Remember when time was FLYING BY and I was feeling a little overwhelmed but also excited about ALL THE THINGS? Yeah, that’s where I’m at right now.
Let’s get serious for a moment. It’s hard to write a post on September 11th without recognizing that it is the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in America that led to the destruction of the World Trade Center and the destruction of so many lives. I remember the moment when I first learned about the place crashing into the World Trade Center towers. Living in Los Angeles, I had just gotten out of the shower and my mom was yelling at me and my sister to come to her bedroom. Every morning as we got ready for work and school, my mom would watch the morning news. As we watched the events unfold on the news in front of us, I don’t think that I — a sophomore in high school — had any idea the impact the day would have on the country or the world.
Now that I live in Boston, 9/11 has an even greater meaning since the planes departed from Logan Airport and were on their way to Los Angeles. 10 years later and it could have been me on that plane – headed home from college. To honor the memories of those who flew out of my airport, headed towards my childhood home, I started my morning reading the names of the passengers on American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175. My heart and prayers go out to the families and friends who still mourn them.
Now for my regularly planned update on my 28 goals for 28 years old.
1. Get a Boston Marathon bib for the 2015 Boston Marathon. Working on it! The charity team applications are beginning to get posted and I’m applying for the ones I feel the most inspired by. So far, I have applied for 2 teams – the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge Team at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Team in Training for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 2015 is the 5 and 10 year anniversaries of my grandparents deaths, and since they both died of cancer – and my grandmother died from leukemia – running for one of these teams would be incredibly meaningful and the best possible way for me to honor their memories. I also feel strong connections to Playworks – an awesome organization supporting children and healthy habits in the Boston area – and the MS Society. Fingers crossed.
3. Run 6 half marathons (June, July, August, and October are already scheduled!) Done (almost!) I ran half marathons in June, July, and August. I’m currently taking a break as I prepare for the Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon in October. I also signed up for the Chilly Half Marathon in November. Still considering and searching for a race in December.
5. ACTUALLY begin doing yoga regularly again. Doing it! I really enjoy my Tuesday morning yoga class and have gone pretty much every week except for when I’ve been out of time. This past Tuesday, I even went for a quick 20 minute run before yoga, which felt awesome!
6. Eat clean(er). Working on it. The past couple months have been so busy with travel that we haven’t been cooking as much as we usually do. Now that it’s fall and we’re getting back to a normal schedule, I think we’ll be cooking and eating healthier. Right now, I’m trying to incorporate salad as one of my 3 major meals every day.
10. Get back to my goal weight… and stay there. Since I haven’t been able to do this on my home, I’ve made my triumphant return back to Weight Watchers. There’s a meeting 2 miles away in the neighboring town of Arlington that is led by one of my WW mentors. I went to the Monday night meeting the day before we left for Europe, and after 2 weeks of being on vacation and then Labor Day, I went back for my second meeting this week. Since it’s only 2 miles away, I can run or bike to the meeting and have ZERO excuse to miss them.
11. Officially apply to the Harvard Extension School’s Master of Liberal Arts program. I’ve started my 3rd required prerequisite class, which means I’ll be able to apply for the MLA program starting in mid-October. However, I did the math, and if I want to keep taking the slow and steady 1 class per semester schedule, I won’t be writing my master’s thesis until… 2017-2018. Oy.
13. Hike the Alps (THIS IS HAPPENING! August 2014). DONE! (See previous post)
24. Cook 28 new foods/dishes. There was one weekend where I got a big batch of cilantro and decided to find ways to use it all up. I made a cilantro sauce to cover some salmon and it was FANTASTIC. More recently, Eric and I cooked an awesome dish from my Runner’s World Cookbook – shrimp and white beans in a tomato sauce. Ate it so fast that I forgot to take pictures!
Phew! Not a LOT of progress, but progress nonetheless. Let’s see how I do in the next 2 months – maybe at the half year point I’ll have accomplished lots more!
Now that summer fun is over, what are you hoping to accomplish this fall? What are YOUR goals?