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Visions, Validations, and Victories.

Visions, Validations, and Victories.

Sure. Running is a HUGE part of my life. But it’s not the only aspect of my life. Believe it our not, I want other things in my life too.

When my head hits the pillow at night, it fills of the things I have to do. When i close my eyes, I begin to escape the day. And at THAT moment, BEFORE my conscious mind closes and i reach the optimal REM sleep…THAT is the moment when visions are conceived. Creating them, the concept, the idea, the travel plan, the family moment is easy, capturing them and holding onto them with the promise of not letting it slip away from me…?? well, that’s the hard part.

How do you remind yourself of the things that are important to you? How do you keep your vision forefront? How do you allow yourself the time, the focus, the dedication to validate your visions? How do you turn them into victories? In a world where negative forces will tweek their way into your life every day…every…day. How do you “live”the life you want?.

This year, i’ve joined the world of hokie-ness and day dreamers. I’ve created a vision board. Its not fancy. Its not pretty. It’s just a little bit of me, on a burlap board. I am going to live 2014 in a belief that if i can vision it, it will be true. I will hang reminders, and mantras, and tokens of things i seek, i wish, i love. A year long arts and craft project about  me.

ImageTo this day, i have four items. Jillian Michaels, Mt Rushmore, a promise of a new goal, and a mantra for life. At the center of my board hangs a lace heart i pulled off a christmas card from my husband. It’s a symbol, that at the center of all things your heart must be in it. Every item on my board, validates my vision. For example, the JM photo is not there because of her fitness. It is for her clear mind, her acceptance of her past, and her strength. Sure, i would love to wake tomorrow and look like her, but hey, its vision board not a magic wand!

The other day, i stood with my daughter admiring my board. Pondering the items i placed in its care. She asked me to construct a board for her. A place where she could have goals and dreams. WOW. Validation! She believes in my board! (Nothing is cooler in this world then when your 8 year old “gets” you. “Gets” you on a level you didn’t expect. This one…she “gets” me.)

My girl, she is funny. I want to go to South Dakota, she wants a playdate to bake cookies. Truly her visions are on her level, not mine, so Imagewe produced a vision board more adapted to her. One that could celebrate victories weekly. One that she could see daily how her actions could produce her reward. Simple. Reward chart.

We selected several categories. Tasks she needed to do to insure her victory. Some were hard, she was going to work for it. (making her bed, cleaning her playroom), but the others were mostly about her. Taking time for herself..and being rewarded for it. Validation of who you are! Validation of who you want to be! (sing, play her songs, read a book, and write in her journal) She is doing very well with her board, and at the end of the week, VICTORY! She is allowed the activity she chose for the week. She is setting precedent now, for her future. She is learning to “live” the life she wants and how to get it. I love her.

As the ice cold winter in New Jersey slowly begins its defrost. As spring running races are coming closer and promises of new experiences, better race times are on my mind. I am excited months that lie ahead. Vision. Validate. Victory.

I am kicking off my first half marathon of 2014 this weekend in New York! The Central Park Half Marathon is put on by NYCRuns and promises to be a chilly but fun event. I have 18 club members joining me in celebration of one of my marathon partners, Kelley’s Birthday. Due to all the ice, alot of our group have not seen each other in a while. Everyone has taken to treadmill running, the gym, and just running at any moment when the thermometer hits over 30 degrees. (not often) so, we are  feeling like this will be a “fun” run, not a PR run. (and NOT what we visioned when we all registered! hahaha!)

Im ok with that. I mean really, I love these girls. I would rather spend the 13.1 miles chatting it up then chasing them down anyway!


Kelley and I. Marine Corps Marathon 10/27/13

So Happy Birthday Kelley! This one is for you babes.

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