A Change in Perspective

Today was just what I needed in many ways.

Invigorating conversations, a run in the park in the warm air.

One of them was with someone I pay to tell me insightful things, but whatever. She’s also a trained yoga instructor, and so we do both traditional talk therapy and some more yoga/meditation/mindful stuff.


That was one thing we talked about today. You may see me being somewhat self-deprecating here in an attempt at humor, but my inner self-talk can be more rough than that, and how’s that serving me? Not at all.

Two yoga things she taught me: the breath of joy (which is said to counteract the sometimes shallow breath of anxiety I sometimes have) and a slightly modified version of fish pose. She said I should bend my knees and put my feet flat on the floor and put a blanket under my back for a more restorative version. This is another good heart/chest opener, which, according to Yoga Journal, helps with anxiety and menstrual cramps, among other things. Sweet. She told me to focus on some positive things we’d discussed earlier while laying in this pose.

So, I’ll share this Fitness article with you.

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They asked me a few questions about triathlons. Am I a triathlon expert? Hell no. Have I completed two (NYRR Sprint, Franklin Lakes Tri)? Yes. Was it cool to be featured? Yes!

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This run was just unbearably ugly and boring. I ran with Beth, Nicole, Bernadette and Allison for Abby’s Kickass 5K and it was great to catch up with a different group of girls and get out there in the park with what seemed like the entire city. The run to raise money for Crohn’s/Colitis was today, but you can still donate to potentially WIN A TRIP TO ACAPULCO. And, you know, help cure disease.

So yeah, there’s some stuff going on…but there’s plenty of good stuff, too.

Tell me something good that is happening for you or has happened to you recently. Or an awesome change in perspective you had.

12 comments on “A Change in Perspective

  1. Meg

    I’m sort of drawing a blank on “important” good things, so I’ll go with some small-pleasures kinds of things: after work today I got two dee-licious macarons and then found an adorable nike running top on mega clearance! small victories!

  2. Amy

    I made it through my first day back at work after having my twins. I was so upset ( and still resentful that I HAVE to be back instead of choose to work while my kids are so young) but I did it and it was crazy but the day flew by. I am confident that the first was the worst and each day will get easier and easier.

  3. charlie@therunnerbeans

    I never thought I was good enough or fast enough to join a run club, but decided to just try it out anyway a couple of weeks ago. As my boyfriend said ‘if you hate it, you dont have to go back’. Turns out I love it, and have made some great friends to run with, talk about running with and to race with! I’d never have met them if I didn’t have the courage to go that first week. Plus it makes me get out and run 5-6miles on a Monday night, no matter the weather!

  4. Jessica R @ fromthekitchentotheroad

    I recently had a shift in jobs. The initial change was rough because it wasn’t done in the most pleasant of ways (read: I was replaced) but it has turned out to be a great change. I am so much happier not going to that job. I have two jobs, one I have had for a little over a year and I am starting the new one next week. It has changed my perspective on what I do, which I needed.

  5. Cassandra @ Finding Pie

    I recently decided that family and good weather was more important than my career, so I moved from NYC back to my home state of North Carolina. I definitely know it was the right decision, but it’s still scaryp–especially while trying to find a new job.

    My inner self sometimes thinks I’m batty for the life change, but ultimately, I think I’ll be happier. So thanks for the reminder to think about the good things!

  6. Belinda

    Is that Central Park? I recognise it from movies such as Home Alone 2 and Elf! haha

    The closest I get in scenery to a run like yours is from Kirribilli over the Harbour Bridge and into circular Quay. It’s a lovely run but one day, one day I’d love to run in Central Park lol

  7. Nicole

    A few months ago I was dealing with a negative situation at work. And one day I just decided it wasn’t worth stressing about or worrying about at that there are more important things (and people) in life that I should allow to take up my time and energy!
    I felt a lot better once I made the decision to let it stop bothering me!


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