From 2017 to 2018, Just Show Up

This year has been a blur in many ways.  Heck, the last four months have been a blur and it really wasn’t until Tuesday while in line at In ‘N Out that 2017 started to soak in.  Typically my strokes of brilliance strike when I’m running, in the shower, or driving for long stretches of time but I guess waiting for food works too.   First tangent (or as my Dad corrected me, “vector”…but that’s a conversation for another day and I’m going to continue to use “tangent”) is that despite being back for 4 months, this was the first time having In ‘N Out and I wasn’t super super impressed.  Does that make me a bad Californian?

Anyways, back to 2017.  I’m a very Type-A person that loves lists, but hates to assign big goals for fear that I won’t accomplish them and be considered a failure. Well, after following a few bloggers that I respect, I decided to take the plunge and list some things out.  Last year I was super inspired by this NPer’s post in 2016 and tried to mirror some of it.  Ok, some of it is directly taken from her but imitation is the sincerest form of flattery right?

>> Focus on the present more, worry about the future less ~ make more eye contact and look at your phone less ~ chill more, stress less ~ listen more, talk less ~ accumulate less material things and take on more experiences ~ play big ~ be more YOU ~ say yes to more opportunities and worry less about outcomes << 

Then I caved and made a few concrete list items because well, Type-A:

  • Learn to run for fun (while also attempting to reduce the amount of #RBF)
  • Volunteer or spend more time with what you are passionate about
  • Work hard and stay humble
  • Run marathon #2
  • Find a new job
  • Relocate to California
  • Watch the Boston Marathon (again)
  • Travel more
  • Do the work

If I list it out by the numbers and scroll through my pictures (<< because content everything) or attempt to piece it together through my sporadic blog posts, I think the last 12 months were a smashing success.

~ November Project NYC and BRTC (bEAST river track club) workouts in rain, snow, and sunshine ~ celebrating Chinese New Year ~ snow days and almost getting stuck in a snowpocalypse (I’ve had my fill of snow for awhile…) ~ training for marathon #2 in the dead of winter ~ bagel sandwiches for days ~ Nashville for Lindsay’s birthday ~ #runtoeat and city explorations ~ quick trip to Philly for a half ~ running the streets of Paris with Maura (then making a pact we wouldn’t sign up for another for some time) ~ watching the Boston Marathon for the 2nd time in person ~

~ Gallivanting around Central Park for my 26th birthday with my favorite people and following it up with too much rose in a dog-friendly bar ~ agreeing to run 21 miles in the Cape Cod Ragnar ~ November Project Summit in Boston MA + family visit to NYC ~ Macy’s 4th of July fireworks ~ girl’s trip to the swampland of Washington D.C. ~ saying so long to the Big Apple and hello to the city of stars ~ participating in Questival (24 hour scavenger hunt) ~ long runs with Republic ~ Hiking our way through Peru ~ Watch the Dodgers get SO close to winning the World Series ~ Exploring Los Angeles and making new friends with November Project Los Angeles ~ Quick trip to San Francisco for the North Face Endurance Challenge ~

2017 By the Numbers
25 books (or 26 if I finish another one this weekend…)
8+ unique travel destinations
1 new job
8 running races (+ a couple relays)
1 fresh half marathon PR
Endless experiences

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Now for 2018.  Just Show Up. 

The phrase “Just Show Up” has a special place in my heart and life.  Sure, for those of you who have been to November Project, the phrase is practically the face of the movement.  People get scared off and think that they have to be in tip-top shape but that’s SO not the case.  It is a free fitness group that welcomes people in of all fitness levels and builds a community in a hustle and bustle world that so often leaves people isolated or high and dry.  If anything, what do you have to lose?  So just.show.up.

But beyond showing up to a workout, the phrase reminds me to show up in life.  Be the best person I can be.  Be kind.  Reach out and ask if people need help.  Ask for help when needed (something I am NOT good at).  Be present and so on.  Some of the below are recycled from 2017 but hey, if they are that good, why remove them?  Plus, I still have eons to learn.

