Good morning readers ! I woke up this morning, wanting to blog, so I thought I would provide a short update on what has been going on in my corner of the world. I haven’t blogged since January 1st, and this post doesn’t necessarily mean I will be back, but this is my blog and I can do what I want. So here are the highlights.
Fitness & running
I am not training for any races at the moment. After 2 marathons in 2016 I felt I really needed a break. I was feeling burnt out, so I have spent most of the winter months lifting weights or swimming, and running only once or twice a week. I think the break and weights helped my running because I did 2 races in February (a 5K and a 10K) and came very close to PR-ing both of them.
I am getting antsy though about finding a race. I am stalking the Disneyland Paris website to be able to sign up for the 10K and half marathon in September. For the moment you can only buy a weekend package. Since I live 30 minutes away, I will pass on the package. I have also taken up golf with my husband.
My daughter is a senior and I have been spending lots of time with her on her college things. She is going to study computer animation and was accepted into the Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota Florida, which was her dream school. However, the cost is prohibitive, even with a decent scholarship. This has been one of the hardest things over the past few months to manage. I don’t think I would be helping her get ahead in life if she comes out of school with $200,000 in debt, especially when we have great schools in France for the same subject. Her talent continues to amaze me.
My second daughter and husband are both well. My second daughter is highly involved in theater, and I have spent a lot of time with my husband on short weekends away. We usually go away in January for a short ski weekend, which we didn’t do in 2016 because of marathon training. So we went this year, and it was great, despite it being 15 below (Farenheit!)
The first half of the year is when I travel most for work….conferences, trainings & meetings with clients to kick off the year. I just returned from almost 3 weeks in Asia (Japan & China). This included 3 weekends where I got to play tourist. If you have never been, go. I hadn’t been in over 2 years and the changes that took place during that time period just blew my mind. Seriously, we should all be learning Chinese. At least the next generation should be.
The Great wall :
I even got to see the Tokyo Marathon while in Japan.
And this cracked me up…. I went running and there is a list of “running rules” and they even tell you that you need to run counter clockwise around the park.
My blogging break
Taking a break from blogging has definitely freed up a lot of time. Not only have I spent more time with my husband and children, but it has freed up “mental availability” to do other things. Of course I miss connecting with the people, you my readers and other bloggers. I also suffered from a bit of FOMO, but I learned to live with it. I just can not do everything and family and work are coming first at the moment.
What have you been up to over the past 3 months ?
Ever been to Japan or China ?
What would you do with all your free time if you took a blogging break ?