A Morning’s Drive

My work gets me up early so I have the chance to catch some gorgeous sunrises. 

This was one in late March through Northern California farmland. 

Weekly PhotoChallege:TheRoadTaken

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My Calming Island

We all have times where we want to be alone, secluded in our world where no one can come in and disturb our thoughts or our lives. We block out the reality of our everyday to focus on what is happening inside. Maybe because we received bad news or a life altering change that is going on. We could have had a loss in our family or something has happened in the world that has taken a toll on us that we are dealing with internally. Whatever it is we go to our island. 

I’ve been to my island several times for these types of experiences but I also go for peace and quiet. When others are brewing around me I go for my sanctity. It calms me down and gives me purpose. 

Recently, while on a vacation, I visited an island and it was much like my island I go to in my quiet times. I plan to go back as this was my time to reflect and let go of all that has been bothering me lately. 


Daily Prompt: Island

Last run of 2015

Today I took my last run of 2015. It felt good. 3.70 miles later and I logged over 410 miles this year alone. I feel pretty good about that considering I took a little bit of time there the last couple weeks to try and heal the calf strain and get through a hectic work schedule. All in all, I am proud of my accomplishments. Over the last couple years I’ve done well and will continue to push myself to do better, eat better, and go the distance. Who knows maybe 2016 will be another PR year for me or maybe I will run more half marathons than present. Whatever 2016 brings I will continue to say my mantras as I run. Here are some to share with all of you (if you need them):

You got this

Just one more mile

Make it to the stop sign

Breathe

Get’er done 

Pain is progress

There’s beer at the end

Happy New Year everyone. May 2016 bring you more miles and happiness all around. 

30,000 foot level

From the 30,000 foot level the city is even more beautiful than on the ground. At night when one flies out of San Francisco all you see are lights. The lights of the city, the white and red bead of lights that form strings of traffic throughout, and the fingers of fog that stretch from the Pacific to the inner heart of the city. It is captivating and peaceful-from up here. 

It has been a long week on the road for me;  presentations, webinars, and meetings all rolled into one. Three different cities, one rental car, two flights, and three hotels. I am ready to go home and get some much needed rest and relaxation. The fall conference season is winding down and while there is no rest for the wicked, may there be rest for the weary. 

For now, I will just enjoy the city lights below as I make my way home through the night. 

Listening

When we share information and intimate details there is the expectation that the other person is listening, showing empathy, genuinely caring about what is being shared. However, that doesn’t always happen. We are sometimes mistaken and find they aren’t really paying attention to what we are saying at all. It is disconcerting  to find that a conversation important to us is nothing to them. It makes us shutdown, turn away, close them out. It shouldn’t but their reactions speak louder than words. 

There is a bit of hope and solitude that comes with these days and these feelings. We run. We find our inner peace and bear down. Yes it hurts that they don’t share the same world with us and we will have to figure out a way to help them see the light, but for moments in time where we need to just find some peace in the world from their lack of reality- we run. 

It is better to have peace and calm within yourself than to have worry and angst over their reactions.