my favorite time of year, ahhhh. Ok maybe I’m being biased, it’s my birthday month, but still June is sucha nice welcome. It means longer days, beach hang outs, frozen drinks, and sweet nights. We’ve been busy around here with marisoul, exciting!! and we have been cooking up some new designs to share with you all soon. The amount of love and support I’ve had from friends, family and even strangers has been incredible. There really aren’t enough thank yous in the world to express my gratitude. It’s a wonderful journey and I’m excited for where we are headed.
amidst all that newness, I ran my first race of the year here with a wonderful group of friends. I’ve never ran our city’s annual Beach to Bay marathon relay so it was exciting to try something different, plus running with friends is like the cherry on top. Recently, i had been and still am focusing a good deal of my training on speed, which if you know me you know I am not fast, nope not at all. BUT, since my injury and since finding yoga I’ve felt strong enough to get back at it and hit the training harder than before. It hasn’t been easy by any means. Running fast is hard!! And then attempting to run fast and long, well…it’s been interesting. Some days are frustrating, a lot of days are frustrating, but practice, practice, practice. I’ve learned to embrace my body and the balance that comes with a different type of training. The yin and the yang. Sometimes I get so caught up in competing with myself and holding my body and mind to really high standards that I get flustered and lose sight of the bigger picture. Instead of saying, holy shit nadine you just shaved 1:00 off of your average time, you’re not dying, your legs are strong, your heart is beating, your outside, you’re doing something you LOVE. I would get caught up in what I didn’t do. How uncool is that? My body just pumped me through 5 hot, humid, early morning miles and all I can think of is how I fell short of an ideal. Sad.
Dont get me wrong, I think that having goals are great, I think having ridiculous goals are great, because you can do anything you set your mind to, but here I was getting so caught up on starting at A and not ending up at Z overnight. It’s a duh moment I know, but I had to really shake that mentality off and remind myself: 1. You got this. 2. No one starts crawling and ends up running. 3. Be kind to yourself.
And then I read this quote and I felt so compelled to share and write a post about it because I think at times we all are a bit too hard on ourselves. Holding ourselves accountable is one thing, but shaming is another. So next time you feel upset about how far you have to go, or a slip up, remind yourself of this:
“for some reason, we are truly convinced that if we criticize ourselves, the criticism will lead to change. If we are harsh, we believe we will end up being kind. If we shame ourselves, we believe we end up loving ourselves. It has never been true, not for a moment, that shame leads to love. Only love leads to love.” – Ganeen Roth
1. You got this. 2. Don’t give up. 3. Love yourself.
PS I dyed my hair pink!! Faced some fears, it’s just hair, And did something wild. Almost done with my 27 things to do before I turn 28!! thanks for reading!!