Dreams Never End

The optimistic pessimist

Five Current Goals

This will have to be written at top speed for it is late. I have been baking Valentine cookies all day and suddenly it is nearly bedtime, but I don’t want to miss one of my 30 day blogging challenges.  Thank goodness it basically is a list again today!

5 Goals 

  • I have started to tidy and unclutter my home using the Konmari technique.  The principles in the book, “the life-changing magic of tidying up” by Marie Kondo are what I am following and it should take me about six months to complete the tidying and simplifying . This will be a blog topic in the future.
  • In 2016, I would like to complete four 5k’s and a 10k as well.  I had surgery at the end of 2015 and have yet to get back to running.  I plan to hit the road by the end of February.  Hoping I can condition up fairly quickly, since I was able to run right up until the day of surgery.
  • During the summer I will find a job.  I work in the public school system which really is great but when summer comes it is tough on the pocketbook to say the least.  So I will find something to fill the gap in paychecks.
  • I would love to take some online courses through our local college and be that lifelong learner.
  • Continuing to write in my blog long after my 30 day challenge is over. I would like to possibly start another blog as well. In it I would write reviews about random items that I might find at the store to test and critique.

Okay, well there you have it folks, my quickest entry ever!  And it isn’t very fancy either. I think I better throw in a picture to pep it up a bit!  And then I must sleep because middle schoolers wait for no one. And they will be there tomorrow with their nonstop energy.  I will blog about working at a middle school one day as well.

Cheers! JustLorelei67

 

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A Proud Moment

I have been a runner for many years but it wasn’t until after my breast cancer diagnosis and a year and a half of surgeries that I had a goal to have a PR road race. There’s a race that involves running through the freeway tunnels in my city, called the Tunnel 10K.  In the past I have run a few half marathons, but am most confidant running 5k races.  The 10K (six miles) seemed like a good goal.  With two and half months before the September 19 race,  I trained six days a week, kept a pretty strict diet and worked on getting my mile pace to something acceptable.

When race day arrived I felt nervous, just like every race I questioned my decision to run a race.  This always happens to me.  I think “what am I nuts? I could be home in my cozy bed, sleeping in on a Saturday morning.  Why am I here running?  I can’t do this.”

Then as I stood waiting for the race to start I pictured myself running, reminding myself that I had trained more than ever before.  This was going to be a good race I decided and started hoping that I might even get not only a PR but could actually be a contender for a medal!

The gun went off and I was on my way.  As I ran I thought of the days after my diagnosis how I wondered if I would ever run again.  I thought about when I was recovering from my mastectomy, wondering if I would ever run again.  The miles ticked by and before I knew it I was crossing the finish line.  It was a good time, I felt ecstatic, a PR for me too! I felt accomplished and alive! (that is what running does for me). When my name was called, at the medal ceremony (I got second place in my age category) I felt proud of setting a goal and exceeding it! A good day, a very good day indeed.

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Do We Share Any of These Fun Facts?

Day two of the blogging challenge and I barely have time to write, but I want to make sure to get this out tonight!

20 Fun Facts

  1. I am 5’2″ (shawty)
  2. Breast cancer survivor for 1 1/2 years
  3. One of my favorite actors is Audrey Hepburn and I simple adore the movie Breakfast At Tiffany’s.
  4. I dressed up like Dorothy, from The Wizard of Oz five times for Halloween
  5. The youngest of four, three girls, one boy.  If you are the baby in the family, you rock of course!
  6. I have been a non-smoker for 25 years.
  7. In middle school and high school I played the flute.
  8. One time while I was in NYC on business I tried on some haute couture on Fashion Avenue in Manhattan.
  9. In the past I completed an online writing course studying writing for children’s literature.
  10. I secretly want to paint a fabulous picture sometime.
  11. My college year found me at Lowthian College for Fashion Merchandising (Loni Anderson was an alum).
  12. Once I drove in a demolition derby. I had a light blue cougar on which I painted Laurel and Hardy! 🙂 No powder puff racing for this girl!
  13. At the age of 20, I participated in the Ms. Minnesota pageant (refer to fact #1, what was I thinking)
  14. I have an annoying habit of trying to finish other people’s sentences for them.
  15. Analytical to the core, there is nothing I like more than to ponder the heck out of everything.
  16. My mom and I talk on the phone every day!  I love that woman!
  17. I love cats and have two of them, Friday and Chester.  They will no doubt be featured in here sometime.
  18. I am in the midst of tidying my life and have a copy of the book, the life-changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo.  I will definitely be including some entries about my pursuit of tidying using the KonMari Method.
  19. My mental health checker is running and working out!  It gives me balance and prevents me from blowing a gasket!
  20. Happily, I would pack my bags today, if someone handed me a ticket to travel the globe.

These are a few facts about myself. Leave me a fun fact about you!

Cheers! JustLorelei67

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One of my fur pals, Friday a.k.a. Frankie!

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