GOOD MORNING!!! Today, I’m totally about finding my “happy place,” so I’m taking a large, silly page from the movie character Happy Gilmore and getting out of my own head. Care to join me?! It’s a pleasurable place to find, I assure you; although, it’s your job to figure out what makes you happy. Trust your feelings.
To reference a certain awesome Happy Gilmore character, Chubbs:
“It’s all in the hips. It’s all in the hips. It’s all in the hips. It’s all in the hips.”
Well, not to overemphasize the same few words (It’s all in the hips), I’ll move on (letting you ponder the correlation between your hips and your “happy place”). 5 words…GET…OUT…OF…YOUR…HEAD!
How do I get out of my head and find my “happy place?” Well, by loosening up some (maybe even swaying my hips and listening to the beat of my favorite song). It’s important to NOT take life too seriously and to realize that life is waaay too short to worry about things that are beyond your control. Maybe something I’ve struggled with in the past, huh?
YES, I’ve definitely struggled with control: I’ve wrangled it in (all mighty and proud), but then have always let it go because holding onto something that doesn’t want to be held, usually leads to an icky disaster. Can you relate?
HAVE YOU EVER HELD ONTO SOMETHING THAT YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE? (I have!)
Sunday night, I found out that my precious Cocker spaniel sister, Lulu (my parents dog & main character of my children’s books series), tore her ACL at the park. The sad part is, she tore her other ACL not too long ago and literally just finished with surgery, rehab, and recovery. Ugh, it’s just so awful. She’ll be in surgery again next Wednesday, but she’ll be fine, right? Yes, I’m certain!
Case in point: I was feeling sad and distraught when my mom told me (+ many hours after), but then…
I FOUND MY HAPPY PLACE!
What makes me happy?! Hmm…well, here’s THE LIST:
1} The feeling I get after a run!
** I ran a 6.2 mile trail run on Monday and speed work on Tuesday. I honestly felt tons better after both! Let’s see, my trail run… blah, blah, blah, blah (you already know about it from Mondays post), but onto the juicy stuff, the speed work:
SO my 8 x 400m went a little bit like this (and note, I did not run on a track, I ran on a road with a slight incline):
These are MY BEST splits to date! I felt mentally strong during my run and HA, afterwards…EVEN STRONGER!! **
2} The energy that builds during a swim!
** I took off Monday and Tuesday from swimming (because my legs were feeling pretty sore), but nailed it today! I had a great swim! From a push (off the wall), not a dive (at the end of my 4,000 yard practice), I swam a 50 yard fly in under 30 seconds. I was pretty happy!
3} Shopping at Forever21!
** Okay, this is a total new obsession, but I LOVE their crop tops!! Just soooo freakin’ cute!! I can’t get enough of them (although I’m sure my husband wishes I could). Yesterday was fun, but shhh…don’t tell my husband, k?!
** I’m pretty sure you guys knew that I was going to say this one! Yep, pretty sure you knew! Yesterday, after practicing both the physical and emotional (meditation) part of yoga, I felt like a brand new me!
5} Walking my dog Prince!
** I’m not exactly sure how to describe this feeling, but it’s a joyous and overwhelming feeling for sure! In summary, we bond, we kiss, we walk…we walk, we stop, we walk…we get home, we hug, WE LOVE WALKS!
NOW TELL ME, WHERE’S YOUR HAPPY PLACE?!