Embracing fear…

I follow and read a multitude of different blogs. I do this for a number of reasons. First off I find it interesting to read what other write about. Second I learn about my own writing which in turn helps my writing skills to grow. Earlier today I came across a blog post that I found to be rather sad. It wasn’t sad because of the subject but more because of what the writer believed.

This particular author had not written any blog post in over a year. They stated this was because someone told them that they had no business writing in a blog because their writing was bad. First off we are a species of learning. We crave learning and to better ourselves. So to fear other people’s critiques and allow them to stop you from something is just sad in my eyes. If I were to fear what others say about me or their critiques then I would have missed out on a lot throughout life. They should learn from the experience and advice. They should not hide in fear from something they enjoy simply because of what others think or say.

When people critique your work, you should run with that information. Even if you think they are being mean or just don’t like your work. Take what they say and try to improve. Try to understand what they might not like about the work, try to find a way to add improvement.  I’ve come to learn over the years that things can always be improved upon, nothing is perfect! Something else to remember is some people don’t understand what they sound like when they are giving critiques, they might just be a blunt and to the point type person also. I know I’m guilty of this. I really dislike people beating around the bush and attempting to sugar coat things. Just come out and tell me I suck and where you see a problem at. I’m going to take what you say to heart and attempt to improve.

But the lesson here is to not hide from fear, but to grow and learn from it! If we hide every time something scares us then we will never move forward in life. I mean think about history if people had hidden because of their fears we as a species wouldn’t be as advanced as we are. Many writers had their work critique by others…imagine if Jane Austen, Rudyard Kipling, Voltaire and even Ernest Hemingway had stopped writing just because of what others said. Think of all the great stories and books that would never had been written for minds to read….And these are just author, think about the scientist, activist, humanitarians, and even just those that commit everyday ordinary acts of kindness.  Embrace fear!

Safe journey…


This is going to be a little short.  The craziness of the week has ended.  The retirement for my boss that I’ve been assisting in planning for the past two months went off without a problem  The entire ceremony looked really nice, there was a great showing of people, and the boss was happy with everything.  That is all that mattered!  For as much as I’ll miss the boss I’m glad the ceremony is over and done.  I’ll be honest after planning a few of these I’ve decided that I’m not having a retirement ceremony.  I’m just going to have a party at the house that night for close friends and family.  Life will be so much better for everyone.

So with that fun being over the next fun begins.  Tomorrow morning I have a 10K run…it should be fun as long as the weather holds.  I don’t mind running in the rain, but I really don’t want to.  The course is a nice, shaded by trees and hopefully I’ll be complete within sixty minutes.

After the race I’m planing a nice relaxing weekend.  I hope everyone had a great week and a better weekend.  Any fun stories or adventures planned for the weekend??

Safe journey to all!

How quickly time moves…

Wow it is just amazing how time seems to fly.  Its hard to believe that we are already in June.  I guess when you keep yourself busy you don’t notice time as much.  The past few months have been a bit of a blur, but good none the less.

First off I completed my first Master’s degree class in April.  I passed with a B+, not bad for my first class and the tremendous amount of work that was required of it.  I decided to take the summer off from school and will be starting my next class in September.  I’m looking forward to the class and the challenge.  Hopefully I’ll be complete with my degree in about two years, but we shall see how things go.  I need to finish before June 2017 since I’m planning on retiring from the military that year.  Then of course my crazy self has decided to use my 911 G.I. bill after retirement to get another Bachelors degrees before starting another job.

The month of May had a lot of excitement going on.  First off I took a two week vacation to Southern California to visit friends and family.  In fact I saw my best friend from middle school and high school while I was there.  It was the first time in 17 years since we had seen one another.  It was amazing to get in touch with her again.  We picked up right where we left off.  We spent Mother’s day weekend visiting with her parents.  It was amazing to see my second family after so many years away from them.  It was good therapy for me and so rewarding.  We also hit up Disneyland for a day. Talk about some great fun plus we didn’t get arrested.   Always looking at the brighter side of things.  We also got a visit into the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens.    We didn’t have time to get through everything, but hey it gives something to finish up the next time I visit!

The planning of the trip was great because I was able to catch up with a lot of my family.  I had dinner with my dad, aunt and cousin one of the nights.  I had Sunday brunch with the other side of the family.  Finally meet my cousins sons, the other cousins husband, and saw a long lost aunt (she’s not really a long lost aunt, its just that I only see her about once every five years because I can’t always make family get together).  Everything made for a wonderful and enjoyable vacation.  I can’t wait until I can go back and hang with the unbiological seester again.  And somewhere in all the fun and craziness of visiting family and sight seeing I managed to finish a few books on my “to-read” list.

Tomorrow starts my official training for the Chicago Marathon.  I’m starting to get a little more excited about the full marathon and less nervous about it.  I will complete the run, it will be less than four hours and thirty minutes and it will be a wonderfully fun journey to the finish line!  Running has been such a great journey of discovery for me.  It has helped me find myself, my limits so that I can push beyond and helped me to journey down the path to a healthier lifestyle.  Running as been a rewarding adventure since I started just a few years ago.  Hopefully nothing impedes this wonderful journey of mine.  I had another MRI on my hip.  This one didn’t show anything.  So far the doctors are letting my continue to run since there is no pain during the activity.  They haven’t decided what the next step might be to deciphering what the problem is.

Well enough about my life adventures.  How is everyone else doing?  Has anyone out there had any fun adventures they want to pass along?  I’m always up for something new to try.  Any good books that you’ve read lately?

Safe journey to all!!!

