Big Changes (Again)

Ok guys, so it has been admittedly a bit insane over here this past week. There are still some logistics to work out so I won’t go into the whole long story just yet, but…we are finally moving!

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from last time we moved in 2011. Oh, the boxes!

Yall, we have been here over three years, and it is three years too long. We realized quickly after moving this just wasn’t the place for us, but unfortunately is has taken all this time to work everything out, and there are STILL some kinks we are dealing with. However, the bottom line is we are moving back to Madison, MS (north of Jackson) TODAY!

It happened so fast after so long of NOTHING happening, and I have been slightly overwhelmed this week to say the least (packing, packing and more packing), but we are getting it done. I am quickly reaching my pregnant lady limits though and can’t do near as much lifting and packing as non pregnant Heather can do, and it has gotten me frustrated a few times.

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Even though we don’t have it all figured out yet, I am ecstatic to be moving back to a town I love, and a church we miss so, so much and totally took for granted when we were living there before moving down here. I promise I will share more as things unfold. I will try to keep the blog posts coming on weekdays as I have been, but please understand if I miss a couple days here and there, as we try to unpack and settle in to a new normal. I will of course be posting pictures on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter even on the weekends when I am not blogging.

We are so excited, please pray for us as we embark on a new adventure! Things have not exactly turned out as we planned, but even when we thought we couldn’t handle any more, God has always provided for us and we are so thankful!

QOTD: Have you ever moved on short notice before?

Risk and Reward

 

I don’t like change. I am a very routine person, and change is scary. I am also very sentimental, so the thought of letting go of something to make room for something new or different is not too high up on the list of my favorite things. That being said, I am slowly learning that sometimes change is good, if I decide to stop freaking out long enough to realize in the long run, good things can come with change.

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I have a habit of being short sighted. I want results, and I want them now. I don’t want to wait for things to slowly unfold or happen, and if something is going to take awhile, even if it will end up being a better fit, I typically want no part in it. Growing up, we ALWAYS had Christmas at my grandparents house. One year when I was about thirteen, my parents decided we were going to do something different and I threw a fit. I was devastated, and too this day it stands as my least favorite Christmas. Where am I going with this? Yes, I know I have a tendency to ramble when it comes to talking about serious stuff like this.

I am currently going through some big life changes, and this includes some big blog changes. Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere. I’m super freaked out, but also super excited for what is to come. I’m not quite ready to share yet, but I would appreciate your prayers. Sometimes the most scary things can end up being the most beneficial, and that is what I keep telling myself.

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Have you ever thought about doing something, and it never appealed to you? Then all of the sudden one day it clicks, and you can’t get your mind off of it, and you just KNOW you have to do it? That’s kind of what I am going through. I feel like God has placed something on my heart, and I think about it so much it literally keeps me awake at night, so I know it’s the right thing to do even if it’s scary. I have never been one to take risks. I have no desire to put my life in danger, to “walk on the wild side” or attempt the impossible. I am a “play it safe” kind of girl, the one who is always the sensible voice of reason. While I may not be wild about taking physical risks, I think it’s high time I take some risks in other areas of my life.

With great risk, comes great reward.

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Don’t get me wrong, I am afraid. Afraid to fail, afraid things will be too hard, and afraid of letting others down. However, I also know if I don’t start taking some risks, I will always look back and wonder what could have been. Have you ever felt that way? I just know I have to have faith. If I feel like God is calling me to do something, I can’t ignore it, I know it won’t go away. Faith is a tough thing, trusting in the unseen, but I believe God has big plans for me, so who am I to say “I can’t do that?” God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called.

So, today, I encourage you to take a risk. Talk to or e-mail someone you have been afraid to talk to. Reconcile with a friend. Take a leap of faith. You may not get the results you hoped for….they may be even better than you could have ever imagined.

QOTD: What is something you were afraid to do but it ended up being so worth it?

A Look Back 1/11

 

If you have been reading RWS for awhile, you know that sometimes I like to look back on what I was doing a year ago. Considering I have experienced many life changes in the past 10 months, I thought it would be fun to look back and reflect.

This time last year, I had just run the Disney marathon.

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Bobby got sick with the flu post race and we had to cut our trip short.

I was living with my parents for four months while Bobby and I built a house in a new town. We had most of our things in boxes in the garage of the house we were trying to sell, and the rest were crammed into the upstairs bedroom that I grew up in.

