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I spent the weekend in Lake Louise, and even after only a couple of days, I feel as though a have gained some perspective.

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Because of it’s proximity to Edmonton, I am really going to try to come to the mountains more often. Yesterday, when we were hiking, I thought to myself numerous times, “this is what happiness feels like. I should choose to pursue this feeling more often.” Now, all of a sudden, I want to go to the mountains at every chance I get. I want to explore. I want to wander. It is so easy, once you get back home, to think you are too busy. To make excuses for not engaging. But doing these things on a regular basis is so attainable, as long as you simply choose to do it. And that is what I want to do, I want to choose to do these things. Nepal, anyone?

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Time for the cheesy stuff: it just makes me want to make the most out of my life, and not focus so much on the trivial things. It’s funny how one perfect day can encourage such a shift in mindfulness. But it has, and I am going to try. I am going to try to live a fulfilled life. And I can, so long as I choose to do it.

Like today. We are driving home today. It would be an easy decision for me to spend the rest of the afternoon on the couch. But I don’t want to do that, at least not right now. Because I also have a scheduled nine mile run to do today, and if I am not careful, I will choose the couch over the run. I will think to myself, “my body is too sore,” or, “I did so much exercise yesterday,” and eventually the excuses will pile up and I just won’t go.

And I don’t want that to happen, because to choose the couch is to choose missing an opportunity. It would be choosing not to better myself. It would be choosing to live a less fulfilled life. It may sound silly that a nine mile run holds so much responsibility, but it does, because the nine mile run fits into my much larger goal of running a marathon, and running a marathon fits into the much larger goal of living a fulfilled life.

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I am off the mountains this morning. Over the next couple of days I will be wining and dining, hiking, reading, and spa-ing (it’s a word, go with it).

A couple of months ago, the notion of going a way for a weekend would have stressed me out. What about all the work I have to do? What if I don’t have service on my phone? (I do a lot of work from my phone). What in the world will people do without me?

Step back, relax, you are not that important.

It’s sounds so silly to say out loud, but that was how I felt. I felt that if I wasn’t available at all times, I was doing something wrong. I actually had a boss ask me to do something once, and then added, “but don’t worry, you don’t have to do it right this instant.

It took me a while to realize that being that high-strung not only didn’t benefit me (hello, tension headaches), but also didn’t benefit the people around me. I would get so flustered I wouldn’t make sense. I would jump from one point to the next, never finishing a full thought because my mind was racing with all the things I felt needed to be done immediately. Instead of having my co-workers think I was an awesome worker, I’m pretty sure they just thought I was crazy.

Now, I’m not like a laid back hippie now, that’s just not in my nature. But I’ve learned that taking time out for myself to chill the fuck out is what’s best for everyone. So this weekend, yes, I’ll probably do some work. But I won’t be checking my email when I am hiking up staggeringly beautiful mountains. My mind won’t wander to post stats while I am getting my massage. I won’t be calculating my pace for my long run on Sunday while I am sipping on my glass of wine. I am just going to be in the moment and take it all in.

 

Morning Thoughts

• I actually woke up this morning and thought to myself “what year is it?!”

• Thanks for that, Duolingo:

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• Today on the marathon training schedule: speed work! I am also see ze trainer this morning. Those things will not be done back to back

• My smoothie bowl runeth over:

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• In case you’re wondering what’s in there:

Unsweetened almond milk
1/2 avocado
Vega sport
Spinach
Kale
Frozen pineapple
Topped with: blackberries, raspberries, bee pollen, raw cacao nibs

Happy Tuesday!

