Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Accomplish


Accomplishachieve or complete successfully


A Mother's Day gift from 15 years ago,
this lily finally accomplished a beautiful bloom!

Sometimes, just getting through a tough day is an accomplishment for me.  {It's an added bonus if my left eye doesn't twitch.}  We've all had those days, right?  My point is -- although many times they are, accomplishments don't have to be big goals or bucket list items.  They can also be simple day to day achievements.
 
Getting up to run in the dark
Catching the spectacular sunrise
Drinking enough water
Catching more green lights than red
Getting to work on time
Saying a kind word 
Eating your vegetables
Smiling despite yourself
5:00 p.m.
Cooking dinner
Not eating that bedtime snack
Getting enough sleep

Parenting...

Looking at that list, well now I feel very accomplished.  (Ha!)  But, I think we should celebrate the smaller accomplishments too.  As for the ol' bucket list, I have ticked off a few items this year:   Helicopter Ride, Parasailing, and Sprint Triathlons to name a few.  I have a pretty big one on the horizon as we speak:  Actually Complete Chicag-O Marathon Positively Loving It & Staying Healthy! 

Getting through the taper will be a huge accomplishment for me.  We all know what happened during last year's taper?  [The dreaded stress fracture!]  So although I want to very much complete the Chicago Marathon, I think lining up at the start line will be the bigger accomplishment.  This time, running will simply be the sweet, delicious, decadent icing on the cake.  I plan to lick my fingers.


What's a small thing you feel you accomplish every day?



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30 comments:

  1. I think that not only will you get through the taper, you're going to accomplish something big here in Chicago!!! I for one can't wait!

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    1. Here's hoping! Taper is not going well this week. Mental? Physical? Both?

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  2. This is a great post! It's so true that there are days that just getting through is an achievement. I was happy at myself for not breaking down and screaming at people the day my car wouldn't start last week.

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    1. Oh, man! Car trouble is so frustrating. I admit to having little mini tantrums when I'm alone.

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  3. Seriously, Holly, with all the cross training, I don't think you have to worry about getting to the starting line physically fit.

    Getting in some movement most days -- although it's pretty well ingrained in me now -- that's something I always strive for.

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    1. I am so cranky when I don't do some type of major cardio exercise. But, logic tells me I should take rest days. Hence...my irritability.

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  4. I love what you did with the word Accomplish! Good luck with your taper! I am sure everything will be amazing for you at Chicago.

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    1. I had such a hard time with that sentence! I almost scratched the whole idea.

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  5. Chicago is going to be fantastic!
    I do feel like if I get to work dressed and my house isn't completely destroyed when I go to bed I am accomplished lol

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    1. I hope so. I don't like waiting. So, I think I'm frustrated today. Dressed is good. I can accomplish that most days! I can't accomplish styling my hair though. LOL.

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  6. Taper is so tough and you are almost there! I am really looking forward to reading about your triumph!

    As for an Anne-accomplishment, I recently started writing three morning pages every morning to clear out my head for the day. I read Julia Cameron's Artist's Way many years ago and started doing the pages then, but the habit fell off. It's like a nice brain dump at the beginning of the day, and also a nice discipline to start the morning. I've only been at it a week or so, but I feel very accomplished once I get those done.

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    1. That sounds like an excellent way to gets ideas on paper while they are fresh! I can't even seem to have a coherent thought later in the day.

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  7. OMG! I have the left eye twitch too (stress the Dr. says...booo).

    Oh the taper....I think I am actually hating recovery week more to tell you the truth.

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    1. I've had that stupid twitch occur occasionally since my mid 20s. They've always said stress. Once, it lasted almost a year! I'm on month three right now. Ugh.

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  8. Love the acronym! On the good days and bad days (I get the eye twitch days sometimes too), I try to find joy in the small things. Sometimes just keeping your cool is accomplishment enough! Good luck with the taper - it's all going to be great!!!!

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    1. Oooh that eye twitch is so frustrating. My first episode was in my mid 20s -- a very long time ago! Why now? Keeping your cool is also a great accomplishment.

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  9. I looooove that 5pm is an accomplishment! Winning all the little daily battles really IS an accomplishment; we'd all probably be a lot happier if we started looking at things that way!

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    1. Every.darn.day. LOL. There is a grandfather clock in the hallway outside my office. It's doesn't run -- but the time is set on 5 o'clock.

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  10. You are right about getting to work on time! I also like the feeling of accomplishment when your daughter brings home a doz Krispy Kreme donuts and you don't even have the slightest desire to scarf one down! NOW that is an accomplishment!!!
    You are so creative! I love your big one too!

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    1. Avoiding donuts is a major accomplishment. I drive my Krispy Kreme on my way to work. Every.darn.day.

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  11. Great list!
    Catching that spectacular sunrise I really do need to do that more often! The one you posted on IG this morning was just beautiful. (At least I think it was today, sometimes I get my days mixed up, LOL)

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    1. I have so many trees in my neighborhood that I don't get a direct view of the sunrise. But it's just as pretty peaking over the trees too!

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  12. Oh, you're going to rock Chicago! I'm so excited for you!

    Every day, I stay positive. Sometimes, it's a hard thing to accomplish, but I think the right mindset makes everything better.

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    1. Very true! Mind over matter. It's a struggle to get there some days.

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  13. You will be amazing!! I'll be cheering for you virtually from work!!! Every day I find a reason to smile, no matter what. Sounds easy, but isn't always as easy as it may seem!

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    1. Sometimes the littlest thing can turn a bad day around. We have the power to do it ourselves too. Smiling is a great tool for that.

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  14. I love your acronym! I really think you've got this this time! I am having a hard time catching the sunrise now. It's still dark when I'm done with my run. :-(

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    1. Oh yes, the sunrise is getting later and later! It's now close to the end of my run.

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  15. I'm flying to Chicago the Tuesday after the marathon for a fitness conference. I wish I were going to be there race weekend to cheer you on! You're going to do great!

    Thanks for linking up, Holly!

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    1. Oh, wow. I wish I was staying longer. If I remember correctly, you have a son that lives there? So, I know you'll doubly enjoy your visit!

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