Share Your Rejections

Share Your Rejections

Recently read a recap of inspiring Buzzfeed movement initiated by Saeed Jones urging writers, artists, and other creatives to #shareyourrejections. It was funny and inspiring, and I felt motivated to continue to use the fuel of the naysayers to keep me focused on goals in my own life. Admittedly what struck me was the absence of perspective or encouragement from the “non-creatives” or - said better - those of us chasing the top end of the 9-5 dream. 

Let me explain.

I’m pretty damn proud of everything I’ve accomplished to this point. But while I may never win and Emmy, never publish a book, and never go on a comedy tour, I’ve kicked some serious ass in my field and in my side hustles.

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Resolve to Surrender

Resolve to Surrender

My largest resolution is to surrender to the feelings, the moments, and the process of growing and evolving each minute, hour, day, and week of the new year. I resolve to fully absorb.

The effects of this resolution to surrender transcend into a few different things:

The first is a different approach to goal-making and goal-tracking. I recently read an article The Art of Goal Setting by pro runner Lauren Fleshman that resonated deeply with what I’m striving for in 2018. She urges us to “set process goals, not outcome goals.” The reason for this is that the process is within our control. Because of this it makes the steps of goal setting and goal reaching more introspective, and therefore more attainable. For example, my goal of running a sub-4 marathon is NOT an example to follow. While that may be a part of the initial process of wish-listing, the course, weather, sickness, or any number of things could have ruined a whole summer of training in one explosion of disappointment.

If I had instead set out to say my goals were to do X number of workouts per week, pushing myself Y number of days, and keeping a training journal to hold myself accountable, I may have seen the process transition into the ultimate result.

The second is to to high-bar the goal-setting path. In 2017, I set goals that I’d been tickling for so long they were no longer something on the distant horizon. Even before the 2017 new year, I had what I would consider a near-breakdown over my job situation. I’d also already discussed with said man of my dreams about the potential to move in together. These weren’t really goals so much as they were “plans.” As a result I stripped myself from the potential to truly dig into my soul and see what I was capable of. Apart from pushing myself further than I ever have before in my running, I wasn’t really reaching to capture my other goals. I was lazily jotting down nice things I hoped would happen to me, but was already pretty sure would.

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Racers take your mark.

Racers take your mark.

"Racers take your mark.."

The words and moments of dripping adrenaline before coasting into the familiar movements after a season of training. I think it's safe to say this in close combination with the minute I step over the finish line and feel the aura of accomplishment are what keeps me - maybe keeps us all - racing.

In exactly 2 weeks, I step onto the start line of the Chicago marathon anticipating those words, those feelings. Despite the nerves and anxiousness already setting in, I'm craving them. I'm craving the feeling of overcoming every challenging workout, humidity streaked practice, pulled mid-season muscle, and frequently bruised ego which has been the hallmark of this training season.

A good friend of mine told me a few weeks back, "It's not the running that gets harder. My body knows how to do that at this point. It's the mental part of the sport that just keeps getting harder."

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Podcast Alert - Hops of Life

Podcast Alert - Hops of Life

It's pretty fantastic to watch your childhood friends grow up and follow their dreams. This particular dream sprouted less than 200 yards from my house, from a young man it somehow took me 18 years to befriend. Yet, in the time since then, I have found a kindred soul for a fit an active lifestyle. 

Brandon is a masters student at Cortland University majoring in exercise science and bio-mechanics. He's a lab instructor, a prior strong-man competitor, and volunteer counselor at Double H Ranch. 

Check out his new podcast. Full story and link in the full article!

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The Side Hustle

The Side Hustle

We all (hopefully) have a vision of our dream job… be it the Carrie Bradshaw-shoe loving-fashionista columnist who never in six seasons of Sex and the City ever seemed to be constrained by the 9-5, or the Lotus pose inspiring- headstand machine-yogi with the ability to move people and bring together communities. The problem is while we all can and should achieve our purpose in this journey of life, the current reality - in most cases -  is that it’s not going to pay the ever looming combination of rent, wifi, transportation and a much-needed “treat yo-self” every now and again.

Enter “the side hustle.”

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Jessica Ferrucci

The Happy Runner is the everyday athlete; finding balance by carrying six coffees without spilling them on the subway, meditating on elevator rides, and weight lifting your laptop as your hurdle a puddle to make your 9AM meeting. The Happy Runner is a community of like-minded beautiful souls striving to add a little sense of movement and meditation back on the agenda.