  • Say yes to more opportunities, worry less about the outcome
  • Be bold, fear less
  • Ask for help (something I need to learn how to do)
  • Yoga + strength 1x per week
  • Eat more greens, eat less sweets
  • Channel optimism/excitement over regret/fear
  • Focus on eye contact and less on screen time
  • Travel more
  • Spend more time with people and less time on your phone
  • Explore your surroundings (#LAdventures)
  • Think outside the box #plancoolshit (pardon my French…swear less shoooould be on the list…)
  • Be unapologetically you
  • Just Show Up

Fitness wise, I’m really going to hone in on this November Project community.  Sure I want to sit down and brainstorm some goals for the Los Angeles tribe but today I’m going to do something I’ve never done before – write out my personal fitness goals for the world wide web to see.  Actually, my fellow co-leader already did that in a  goals-oriented post last week but I’ve re-written them on my race page and will probably post them for myself on the wall next to my bed.

Oh and there’s something special on the calendar for next year – the Chicago Marathon.  Even though I wasn’t lucky enough to be selected in the lottery, I had my heart on the race and opted to fundraise for a charity called Marley’s Mutts.  This is a non-profit that rescues and rehabilitates death row dogs from Kern County’s high-kill animal shelters.   I will be fundraising over the next 9 or so months and would love your support if you are so inclined to donate (Marley’s Mutt’s Chicago Team Page Here).  Additionally, if the timing with work and November Project work out, I will try to document the journey like I did with my 2016 NYCM.  Buuuut, that’s a few months away and a million memories to create in between.

So there you have it.  I kept my promise to myself to recap 2017 and set out some goals for 2018.  I’ve been riding the high of the last three months – a new job, meeting so many amazing people, exploring new locations and enjoying the daily variety of workouts.  Alright 2018, let’s make this year/life great and #JUSTSHOWUP.

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“Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be.”  ― Eleanor Roosevelt

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Gooooood Morning America!

For those of you who caught onto the “Good Morning Vietnam” reference, well done.  For those of you who didn’t, go watch the movie ASAP.  But obviously there’s more than just a really good line from Robin Williams.   This actually is in relation to THE Good Morning America in New York City.  Yep, a direct competitor to my beloved Today Show but November Project was asked to be on GMA, so I guess for a day I can be Team GMA.

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Originally we were going to show up to the studios with as many people as possible.  I don’t think the producers really understood “just show up” mentality.  That and the fact that we are all like lemmings (though it’s not a cult…) and when they say jump, we jump.  So if they said show up in Times Square, we would show up in Times Square.  Well, the producers got wind of this and limited it to about 30 spots.  Our co-leaders created a link to sign up and anyone from any of the tribes could sign up!  It was certainly more feasible for those in NYC, DC, or Boston but hey, you do you.

After a few days, an email was sent out to a lucky 30 and yep, I made the cut!  I had voluntarily signed myself up for a 4:30am wake-up call.  Good job Kaitlin.  To be honest, it was like sleeping the night before a race and I didn’t want to miss my alarm, so it was a very restless night of sleep.

I also did not want to deal with the sporadic public transportation so early in the morning, so I waited until the last possible moment to wake up, caught a $10 taxi (free fitness ha) to Times Square and was present in Grassroots Gear by 5:15.  Once we had all 30 of us, we walked over to the studios, handed over our IDs to show that we were truly who we said we were, and then were brought up to a “green room” where we would hang for about an hour or so.  There was free fruit + pastries + coffee, all of which were “eh”.  << Good descriptive words right Mom? 😉

IMG_7657 (1)Around 7 or so, we went out onto the plaza and did a little warm up and practice.  This consisted of us bouncing, be told not to shout weird things (cough cough Paul) and smile very big for the camera.  We then went about our normal bounce routine, hugged one another and then hugged some people in the crowds.  Curious why we hug?  Check out the segment 😉

After a few practice rounds it was back into the greenroom for another 45 minutes or so.  Ok, to be honest, since I was up at 4:30 and some people were up at 4, time seems pretty relative and I don’t actually recall how much time was in between.

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^^ There I am in all my butt-in-the-air glory.  I had told a few people and Sarah was able to catch it for me 😉 I know it was a lot of stop and go but man, we must have done something strenuous that morning because my abs were killing me the next day!  Those exercises either really work or I was just super out of ab shape (possibly the latter but let’s believe it’s the former)

Our air time was right around 8:40 but we did have a couple of snipets where we are in the background screaming and the anchor is watching with eyebrows raised in confusion.  Or just telling the audience to sit tight and tune in for this free fitness craze.

