Finding Inspiration

I’ve been following a lot of people on blogs, twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and via their podcasts for quite some time. I have been inspired by so many of their stories that this morning I want to share some of those inspiring people I follow.

So here it goes…

Travelcorx. As many of you know, Corinne Whiting aka Travelcorx is one of my best friends. We have known each other since Kindergarten. We refer to each other as life long friends, soul sistas, and consider ourselves to be members of the sensitive souls tribe. What I admire about Corinne and her writing is that it is so honest and real. About 4 years ago she decided to quit her full time job in Washington, DC and move out to Seattle, WA to become a freelance writer. She took a chance and she would be the first to admit that it was hard. Many doubted her decision. What about her 401K? Savings? Retirement? Healthcare? And she doubted it as well, BUT what I LOVE LOVE LOVE is that she followed her heart and her dream. Her day to day inspires me greatly. She has worked so hard to become a freelance writer and I receive emails, daily, that say how thankful and busy she is with projects. If you are looking for a blog to read that provides an honest insight into the day to day of an extraordinary freelance writer, check her out at Weave Your Story.

Early Bird Fitness. Another friend (yes I am promoting friends first), who has really inspired me lately is Kyla. She is an avid runner and is taking on her first Marathon. I have been following her Marathon journey on her blog, Early Bird Fitness and what inspires me greatly is that she is taking the Marathon training on all.by.herself!!! Insane right? I have trained for two marathons and have had to have the support of my group in order to make it through some of the long training runs. Kyla is making it happen solo. There wasn’t a training group scheduled for her Marathon event so she decided to lead the Frontrunners Half Marathon group and then tack on extra mileage after each run. Amazing. I am so proud of what she has accomplished in her running and I have no doubt she is going to kick ass in Ottawa in May. If you are a runner, or someone who is inspired by fitness stories you should check her out at Early Bird Fitness.

Rich Roll and Julie Piatt. I just came across the Rich Roll podcast via listening to the Good Life Project interview with his wife Julie Piatt. Their new book The Plant Power Way is coming out next week and I pre-ordered a copy. Rich Roll is an ultra athlete and he and his wife have been plant based eaters for years. Their recipes sound amazing and I am really looking forward to adding some new recipes to our daily meals. We went back to eating meat in January and since then I just haven’t felt awesome. I miss the plant based diet and I think what resulted in my change back to meat was my lack of interest in cooking. I needed a fresh start with a new set of recipes and I am hopeful that this new cookbook will set me on track. If you are interested in reading about Rich and Julie’s lifestyle  you can check them out at: Rich Roll’s website or listen to his podcast.

I have many more inspiring podcasts and blogs to share, but for now you can tuck into these and let me know your thoughts. If you have ones you would like to share, let me know! I’m always on the hunt for new inspirations.

Side note:  if you are running the TC 10K on the weekend in Victoria, BC I will be running as well! Looking forward to getting back into events after the accident.

Finding my inner kid-self …

Last week I was at a good friend’s wedding and at the end of the evening we were talking about running.  She had a beam of light over her face, a full smile, and was giggling as she talked about running.

She said “Running is SO FUN! It makes me feel like a kid again.”

I gave a small smile and thought “Well, isn’t that nice…. certainly not the feeling I have when I run.”

This conversation took place pre- Sunday running group, before I had found my pace group and before I had bonded with the 4:15 group.  When I left her house, I felt a strange sense of jealousy- a pang in my heart that screamed I WANT THAT!  I want to feel like a kid again.  I want to radiate joy from every pore in my body and beam as I go about doing the things I want to do versus the things I should do.

Fortunately, for me, last Sunday morning ignited my inner kid spark.  I ran with the 4:15 group, we chatted as we ran and I actually enjoyed every step.  The same was true yesterday.  I loved the 16km run we did together.  For the first time in a LONG time I actually ran up a huge hill, versus stopping half way, catching my breath and cursing the very road I ran on.

It’s a bit strange how coincidental my last week has been.  The universe is screaming at me to really examine things in life.  I am trying to determine what it is that makes me feel full of life, to bring that kid sense into my daily life, and  to bring that into my career.

For example- I had this conversation with my friend (as noted above) about having that inner child feeling again.  On Wed. I was evaluating that conversation again and found a picture of myself as a 3 year old- wearing my spiderman t-shirt, Mr. Potato head glasses, and a red purse around my shoulder.  I posted this picture as my Facebook profile picture.

I want to remind myself  of my quirky-ness, uniqueness, and how it felt to be 3 years old.  On this same day, I received an email from a friend to attend a free workshop put on by life coach, Karen McMullen.  I attended the workshop last night and I was fully present throughout the entire session.  Karen is a tremendous facilitator and I absolutely loved learning about what she calls the Genius Zone (see Karen’s website for more details).  Karen also made the (coincidental) connection about being and living in your inner 5-year-old self!?  Wasn’t that exactly what my friend said at her wedding and what I had thought about ALL WEEK!?  Amazing really.

Karen said that as a 5-year-old we didn’t hit the snooze button when the alarm went off, we didn’t trudge our way to Kindergarten and go through the motions of the day, and we didn’t return home to just slump on the couch.  In fact, if YOUR 5-year-old was exhibiting these signs, you would most likely take him/her directly to a Psychologist.  Yet, as an adult we equate exhaustion with a full day,  sign that we had a busy day at work and deserve the break- in many ways we see this as NORMAL. However, Karen pointed out that our bodies are NOT meant to be exhausted.  We are meant to feel energized, awakened, excited, and curious.

Karen continued to point out that when we find the qualities and things that we love to do, that give us our passion imprint, the act of doing becomes effortless.  We are in the “zone”, eager, curious, excited, and connecting with our inner 5 year old spirit.  This connection with my inner 5 year old has recently been found in running- or more so the connection I have with others as I run.  As I continue to evaluate my 2010 goals I start to see that connecting with others while doing the things that bring me joy is perhaps where I need to start and ensure that my inner 5 year old is present in the choices I make each day.

Karen is hosting an upcoming (Thurs Feb 4th) tele-seminar relaying similar content but in a shorter format (only one hour, instead of two) : Here is the link to the event on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-BC/Karen-McMullen-Life-Coaching/129397996368#/event.php?eid=438620685440&index=1

friday inspiration

I’m constantly finding new sources of inspiration- for work, home, life, artistically(is that even a word?!), and athletically.  As we are heading to Penticton this weekend to watch, cheer and be incredibly inspired by amazing triathletes at Ironman Canada, I thought my “friday inspiration” would focus on Ironman athletes:
Iron Jane

Ironman Canada– August 30, 2009: Jane takes on Ironman and we made shirts to cheer her on!!

See Jane Swim, See Jane Bike, See Jane Run

What are your sources of inpsiration? [post them in the comments area]