"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places." Roald Dahl

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Serendipity

Change and big moves can be scary, but they can also be wonderful.

Right before I took the new job (almost a year ago!), when I was hemming and hawing about what to do, a good friend and mentor of mine sent me this quote: 
"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse that the suffering itself.  And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream."  - Paulo Coelho

It left a mark on me and I had it written on a post-it, sitting on my desk so I could look at it each day.  Obviously, I wasn't suffering, but I think the hardest part about change is the fear of the unknown.  Fear that it won't be great.  Fear that it won't work out.  What we forget to concentrate on is that other "what if." What if it does work out? What if it's just as wonderful as you imagine it to be?  As I packed up my life and moved away from some of the best friends I'd ever had, I tried to concentrate on that last "what if".  What if this move was the best thing that I ever did?  What if it turned out better than I could ever imagine.  This quote resonated with me and when you think about it, it makes following your dreams and taking risks seem like the only logical things to do.  

Months after moving, I was reading a book that my sister recommended to me, The Alchemist.  I had heard of it before but had never thought to read it.  For some reason, I never actually looked at the author's name.  I normally read on my Kindle and while I love it, one of the disadvantages of Kindle reading is that I often skip over the title-page entirely.  

If you have never read this book, I highly encourage you to do so.  It is amazing.  It is completely philosophical without seeming ridiculous or out of reach.  It makes you aware of little things that happen around you and in your life and it  makes you feel like the universe is on your side. 

As I was reading this book and contemplating life and how mine had completely changed over the last several months, I came upon the quote; the exact quote that my mentor sent to me the night before I took the job and started everything in motion.  Now I know where he found it.  It is eerie how the contentment just washed over me.  Just like the book says, there are omen's. Both receiving that quote, and then finding it on my own several months later must be two omen's telling me that I am on the right path and exactly where I should be. 

It's crazy how things work out.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

On the Run

New city, new job, new environment = new places to go running!  I am getting back into the swing of things and the views are definitely motivating.

Views from a warmer time... 







And I'm not kidding about ramping up.  I am keeping track of my monthly mileage.
I have two big races coming up in the next six months and I've got to start training! 

Views from recent runs...






Running in a Chicago winter is an acquired taste, but I learned how to bundle up really quickly.