This weekend marks a very special anniversary. This weekend, I began running. When I started, I used Couch to 5K app and couldn't run more than 5 minutes without thinking I should call 911.
With each week, I became stronger until one day, I was running four miles. Me, four miles! I just didn't think that would be possible.
The benefits of running have been life changing. First of all, I feel good. My moods are less swingy, and I don't feel that deep dip of depression and anxiety as I used to feel.
I also feel stronger. For the first time, I feel less (not completely) detached to the number on the scale. I think this might be because I feel more confident with what my body is able to do rather than what number it is. This is HUGE for me.
So you are probably wondering how I am going to spend this anniversary. I would love to say running on a gloriously crisp autumn day or maybe buying some new, cute running gear.
But I am not.
I am spending it in the doctor's office due to an injury I sustained while running. I was running backwards so I could talk to my new exercise buddy, and I tripped on a curb. I went down like a ton of bricks, but carried on with nothing but adrenaline coursing through my veins and a strong desire to finish my workout.
But I was hurt and bruised. The pain wasn't going away. So here I am.
And after the doctor examined me, she determined that I did not break anything. I have bruising and swelling. She said that I need to be taking Advil and using an anti-inflammatory essential oil. Phew.
This weekend also marks another anniversary - my first time speaking at the Rochester Writers’ Conference. Last year, I was so nervous about presenting, but since then, I've had quite a few public speaking opportunities like Live in the D and Listen to Your Mother. I am hoping to enjoy myself more this time.
My presentation is about social media branding for writers. However, I am also moderating a discussion about women me writing which I makes me feel a tad bit nervous, probably because I think these women are amazing.
I met Jessica a few years ago, and had a chance to work with her since she a co-producer of Metro Detroit Listen to Your Mother. I am also a huge fan of her blog Four Plus an Angel; she is one of the most beautiful, eloquent writers I know.
And then there is Satori who I also let at Listen to Your Mother. I also went to her monthly show, Secret Society of TwistedStorytellers. Talk about amazing! She is very talented, and I am in awe of her whenever she is on stage.
I am excited to meet Lynne Cobb who writes over at LynneCobb.com. She has been writing over twenty years, and I am really looking forward to meeting her.
So I am pretty excited about this weekend and feeling kind of proud of all that I accomplished in a year time, if I do say so myself.
Are you celebrating any milestones? Are you gearing up for a new project or goal?