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Its no secret that I have trouble making decisions. Usually, it is the small things, like what to have when eating at a restaurant, or whether I should buy something. Larger decisions usually involve thinking on it for a few days (or weeks), talking it through with others, and then finally deciding. I thought I was getting better at not over-thinking and over-analyzing things, but lately I have been having trouble deciding even the smallest of things: which birthday card to choose, what to plan for my lunches through the week, which size shirt to buy, whether I should buy things that aren’t absolutely ‘necessary.’ And the list goes on. I have decided that this probably means that I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with my schedule and to-do list.

Ironically, the smaller the decision, the greater stress it causes. The decisions to be a nanny for the summer, run a cross country trail race, register for a half marathon all came fairly easily to me. Maybe because I am always up for a challenge and trying new things? Or maybe because they involve things that I am passionate about.

In the grand scheme of things, these decisions that I am stressing over are tiny. I probably won’t remember them in a week, much less a year. I have been learning how to make decisions or choices for my entire life. As a teacher, I give students choices. They have a choice to participate with the class or do their classwork during recess. Most of the time, my students make the right choice. I rarely see students agonizing over small choices like what to have for lunch or which game to play at recess. They follow their instincts and do what they want to do rather than analyzing the consequences or other options. The result: kids experience little to no stress when compared to adults!

I need to remind myself to follow my instincts-the first choice is usually the best choice! The worst decisions are the decisions that you don’t make. Rather than allowing the fear of making the wrong choice to take over, I’d rather jump in feet first. No matter the choice, there’s bound to be some learning and discovery along the way!


Do you ever get overwhelmed by choices or decisions?



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Liebster Bog Award

The wonderful Molly from Just Your Average Athlete nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award. I let out a squeal of excitement when I finally noticed that I was one of the eleven bloggers that she had chosen to nominate! And now I am finally getting the time to write out the post!


The Liebster Blog Award is for newbie bloggers who are getting started. Liebster is a German word for ‘favorite’ or ‘dearest.’ So yay! Thank you Molly!

The Rules of the Liebster Award:

1. Write 11 random facts about yourself. (Easier than I thought it would be!)
2. Answer the 11 questions posed by the person who nominated you.
3. Create 11 new questions.
4. Nominate 11 bloggers and link/mention them in your post.

My 11 Random Facts:

1. My family picks on me due to the amount of vegetables I consume. Especially those of the squash variety. My Dad swears that my skin has taken on an orange tint. Oops…

My Heaven!

My Heaven!

2. I am insanely close to my family. My Mom and I exchange approximately 56478 texts a day.

Mom and I preparing Thanksgiving dinner

Mom and I preparing Thanksgiving dinner

3. I have trouble saying no. This can be a good quality at times. It’s how I ended up participating in an 8 mile obstacle course trail run. And now I can’t wait for the running season to begin again! It’s also how I managed to become an assistant basketball coach. Did I mention I’ve never played basketball before?

4. I think blind dates are hysterical. Even though there have been some awkward ones-I love having a story to tell!

5. My food obsessions change according to the season. In the fall I want everything pumpkin. For Christmas I wanted everything peppermint. Including marshmallows.

So not Paleo. Or food.

So not Paleo. Or food.

6. My cupboards are dedicated to coconut. Shredded coconut, coconut flakes, coconut oil, coconut aminos, coconut flour, and let’s not forget the 3 jars of Nikki’s coconut butter.

The day we had to try them all...

The day we had to try them all…

7. I have my Master’s degree in Literacy and am a certified teacher, but thanks to the politics of New York State, I am in my second year of substituting for local school districts. Frustrating much?

8. I love each and every holiday. I started talking about Valentine’s Day the other day. Whoa! I am not the only one though-my grocery store had their candy display set up already! All I want are some cute heart decorations!

9. I have a habit of asking people what their favorite food, movie, book, song, restaurant, etc is… I try to only practice this annoying habit on my family members, but it can be a great trick for those times when you have no idea what to talk about! Ironically, I have a hard time picking my favorite things…

10. I get overly excited for everything. Kristen Bell says it perfectly here.

Life is better with sprinkles!

Life is better with sprinkles!

11. I never thought I would be a teacher when I was younger. My dream occupations ranged from a neonatal nurse to a veterinarian to a civil engineer, and then finally an elementary teacher!

Molly’s Questions:

1. If you could have any super power, what would it be?
The ability to have everyone experience the endorphin rush of a good run, workout, walk, hike etc. I think our world would be a much happier place if movement was mandatory!

2. What is the strangest talent you have?
Is writing thank you notes a talent? I always write thank you notes after receiving a gift. It is something that my Mom made me do when I was little, and now I have to do it-it feels wrong not to!

