Archive for March, 2014

March 19, 2014

the second alarm clock

We live in a constantly changing, fast paced world. We are surrounded by people, and challenged with survival of the fittest. You are always pushed to do better than you did before, and be better than you were yesterday. You can either sink or swim. You have to adapt, become innovative, and stay motivated – or else you’ll easily get left behind. Someone will always try to one-up you, climb the ladder faster than you, or just merely out run you.

For the most part, I think this is a good thing. I believe we’ve been given one life to live, and are put on this Earth to be successful, driven, happy, grateful and helpful people. Without losing balance, quality of life, or the appreciation of the small things, I believe it is good to keep being a better you; so long as you’re only comparing yourself to you.

Sometimes, though, I think it’s just as (if not more) important to slow down and take one second to realize how far you’ve come. What have you done in the last year, month, or even week that you didn’t think you could do five years ago? What responsibilities do you tackle daily, or trials have you overcome? Give yourself credit for the person you are, are working to be, or have become. alarm clock

When times are tough, we often focus on how hard and unfair life always seems to be. When times are great, it is so easy to forget what we accomplished to get to that happy place. Every day may not be easy, but there is good in you, everyday.

There are days – like today – that I’m just proud of myself for waking up after only the second alarm clock buzz. Maybe you’re proud that you went to the gym two days this week, or that you didn’t burn dinner for the first time. Be proud of the big accomplishments you’ve made, but remember that your life is just made up of tiny, everyday, one-step-at-a-time decisions.

If we don’t take the time to slow down every once in a while, and appreciate the path we’ve come from and the journey we’re on – what’s the point of getting where we’re going? What is your second alarm clock buzz?

Be proud of something, big or small, that you’ve done today. And always remember to just, love life.


March 5, 2014

keep being Me

A few months have passed since my big move back home, and I’m mostly feeling settled back in. While I know that moving back is what I needed, and I definitely feel as if this is where I should be right now – it is still surreal to occasionally stop and think about how drastically my life has changed in the last several months. When I think about how different my day-to-day is now; the routine, the things I see and smell every day, the weather, mobility, people, the lack of water – it’s sometimes overwhelming to think that the place, or city that you live in has such a big influence and impact on how you live your life.

Many of you, mostly very close friends and family, have raised some concerns for me to make sure that I’m ‘handling the transition well’ and being worried if I’m ‘doing okay back in my old life’. I’ll be honest to say that it has been a transition, and there have been days that I miss San Francisco without a doubt. But when it comes down to it, I feel like I am (once again) right where I belong. Though every single day isn’t easy, I’ve made a decision to be happy, live in this decision and embrace it.

Living in SF may have changed so much about how I view and love the world, but I’ve brought that back with me to Phoenix. And I’m going to keep being me. To help, I’m challenging myself to stick to these seven, very simple rules to ensure that I continue to feed the needs of my soul, no matter where I live. il_fullxfull.305841855

1. Keep Running

The perfect mix of weather, sights, and people made San Francisco a right place to become a runner. I never thought I would be, but jumping on the marathon-bandwagon just came easy there. Running and working out consistently in the last several years has significantly made me feel better, feel more healthy and strong, motivated and challenged, and have a clearer mind. No sense in letting any of that go, now!  I aim to keep running and exercising just as much as I did when I lived in SF; instead of running with views of the city and Golden Gate Bridge, I’ll see views of the valley and Camelback Mountain.

 2. Keep Eating More Greens

It’s no secret that SF gave birth to the going viral eating organic and eating green trend. Farmers markets with fresh produce were more accessible than getting to a grocery store and juicing cleanses and use of a Vitamix were THE thing to do. While I didn’t totally get engrossed with the organic-vegan-only train, I did eat much more veggies and fresh produce living there than I did before. And it made me feel better, working out was easier, my skin looked better, and my energy was lifted. I aim to keep eating greens, even if I no longer live next to the Marina Market.

 3. Stop Caring What People Think

This one is a little more difficult, and one I struggle with from time to time. Ultimately, I will never be happy with the stage of my life that I am in, if I’m constantly worried about what others think – or don’t think – about my decisions. I have to live for me and do what’s right for me. Any judgments, criticisms or belief that you can do it better aren’t going to help me in my transition. Yes, I just up and left the greatest city in the country. Yes, I left an amazing job. Yes, I had to move back in with my parents.  But I also moved to another amazing city, found another amazing job, and am back with loving and supporting family and friends who are the reason that make this place feel like home.

 4. Be Thankful For Those Who Support Me

I truly believe I am blessed with the best support system, to which no words can ever describe my gratitude. In every realm of my life, I have people who listen, respect, support and honor my decisions and have been there for me through every doubt, struggle and impulse decision I make. I couldn’t be as confident or have endurance without these people, and I owe them the world. I aim to be thankful for these people, everyday for the rest of my life.

 5. Reach Out When I Need Help, or Prayers

Another toughie one; that I’ve just had to get over, is realizing it is okay to ask for help. It is okay that sometimes, I’m not going to feel convinced with every decision. It is okay to ask for prayers, guidance or even a reality check. I aim to always remember this chapter in my life, when I leaned on others and how many people rose up to help me stand. The road isn’t always going to be clear, and I hope I’m always humble enough to ask for help when I need it.

 6. Embrace the Old, but Embrace the New

I will always love the city, and always cherish every detail of my life while living there. I may always miss certain things, definitely miss the people, and continue to reminisce about the things I got to do and things I got to see. But now, I also need to embrace my new life. There is always something new to see, places to go, and ways to keep exploring. I aim to always continue to love San Francisco and my memories there, but also live for the new adventures I have waiting for me in Arizona.

7. Keep Writing

Writing my blog in a San Francisco street corner coffee shop surrounded by several other people doing the exact same thing, seemed much less bold and risky than it does now that I’m back in my old life. Writing is a release for me, and my goal is to help make a difference or inspire even one person in this world by my little words. I aim to keep writing; to whomever will keep reading, no matter what city I live in.

After all, we’re all souls in the same boat, just trying to make it through.
I’m hoping to remind you to just, love life.