Don’t Round Out Your Edges

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I came across a facebook post by Danielle LaPorte that really resonated with me:

I have never met someone who is living a bold and successful life—and by successful I mean prosperous, kind, and in touch with the meaningfulness of what theyʼre doing — who has apologized for being perfectionistic, mercurial, unrelenting, or whatever their slightly controversial hallmark characteristics are.

You will always be too much of something for someone: too big, too loud, too soft, too edgy. If you round out your edges, you lose your edge.

Apologize for mistakes. Apologize for unintentionally hurting someone — profusely. But don’t apologize for being who you are.

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Life is Short. Don’t Waste It.

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Life is ShortI had trouble sleeping last night. I read about a young guy in the NOVA area who lost his battle with colon cancer: Former Hayfield High School Principal Dave Tremaine Passes Away. Dave Tremaine was a son, husband, father, friend, mentor, educator. Cancer doesn’t discriminate.  I found the blog his wife has been keeping, Embracing the Rollercoaster, and it brought back a lot of feelings and memories of my family’s experience. I am so thankful each and every day that we were able to catch Scott’s cancer early enough – it’s another reminder of how cancer changes everyone involved.  My heart breaks for his family and the new normal they must learn to live… The time we have is too precious to hold grudges, to be mean, or to waste! 

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It’s starting to get VERY hot and humid in Northern VA — so I want to make sure to remind everyone to Hydrate! hydrating

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Could You Have Adrenal Fatigue?

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Today’s yoga class theme was all about listening to your body which was quite timely as I have been following an interesting discussion in a Master’s CrossFit Group (+40 years old) all about feeling like you need a break and adrenal fatigue.

Here is the post that started the very active discussion:

It’s the first time since I started CrossFit over 2.5 years that I feel like quitting. Since I became menopausal, I’ve had to deal with one issue after the other. The most prominent is adrenal fatigue. My body has said “enough!” Thankfully I’m able to do my best to follow the suggestions from professionals. Just a few days back I received more discouraging news so I feel like throwing the towel in. I sure hope I don’t stay in this place too long. Anyone else out there having this experience?

 Adrenal fatigueI think this happens to a lot of folks actually and may be the reason behind my recent break from CrossFit. I was starting to really struggle through the workouts – my body was unusually sore, and I just lacked the energy and motivation to really push. I also was gaining weight and losing interest in something that at one time was the source of so much fun in my life.

I think we are conditioned to ignore certain signs and feelings – the attitude of pushing through the pain or suck it up.  There is an element to that in life, but there are also tell tale signs when it’s something more than simply needing a push.  It’s the time to quiet your mind and really pay attention to what your body is trying to tell you. If you love something and gradually you start to see your enthusiasm for it die down — stop and take a look at what’s going on. Chances are there are signs that will lead you to figure out what’s going on. But you have to stop and listen!

CrossFit is a wonderful method to get in shape for everyone, however a 20 something year old is very different than a 40 year old athlete.  The body has had twenty more years of use and for some, abuse. There are lots of physical and chemical issues that come a long with aging that there is NO way to compete on a truly equal level. CrossFit is full of young kids and it’s important for the Master athletes to keep their ego in check and realize that the only person they can equally compete against is themselves.  But what happens is you see that young whipper snapper pushing through – kicking ass and your inner voice starts to speak louder, demanding you step up.  You have to train that voice to shift perspective and push for progress. For me – I have to remember to stop and ask myself a few questions: Am I having fun? Am I learning? Is it working?

How to Recover from Adrenal Fatigue

For me, the right thing is to take a break from CrossFit and the programming at the gym I was at – try some different approaches and find my inspiration and passion again. I hope this encourages you to take time daily to quiet your mind and listen.

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Rest in Peace, Mr. Casey Kasem

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casey_kasemYesterday, Casey Kasem died. He was very much a childhood staple in life. Every Sunday morning, I would listen to his American Top 40 on the radio and sometimes I would set up my tape player to record some of my favorite songs. Funny how different things are today. He will always hold a special place in my memories. It’s very sad that his family were in such a conflict over his end of life care. I’m sure it’s not what he would have wanted… Rest in Peace, Mr. Kasem.

“Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.”

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Happy Father’s Day 2014: Activities To Do With Your Dad

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It’s here! The last day of the 2013-14 school year! Whoo Hooo. It went by so fast which means the kiddos are growing up way to fast for my taste. I look at the pictures I have taken and wonder what happened to my little babies.

This weekend is Father’s Day! Hope you are planning on doing something fun with those you love. A friend of mine posted this Facebook status this week that I think says what needs to be said:

My Dad passed away 31 years ago, but has been a positive influence on me every day since (as has been my amazing Mom) Tell your dads how much they mean to you this coming weekend! 

Activities To Do With your Dad

Here are a few of my favorites from the links I have listed below:

  • Coaster Crazy: Head to an amusement park and spend hours on some crazy roller coasters.
  • Spin Your Wheels: Go for a bike ride, roller skating or in my family’s case: Skateboarding!
  • Gaming: If your hubby is into video games like mine is – a few hours of video game playing together can be really fun.

And a Happy Father’s Day to the dads in my life,  including my father in law Pops and my Dad….