3. What is your dream vacation?
Any place warm and under populated! My family has been going to Maine for a summer vacation since I was in elementary school, so I am partial to Maine. But I would also like to visit a white sandy beach some day! Hawaii is my daydream when I am stressing!
View From the Top: Hiking in Maine

View From the Top: Hiking in Maine

4. What is the worst injury you’ve ever had?
Does having my wisdom teeth taken out count? Thankfully I have never had any serious injury. One of my greatest fears is not being able to run, lift, etc. due to an injury! Three days of being a couch potato and eating nothing but liquids was enough for me!

5. What do you hope to be doing 5 years from now?
In five years I will be almost thirty. Yikes. I would like to have a career. Either teaching or in some type of fitness related field as a personal trainer etc. Or doing both! Unfortunately, due to New York State’s finances, my teaching career hasn’t taken off the way I had planned. So I have been doing a lot of substitute teaching. Although I keep telling myself that it will all work out in the end, it is a bit frustrating at times. I also really want to be more involved with fitness and society. It is my passion!

6. Who taught you to drive?
My Mom was the first to take me to a parking lot where I drove around in circles. I figured out pretty quickly though that my Dad was a better passenger.  (Sorry Mama!) My Mom made me nervous! So after the initial first driving experience, my Dad took me out on many parallel parking adventures. I am sure my Mom was secretly relieved! Ick. So stressful!

7. What is your favorite genre of music?
Hmm…I listen to country a lot, but also like pop, dance, type music that is popular now. Rock and classical rock are also frequent flyers. I told you I have trouble making decisions! Anything that makes me want to dance is good! And currently my Pandora has been stuck on Christmas tunes-’tis the season!

8. What are you most afraid of?
Moths. Completely irrational I know. Absolutely terrified? Yes. Let’s not talk about it.

9. Do you speak any other languages besides English?
Nope. However, I did take three years of American Sign Language, so I know a tiny bit of sign. Not enough to be even slightly proficient though. I took Latin in high school when I thought that I wanted to be a veterinarian. I now wish that I had taken Spanish-it would have been much more useful!

10. Are you lefty or a righty?

11. If you could have one last meal, what would it be?
Ugh! This is a tough one! I love food. I really love the food that my Mom makes-a little cliche perhaps? I love grilled chicken/steak and veggies on the grill during the summer. Add some sweet potato fries with ketchup (because I eat fries for the ketchup) and corn on the cob and we are set! End with dutch apple pie topped with ice cream and I would say that it would be a pretty perfect meal!
One of my first dinners in my apartment

One of my first dinners in my apartment

My Eleven Questions:
1. If you could live anywhere, where would you live?
2. What is your most memorable kitchen disaster?
3. How many siblings do you have?
4. What is your most memorable vacation as a child?
5. Have you attended any concerts?
6. What are 3 new things that you have tried lately?
7. Favorite online site to shop?
8. What is your favorite kind of work out?
9. How do you use social media to your advantage?
10. What is one piece of workout gear/equipment that you could not live without?
11. What is your favorite meal to prepare?
And Now for the Nominations!
Natalie at Free Range Human
Wayne at Fitness Wayne
Alisa at Paleo in PDX
To the nominees: if this isn’t your thing or maybe you have more than 200 followers (go you!), no worries-just participate if you’d like!
Tell Me a Random Fact From Your week!

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Avoiding the Checklist

We all have lists. Grocery lists, to do lists, bucket lists… There are apps for managing lists and entire industry dedicated to designing catchy sticky notes. I have the tendency to enjoying creating lists. I have lists for everything-food, to do, etc. Most of the time they are motivating and nothing feels better than crossing off an accomplished task! However, there comes a time when the check list is not okay.

Setting the Scene: You are on a date at nice restaurant, the conversation is going well, you haven’t dropped or spilled anything, you’ve managed to make your date laugh, and you’ve started to wonder if there might be another date. And then those questions start flying. Religion, alcohol, future plans, babies. That’s when the date suddenly feels like a pop quiz. And the perfect score is unattainable. Suddenly, you’ve become the checklist. Your unprepared answers are being rated, calculate, and compared. The conversation becomes stilted and awkward. And running seems like the best option.

Has this happened to you? This is my declaration that I will no longer be the checklist. It has taken me a long time to truly feel ‘in control’ of my life and my destiny. But it has taken me even longer to realize that I have a choice in who I want to spend my time with. My answers to the pop quiz should not change according to the person who is asking them. And feeling judged or rated during a date is not okay.

Follow Lady Gaga’s Lead!

So own it. Own who you are, your personality, your likes and dislikes. And then share it. Be wild, be crazy, laugh too loud, trip over your own feet, get food stuck in your teeth, tell that embarrassing story you swore you’d keep to yourself!  Being true to your self will attract others of the same kind.  And we all know that this is the quickest way to create your own happiness!

Owning it at the Dirty Girl Mud Run

Have you ever experienced the checklist?

What have you done lately to own being you?

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