Surges Of Inspiration

Happy August My Dear Darling Friends!

This past week I felt many surges of inspiration.  I happily welcomed them because it has been awhile since I have felt inspired.

I think that is one of the blessings of social media.  I recently created an Instagram for our cat Alleyjandra.

Her handle is: alleyjandras_adventures

https://www.instagram.com/alleyjandras_adventures

It has been a fun way for me to re-connect with old friends.  I even got to connect with one of my dearest friends and we have become penpals once again.  This is a tradition we have kept for the past 10 years!

I am also thinking of finding new penpals.  Would any of you be interested in becoming penpals?!?!  I would love to write you a letter via snail mail and always write with fun stationary and cards.  Sometimes I even design my own!  If you want to become penpals please comment below and we can exchanges addresses via email!!!

This week I also reactivated my “Masters Swimming” membership.  A friend and I have started swimming laps on campus 2 times a week.  It has felt so wonderfully inspiring.  I am even considering competing again someday.  There is a yearly swim meet that takes place in October and I would have enough time to train.  It would also be a healthy outlet that would help me remain sane 🙂

I also saw via instagram that another long time friend of mine just completed her 1st ever sprint triathlon!  I am so proud of her accomplishment and also feel inspired to start training again.  I spent a lot of time feeling discouraged recently because I have not been able to run (due to my hamstring injury), but it doesn’t have to stop me from cross training.  I can swim and bike.  For now it would probably be on our stationary bike.  I have done 2 sprint triathlons and I would love to train for something longer like an Olympic Distance.

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This was the last time I did a triathlon event in 2015. I was the swimmer!  

Little did I know that I was pregnant then…  And then a little while later I had a miscarriage and it was so painful and sad.  I don’t know if I have fully recovered yet…  I spent the rest of that summer going for daily runs and I got to my lowest weight and felt great.  But then that fall I started full-time school and full-time work AND my bf got a job 2 plus hours away so we had two residences and a long distance relationship.  It was a lot of stress at once.  I also discovered Netflix and snacks and the sedentary lifestyle caught up with me.

This sedentary lifestyle has followed me and haunted me for the past 2 years and I feel ready to change.  I know that I say this often, but I am never going to give up on myself again.  And if I stumble and fall I will get back up.

I am about halfway through my getting started modules for Brightline Eating and the thought of giving up all sugar and flour still feels quit daunting, but it is probably exactly what I need to do to grow out of my current skin.  And into a better version of myself.

What kind of surges of inspiration have you been feeling lately?  Please comment below to share!  Oh and let me know if you would like to become penpals!!!

Love, Joy, and Blessings Always,

❤ Alana xoxoxo

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