I'm not usually one to push myself physically. I'm quite the lazy exercise buff but I just feel better physically and mentally when I work out. If I can get away with a 10 minute quickie every day vs. an hour once or twice a week, the 10 minute quickie is what I do hands down. One morning a few weeks ago I decided to go for a run with my son who is 13, who trains heavily 5 days a week with his soccer academy and who's legs reach the sky. What was I thinking?! Me the self proclaimed "non-runner"?!
Who knew I'd actually keep up with him?!
he went really slowly...
as he chatted ....
I listened, trying not to stop and toss my cookies.
But I survived. We enjoyed bonding time together and before I knew it, we were signing the family up for our first race. As the kids get older, I find that we need to find new ways to spend time with them and bond.
So ... I trained as much as I could. I hated every single run. My body complained. I complained. But I did it. Over and over again. Willingly. Without pressure from anyone but myself. I knew I had to run 3 times a week at least to increase my endurance so I just did it.
I did learn a great deal about myself from this experience but there's on thing that I felt was important to share with you here.
What I learned most is: when you decide to do something and you have a strong reason for doing it, working hard is just what you DO. Your "why" keeps you focused. Your why is what makes you work at your goal day in and day out.
For me, running wasn't easy but I knew on race day that I wanted to do well and make my family proud. That's what kept me going through each run. I focused on the actual race and pictured what we'd be doing, how we'd feel and celebrating at the finish line.
Fast forward 4 weeks and here's a peak at what the finish line was like for us...
I finished with a smile on my face while my family cheered me on ...
and we celebrated the experience and accomplishment together.
There are always so many things that I want to accomplish with my art and business. From now on, I will chunk my goals into whys and plan what I have to do to get there and will always remember this first race to get me to the finish line.
One of my art goals is to get better at hand lettering and I want to make more of these quick videos too. Have a look at this video that I shared on Instagram and let me know if there's a quote that you'd like me to letter and record a video doing it!
I also haven't uploaded new art to the shop in a while and I just love how this quote turned out
Sooooo, now available in the shop is this 8x10 or 5x7 hand lettered quote "women who wear black live colorful lives".
I hope you love it as much as I do.
I'd love to hear about something you've recently accomplished. Please click on the comments and share so that I can cheer you on too!!
Cheers to living a life we design!