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Where Have You Gone Naturally Angela?

What feels like not so long ago, I wrote a blog post about ideas on becoming more consistent in my blogging. Then, I looked at my blog, and before I knew it, months had passed. Again.

So here I sit starting to write this, and realizing it’s not that I don’t have things to write about, or amazing goings on in my life, it’s that I’m busy living my life. And, my loyal (but few) followers, it’s not that I don’t love and appreciate you. I most certainly do. However, I’m still figuring out how I prioritize everything in my life, and realizing that that in itself is an ever-evolving and changing cycle.

What is going on, you ask? So so much. Work is amazing and busy and fun. I’m traveling to D.C. to meet with legislators next month, organizing three amazing fundraising events this year, working with our constituents and offering programs for those in the community.

My man and I moved in together in December, YAY! I absolutely love waking up to him every morning. Shortly after that, his position at work was eliminated. Stressful? You bet. But, he is on to bigger and better things, and I am excited to watch him grow.

My running and fitness life? Well…. WOW! 2016 has started off wonderfully! I had a wonderful time, and good race times in Disneyland for the Star Wars Rebel Challenge, despite a sinus infection, a great time (running and visiting) at Surf City, am about to conquer the Hot Chocolate 15k tomorrow morning, and Disney World Star Wars Dark Side Challenge in April. Outside of that, some amazing companies have selected me to be an ambassador of their brand. To date: Nuun Hydration, Alii Sport, Honey Stinger, and Wiivv Wearables, with others on the horizon. I have also joined and been paired with my buddy, Hope, in the Who I Run 4 program. I had an article published in Girls Gone Sporty on breaking up with your workout.

My past work? three, THREE of the articles I was a co-author on have been published in professional journals. WOW! I am most proud of the article on perceived economic strain on child BMI in The Journal of Family and Economic Issues. That one, that one is my baby.

With all this going on, I spend my non-work hours exercising, playing with my dog, spending time with friends, and absolutely spending time with my love doing fun things like fencing, or trying new recipes, debating politics, or just watching TV.

So, to be completely, honest, when I have downtime and I have the choice between writing blogs or curling up on the couch with my love, my pup, and re-runs of Parks & Rec, I’m choosing the latter. And, I am realizing, that is perfectly ok.

I will still be blogging, but right now, am choosing to not set a strict schedule. This helps me feel less obligated, and less like a failure when it doesn’t happen, and for me, allows my creativity to naturally happen. Besides, I am very active on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Follow me there, and you will miss nothing! I am working on redesigning/organizing my Pinterest land and becoming active on Periscope. I will still be able to share my love of life and running with all of you, but now I won’t have to fight with writer’s block. Besides, there are tons of pics of my adorable dog… so of course you want to see those!

See you all very soon! I am actually working on a post on my experience at the Nevada caucus. If you’ve never participated in one, you will want to check that out.

…live well, be amazing!

How I’ve Changed in the Last Two Years

I touched on some of this in my reintroduction post. But well, 2013, 2014, and 2015 have truly helped redefine me. First, a quick recap of 2013, which will help in understanding 2014 and 2015.

In 2013 I decided to run 13 half marathons… then through in the mix, a sprint triathlon. The training was time consuming. The time alone with myself, was eye opening. I learned a lot about myself, my priorities and what is important to me. I also lost my grandfather, my best friend that year. He had been sick for a while, but that didn’t make losing him any easier. Towards the end of 2013, I realized I wasn’t happy in my marriage. I did complete my running goals.

In the beginning of 2014 my marriage ended. I sold my house and moved. I changed jobs, traveled to 3 cities in 2 weeks for work, brother’s wedding, and work. I chaired the annual Komen race as a volunteer. All before the first week in May. After that, I crashed. Then, I slowly started to regroup. I spent more time with friends, I didn’t make fitness a priority although it should have been. I just focused on finding peace and happiness and learning a new job. I started learning and practicing self-care. I spent lots of time with my pup.

Then, I stumbled into my greatest love. We both agree we weren’t looking for what we have when we met, but, as soon as we met, we knew we belonged together and our lives would never be the same again.

Work remained busy. I still worked very part time with my old job finishing up a research project and the papers associated with it.

On to 2015… hoping for a calmer year, we spent New Year’s Eve on the strip and then, the whirlwinds began. Right into a fundraising event for work, edits on papers for publication, living life and reigniting the fitness part of my life. I ran the Star Wars Rebel Challenge in January and Surf City in February.

Summer hit, and 2 new events were added to my plate at work, final edits for papers… and life didn’t slow down. Now, events are over for 2015, and we are right into programs, and 2016 events! Two of my 4 papers have been accepted for publication, YAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!! And, life is amazing!!! I spent some great time with my brother this summer as well. Ran another half in October, and set a PR at an 11k event.

My BF is now joining me in fitness and running, which makes life easier… and, to keep things busy, we are moving at the end of November!!!!

