Training For A Half Marathon Taught Me These 3 Things About Living Fully

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My running buddy, best friend, and roomie.

One of the most significant times I ever failed at something in a way that hurt was my senior year of undergrad.

I’d been running for months to train for the Colonial Half Marathon, a race held annually in my college town. All the most active people who weren’t otherwise playing a varsity sport ran the Colonial Half. Lots of girls I looked up to had run it in years past, and I desperately wanted to be one of them.

Running a half marathon meant more to me than finishing the Colonial Half, though. Continue reading “Training For A Half Marathon Taught Me These 3 Things About Living Fully”

Two-Month Wrap-Up: Published Poems, Half Marathons, & Protests

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Hellloooo there, faithful TN7 readers! Welcome back. I went on a lil unannounced hiatus. And it was unannounced because I didn’t really plan it and didn’t really realize it was going to happen until it was already happening. Continue reading “Two-Month Wrap-Up: Published Poems, Half Marathons, & Protests”

Winter 2016-2017 Bucket List!

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Goodness gracious, time has FLOWN. It seems like just yesterday I posted my Fall 2016 bucket list, and now I’m already gearing up for winter.

Winter doesn’t teeeeccchhhnically start until December 22, but like, let’s be real. We all know as soon as December hits, it’s winter. Get with the program, official calendars.

I’ve been thinking a ton about what I want to include on my winter bucket list. I had a few setbacks for items on my fall bucket list, so I’d like to revive those and give them another go-around. I do really want to accomplish those items I wasn’t able to complete before, but time constraints inhibited me from going at them full-throttle. I forgave myself for it though.

Items off my Fall 2016 bucket list that will be making an appearance in my Winter 2016-2017 bucket list include writing one poem every other day (#6 on the fall list, #5 on the winter list) and submitting a piece of writing to a literary journal twice a month (#7 on the fall list, #6 on the winter list).

I’m also planning to continue building off of items I was able to complete on my Fall 2016 bucket list. For example, I was able to train for a half marathon as part of my fall goals, and this winter I’d like to continue training and eventually run a half in January.

Similarly, I took a Spanish class during the fall, and I’m going to take another one this winter. Hopefully I’ll get even more fluent in the past tense, which was one of my aspirations last season.

I’m going to be pulling from my long-term bucket list, too. This will finally be the year that I spend New Years Eve in Times Square (#82). I’m really excited for that, because it’s been on my list for a reeaaaallly long time, and this is my chance!

Other things coming up off my long-term bucket list include doing one act of kindness every day for a year (#18) and protesting for something I truly care about (#17), which I feel is pretty appropriate lately considering the political climate.

As far as the length of the list goes, I know it’s a bit shorter this time. Honestly, I’m not worried about that.

At first I was like, Hey, this list is kinda short. Maybe I need to add some more stuff to it. And then I was like, No, that’s stupid. I don’t want to add more to the list just because I feel it’s too short. I only want to make goals I actually want to achieve.

So here it is! My short lil Winter 2016-2017 bucket list! Let’s do this thang.

Winter 2016-2017 Bucket List (December – February)

  1. Spend New Years Eve in Times Square
  2. Run a half marathon (without stopping!)
  3. Take a Spanish class
  4. Gain more confidence in my Spanish-speaking abilities
  5. Write a poem every other day
  6. Submit one piece of writing twice a month to literary publications
  7. Protest for something I truly care about
  8. Throw an epic party
  9. Go ice skating at Rockefeller Center or Bryant Park
  10. Check out a Free Friday at the Knitting Factory
  11. Participate in the No-Pants Subway Ride…or at least go see it. 🙂

Did you cross off any bucket list items this fall? What’s on your bucket list for the winter? I’d love to hear all about it!

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Weekly Wrap-Up: Comedy Shows, Plane Tickets, & Finding Peace

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Haaaaaapppy Friday friends! Technically I have Fridays off so it’s already my weekend, and I’m more than thrilled. My plans for today are to take a really long run and to spend time with Kemp’s family – they get into NYC this morning for a quick visit. It’s their first time in the city so I’m super excited to watch them explore all the best sites!

This week went by super fast. Did anyone else feel that way? I feel like last Friday was just yesterday.

This week, I… Continue reading “Weekly Wrap-Up: Comedy Shows, Plane Tickets, & Finding Peace”

Weekly Wrap-Up: Half Marathons, Creative Writing, and Spontaneity

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Isn’t the back of my roommate’s head so pretty? It’s even cuter from the front.

It’s been a while since I did one of these, hasn’t it?! Okay, so I actually only skipped one week so I could post my Fall 2016 Bucket List last Saturday, but it feels like it’s been a long time.

These past few weeks have been full of adventures and quite the whirlwind of experiences! I feel like I’ve stuffed every day with activities – just a look at my planner will tell you all about it. But I’ve been abundantly excited about life lately, and I think that’s the point. I know when I’m living fully I’m living joyfully, feeling in-step with what I’m supposed to do. That’s what makes life worthwhile.

Anyway, in the last two weeks I… Continue reading “Weekly Wrap-Up: Half Marathons, Creative Writing, and Spontaneity”

Fall 2016 Bucket List!

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Some friends from college and I at the brightest corn maze of all time.

I know, I know. Fall doesn’t technically begin until September 22. But since classes started up for me this week, it’s basically fall in my mind. Plus, I completed my summer 2016 bucket list a while ago and would like some new goals to strive for.

I’ve been mulling over what to put on my fall bucket list for a few weeks now, and to be honest I’m still not fully satisfied with what I’ve come up with. I feel it’s not ambitious enough. I feel I can be doing more with my time. This list as it stands seems too easy to accomplish.

But I honestly don’t know of any other goals I’d like to add on this list right now, so I’m just going to give myself space to add new bucket list items when it’s appropriate.

Some of my biggest goals are to run a half marathon, write a poem every other day, and submit a piece of writing to a publication every two weeks. Those are big goals for me, especially because they’re both things I’ve failed at before.

But not this time! I’m going to stay accountable to achieving them and putting in the work necessary to succeed.

So, here we are! Let me know if there’s anything you think I should consider adding!

Fall 2016 Bucket List (short-term list, September – November)

  1. Train for a half marathon
  2. Take a Spanish class
  3. Learn how to speak in the past tense in Spanish without really thinking about it
  4. Hike a mountain and/or camp
  5. Go on a weekend trip away
  6. Write a poem every other day
  7. Submit one piece of writing to a publication twice a month
  8. Watch a New York Film Festival showing (tickets on sale Sept. 1)
  9. Attend Atlantic Antic (September 25)
  10. See a ballet
  11. Enjoy the Thompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade
  12. Go apple picking
  13. Catch a rooftop movie
  14. Meander through the Queens County Farm museum
  15. Continue active involvement in the fight for racial justice
  16. Do one thing that scares me every day for a month

I’d love to hear from you! Whats on your bucket list this fall?

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