This Thursday’s Thought



A Negative Mind



Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

Springtime is the perfect time to spring clean. And I’m not just talking about your house or apartment. Every aspect of your life can undergo a “spring cleaning”. Make your life less cluttered, less toxic, and get rid of unhealthy foods and habits!


🌷Stress can have real long term negative affects on your life. Your long term health and emotional wellbeing can touch every corner of your life and future self. Take steps towards letting go of the stress you carry every day. Some ideas for stress relieving activities are:


🌷Purging can give you an amazing feeling of renewal and fresh start. Carefully decide what no longer serves a purpose or expresses who you are as a person. As a society we tend to collect. It starts with things of emotional importance, something left to you by a parent or grandparent. But then it leads into attaching ourselves to belongings, things we “may need” at a later time. And that’s fine to some degree but when we only have so many square feet to store our life in, it doesn’t allow for personal growth. The person you are going to be tomorrow or next week. You may not surf today, but if you have a desire to surf and you have no room for the board, guess what? You won’t surf, you’ll put it off.  So clear out space and allow yourself to grow and breathe! Start here: Closet Purging . And move on to the rest of the your home!

  • Closets
  • Cabinets
  • Jewelry Box
  • Garage
  • Storage Bins and Spaces
  • Products You Use


🌷Treat yourself to some self love and self acceptance. Spring is a great time to renew your spirit and your focus. To start new things, allow new ideas to form, etc…  When we take a moment to pamper ourselves we come back to the world refreshed and able to give more of ourselves in a positive light. So treat yourself to some time spent just on renew your own spirit and give yourself the time to recharge. Treat yourself to;


🌷Re-establish your life goals. Goals, dreams and ambitions can change over time as you as a person develop and change. Write down what’s important to you that you want to accomplish. Both with your work life and your home life. What skills do you want to brush up on or learn?  Witting them down will make you gain a better focus. You can create a dream or vision board online or at home. But re-evaluate what you want in life and where you want to go in your future!

🌷Not only is it time to clear away things that clutter your home, your mind and your life but it’s also a fabulous time to start new projects and new healthy habits. Doing new things helps us to grow as people and helps us to see the world from different perspectives. You can meet new friends and maybe even broaden a path your on or discover new paths you may want to travel. It’s a great time to try something you have a fear about, like swimming or parasailing.

🌷Then of course there is actual spring cleaning, here’s a checklist to get you rolling

🌷This is the time to clear away all that no longer serves you or doesn’t serve you well. The time you spend spring cleaning life will be rewarding and you may just discover new things about yourself along the way!






Sunday Blog Share – How To Be A Positive Thinker



I stumbled across the blog, Discovering Your Happiness who had written part 1 about How To Be A Positive Thinker. I think working on self improvement is huge, not just for myself or selfish reasoning but because of what I put out into the world and how my vibe affects the world around me.

I used to be nothing but a negative thinker. My glass was always half empty. But that’s exactly the point, my glass was staying always half empty. And of course I always blamed that on outside factors and never looked within.

I’ve been working on that though. And actually my blog is part of that ongoing personal positivity project. So I love coming across other blogs that are putting out something that can bring focus to changing my perceptions and focus towards good energy.  So I’m participating because small steps like this can brighten my horizons and create a more positive spin on life 😌

  • Write down three things that went well & explain why they went well.
  1. My last run – because I’ve been putting the training and conditioning on my legs.
  2. Playing cornhole for the first time – because I stepped out of my fear of doing new things in front of others and just did it!
  3. Putting on a shirt I bought that never fit because it was too tight – because I’ve been working on better nutrition, found a good program and am being consistent with it (no more DIets are ever needed), and have lost 8 pounds!


  • Write down three things that didn’t go well & explain why they didn’t go well.
  1. Making dinner last night – because I was tired and unprepared
  2. The last yoga balance poses I was trying to do – I just can’t get it
  3. Trying to re-arrange the office – ahhhh nothing fits the way I want it to!


  • Write down three things you are grateful for.
  1. My hubby
  2. My kitties
  3. Good health


  • Read back over what you wrote, sometimes what seems  super-dramatic in your mind will suddenly seem much more minor when you actually read it out. Was it really worth all that negativity?
  1. Dinner ended up not all that bad. I was just grumpy tired. My hubby ate it all up and enjoyed it and so did I.
  2. The balance poses I will eventually get. I weak legs that are getting stronger and as I practice more and gain leg and core strength, I WILL get them!
  3. The office is too small for all our stuff. It’s not the end of the world. I could get rid of stuff, or just find ways to make the room “feel” bigger 😀


Thanks for the good read and personal development exercise Discovering Your Happiness!

To All Running Boston Tomorrow!

Friends & fellow ambassadors remember:
The marathon imitates life – never give up! Enjoy your race!


Down On The Boardwalk


Beautiful but busy day! Headed down to the boardwalk for a quick run with the hubby in between the other plans and responsibilities we had to take care of today 💙 It gets so busy down at the boardwalk during tourist season, which is nearly here. So we decided to get in a beach run. It was already bustling with early vacationers and spring breakers. I admit I love the energy vibe down here during tourist season, but my other half, not so much lol.





A quick tip for anyone wanting to head to Virginia Beach for a vacation? The months of March, April, and October are usually less crowded and the hotels are at lower rates. But be warned, March & April the ocean may still be a bit chilly. October though you still have warm waters! Just no sign of lifeguards. Today though people were in the water! Swimmers, surfers and kids playing around. It was kinda awesome!





The hubby did his thing and I did mine. We run at different paces and I do the whole run/walk/run so we went separate ways once we were there. But it was absolutely beautiful! Temps hit the 80’s, sunny with a nice cool breeze, perfect run weather!






17861843_10213001635735429_3508897361492808106_n (1)My legs are starting to gain strength and I’m pretty happy with the day. I’m not even worried about running right now. It’s all about building endurance and strengthening my legs. And of course conditioning these lungs of mine. Four packs of cigarettes a day does some serious damage. Quit NOW, if you smoke. That damage just increases as time goes by. So happy I quit and never going back.

Days like today make me so thankful I quit smoking. Breathing the fresh air, smoke free is profoundly different. And smelling the ocean breeze, yeah that’s good stuff!



Wise words from Kara Groucher


“Well, here we stand.

On the starting line nonetheless. Maybe you’re facing your first 5k. Maybe it’s a ten. Maybe a half, or a marathon, or an ultra. Maybe you’re even running Boston.

Waiting on that starting line, you’re beginning to feel it. The anticipation, the doubt, the excitement, the energy. The definitiveness of what’s behind. The uncertainty of what’s ahead.

It hasn’t been easy. There have been workouts that tanked. Weeks with missed mileage. Tired legs. Hard sessions. The daily dance of life vs. the plan.

But there have been great moments too. The decision to race. The dedication to train. Miles where you felt like you could run forever. Even the bravery of this morning, where you put on your singlet, fought the crowds, and met your fate at the starting line.

And now it’s here. It is time. No more countdowns. No more workouts to nail. No more wondering, “Am I fit enough? Strong enough? Prepared for what’s ahead?”

This is what you have been waiting for. No doubt you are nervous, but know that you are ready. You earned this opportunity. And you were born to fly.

So, take a deep breath, look around you, and soak it all in. Relish where you are. Realize how far you’ve come.

You are ready. You are powerful. And you belong.

Now, go get it.

Head Up, Wings Out. ”

Kara Groucher