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What have I been up to?

After a 1.5 year hiatus, I’m sure some of you are wondering what the heck I have been doing? Well, I will tell you in the simplest way; enjoying life.

After bringing myself back down to one job, I found that I had more time to do whatever the hell I wanted. I healed my back, I did some Crossfit, I traveled to Europe, I went on two awesome summer vacations, I trained for a marathon, I spent some much needed time with my husband and family, and I studied and just took my PANRE (recertification board exam). I’ve just been doing ALL of the things…and I loved it!

I took my focus from being overworked, high strung, type A to chillax and go with the flow. I have a few things to thank for that; meditation, my husband, running/crossfit, and my family. To say that I was stressed last year is the understatement of the year. I thought I could do so many things at once and looking back on it now, it’s incredible that I even survived each day!

Learning that life is not all about making the most amount of money, paying off debt as soon as possible and not being a 24/7 work horse was a big change for me, but something that was really needed. After I took my PANRE, I realized that I have never felt so happy, relaxed, and balanced like this before in my life. It really is a great feeling.

So the important stuff:

Training for a marathon.
I decided to make my triumphant return to marathon running this past summer when my cousin told me that she had an entry to the New York City Marathon (aka the creme de la creme  of marathons). I have run 5 marathons so far, and took a 2-3 year break to do some Crossfit, but decided to do one more for the sake of New York. I’m currently 4 days out from the marathon and I’m both excited and nervous at the same time. 50,000 runners and a tour through all of New York City is going to be great. The best part is that I get to visit with my Aunt and cousin and hang out with my husband and parents for a few days!

Traveled to Europe.

My husband and I took a 10 day cruise through the Mediterranean Sea in May and absolutely loved it.

Santorini, Greece

We spend two days in Rome, toured 3 Greek islands, stopped in Turkey, and finished back in Rome. We had so much delicious food, espresso and gelato…it was incredible. We went with two of our best friends and had such a wonderful time. It really was the trip of a lifetime.

Healed my back.
Those of you who read here before know that I struggled with a condition called spondylolisthesis and back pain for a good 6 months. I believe this was caused by a diet that caused me to be underfed and overtraining with Crossfit. I can finally say that I am 100% healed and I do not have back pain at all. The break for marathon training helped with this greatly, but also listening to my body and realizing that I am not an elite athlete helped me to bring my focus back to how I’m feeling and whether or not I needed to tone some things down.

Spent time with my husband and family.

I went on two summer vacations and spent a lot of time with my husband cruising in the Jeep. The past few months were some much needed downtime and re-evaluating what was important to me. I’ve finally figured out those priorities and work everyday to sticking to them and allowing my family and my husband to come first in my life.

So that’s really all that you’ve been missing in the past 1.5 years. I’ve worked a lot, I’ve traveled a lot, and I’ve learned so much about myself. I’m glad for the hard times and the experiences that really showed me what is most important in my life. And now that I feel like I’m in such a better place, I can’t wait to see where the next 1.5 years takes me!

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