random acts of kindness

Today, I deactivated my Facebook account temporarily.  I realized posts on my Newsfeed becoming more and more negative and my time on the site increasing and thought I needed a major cleanse from all the chaos.  It was becoming unhealthy for my mentality and just such an unnecessary presence in my life.  I needed to take myself away from the negativity that people spread on a daily basis and remind myself that there is positive in every situation.

With that in mind, I browsed for inspiration, for reminders that people are good and that negativity is not in the majority.

I found this through the Huffington Post:

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Reddit user Braffination posted this photo of a man letting someone sleep on his shoulder on the Q train in New York City one day.  Though the Jewish man was asked by another passenger if he wanted to wake the man up, he insisted they let him sleep, as he probably had a long day.

THIS IS WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT.

Amongst all of the people who complain about the little things that happen on a daily basis, all the people who bring others down and point fingers, there are people like this man who had genuine concern for the stranger sitting next to him.

People sometimes rule.

Do something nice for someone this week; make a stranger’s day. xx

thanks.

So, I promised a bit of thanks this week, and I will deliver!

For this month, I think it is important to reflect on the things I am thankful for, because I so often dwell on negativity.  Not today!

Free People posted on their blog yesterday this image with a quote from my favorite author, Jack Kerouac:

There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.

Their post focused on looking forward, always remembering that there are places to go, new things to try, adventures to be had.

This inspired me to write on my own favorite Kerouac quote:

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Yes, I am thankful for the ability to see the world, for adventure, for love, for spontaneity, for nature.

But most of all, I am thankful for creativity.  For inspiration.  For writing.

Any creative outlet is something to be thankful for.  The ability to express oneself is one of the best things for spiritual health.

Reading, writing, dancing, drawing – they all allow us to be in touch with a spiritual side and to reflect on things that go over our heads during nonstop work days or dull classes.  It is just as important to overall health as running or fueling your body with healthy food or stretching.

Creativity is vital for the heart of my soul.

Have an exciting week xx

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I’m sure you had a pretty similar Facebook News Feed to mine this weekend, with over 30,000 women from around the world sharing their experiences from the 10th Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco.

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I have always said that a half marathon is out of reach for me, that people who run that much have to be crazy; but, something sparked in me this weekend as I looked through pictures of my peers crossing the finish line after 13.1 inspirational miles…

aaaaaaand….

I have officially started my training for a half marathon!

I searched the date for the Hollywood Half Marathon, downloaded the Map My Run Training app on my phone, laced up my bright pink running shoes and raced off…

for 15 minutes.

Yes, it was a very anticlimactic start, but I have not been this motivated about something in a very long time.  I do run regularly, about 3 miles 3 times a week, but I have always been okay with that being my limit.  I am ready to push past that and be able to say that I can run 13 miles without stopping.  It is good for my health and overall fitness, and the mental resurgence it has given me in just a few days has been amazing!

Let’s just hope it lasts.

What are you doing for your health right now? Any new fitness goals or just goals in general?? If not, I highly recommend forcing some motivation into your life.  A positive attitude does the soul wonders!

Until next week. xx

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