So… how have I changed… I have grown exponentially. I have become patient, kind, and focused on happiness. I have realized life is too short for drama and negativity. I spend time with those that are important to me, focus on my health and happiness. I make time for fun, and always make time for myself. I have embraced natural health, making my own cleaning supplies, essential oils and foods to keep me happy and healthy with fewer chemicals. I am refocusing my fitness and running goals, prioritizing my health. Increasing my racing, and falling in love with running again.

Well… that’s my last two years… and here I am!! Next time: 10 Facts About Me and 5 Things I Can’t Live Without.

Happy Friday! I AM BACK!!

Wow. It’s been almost a year since I blogged. Ouch. I guess life really did take over. I have missed this blog. I have thought of blogging often… then, a free moment happens, and well, playing with my dog, spending time with my love or my friends, seems to take precedence. Always. But, as I’ve said, I’ve missed blogging. So, I am working to restart the blog. Prepare better. To start, I am going to reintroduce myself.

Hello! My name is Angela… and well, from when I started this blog until today… I have grown and changed. So… who am I? I am 41 years old. I am an eastern PA transplant loving life in Las Vegas. I work in non-profit helping others. I am a runner. I am a girlfriend, a friend, a dog mom, a sister, a daughter. I enjoy yoga and working out. I love to cook and try new foods. I love Star Wars, Doctor Who, the Wizard of Oz, Buffy, Firefly… and well, am a nerd at heart. I enjoy hiking a mountain as much as I do curling up on my couch with a good book or some good TV. I have learned it’s the simple things in life that truly matter, and to take good care of myself.

My last few years have been a roller coaster. I switched jobs to one I truly love and feel at home in. Two of the research papers I worked on in my previous job were approved for publication in professional journals. I had a marriage end, sold a house, moved, found myself again, reclaimed my happiness. Found an amazing, one of a kind love. And it’s only getting better! I am moving again in 17 days (but to be honest, it’s the same building, just a bigger apartment!! EEK! (I should start packing). My job is growing and changing and keeps me on my toes. I love every minute of the chaos.

I can honestly say, that life in my 40s is truly amazing. I have found myself, my strength, my happiness… and work to make sure all of that continues to grow.

I run regularly… I race less often, but enjoy running, enjoy spending time out on the road with friends or my boyfriend (who is totally becoming a runner!!). We live in a great neighborhood with plenty of fun routes to run. I do yoga intermittently, and try to become more consistent with this. I have found some other workouts: combat fitness, HIIT, and resistance bands that I keep in the mix.

Cooking is one of my favorite things… and you will learn more about my favorite recipes soon!

So… welcome back to the blog about my life! My goal is to blog a minimum of once a week!!

Thank you for reading…

~live well, be amazing

Monday Happy Hour

As a new addition to my blog I will be writing a weekly Monday Happy Hour post… where I will share my wrap up of the week, highs/lows, plans for the weekend, etc. Because as much as I need coffee on Mondays, a post Monday drink is also nice. So… grab your favorite cocktail and settle in.

If we were at happy hour, I would tell you that my week was exhausting. We got back Sunday from Disneyland’s Star Wars race weekend and I relaxed most of Monday. As you have read, I have been dealing with a hip issue, so finally had the MRI on the hip Tuesday. On Wednesday, another doctor’s appointment for a different issue, which hasn’t yielded any results, but plenty of frustrations. I am not a fan of holding patterns.

At happy hour I would also tell you that work is very busy but in a positive way, I work for the National MS Society and our annual Walk MS event is coming up so I am busy getting participants, donations, sponsors, etc. I love the busy. But I am also terrified it won’t be a success.

I would also tell you that I miss my best friends… for some reason this week I just really wish I had them near me.

Then, I would tell you that my workouts are going… ok. I could be doing better, I could be running more days, but this week was mentally draining, so it was mostly yoga and walking my dog. I will catch up on core and upper body workouts this weekend! This coming month I am trying a Tabata program, Class Pass in Las Vegas, on top of my normal workouts. This will be fun and adventurous!

I would also tell you that I am excited for Huntington Beach/Surf City Half Marathon this weekend. It’s my third year running it which moves me to Legacy status and this past year, I was an ambassador for them! This event is one of my all-time favorite courses. Which reminds me that I need to finish my Star Wars race recap ASAP!

I would tell you that we celebrated the retirement of my former boss, mentor and great friend… I love that lady so much, and to celebrate this new chapter in her life was such an honor.

Lastly, I would tell you that I LOVE my new personalized planner I received from Plum Paper (on Etsy). I chose the family planner, which gave me seven rows I could label however I wanted. I picked: Work, Personal, Social Media, Workouts, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. A great way to manage my tasks, meals and workouts! I also ordered the blog section to help keep me organized there!

Oh! And I would suddenly remember that it’s almost the end of January and I am still not done with my first book in my monthly book club. Best get on reading “You’re A Badass”.

So… at happy hour, what would you tell me? How was your week and weekend? What do you have planned for this week?