Archive for March 2011


Let me tell you, injuries can do wonders for your motivation.

Hence the lack in postings. My apologizes, but I figured there was no use writing about days in which I didn’t run or struggled through a workout. So the verdict; I think I’m slowly recovering from a pesky IT band issue that doesn't want to go away.  At this point the sore spots are up in my hip and glute, but I think it’s safe to say I’m back on schedule.  I’m taking the time to focus on stretching, massaging, and rolling out the darn leg. 

These last couple weeks I’ve been pretty frustrated with my running and myself.  Stress and anxiety pummel themselves through my body, creating a moody, unproductive, and unmotivated Kate.  I’m aware of what the issues are; mainly trying to accomplish too many things at one time, but it is fixing the issues that are the hardest. Work, wedding planning, blogging, trying to cook healthy meals, running, spending time with Zach, having a semi social life, and getting enough sleep is a lot of stuff to do…and I’m always trying to shove more in.  Zach and I discussed my stressing and where our priorities lay. In the midst of this I realized that in order to accomplish what I want, something has got to give. I’m going to have to pick what I want to do and give up something else…

I’m the little lady that wants to do it all; and when I can’t, the frustrations take ahold. Thus, sleep has fallen low on the totem pole, this is what I chose to give up. My precious, precious sleep. For those who know me, you realize this is a lot to ask of me. For those who don’t, let's just say you have been warned. :) 

In Shauna Niequist's beautiful work of art, Bittersweet, she delves into this very same topic.  Her essay, entitled, "Things I Don't Do," prompted me to questioned my own priorities. Shauna's good friend is quoted in this essay saying, "It's not hard to decide what you want your life to be about. What's hard, she said is figuring out what you're willing to give up in order to do the things you really care about." I embarked on creating my own list of what I do and a list of what I don't do in order to do the things I care about most.  This just a mini version.

Things I Do: 
I passionately love my amazing family, close friends, handsome fiancé, and the ever graceful Lord
I cook, clean, and plan
I run to stay in shape, stay focused, and stay sane. 
I work hard at my job
I shop, imagine, design, create, read, sing, dance, and drink wine
I blog and dream about fashion, decorating, and my future wedding. 
I mostly spend my free time with others who are honest people - those who share their hearts and allow for my heart to be shared as well. 

Things I Don't Do: 
I don't wake up early (but this has slowly started to change)
I don't know how to speak a foreign language
I hardly make baked goods 
I can't play an instrument (but I can read music!)
I don't mess with Math and Economics...sick!
I don't shower as often as I should (sorry I doubt you wanted to know that)
I can't and don't do "small talk"
I don't let negative people into my life 

With Spring slowly shining it’s beautiful face on West Michigan, the drive to get out of the house is so much greater, not to mention easier. As the seasons change and shift, I’m encouraging my mood and self-drive to as well.  I'm working on what I can do and seeing that I don't try to take on more than I can carry. 

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