomorrow.