I've been a really bad blogger lately, and it's because I've been busy living and not necessarily wanting to blog! "Independence Day" was a song I loved when I was little; although the message is pretty sad underneath the pretty vocals of Martina McBride! Given it's July 4th it seemed only fitting for a title. :)
Let freedom ring, let the white dove sing
Let the whole world know that today
Is a day of reckoning.
Let the weak be strong, let the right be wrong
Roll the stone away, let the guilty pay
It's Independence Day.
Guys, it's July!
Crazy isn't it? One of my favorite quotes is by Gretchen Rubin: “The days are long but the years are short”.
Some days feel SO long because there's just so much to get done; then you look at the calendar and holy mackerel… the year is half gone. How did that happen? It happened in between PowerPoint presentations and sweaty classes and new friendships and attempts at finding love and cute selfies and group texts and laughter and tears. It's been a busy 6 months and I don't see things slowing down anytime soon!
I had some big goals to achieve this year and I'm happy to say I'm progressing quite nicely on most of them!
Obtain Financial Freedom - I am down to one credit card AND have more than I've ever had on my savings account! Yay!! I've also been able to use my credit card that I earn points on for planned purchases and pay it right off which means I actually have this spending problem under control. That's honestly the best feeling!
Hit Goal Weight - I've had a few setbacks along the way with injuries (neck, knee) but I've made it under 300 pounds which was a HUGE milestone and I can't wait to drop my next 100 pounds. When you start out over 500 pounds it's hard to fathom feeling accomplished to be 291, but I DO feel accomplished! I've also increased my muscle and am happy to say heavy lifting is way more fun and badass than I EVER realized! On the days when progress seems soooo slow I find myself doing something like buying a smaller size shirt in a store or owning a move in TRX and I know I'm on the right track. I'm like the little engine that could (and my ghetto booty is the caboose! Ha.).
Find Future Husband - he's not here yet and that's okay, I'm learning what to compare him to and figuring out who I want to be once I meet him. I'm also not just sitting around looking cute, I'm out there out of my comfort zone knowing that the universe will bring what I need when I'm ready. (I actually sound so fucking Zen don't I? Honestly dating has been extremely exhausting and I've had my fair share of meltdowns but really, no one I've met to date was right for me so he must still be out there! More on dating later this week!).
Seek adventures big and small- I've certainly pushed myself out of my routines but also realized I kinda love a routine. I love that my smoothie guy at Whole Foods knows I like extra lime juice in my green smoothie, I love that the owner of my gym always has a smart ass joke when I see him and I love being a "regular" at so many places from my breakfast joint to my favorite cafe. However, I've decided I need to mix things up a little more so I have a summer bucket list and I've been crafting a vacation to do list for my trip this fall. Baby steps!
I'm excited to see where the next 6 months take me and as always will be focused on both the goals and the lessons.
Happy 4th! Enjoy fireworks / bbqs / friends and most importantly, enjoy where you are in this moment (even if it might not be where you want to be) and recognize the beauty in possibility.