I’m posting my lessons learned a little early for these 30 Days. The end of this month is also Easter, and the Easter Bunny is coming to my house and I’ll be a little busy. (I’m that kind of mom.) It’s been a different kind of month for me. While every month teaches me something about myself, this month has taught me about how to think about myself and how to think a little deeper and differently.
Here’s what I learned:
- I have never written about myself publicly quite so much as I have in these 30 Days. I’m not sharing anything earth shattering, but I am telling you things that I don’t typically write about. It’s a change, and quite honestly I’m kind of sick of myself. I’m ready to move outward.
- I’m not alone. I have gotten some really great responses to my posts this month. And when it comes to things like my introversion or the mother I try to be, many of you feel the same way. There’s great comfort in that, and hearing your response in the comments, on social media, or face-to-face is amazingly comforting. Thanks guys!
- Sharing is a two-way street. Maybe this isn’t so earth shattering, but it’s always nice to be reminded that when you share something about yourself, others feel comfortable to share something about themselves. So, here are my favorite books and music, and please feel free to share your favorites.
Next month I’m back on the personal challenge band wagon, but for this month, it’s been fun to look inside myself and find some clarity. And these lessons are ones I’ll carry with me for always.
This quote makes my heart happy.
“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.”–Coco Channel
It makes it seem so simple, right? Every girl should be who and what she wants. Go out there and get it. A pep talk in a sentence. Thank you Coco Channel! And even it if brushes over the how, I think it’s so important to know that it is possible to be the amazing, capable, bold, and ideal person you want to be. It’s possible and even more, it will happen. I love that.
You guys! I had such a fun Saturday. I ran the Color Me Rad 5k here in Charleston. And while I don’t typically do weekend recaps, I have to share this with you.
I don’t consider myself a runner. I’ve told you that before. I’m not built like a runner. I don’t love running like some people do. I run because it’s good exercise. It’s good for my body. And it’s hard for me to find an excuse not to tie my shoes and go out in the evenings. But if every day that I went running someone coated me with dyed cornstarch, I might really love to run.
That’s the concept of the Color Me Rad. It’s not really a race for the serious racer. Really. It’s kind of hard to breathe efficiently when there’s a lot of cornstarch in the air, no one at the race has a stop watch, and the race attracts a lot of people just looking to get dirty in a fun way. But that’s the deal. It’s an event centered around having fun. Go run, get colored, and have fun. If you want to run, great. If you want to walk, that’s cool too. Just make sure you have fun while you do it.
My friend Terri and I ran in the first wave of runners. We started with white shirts and clean faces. (And check out my Greatist tattoo because well, I’m a Greatist.) We ran through each of the five color stations with our arms up, cheering, smiling. We finished in 30 something minutes. And I ended up, well, you can see what colors I ended up in the pictures. I was the Anna version of Rainbow Bright.
Do you want to know the best part? I had fun running. I want to run more, and for me that’s monumental.
So tell me, what’s your favorite workout? Or better yet, what’s your favorite way to get dirty?