Good morning! I hope everyone’s days are going swimmingly so far — in an effort to look on the bright side despite it being Monday, I’m excited that a) it’s supposed to be sunny out today, so my poor sun-deprived plants will actually get some light, b) there’s an increasing chance we’ll actually get a legit snowstorm on Wednesday (WINTER COULD BE REDEEMED, PEOPLE!) and b) I had an awesome workout this morning.
I was feeling a bit sluggish when I woke up, but once I had my caffeine I was good to go (hence, y’know, the name of this blog). I can tell that I lost a lot of my muscle strength after January’s epic flu/plague, followed by the chaos of moving and getting settled into our new place — so I want to start complimenting my cardio with more strength training than I’ve done in recent months. As the good folks at Nike say, strong is the new beautiful.
With that in mind, I decided to do a bit of strength training each day, but to focus each morning on one area of my body. I’ll rotate in three-day cycles: one day focusing on lower body, the next day targeting my upper body, and the third day working on core strength. After doing 30 minutes on the elliptical, I busted out the first lower body routine:
I’m also excited to bust out my new shoes this morning, and every time I look down, I get all giddy. It’s amazing how awesome footwear can take the grossness right out of a Monday morning. 🙂
With that in mind, it’s time for the Healthy Diva Eats weekly link-up: Marvelous in My Monday! This week’s MIMM contribution is something I’ve been thinking about for a long time — and to say the least, I’m really excited about it.
As with any long-ish story, the best place to start is at the beginning:
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved hearing peoples’ stories. I love hearing about their experiences, the lessons they’ve learned, and how they’ve lived their lives. I’ll pour over the blog entries of people I’ve never met, simply because their stories are fascinating. I obsessively read human interest stories in the news, because, well, humans are really interesting. If it’s a personal story that resonates with me, I dive right in and read until my eyes hurt.
A few months ago, I was thinking about what jobs I’ve liked and disliked over the years. One job stands out as being the undisputed champion of this little mental competition: the two summers I spent as a writing intern when I was in college.
I was writing for a small college’s alumni magazine, so they let me have far more responsibility than an intern in a larger setting would ever dream of having. I got to conduct interviews, co-author articles, and be totally immersed in the world of writing. I adored it. I remember repeatedly thinking to myself “I can’t believe I’m getting paid to interview people, hear their stories, and then to write. An institution is giving me actual money to do what I love! This is amazing!”
This past summer, I was reading Whitney Johnson’s Dare, Dream, Do while on the Metro. In it, she discusses the idea of interviewing one’s role models — and in one of those classic “booming-clap-of-thunder-while-a-lightbulb-flashes-overhead” moments, my earlier mental meanderings about my favorite job collided with the words I’d just read. I knew I wanted to interview interesting people and write about their stories and experiences.
Naturally, the next question was, “Ok, so who would I interview and write about?”
The answer occurred to me, like, .05 seconds later: I want to write about women who are inspiring, but accessibly so (i.e., not famous). Normal, down-to-earth women who pursue their dreams and goals, even if it’s scary or difficult. Women who listen to their hearts and do what’s right for them, even if it means leaving stable jobs or breaking out of less than fantastic relationships. Women who’ve learned a lot from their experiences, and whose stories would help inspire others to pursue their dreams and live the lives they’ve imagined.
A handful of friends immediately came to mind as people I’d like to interview: some who left unfulfilling but stable jobs to pursue careers that make them happy, one who’s burned the midnight oil while pursuing her dream of writing a novel, and one who has turned her life around in the course of a year.
As a bit of background here, I think many women are really scared of pursuing their dreams. It usually involves going down a path fraught with uncertainty, fear of rejection and failure, and concerns about what, exactly, it takes to pursue big dreams and goals. By interviewing women who have taken huge leaps of faith in order to pursue their dreams, I hope to provide women with real-life, accessible role models who can provide guidance, wisdom, and insight into the process of pursuing your dreams.
I’ll be publishing their interviews with the Inspirational Women tag, and the first one will go up tomorrow. Once I start posting the interviews, feel free to leave these amazing people some love in the comments section!