I live in a small pocket of a large city, and often move between destinations by car. I’m more motivated to slow down and pay closer attention to my surroundings because of this photography assignment, and look for the special, unusual, and unique around me. This collection of images reflects everything wonderful about my life: reading, being a mother, goal setting & journaling, little treasures (macro photography and very shallow depth-of-field), accomplishments, and the beautiful world around me.
This week’s biggest achievement is reflected in the final photo… I ran my second race with dramatic improvement in both time and experience. My first 5k was this past December. I barely survived, after a couple months of training. I looked like death when I crossed the finish line, and it was really hard! My inner voice wasn’t friendly. I questioned my sanity for coming up with such a ridiculous goal. What crazy version of myself thought it was a good idea to put a run on my “bucket list”? I’m not even a runner!
I am stubborn, competitive, and goal oriented – all things that I like about my personality, in the event you were wondering. So I received the results from my first race, and the same day committed to run another race within a couple of months. I became a runner the moment I chose to do a second race; not when I was training for the first race, or even when I completed the first race, but when I made the choice to include running in my everyday life long-term. I’d achieved my goal of running a 5k “someday” and could have quit… I’m so glad I kept pushing forward! I crossed the finish line of my second 5k with a smile on my face. I felt powerful and accomplished. I felt so validated, knowing that every little effort is valuable, and loving the journey is necessary. My inner voice is now my biggest cheerleader. I’m friends with myself, and believe I will continue to get stronger and more capable with time and consistent effort. I am worth the effort, consistency, and self love!