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HAPPY FRIDAY! 

Bailey!

I’m spending my Friday night at my favorite place: on my couch. I was supposed to go ninja with my coworkers, but doing nothing sounded far more appealing tonight, and I’m not sure the last time I did this, as the past few weeks have been pretty busy.

As someone whose mental health has been a rollercoaster over the past year or so, I’m so thankful to be feeling so at peace lately.

My mom’s in remission.

I recently got promoted at work.

I got to work out the other day with one of my childhood athletic idols. More on that soon, but for now, here’s the solid braid game I had going on:

Crown Braid

(I am SO glad I am getting my hair done tomorrow.)

I’ve spent two of the last four weekends at the beach with my friends. 

I’m going to Vancouver in two weeks to run the SeaWheeze Half.

I realized what a good place I was in today when I heard about the possibility of news that would have crushed me a few months ago, but now I just see as kind of sucky. 

I’ve always said I don’t see running as therapy, though I do see it as therapeutic — and getting back into regular running again has felt amazing mentally in a way no other workout ever will for me.

I feel re-energized to start writing/creating more again.

I’m going to two fun/interesting events next week I wanted to share:

- Outdoor spin with Cyc Fitness. Why not? :) 

- Uplift has started a series called “Strong Women Uplift Each Other” and next week, they’re discussing mental health. I love what Uplift stands for, and that they’re tackling tough issues like this that affect women.

But for now, I’m getting into bed with a good book. What are you reading/what podcasts are you listening to right now? And what brings you contentment? 

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What Does All or Nothing Day Mean to You?

do it with passion or not at all

A few weeks ago, I got an email from a lovely woman named Heather.

I wanted to let you know about All or Nothing Day on July 26th, a day dedicated to living life to the fullest.

I’m a 10 year survivor of a rare cancer called mesothelioma, given just 15 months to live upon diagnosis, then and there I decided it was all or nothing from that day on.

I’m not sure Heather had any idea how good her targeting was. Not only am I a super all-or-nothing person (more on that in a bit), but I lost my grandfather 15 years ago to mesothelioma after a short-but-tough four-month battle. (If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a brutal form of cancer that develops in the lungs, heart or abdomen, and typically is caused by exposure to asbestos.) Grandpa was a World War II pilot who then went on to start a textile printing mill, so his exposure to asbestos was pretty high.

Typical mesothelioma life expectancy after diagnosis is usually 12-21 months, so to hear that Heather had survived more than 10 years after her diagnosis truly gave me the chills. She chose to live her life to the fullest (as I’m encouraging my mom to do now!)

All or Nothing Day is July 26th and it’s all about celebrating those moments where we’ve gone all out and also highlighting what our passions and proudest moments are in life. It captures the spirit of how I’ve tried to embrace each day since my diagnosis over ten years ago.

Thinking about this day and what it means to me reminds me of one of my favorite songs from college, Clark Gable, by the Postal Service. My favorite lyric is “and I want life in every word, to the extent that it’s absurd.” 

I’ve always believed that anything worth doing is worth putting your all into, worth doing well.

It’s why I don’t just run marathons, I push myself to do my best.

It’s why I didn’t just join the Junior League, I’ve continued to push myself to make a difference (or try!) within an organization I care so deeply about, chairing committees and having served on our Management Council.

It’s why I’m maybe not the best at leaving work at work — I’m always thinking about what I can do better — to help my coworkers, to help our users. 

It’s why I was ready to drop everything to get to the hospital to see my mom for chemo or run out to NJ to help her go wig shopping.

It’s why I surround myself with friends I love to death that I’d do anything for (because I know they’d do the same.)

It’s why I won’t settle for mediocrity (and, to be honest, why I probably struggle with anxiety, but that’s a different story for a different day, eh?)

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