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I switched my blog over to self hosting, and am so glad that I did! It has given me a lot more opportunities and flexibility.

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We watched over the building of our new house, and and we ran a 5k in my old hometown to finish out the month.

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I know I say this a lot when I do these types of posts, but wow have things changed since then. I know a lot of times I wish I could see the bigger picture of life, but then there are other times when I know if I did, I would probably have a breakdown knowing what was coming.

We have been through several things since last January that I never saw coming. I know I am stronger because of it, but it’s still so funny to see where life takes you even though you have a different “plan.”  I also find it amusing that at any given age, you feel so much older than the year before. In a way, I guess it’s true. Through life experiences, we learn and grow, and the way in which you grow depends on what you choose to get out of any given situation. I am working on looking at the negative, and making sure that I at least learn something from it it. That way, I can always know that at least one positive thing came out of my trial.

I will check back in with another flashback in a few months and see how things have changed again!

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Last night I took my first yoga class at our new YMCA. I have always wanted to take yoga classes because I am incredibly inflexible, and I knew it would help my running. Unfortunately, we weren’t members of a gym for a long time, and then when we were, it was Planet Fitness with no classes.

Our yoga teacher is amazing! She is 76 years old, 76! She is way more flexible than I will ever be, and I totally admire her. I hope to still be working out at that age. It’s safe to say my arms and legs were jello and I am quite sore, but a good sore.

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Registration is now open for the Disneyland half marathon! Let me help you plan your trip. heather@travelwiththemagic.com

My 2011 Year In Review

 

It is a bit overwhelming for me to think of things in terms of an entire year. So many big (and little) things happened this year in my life. Just going back through my posts from this past year has had me laughing and crying all at the same time. Then I re-read my 2010 recap. Whew. 2010 was a particularly tough year, you can check out it’s recap as well.

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If I had to describe 2011 in one word, it would be change. Here are just a few changes that took place this past year:

-Bobby and I moved 3 hours away to a new city, a new home, and he took a new job.

I got a job with Running Skirts

– We ended a very long battle with some of Bobby’s family that led to some personal changes

– My sister moved to Houston

I got injured, twice, and now haven’t run in 6 weeks and have had to change some racing plans because of it.

Some other fun things happened in 2011 like….

I ran a MARATHON!

I ran five half marathons and six 5k’s

– I was on the cover of New Orleans Fit Magazine

-I was named a FitFluential Ambassador

– I turned 26 years old

-I celebrated my 4th wedding anniversary with Bobby

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Some of the things that happened this year are not things I wanted. But, over the years I have learned that’s just how life goes. I am such a planner…I have all of these visions and dreams for my life, but I have to remember that I won’t always get my way…that’s not the way God works. The important thing is having faith that on the other side of the valley, there will be a mountaintop (or at least some nice, smooth road!) Life isn’t always easy, but there are plenty of good times to celebrate. Not to mention, as much as I hate to admit this, I learn and grow the most in the tough times.

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It’s funny, to look back sometimes. When you are in a particular moment, it is so easy to get distracted and frustrated with the hand you are dealt. Then, later on when there is a solution to your problem or things get easier, there tends to be this “now why did I get so upset over that? See, it’s over, and now something good has happened/come of it!” moment. It’s difficult sometimes, but I try to remember that there is a reason for the tough times, and hopefully one day I can look back on them and see the paths that I have taken (and sometimes going off road!) and how they have led to a greater understanding of my life.

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2011 was a very interesting and trying year, but I know 2012 will be great no matter what. I know some things happen TO you and you can’t change them, but this year I am DETERMINED to work on the things that I can control. Yup, that’s right, my word for 2012 is determination. I get into a bad habit of halfway doing things sometimes, and then get upset when I don’t get the results I want. I am determined to try harder to accomplish my goals. No more excuses. I have to be the change to make things happen if I want to achieve things. I know I have it somewhere inside of me, I just need to dig a little.

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Thank you all so much for reading RWS this year. I love my readers so much, and truly enjoy sharing my life with you. It’s time for new beginnings, and time to make some changes. I am determined to live up to my potential in all areas of my life. Are you? Let’s go 2012. Bring it on.

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QOTD: What was your favorite part of 2011?

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