Song for your Sunday

This song makes me feel like I’m sailing on a boat in 75 degree weather. It’s a nice chill song. Give it a listen!

What’s your lazy Sunday song?

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Workout Spotlight: Ellipticals

I’ve fallen for a new piece of equipment at the gym. I’ve always seen it there, but I never took notice, never gave it the time of day. Usually I run to the treadmill because I love to run and I always have a great time on it, but lately, things have changed. It doesn’t make me feel the way it used to—like I’ve gotten a good workout . Nor that I’m working the part of my body that I’d like to work on the most: my upper thighs. It just doesn’t complete me anymore.

I began to search for something different… and that search took me 3 feet to a machine known as the elliptical. I thought it would be convoluted to use, but no, I was wrong. It was amazing!

No longer did I feel a strain on my knees as I felt  from my relationship with the treadmill. No longer did I have the feeling like I wasn’t getting the things I needed. The elliptical provided everything I was looking for. It even had a cup holder for my water bottle. The treadmill never offered to hold my water bottle. I’m getting scalped legs and arms without putting much strain on my precious joints. ( I think there’s no strain. If there is I don’t feel it.)

I see the treadmill around from time to time. I nod at it and smile. I may try to start things back up with it later. But for now, I am madly in love with the elliptical.xoxo

Let’s restore and protect!

Found this video on another blog I frequent, and I thought I’d share it on here. It’s an inspirational video aimed at us millennials.  I was dismayed to find out some of the health statistics quoted here, but I know we can make a change for the better! Take a look!

Will we ever get it right?

I was listening to my Pandora recently and one of my current  favorite songs “Someday” by Black Eyed Peas started playing. I like this song for a variety of reasons: it’s fun, catchy and an empowering tune.

The chorus goes like this:

Someday I’m gonna get it right, my life
Someday I’m gonna figure it out, maybe tonight
Coz I know I’ma get it right
And I know I’ma get it right
Someday, ooh ho hohoho
One day, ooh ho hohoho

As I listen to this song, I think about the journey we all go through to reach adulthood and I wonder will we ever get it right? Will we ever reach that point where we say I’ve arrived?

From what I’ve heard from older people, the answer is no. Things may get easier as we grow and learn, but there probably won’t be that point where we say ” Hey, I’ve figured this adult thing all out. I’ve got it all together” because we are always learning and growing.

 If you meet someone who says they have it all together. Turn around and run—run as fast as you can! You don’t want to spend a lot of time with someone who claims they know everything about life and therefore have nothing else to learn. Or tell them to write a book to let us all know the secret of how to figure life out.

I do think things get easier and we get better at navigating certain things everyday.

I don’t think the point of the song is that we will figure everything in this life out someday. After all, it is a catchy pop song— not very deep. But  it’s important to understand that we will continue to make  mistakes, but we’ll hopefully learn from them and become better people as we journey this path of adulthood.

What are somethings that have become easier as you’ve moved into adulthood?

The importance of being—no,doing.

I know we’ve all heard it before. We’ve got to cut ourselves out of the rat race and take time for ourselves to do nothing. But what about those of us who need to do something to relax. How about these things?

Go to a park and play pick-up soccer with friends

Listen to music

Journal

Read an engaging book

We all need time to recharge. Find your method of choice and fill-up!

What do you do to recharge?

Holy crap I’m awkward!

Courtesy of awkwardfamilyphotos.com

I have a confession to make…I’m extremely awkward. It’s not to the point where I can’t make friends (I have friends–tons–I can prove it!Ha). I just find myself in awkward situations. Usually it’s when I’m talking to someone for the first time and the conversation takes an awkward turn, and then there’s just dead silence. Or I put my foot in my mouth and say something that makes evverrrything awkward. Although these situations may not make the best impression at that particular moment, it provides some great stories to tell people so I can laugh about it later. Here are two simple ways to make sure that awkward moment turns into a hilarious story:

Just embrace it – If a situation turns awkward: just acknowledge it and make a joke about it to the other person or people. Usually it will make the situation less awkward.

Just ignore it– You can kind of brush over a statement you make and not make the moment awkward inadvertently. Remember this statement: It’s only awkward if you make it awkward. The other person may not have noticed the awkwardness until you say something.

I know it’s kinda hard to pick which direction to take, but you just kinda have to become a pro at navigating awkward situations by feeling them out to pick the best course of action. I no doubt will have at least 5 awkward moments today. I’ll let you know how it goes :).

What is your best awkward moment story? Or do you have any other strategies for handling awkward moments?

Workout Spotlight: Bicycling

So I have a love-hate relationship with bicyclists. On one hand it’s great they are getting exercise while paddling on their leg-powered contraption and being green by not using a car to cruise around. On the other hand they get in my way while I’m trying to drive down the street. Don’t get me wrong. I love bicycling on a sidewalk or on the beach away from motorist , but not on busy DC streets. All in all bicyclists are great , but I don’t think that when I’m riding in my car ;). Here’s a song for all you bicyclists out there to get pumped up for the next ride.

[I promise this is the last Queen related thing I will post… for at least a month :)]

How do you guys feel about bicyclists? If you’re a bicyclist how do you feel about sharing the road with your 4-wheeled friends?

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