Anyone in a long-distance relationship could probably relate to this photo. 😉 Valentines Day and you’re hundreds or thousands of miles away from each other, your tenuous link at the mercy of technology.
First, a tiny review of my 2016 Personal Theme, which is Live Boldly. Was I able to apply it in real life? Well, not exactly all the time, but where it counts, then YES. I felt that I was able to do more things that made me happy. My solo travel pushed through (though I have yet to blog about it) and I was able to go more or less everywhere I intended to go. I learned new things and [literally] drove further out of my [literal] comfort zone (thank you Waze!). I generally don’t give a damn what others say right from the start, and I’m happy that that still holds up to now.
Now, my 2015 and 2016 personal themes were quite contradictory, what with one calling for less and the other for more. So this coming year, my personal theme would be kinda derived from the two. From one pole to the opposite, I now want temperance and moderation between the two. And that is why on 2017, I will strive for BALANCE.
There are a lot of things I want to achieve and do in the coming months, and I know that a lot of them would require some sacrifice one way or another; delayed gratitude, if you will. Something I am not exactly good at, and so I have to work hard for. Trips and experiences won’t pay for themselves, and that’s on top of the groceries, bills, tuition, etc. Time must be managed wisely, not just squandered on frivolity and narcissistic pursuits. You know the drill. Work hard so I can play hard as well. if not harder.
So I have been using a tiny generic planner for the last two years now. And even with the cramped space, I find that I still have quite a lot of gaping blank spaces all over the planner. Most entries are just the usual events like birthdays and holidays, and then book and movie releases, and then the occasional coffee date or two with friends. I live an utterly boring life, I know. So there’s really no sensible reason to upgrade to another kind of planner.
BUT. Starbucks Philippines released their 2017 planners and I fell in love with the Siren planner, uneventful life be damned. I mean, just look at this beauty. 😍
(Photo from COLOR Manila RUN FB page)
Things finally clicked into place and so I finally, excitedly, registered for the event, along with my good friend Bonz. I opted to go for the Rockstar race kit because I wanted the singlet and towel. And because yeah, I am so gonna rock this run! 😀
But instead of pushing myself hard and going for the 10k run, I decided to be sensible and just do 5k since I’ll be driving us both home after. So wouldn’t want to drive when I’m about to crash from exhaustion. Safety first, right? 😉
So yeah, I guess this means 5k runs are getting easier for my body to take. Progress. Hell yeah. \m/_
I started joining fun runs at the ripe age of 29 and my first event was a mere 3k non-competitive run. And here is my daughter, all of 4 years and 8 months, already finished with her first fun run last Saturday–and a 5k run at that. And the icing on cake would have to be her being awarded as the event’s Youngest Runner! #proudMommy moment right there. 😀
I’d like to believe that by starting her young on sports, she’d grow up better, a more well-rounded person. After all, sports do not enhance only the physical, but the mental and emotional as well. And hopefully, instill in her some much-needed discipline as well.
No medal or Finisher’s shirt, only the feeling of pride and accomplishment at having finished at all despite the odds (first 10k run, no practice, no breakfast, only a couple hours of sleep). Am I doing this again? Yes. But not that soon. Gimme a month or two more to recuperate and I’d make this sacrifice again. ????
I have more or less decided who I’ll be voting for. If (and that’s a big IF) polls can be trusted and are indicative of who’ll win, then there’s a huge possibility of having Duterte as our next President. And I don’t have a problem with that. But I’ll leave the vote counts to his hardcore supporters. They have the numbers and the force for that.