2014 is shaping up to be the year of ‘I would have never thought…’. I would have never thought that I would love to lift heavy things. I would have never thought that I would start a blog. I would have never thought that I would become a website building genius. I would have never thought that I could dream up great tasting food. I would have never thought that I could take decent food photographs. I would have never thought that I would consider running. I would have never thought that I would train for a Duathlon. The list continues to grow daily.
I would have never thought that I would like to lift heavy things….like really heavy things. It has been a week since I last trained and I’m craving it something fierce. Mid-week my mood shifted, I was feeling the slight rushes of anxiety, sluggish, was more negative and thoughts of self-doubt were rearing their ugly head. I am much happier and healthier when I train. There is nothing like the feeling of accomplishment. Of realizing that you really are stronger than you think (now I wish that the bank would come through and I really would be richer than I think). Pushing through pre-conceived notions of yourself, brushing up against these limits and breaking through self-imposed barriers can do wonders for mind, body and soul. Words cannot articulate the rush of having done your first unassisted chin-up (off bosu). I’ve even grown a fondness for T-Rex arms! You know, that feeling, 24hrs after a strong workout, you go to reach for something and you can’t get your arm straight! I have such sympathy for the T-Rex now. While this new found love is really exciting we all need balance. A balance of Yin and Yang. I find that my devotion to my yoga practice, particularly Yin has also increased. If I didn’t have my yoga practice I’m sure there would be days that I wouldn’t be able to move….not really, but close.
I would have never thought that I would start a blog. Well, you are reading it – so not much more to say on this one. You really do need to surround yourself with people that see greatness within you when you do not yourself. I pursued science since I suck at writing! My spelling is atrocious, I have no idea when to use a comma, semi-colon or hyphen and I always mix up affect and effect. I do however have the period and exclamation point down! So please, if you find errors, and you will, just accept them as my personal writing flare 🙂
I would have never thought that I would become a website building genius. If you have been following this space since version 1.0 you will have noticed that within three weeks the website underwent a complete overhaul. I am impatient. I am an ‘only’ after all. When I decide I’m going to do something I do it, like right then, and sometimes without a great plan (not often, but sometimes). I started this blog on a basic website builder design. I quickly realized the functionality was not allowing for my full vision to come to fruition. I started to work on a new framework with WordPress.org. This terrified me, I don’t know code, I’m just ‘fresh’, how am I going to design a website? I learnt from my last experience, I didn’t rush the process, I slowed down, focused and surprisingly it came quite easily. Sure I used a fancy template, but within a week my new baby version 2.0 was born.
I would have never thought that I could dream up great tasting food and I would have never thought that I could take decent food photographs. Cooking is like a great experiment. I treat every recipe development as any hypothesis driven scientist would. Haha, just kidding, I often forget to take measurements then I’m left with “Oh crap, I need to post this”. There once was a time when I would make some food and then eat it, you know, like most people do. Those days are long gone. Now, styling and a photo shoot must occur. I’m often left with eating lukewarm meals, but yummy nonetheless. Yes, I have a lot to learn in terms of food photography, baby steps.
I would have never thought that I would consider running and I would have never thought that I would train for a triathlon and duathlon. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I lived by the saying “The only reason to run, is if someone is chasing you”. In my younger days there were times when I would yell at runners notifying them that in fact, no one was chasing them. Yes, I know, a little smartass. I’ve grown. If I can lift heavy things, why can’t I learn to run? So I signed up for a Try a Tri in June. If only Mother Nature would co-operate with me – It’s spring, no more snow, I need to run outside! I’m not looking forward to the swim portion of the Tri, so I am planning on participating in a full Duathlon in August.
This year is the year of true transformation. A time for me to follow my passions and start living the life I was meant to. Get out there – follow your dreams! Even if that is just to get as messy as you can…..