“There is a magic in misery. Just ask any runner.” Dean Karnazes

Sending out an early morning post for you all to enjoy! I woke up around 4:30 and couldn’t fall back asleep so decided to just get up and be productive before I headed to the gym. Amazing how much one can get done in the wee hours of the morning when it seems nobody else is awake. Gah! I love mornings!! Speaking of loving things, this post is about running… something I don’t particularly love…#thrower4life. However, over the past couple months, I’ve been trying super hard to at least like it! In my efforts to enjoy running more, I completed a couple runs with some friends.

I ran my first 5K at the beginning of summer. My three goals wrapped into one were to complete it without walking in under 30 minutes. I didn’t die, even though at mile 2.5 I was not 100% convinced I wasn’t going to! I finished without walking and the time on the clock was 30:31. Although I didn’t look at the clock when I officially started or use a watch to time myself (running newbie!) I’m pretty sure I started running with at least 31 seconds on the clock so I’m chalking that up as a goal met!

Bib Number!

Bib Number! I made sure to send this out before-hand so that if race officials had to peel me off the trail I’d be easier to identify #comfortingpreracethoughts 

Post-Run! #sweatyselfie

Post-Run! #sweatyselfie

More recently though, I ran a 5k Color Run to support my friend Katie’s roller derby team. This run was significantly more fun! Partially due to running with friends, partially because of all the color powder being thrown. The dance party after the run was also fun, which you know much have been top notch if my non-dancing self enjoyed it 🙂

Before the color run!

Before the color run with Katie and Jeff!

Run, Run, Run! :)

Run, Run, Run! 🙂 Looks like I smile even when I run! #foreversmiling

Yay for Friends and Post-Run Smiles

Yay for Friends and Post-Run Smiles! #colorful

The most recent run I completed was part of Inaguration Weekend for our new President. The College of Saint Benedict hosted a “Glo-run” that tied into the inaguration theme of “Illuminate.” It was a two mile course that ran through our campus. It was held at night and neon paint was launched at us and we were “illuminated” with glow-sticks. It was a neat community event to be a part of. One of my college roommates/track teammates came up for the weekend and I suckered her into running it with me. By that I mean, I signed us up before even asking her about it, thanks for being a great sport, Alyssa 🙂

Alyssa and I at the Glo-Run!

High-Fiving the cheering sisters during the Glo-Run! Super AH-DOR-ABLE! #lovethesisters

I don’t have any other races planned for the near future. The thought of upping my mileage and tackling a 10k has crossed my mind a few times. Usually though, my thrower instincts kick in and remind me that voluntarily running 6.someoddnumber miles does not sound like much fun to me.

“Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms” – Angela Carter

I have loved reading since I was a little girl. One of my favorite days at school was getting the packets for book orders. Something about circling alllll the books I wanted my parents to buy me so I could read was just so satisfying. I rarely ended up even getting any of them, just circling them and noting which book I would next check out of the library gave me a thrill. One time, I was lucky enough to convince my parents to let me sign up for The Boxcar Children book-club. I would receive 4-5 books of the series every month. Of course they would only last me about a week or so and then I would have to wait another 3 weeks until the next books in the series came in the mail. The suspense of waiting until the next few came nearly killed me every month. It never once occurred to me that if I didn’t read them all in the first three days that I wouldn’t have to wait as long. Plus, where would the fun have been in that?!

During my college years, I didn’t get to read as much for enjoyment as my reading time was consumed by endless nursing textbooks. As I was brainstorming for my Day Zero Project, I wanted to incorporate reading for fun back into my life so I set a goal of reading an averages of at least one book a month. This turns out to be a minimum of 33 books over the entire 1001 days. 33 books doesn’t seem like a lot, but I knew as I was working towards my Master’s Degree that I would have readings for classes that I’d have to complete and I didn’t want to set unrealistic goals. Now that I have completed my Master’s Degree and have settled into my new position here, I once again have found the time for leisure reading.

I recently joined a reading challenge with some fellow student affairs professionals in which I pledged #52in52 meaning I will ready 52 books this year! 🙂 Sound crazy? maybe a little, but there are so many great books that I want to read. I feel as though joining in this challenge will help me stay diligent in my daily readings! This pledge will also help ensure I get all 33 books completed for my Day Zero Project.

Recently I have completed books 1-3! I take notes as I read them to help me remember what I read and also because I am going to put together handouts to use at staff meetings with my Resident Assistants 🙂 Yay for additional professional development opportunities for my staff!

1. The Civility Solution: What to do when people are rude by P.M. Forni. ~ I had read The Civility Solution with my former RD staff at UIndy and enjoyed it so thought I would read another one of his books.

2. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown ~ I am attending the ACPA conference in Indianapolis this year and Brene Brown is one of the keynote speakers! Plan on reading her other books before the conference as well 🙂 She is amazing! Highly recommended!!

3.Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg ~ Was given this book by a coworker who is an all around great lady! She is very empowering and totally great at what she does. This book will be especially great to bring to my RA staff!

Once I have these said handouts compiled I will upload them to this post (pending I can figure out how!) so you read what I learned and maybe be inspired to pick one of them up yourself! I’m a big fan of lending people books so be sure to let me know if you would like to borrow one 🙂

Also, due to my recent pledge, I am open to book suggestions! Let me know of any good reads you’ve come across recently! 🙂 No photos this time, guess next time I can take some selfies of myself reading these books 🙂 Haha probably not though!

“Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of.” Proverb quotes

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I would not say that I have a lot of bad habits, but one that I have been trying to kick for quite some time is biting my fingernails. One of the reasons it was so hard for me to quit is because I did it mindlessly when I got nervous or anxious about something or if I had extra time to be fidgety. The reason that had the biggest impact on me not succeeding in stopping before, though, is that it didn’t bother me enough to focus on quitting. Sure, it was something that I did that I wasn’t particularly fond of, but it wasn’t something I found worth devoting my time and energy into stopping. Furthermore, my love for athletics and for playing the piano made having short fingernails desirable as then I didn’t have to worry about accidentally injuring myself or an opponent and I didn’t have to listen to the click of my nails on the piano keys.

As I was creating my Day Zero Project it caused me to think about things that I had always wanted to do or to stop doing that I never quite got around to. Hence the reason stop biting my fingernails made the list. I originally thought that this was going to be a hard thing to cross off my list since I had always been a nail biter, but surprisingly, that was not the case. In fact, it all started because I was having a conversation with a friend about biting my fingernails and just decided that now is as good of time as ever to quit. Once I made the conscious decision to stop, it was actually really easy! There are still a few times when I catch myself in certain situations start to mindlessly pick at my nails or cuticles, but once I am conscious of it, I stop.

Since I have stopped, I have a new found appreciation for painting my nails! As a child, since my nails were so short, I never really got into what all the hype in painting your fingernails was all about. I understand it now. 🙂 I have also found that it is a great way to bond with staff members and residents! Below are some pictures. Shout out to Ayla and Lex for an awesome nail painting party.

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