Still running…For now

So I went to see the doctor yesterday about a problem/pain I’ve been having in my hip.  After 30 plus minutes of her twisting, pushing and just causing me discomfort she decided to send me for an MRI.  She thinks that I have torn or damaged my cartilage in the hip which is causing the pain when I move my leg certain directions.   Thankfully there is no pain during walking, running or hiking.  So she said that I could continue to run and train for my half and full marathons.  Now of course that was with the caveat that if I start to feel pain then I have to stop and come back to the office.  So now I have to wait for the first MRI which is scheduled for the end of this month to discover what the problem might be.  Unfortunately she told me that I will most likely have to go through an additional MRI for them to diagnose the problem.  The doctor also said I had to start using my foam roller more because of IT band issues.  Lucky me…I hate the foam roller, its painful!!!

So until there is pain while running or they tell me otherwise I’m containing my path down training for a marathon.  This morning the base had a 5K for Sexual Assault and Bystander Intervention Awareness month.  And you better believe that I was out there, especially since it was an alternate duty location (in other words I got the morning off from work to be outdoors).  I finished in 32 minutes; I’m almost back down to a 30 minute 5K.  Its nice to start seeing improvements finally.  I’m attempting to run my July Chicago half marathon in 2:15.  I shaved 12 minutes off my last half marathon time so I believe that 15 minutes is possible.  Regardless of the time its going to be fun and I have time to do a little site seeing while I’m there.

Otters news, I have ten days left of class.  I cannot wait for this class to be over with.  The group project is becoming a never ending layer of craziness.  All I have to do at this point is pass the final and group projects with an 80 percent or higher.  As long as I get at least a “B” in the class that is all I care about.  I’m looking forward to the time off from class.  I will not be taking a class this summer.  I plan to enjoy the outdoors, some reading, and a little traveling.

Safe journey to all…

May They All Find Peace…

The week has gone by somewhat fast, but not nearly as fast as I would like.  The weekend is suppose to be beautiful, so I’m looking forward to a hike at the lake and hopefully a few good days of outdoors running.  My recovery period from the half marathon is up, so its back  to pounding the pavement or in some cases the treadmill.  I must continue my marathon training.  I’m expecting an acceptance email into the Chicago Marathon for October.  The unfortunate part is that I have a half marathon the weekend after, a half marathon three weeks prior, plus a physical fitness test due in the month of October.  It should be a fun and interesting five weeks.

So for those of you that might live in a cave or under a rock (and some do and I do not hold that against anyone) the Boston Marathon bomber was found guilty on all 30 accounts today.  I have to say as a runner and a person that I was glad to see that justice will be served in someway.  I hope that the victims of that bombing, both those still a live and those that have past from this world find some peace in that verdict and in the punishment that will be given.

May those souls rest in peace knowing that justice has been served…..

Safe journey to all…..

Running & Discovery…

Well its been a fun last few weeks.  A few weeks ago I spent seven days at Lake Conroe, Texas with a friend celebrating her birthday.  It was one heck of a crazy adventure.  The resort was right on the lake, so there was some drinking and attempts at fishing…Nope didn’t catch a thing, but it was fun.  We even went kayaking on the lake for a few hours.  That was a great time.  I wouldn’t mind lake kayaking again.  Lake kayaking might be a new hobby to take up.  We also got a nice hike in at Sam Houston National Forest.  It was only a few miles because of all the rain from the week before.  It was a beautiful hike, wish we could have gone further.  We also took a trip to the Houston Zoo.  There was also lots of great food involved throughout the week too.  And yes I kept up with my marathon training.


Oh I don’t think I’ve post since then, but I put in for a lottery slot for the 2015 Chicago Full Marathon…Oh yes I’m totally insane I know!!!  I finished another half marathon earlier today in Springfield, IL.  It was the Abe Lincoln half, run where Honest Abe walked.  The run was absolutely great!  There is so much wonderful and rich history in that city.  I managed to visit the Abe Lincoln museum and library.  The museum was just amazing, I loved the dresses that the women wore, but I could never imagine getting into one let alone wearing them.  Life was so harsh back then.  I can’t even being to image what people went through back then to survive nor the challenges that they faced throughout everyday life.  We take a lot for grant it during these modern days, things that were by far life threatening back then.


I can’t wait to run this one again next year.  I love running.  I always come back changed, learning something new about myself and discovering new limits that I have surpassed. Its like finding myself all over again every time I take a step, being lost in my own mind to find and discover those crazy things floating around.  Sometimes I even come up with a good idea or two…


Safe journey to all….

Friday the 13th….

This is one of my favorite days of the year…yes I know I’m a little weird and off, but I find that this is a good luck day for me.  I find that a day, date, holiday, or anything else for that matter is what we make it.  I do not fear black cats, ladders, or spilt salt on this day like others do.

Its been a while since I last wrote, but life and college have been a little crazy.  At the moment I’m six weeks from finishing one of six masters degree classes.  This class has been rather challenging, but I will be happy when its over.  A master degree can be very demanding, don’t let anyone tell you differently.

Other fun stuff, I’ve put in for a lottery spot for the Chicago Full Marathon.  Yes I said full marathon, 26.2 miles.  This will be my first marathon and furthest run to date.  I’m a little nervous about it.  Part of me hopes that I will not be selected while the other half is like you got this girl.  So as of now I’m in full marathon training. There is still a bit of denial about this going on with me.  Maybe it will sink in if I get selected.

On another fun note I can say publicly I’m headed to Texas at the end of the month for a girls week.  My friends husband surprised her with a girl getaway vacation for her birthday.  Its should be fun and is much needed.  Then a month after that I head to Southern California for two weeks of vacation visiting friends and family there.  I can’t wait, I haven’t seen the unbiological sister and her family in almost fifteen years.  So excited to visit with everyone…

Well its back to homework for me.  I hope everyone is having a great Friday the 13th and safe journey to all….