Evening Thoughts

  • 12KM long run this afternoon. I realized the other day that I am actually a couple of weeks ahead of schedule when it comes to my half-marathon (It’s at the end of August). I forgot that when I originally planned my training, I decided that I would start the training program I used last year a couple of weeks earlier, because I thought I needed a some extra time, and then start a new training program 10 weeks out. Well, being me, I totally forgot about the other program until yesterday! Whoops. But on the bright side, I got to run 12KM instead of 18KM, so I am a happy camper. I felt like a rock star pretty much throughout, and so did Katharine (hi Kath!). We are preeeeetty much well-oiled machines. Kidding. She totally is, I am more like the first trial of a machine prototype.
  • I have a pretty chill week coming up, work wise. A four day work week and then off to the mountains on Friday. My plan is to hike all weekend, and then do my long run Sunday afternoon after I get back to Edmonton. I know what you’re thinking “Bree, you’re going to be in the rocky mountains, do your long run there!” Good thought, observant reader. However, I am too terrified of being dinner for a hungry bear.
  • What book should I read next?! Help me, internet.
  • I watched three movies this weekend. Fact. But still managed to be incredibly productive. Funny how that happens. On a totally unrelated note: I am very sleepy.
  • Speaking of my weekend (it really wasn’t that exciting, but I’m going to pretend), I finally made it to the market! Edmonton has numerous amazing farmer’s markets in the summer, and I got to much delicious fruits and veggies. It’s funny, when I am browsing farmer’s markets, I actually get excited about eating all my veggies. I am usually pretty good at this, but if I’m honest, little blog, most of the time when I am eating vegetables I am daydreaming about eating ice cream. But look at all this deliciousness:

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  • Guys, my hair will NOT grow. I kind of want to get extensions. But first, I think I should try a month of a “hair experiment,” and see if that works. I’m talking hair masks, hardly any heat treatment, etc… I am thinking a big part of it is that I take shit care of my hair, and that it won’t grow because it keeps breaking off. Embarrassing, but true. Does anyone have any miracle hair cures?
  • I feel like baking cookies. (I know, I know, I just talked about eating all the vegetables. Hush, you). Lucky for you (and, ok, me), I don’t have any of the ingredients. Yay for living alone and being poor!

Morning Thoughts

Since I have been gone most of the week, I thought I would let you guys know my favourite articles/things of the past week.

  • I may not read The Economist, but I do read The New Yorker and also watch The Mindy Project. So yes, I agree with this.
  • Music video:

  • RIP Elaine Stritch. When I took the Buzzfeed Quiz of “What 30 Rock Character Are You?” I got her.
  • I found this to be an interesting read. I am always intrigued by articles that attempt to embed non-scientific things into a scientific formula. I have been taught (and do) come at it from a different angle, so I just find it puzzling.
  • I started reading Robert Galbraith (aka J.K Rowling’s) book The Silkworm the other day. So far, so good! I hadn’t read The Cuckoo’s Calling, so this is my first experience with “him.”

Ok, now  I attempt to do some yoga (but first I’m going to have one more cup of coffee, duh). I leave you with my epic ice cream cone last night. I mixed chocolate & vanilla, dipped in sprinkles. When given the opportunity, always dip your ice cream in sprinkles. Also, I had the ice cream cone in response to Jill Coleman’s recent article for Girls Gone Strong. She told me to indulge! So I indulged, with pleasure.

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I have been so M.I.A all week, my apologies!

It started with a flu that made me look like a clammy Voldemort. And then the rest of the week was spent playing catch-up.

BUT! I don’t work this Saturday, so I plan on doing the following:

• Running to my heart’s content:

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• Foam rolling/yoga to remedy the running:

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• And then drinking all the smoothies!!

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I plan to be in over the weekend, so I’ll see you awesome people soon.

You guys! I just noticed that I had more followers than I thought, whoa!

When I was learning about online writing, specifically about blogs, the main point was that your blog should have a focus, which I happen to agree with. But I couldn’t think of just one thing I wanted to talk about, I mostly just wanted a place to ramble about books, about running, about weird thoughts. Hence, this blog! I kind of fancy my little corner of the internet to be like “Creed’s Thoughts” from The Office, only slightly less alarming.