If you have a few minutes and want to check out the segment, click right here.

So maybe it wasn’t a full workout on a Wednesday.  Maybe I had to go into work a little late.  Carpe diem, right?  Now if I can just find a way to get us on the Today Show…

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OH and if you didn’t get through my last post, this amazing gal on the right is OUR BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW CO-LEADER FOR NEW YORK! EVERYONE IS PUMPED!

Life of Late ~ 6.5.15

Today is Friday the 5th of June and it oh so happens to be National Donut {Doughnut} Day.  Yes folks, we have arrived at the day of the week that celebrates the most delectable and often deadliest breakfast item.  In honor of that, I’d like to start this post with a recent find on the west side, thanks to a November Project recommendation.

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Get this…it’s in a CAR WASH!  Don’t worry, health code is all up to date and probably a whole lot cleaner than some of those food carts you see around the city…

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Maybe not ideal to start the morning with a bucket full of sugar, but I had to test out the maple waffle and pineapple selections.  Plus, we had just worked out soooo it’s all justified, right?

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Underwest Donuts
638 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036
MON: 6:30AM-3PM — TUE-FRI: 6:30AM-5PM — SAT: 7:30AM-5PM | SUN: 7:30AM-3PM

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^^ Typical commute from November Project to work.  I’ve gotten surprisingly good at running with my backpack, although I don’t think I’ll be racing with it any time soon.

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^^ Volunteering with my buddies at last week’s UAE 10k and oh, it just so happens that we made it on NYRR’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.  #grassrootsgear #winning #novemberproject #noshame

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^^ Celebrating a friend’s send-off with a touristy rooftop bar.  Touristy or not, the view isn’t half-bad.

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^^ CNN celebrating 35 years and so of course that means some free t-shirts, photo-booths, and sneak-peek at upcoming documentaries

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As you may have picked up from my posts and blog, I love the beach, sun, and anything tropical.  The joke was that I would grow up to be a dolphin trainer, braid hair, and live in Hawaii (sorry if I have already said this here…it’s a common story) Anyways, I love tiki themed parties and used to be obsessed with the tiki and tropical section of Oriental Trading.  Well, while in Norway, we happened to see THE boat that discovered Easter Island.  More on that trip next week (Norway, not Easter Island), but I decided a picture with Mr. Easter Island was necessary.

IMG_0180I arrived home to this amazing package, thanks to my blend friend Meighan.  We were roommates last year at the Blend Retreat and since I wasn’t able to attend this year, she was a doll and sent me some of the good stuff.  I mean, oats, Honey Stinger, and yogurt coupons and I was a VERY happy camper!  Not to mention, those sesame crackers? I was skeptical but am on the hunt to find more.

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^^ Did you know that Denmark is the HOME to Lego?  That’s actually why Meghan chose it as her study abroad program.  Just kidding.  Maybe 😉

~ Links I Love ~

Sometimes, Always, Never Blog ~ “Five Facts From A Guy {About Girls}” ~  I never grow tired of her blogs and love this one! Be true to you.

The Greatist ~ “The 7 Questions I Asked That Seriously Changed My Life” ~ Never be afraid to ask.  You never know what the answer will be or where it will lead you.  What’s the worst thing that could happen?

Brittany Lesser ~ “Why Clothing Size Doesn’t Matter” ~ All hail the booty!

Refinery 29 ~ “Tips For Becoming A Boss From 34 of NYC’s Most Powerful Women

Sheryl Sandberg’s Reflection ~ There are no words to describe the pain she has endured – the loss of a loved one too soon.  I recommend taking the time to read what she has written and remember to tell those around you that you love them and to value each moment of each day.

Bustle ~ “7 Things Independent People Do in Relationships That Make Them So Much Stronger

Spoon University ~ “Outrageous Facts That’ll Change How you Think About Starbucks” ~ (And a website dedicated to the secret menu!)

Linking up with Life in Leggings!

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^^ A little bit of free fitness to start my Friday and the weekend.  You know the drill, W/F … November Project … just show up 🙂

“If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine” – Morris West