Pops Grampa Jerry

My brothers: David and Jon

Brothers: Gettinger

And the most special dad of all: My hubby Scotty.

Scotty - Father's Day 2014

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Summer: Life Gets Better

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Summer by Will FerrellIt’s the end of the school year for my kiddos. Only two more days and they are out for the summer! We have a summer planned with some camps but a lot of down time too. I am a firm believer in not over-planning or scheduling them.  It also means that us parents can have some down time too. Super busy kids means super busy parents – shuttling them back and forth. Some folks like that, but me – not so much!

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Never Settle For Less

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Let’s talk about rough times – we all have them. It’s your attitude towards those less than ideal times that can determine the outcome. Rashema Melson’s story is inspiring and amazing. Here’s a girl who spent the last two years of high school living in a homeless shelter and managed to graduate top of her class — she certainly is an example of resilience, determination and perseverance – but is she special? No – we can all learn from her experience, realize that we have the power to write our own story and determine our own futures.

“Keep going no matter what and don’t let anything keep you down, because you will get put down but you have to get back up” 

“Don’t do the easy route and just settle for what you have. Never settle for less.”

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Be Selective With Your Friendships

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Be Selective With Your FriendsEach morning when I wake up and get ready to hit my workout, I take a minute or two and look through a collection of inspiring quotes on my computer that I have saved throughout the years. It may seem odd but it helps me set my intentions for the day and just makes me feel better. It’s similar to people reading a daily prayer or meditation…

This past weekend my 25th high school reunion was held back in my hometown. It was so weird seeing pics from the event. I didn’t for even one minute think about going though. My high school years were some of the loneliest, hardest years of my life. The town I grew up in was fairly small, which meant that most of the kids I had known since kindergarten. So any chance of re-imagining yourself or fitting in if you didn’t already – was very difficult. It was very clique-y and I wasn’t in any. I remember feeling very alone and miserable for most of it. I don’t believe in living in the past or even revisiting a past that didn’t bring joy and comfort which is the main reason that I didn’t even consider going.  Just thinking about not going brought back some of the lonely memories if that gives you any idea how my experience was.

I would rather focus on creating a better me and sharing my time with the great people in my life now. When you get out in the real world –those high school people don’t really matter anymore. Many of them I don’t even remember… I just didn’t really click with a lot of people which I find the case even today.  I know a ton of people, but I wouldn’t consider but a handful to be good friends and I like it that way. I am trying to teach my kiddos that lesson — having more friends doesn’t necessarily equate to having a few who have your back.

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Bon Jovi surprises an 8 year old boy diagnosed with inoperable brain tumors. Mario Carpino is so brave. Despite his own fight, Mario held a Lemonade Stand today to raise money for other kids. His one wish was to have Bon Jovi come. OMG- he did. Mario was stunned.  

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Do You Need to Repot Your Career?

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Go Be ItI have discovered that whenever I read or experience something that reminds me of Scotty being sick – it tends to have a lasting effect on my mood. To prepare for the movie this evening, I read The Fault in Our Stars. I know it’s a teeny bopper movie but HB and I are going to see it tonight. Remember, I also love Twilight and Hunger Games – I’m still a teenager in my reading choices I guess. Anyway — I sobbed after finishing the book and it has left me in a melancholy mood for a few days now. I can’t seem to shake it off. It’s another example of the actual cancer being gone from our lives, but it’s never really gone from our lives.

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On another note – have you ever thought about switching up your career? Doing a career reboot?

Is It Time to “Repot” Your Career? How changing your trajectory can lead to greater innovation, success, and meaning in your work.

“The idea is that a career reboot not only helps prevent managers from staying in one position too long, being lulled into complacency or leadership fatigue, but that it also pushes leaders to keep learning, to see new challenges with a fresh perspective and ultimately find meaningful work that leaves a lasting legacy.”

I have been thinking a lot about finding meaningful work that offers something to the world but I’m not sure yet what it is… I feel deeply in my bones that I am meant to do something bigger, to help people but what “IT” is – is the missing puzzle piece right now.

So many deep thoughts for a Friday…

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Life Does Not Equal A Zero Sum Balance

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During yoga class yesterday, Tori, our instructor, talked about coveting someone else’s place in the world – or more specifically coveting what someone else has can somehow degrade or cancel out what you have. A Zero Sum Balance.  In Yoga practice, looking at others in the room and wishing you could be as flexible as they are somehow means you aren’t doing as well. I am sure each of us can think about situations in our lives where we do this…

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The fitness community is a perfect example – how come my belly isn’t as flat as the person next to me? Or, “That girl lifted 250# and I can only lift 200#.” Why do we think that someone else’s achievements and gains mean we aren’t as good? Isn’t there room for everyone – and who gets to define what success means to us? We are all on our own track and are as varied as could be. Why are we consumed with keeping up with the Jones’ and think that one person’s success means we are somehow not as good?

It also goes a long with body image…as my friend Foxy says, “There’s an ass for every seat.”  Who gets to decide what is the ideal body type or because someone weighs less than you, it means you aren’t as worthy of love and attention?  We shouldn’t focus on what our neighbors are doing, unless they are in trouble or need help.  Easier said than done, I know.

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