So I am pleased that people actually want to read along with me. I also noticed that I haven’t given that much personal information out on here, so I thought I would share some things with you. I don’t promise to go deep or anything, just to give you some tidbits about myself. I was also going to do like “100 things about myself,” but I can’t make any promises that I’ll get that far.

Here we go!

  1. I was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and still live here. It is really cold most of the time, but there are like 3 weeks of summer (happening right now) where Edmonton is glorious. So much so that everyone seems to forget that our winters are SO brutal. For those 3 weeks, there are so many festivals and concerts, it’s like the whole city comes out of hibernation. And even though we have really long winters, I not-so-secretly love living here.
  2. I live in a family of five, with two older brothers.
  3. The big places I have travelled to Brazil, Argentina, New York, Australia, London, and Ireland. Next I really want to do base camp, Everest. Maybe in 2015?
  4. I graduated university with a major in Political Science, and a minor in English (but don’t just my writing skills from this blog, mmkay?)
  5. While in university I did National Model United Nations (NMUN), and despite you thinking I’m a nerd, it was a lot of fun (mostly because of all the partying, not so much because of the debate).
  6. I’ve been told I curl my lip a lot, kind of like Severus Snape.
  7. When I was young and driving across Alberta, I used to think that hay bails were sheep. My parents didn’t believe me when I told them I thought I needed glasses. They also failed to mention that they weren’t sheep, which begs the question: what in the world did they think was wrong with me?
  8. I have a lifetime ban from the Festival of Trees because I was a brat in high-school.
  9. I am 24 and still bite my nails (ew!)
  10. My favourite of Rory Gilmore’s boyfriends was Jess.
  11. I have a very real fear of robots and the scientific-technological age. So much so that I can’t hear Siri’s voice without freaking out, and Roomba’s cannot be on when I am in the house. In regards to the scientific-technological age, I am mostly just scared that soon we aren’t going to be able to explain how we know things. Or like, the more we learn about everything else, the less we know about ourselves. People don’t like getting in these discussions though, so I mostly just say I’m scared of robots.
  12. Now for some irony: my job is a Social Media Manager, so I spend all of my time on technology.
  13. I am obsessed with Bob Dylan.
  14. I started watching tennis is Grade 8 because Andy Roddick won the US Open and I thought he was really hot. Now it is my favourite sport to watch.
  15. My favourite comic book growing up was “Calvin and Hobbes”
  16. I average about 8 cups of coffee a day. It is a full-blown addiction. One time I tried to quit cold turkey and my headache was so bad I vomited. Oops.
  17. My favourite exercise is the deadlift.
  18. My dream job would be to be the culture critique for The New Yorker.
  19. My favourite magazine is The New Yorker.
  20. When I was in Australia, I tried breaking into a convent and was caught by a nun.
  21. I don’t really have a favourite movie, but if I had to pick, I would probably go with The Princess Bride.
  22. I have dislocated my left shoulder twice, both times having to go to the hospital to have it reset. The second time I dislocated by falling out of bed. No joke. Had to go to the hospital in my cupcake pyjamas, at 7PM.
  23. The first time I dislocated it by falling on my driveway. I ran inside the house to tell get my mom to take me to the hospital, and didn’t find out until about a year later that she just thought I sprained it and was being “really overdramatic.”
  24. Speaking of injuries, at my Grade 12 grad I fell down a flight of stairs leaving my house. In my dress. It actually turned out ok considering, but I hit a nerve in my foot and couldn’t feel my toes for a few months after.
  25. I couldn’t pronounce my “r’s” growing up and had to go to speech therapy.
  26. As a child, I was obsessed with The Lion King. I used to go around in public pretending to be Simba. Let’s face, I still am, and I still do.

Ok. That is it for now! Maybe I will do a Part 2 another time, but I haven’t had enough coffee yet to continue (I’m only on number 3). But tell me a bit about yourself, mostly so I feel better about telling you guys I used to be Simba and would go around biting people.