Plant Impossible Dreams

Four years ago, I decided on January 1stthat I was going to accomplish something “impossible” that year. Up to that point, I’d never been a runner. I’d barely accomplished the 100-yard dash in elementary school, and that was only because we were required to attempt it as part of the Presidential Physical Fitness Test. (God bless the 1980’s.) Running a half marathon was the closest thing to impossible that I could imagine, especially as I had friends at the time who were all constantly training for “this Half Mary”, or “that race” in some exotic location, or simply wanted to “be ready” in case a “fun” Half showed up. (Be ready? For what? The apocalypse?  This seemed like utter nonsense to me. Who trains to run 13.1 miles on a whim, just in case? I had weird friends.)

Thus, I embarked on this impossible goal, set up a training schedule, and I stuck to it through heat, snow, rain, wind, and shin splints. I was not fast, but that was ok with me, my goal was simply to finish, and to “run” the whole thing – no walking. I trained for 18 weeks, and at the end, I ran 13.1 miles without stopping. It was amazing, exhilarating, I was proud, and I was completely surprised at my own abilities.

The day before I ran my race, I received a plant and a beautiful note delivered to my door. It was from a friend who simply said, “Congratulations on making your goal, you’re going to do great.” I was so touched that someone would celebrate my impossibility with me! I loved that plant and what it symbolized – the work, the effort, the daring to dream, the follow-through, and finally, the tenacity to do the impossible. Every time I looked at it, I thought about how I went from not believing in myself to accomplishing more than I ever gave myself credit for.

Historically, I have not been a good plant keeper, I water plants too much, I water them too little, I put the ones that are supposed to be in shade in the brightest room, I put ones that need sun in my cave of a den.  Suffice to say, I am generally a plant killer rather than a nurturer, and I even manage to kill the ones that are supposed to be hearty and un-killable. Yet, this plant has survived. Nay, not just survived, it has grown and thrived and continues to flower. This plant that symbolized impossibilities realized, is an impossibility itself, a testimony to overcoming impossibilities. Yesterday, I transplanted that plant into a new pot, one where it can stretch out and keep growing, and when I look at that plant now, I find myself asking what impossible thing I am going to attempt next.  #NeverSettle #ImpossibleContainsPossible #KeepGrowingBecome

Committed to Healthy Living

A commitment to healthy living is more than just a diet or commitment to exercise; a commitment to healthy living means to do, act, and be as healthy as you can be.  It is not, or should not be, a set of rules that you chain yourself to, at the cost of your own sanity.  For some, rules can be helpful, and for others, rules feel like the ultimate test of winning and losing – follow the rules, you are successful, miss the mark even once and you have failed completely.

I believe a commitment to healthy living should be more like what’s described in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl on the subject of the Code of the Brethren.  Upon being chastised for what he should or should not do, Captain Barbosa says, “…the Code is more what you’d call “guidelines” than actual rules. Welcome to the Black Pearl, Miss Turner.”  Well said, for a pirate, I think.  It’s the principle of the matter – guidelines are good, and often necessary, but they aren’t written in stone or blood.  Know your guidelines and then move on, get on with the business of living.

The fact is, you can’t just eat whatever you want, whenever you want, as much as you want, without exercising.  Doing that for one day might not hurt you, but a lifestyle of that behavior will affect your health and wellness.  At some point, the calories, the fats, sugars, and sedentary living will catch up with you in the form of higher weight, decreased sleep patterns, skin problems, joint pain, or loss of energy to name a few. Healthy living is about making and owning your conscious choices. Healthy living also means taking your whole life into consideration – the wellness of your body, mind, soul, and spirit.  Healthy living is not restrictive – it’s liberating because it takes the whole of the person into consideration.  It is the balance of needs and desires, it is where I want to meet myself, it is balancing in order to thrive and not just survive in this world.

I am committed to living out Healthy in the coming year. A healthy body that is intentional about the nutrients and fuel I give myself, and the exercise I do. I will choose to move on a daily basis, not just because it’s good for my body, but because it’s also good for my soul and well-being. I will engage my mind in new endeavors, new topics, new books, and new skills. I will keep writing. I will care for my soul by allowing myself to have space and grace, I will continue to find stillness and quiet times that allow my spirit to refresh.  I love people, and I love spending time with them, but I also know that for me to be in my best possible place in life, I have to have my own downtime.

Do you know what you need to maintain a healthy balance in your life?  Do you need more social interaction with community? Do you need to allow yourself more downtime?  Do you know what fills up your soul and ignites passion in your life?  Have you thought about what foods truly make you feel good to be alive?  When you know the guidelines for your own life, you have a blueprint for your own healthy living.  Join me. #LiveIntentionally