Friday, June 18, 2010

Beautiful Women

Hello! :)
Yesterday I tried on bathing suits. Nothing in the sizes I've worn before fit me. Nothing in the next size up. I felt chubby. I've never been in such dislike with clothing or so down on myself. I moaned and groaned, complaining about my size-which is still smaller than most women, but part of that is because I'm short. ;) My daughters and husband were with me-all shopping. I was so frustrated and continued that down-trodden feeling until I read this...
At first, I read Kristin Armstrong's most recent article. I always love the honest and genuine way she writes about life and running. So, I read a few posts back and saw this one. I realized that I was showing my girls how to think about their bodies. I'm still a pretty small lady-just a winter of eating poorly, not exercising and recovering from the stress fracture have made me more plump than before, not the stick-skinny runner I've always been. And running is taking a while to fix these things-longer than it used to, because I'm getting older. I guess that is what mid-thirties begins to do to you? But my husband said I just looked "womanly" with "beautiful curves"... Not fat. Last time we visited my family, my grandmother said I was getting the family butt... then the clothes not fitting, and I was fit to be tied with the whole situation. But, then I realized that even if there's chubby in my total poundage, that's nothing to complain about! It's life and, wow, I'm ok with ME. :)
Now I need to find a way to insert that into some conversations with my daughters who will always need to know how beautiful they are... Being a beautiful woman isn't determined by our weight or what bathing suits we fit into or how we change as we get older. It's what kind of person we are and how much light we shine to others. :)

Thursday, June 17, 2010


"Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." -Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Sunday, June 13, 2010

A New Day

Seems like the rest so far this summer, with cloudy skies and high humidity. Same waiting on the results of my interviews... I find out tomorrow officially...

Our house is clean! We have been cleaning little bits over the last few weeks, busy with school and activities, but not a real, thorough housecleaning. It feels wonderful.

We three girls are trying to accomplish the same hair-do that the hairdresser created yesterday when we all got our haircuts. I took both girls to my hairdresser... well that was the plan anyway. She is great, but she has resigned to stay home with her own children... so, we had to try someone new. I told the girls we'd start the summer with "new hair"; that way it could grow out if we decided we didn't like it. My hair had grown to the point of pony-tail length-which is how I was wearing it each day. Now it is shorter than chin length. I am experiencing the "try-it-myself" stage which I am never successful at. I can never recreate the look I loved so much.

We are having my husband's grandparents over for "lupper" as he likes to call it-late lunch/supper. We are trying a couple new recipes (brave or silly? :)) And our house will need a few touch-ups, like the downstairs windows where the dogs insist on pressing their noses...right after I cleaned them! :)

I haven't tried barefoot running, yet. We'll see what becomes of that notion. Right now I'm trying to work my way back to daily running since my totals have been stuck at three times per week.

That's all for now. Hopefully I will get back to blogging regularly now that summer's here. :)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Shoes or not shoes?

Been reading articles like this one: where it mentions this blog: Or reading this one,7120,s6-238-511--13381-0,00.html and some about these:
Also listening to my yoga teacher, when I was attending more regularly, about my feet being my center, they weren't made for shoes.
Granted, I love the feel of brand new running shoes. They make me say "AAHHH" when I wear them, but I am intrigued. I'm contemplating bike path runs without shoes. Hmm, still in the thinking stages, but to get rid of shin splints... might be worth a try. Although, I have learned from a friend's experience, a little at a time... adjust by breaking those vibrams in, right Juls? :)

Just thinking about it.

School's out, now. I have checked out, finished the schoolyear and already wonder what the students are doing. I can see my girls being silly, enjoying summer. :)) I have interviewed twice for the same position at the school where I did my longterm. Should know by Monday if I have it or not. Fingers crossed. We'll see where my God Positioning System has me next! :)