Monday, November 29, 2010

A lot to be Thankful for

With Thanksgiving behind us now, and the winter season now in full force, it's a good moment to reflect back upon what I have to be thankful for in my life. Thanksgiving kind of came and went for me, and actually was just another day. I had to work for the holiday, and my husband went on without me to celebrate the holiday with his family.

Holidays can be a difficult time in my household. It is a common occurrence for me to have to work the late afternoons into the late hours of the evening. Often times my husband is forced to go on without me to celebrate the holidays which leaves us both feel like we are missing out on a lot in our marriage. Thanksgiving 2010 was no different for us.

While it made sense for me as the holiday was happening to feel down and gloomy, I do have a lot to be very thankful for in my life. Doug and I celebrated our Kelly family Thanksgiving last night with our dogs. The four of us dined on turkey, green beans, au gratin potatoes, cranberry sauce and gravy, and a ugly looking but very tasty pumpkin pie. It was wonderful.

Often times I find myself being caught up in the moment of craziness and not being able to reflect on all the great blessing which I have in my life.

I am thankful for my husband and his wonderful ability to put up with me and love me in my moments of insanity. I am thankful for my family and the humor hey add to my life. My dogs have been one of the greatest blessings in my life. They have taught me patience and love, and are the best little cuddle buddies ever. I am thankful to have a job and an income that exceeds all my basic needs in life, even if my career does not provide the challenges that I feel I need in life it is amazing to have paycheck through uncertain economic times.

Often times we can have something in our life that we experience on almost a daily basis and have allowed it to become such fixture in our life, that we take it for granted. For me this is my ability to be able to run. I am so thankful that God has blessed me with the strength and ability to be able to move my body in a way that some can only dream of. Running has provided me not only with physical strength in my life but has also taught me how to budget my time, challenge myself in vulnerable moments, to clear my mind of toxic thoughts, and has allowed me to experience the city of Chicago in a way that a lot of people have not.

I am amazed by the way running has taught me to appreciate the late fall sun setting and casting long golden shadows on leaf laden grass, and the crisp breeze touching my skin. It is an amazing thing to be able to run, and it's an even more amazing thing when I can stop and remind myself that I do not run to be the fastest or to be the best. Rather I run to be able to feel and experience life in a way that is untouchable by the toxicity in this world.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Leap of Faith

So I decide to take a "hiatus" from blogging for the summer, and what has now become the fall, and and decided with winter looming ahead that it's time to gather my thoughts. After an oddly inspirational moment last night with my husband over the movie "Julie & Julia", I realized that I too like the main character seemed to always have great intentions on starting these things that seemed great in my mind, and then slowly loose their luster and fade in the development stages.

While many pages have turned in my life since my last posting, I'm allowing myself to start out fresh in my latest endeavour. I have officially begun the process of becoming a Certified Personal Trainer. I have spent the past several months drowning myself with information about anatomy, kinesiology, physiology, training methods, nutrition, and everything and anything which provides wellness information. Taking on this new world of undiscovered information, and learning why our bodies have the movements that they do has been enlightening.

Years ago when I went off to culinary school, on a whim and a prayer, I found myself more overwhelmed by the information I was given then excited and curious like a college student should be. It was then that I first vocalized my desire to work in the fitness industry. At moments when I felt like I wasn't enjoying myself and that there was no logical reason for me to be chopping 50 lbs. of onions or de-veining 200 shrimp, I would say that I was dropping out of college to become and aerobics instructor. While those around me would find humor in my satirical moments, there was always a piece inside me that really wanted to pursue an adventure in the fitness world.

I am ecstatic to say that after many wasted years of my precious time on this earth, I am finally pursuing what has always seemed like the impossible and impractical for me. I find myself wanting to pour every piece of my mind and body into an industry that focusing on the well-being of an individual. The promotion of self-awareness and the building of character that starts within an individual is a powerful thing, and something that many people struggle with. I am ready to jump head first into this who new world of greatness and share my thoughts and knowledge with the fitness world.

But first, I must pass my certification. So that means studying, studying, and yes much more studying.