Our Austin mini-vacation

It's been very busy here in our part of the world. I should already be in bed. I've been getting up to go to the gym at 5 in the morning & this past week has been hell. We had some new neighbors move in this month and so much drama has happened at 2 in the morning that has kept me awake. Yesterday, a friend of theirs went completely psycho outside my bedroom window screaming and punching trees. Anyway, his antics kept me and my upstairs neighbor awake (I heard her walk back and forth to the window) for a good part of the morning. Two nights prior, one of their windows got busted somehow and it was hard to sleep after that. This would probably be my first night of really good sleep but I'd rather stay up writing to you guys.

I am now 29 years old. My birthday was a few days ago. I can't believe I'll be 30 next year. For my birthday we took a last minute trip to Austin. My boys are my favorite travelers. They are always up for a road trip. I happened to bring my good camera with me to take videos but I honestly got lost in our vacation that I barely got any footage. However, I did piece together what I did get below. It might as well be about my son's trip to Austin :) Next time though, the camera will be out all of the time & I'll figure out how to focus better. 

We went to the state capitol, Mount Bonnell & did some camping at Windy Point Park, which is on Lake Travis. Despite the cloudy skies and constant drizzle, we had a really good time. 

There are a few more pictures on my Instagram if you want to take a look there. 

Also, the Texas Style Council Camp is ON for this year. Completely different format than years prior. If you're a blogger or small business, check it out. Registration opens Nov 1. Adult camp for blogging chicks y'all. I mean, does it really get any better than that? Honestly? This might be your only opportunity to do this as a grown up. Founder, Indiana Adams, wrote up a quick post about it if you're interested in learning more. Feel free to like their Facebook page <--- No they are not paying me to say this. I'm just really excited about going again and giving it another go :)

Half Marathoner in Training - 13.1 Baby

Hellooo Summer!!!! I hope all of your summer has been great so far! IG has taken over as my blog of sorts so there is much to catch up on blog wise.

  • Our recent vacation to Washington State to visit family
  • Little guy playing soccer & loving it!
  • The little guy graduated Kindergarten & is currently spending his summer in Hawaii
  • In order to keep myself busy, I've dedicated my summer to training for a half marathon
  • Trips to Dinosaur Valley State Park and the Creationism Museum
  • Going to Dallas Comic Con

and I think that's it.

Let's talk about the half marathon in this post shall we? I made a public declaration to run these 13.1 miles and I can't take it back. And what was I thinking training in the summer...in Texas? That means it's best to train in the early morning or the evening and evening starts at 8:30. I'm pretty positive about this though. I expect lots of pain, torture & annoyance through the process so bare with me. I had my doctor check my heart too which means things are getting serious around these parts when it comes to running. He even gave me a double high five for taking on this task. Whooo!

So which half marathon did I choose to give all this training to? I originally wanted to do the Michelob Ultra 13.1 here in Dallas but the date didn't sit too well with me. I wanted to get most of my training out of the way before the little guy came home & I wanted to keep it semi-local. So low and behold, the Plano Balloon Festival Half Marathon is getting my money. I also found out that a few other local bloggers are doing the same run, including Skinny Meg, so that's pretty encouraging.

Plus, I get a super cool medal for my efforts even if I crawl across the finish line. I've also signed up for a 5k this coming weekend as a plan to get a few races in so I don't get first time jitters at the half. I'm sure I will though. I'm nervous just thinking about running so far. I keep hearing that little voice in the back of my head telling myself that I can't do it but I KNOW I can. It's a mental struggle. Plus, I've been watching Diana from Livylove power through her runs. She's been such an honest inspiration from day one. I love being inspired. By people, by books...it's all incredible. If you have someone inspirational you follow & wouldn't mind sharing, let me know below.

So for the next 12 weeks, starting tomorrow, I'm going to try to be in the zone. The last few weeks I've just focused on being healthy and happy. These next few weeks I'm going to focus on eating nutrient dense meals, working on my core (it's important to have a strong core as a runner) & giving my all to my training. It's been almost a year (come July 8) since I started this journey to a better me. My mental state has absolutely turned around for the better & I am incredibly grateful for that.

Wish me luck!

I miss the internet.

I miss turning off all of the heavy sounds in the house (dishwasher, dryer, etc) & turning on some classical music so that I could concentrate on reading blogs. I use to read an array of blogs. I still do from time to time but nothing like I use to. My use to set time aside to reading blogs in the morning. At least an hour a day was set for "blog time". It was usually in the mornings because it was so peaceful. I miss being excited to re-design my blog. 

At some point, I did a 180 with blogs. I actually kind of blame bloggers for this. Their quest to rise to blogger fame consumed my blog feed. It all started to become junk. I wasn't eager to open my blog reader. I slowly started to delete everyone. The insane amounts of reviews, the multi-blogger giveaways, the wordless Wednesdays, the link-ups :/ I usually don't mind these & I never really minded the posts about bloggers sponsors. I understood the point of sponsorship so I semi-appreciated it for what it was & I appreciated bloggers who set aside certain days of the week to promote them. Then I would know which post not to read. 

I think everyone else started to notice this trend to & became just as exhausted as myself. My original blogger friends don't seem to blog anymore. Originality in the blogging world is dying. Hell, I know people have written similar posts pertaining to this same topic. They even use it to "revive" themselves for a few months until they fall back into the cycle. 

Not to fully put the blame on bloggers for my lack of blog interest lately, I'll take a bit of the blame as well. I've always had a problem with being so public, we all know that. Now I seem as busy ever. I've shifted a lot of my free time into fitness. To be a better me. I even started another blog, which doesn't have one post on it, to document my fitness journey. There are a LOT of fitness & healthy living blogs out there but this is my personal journey. Feel free to add it & get some updates if I ever post ---> Power Up Jenn

I also quit posting because I didn't feel my life was important to post about. I'm just a regular mom and I'm not fully skilled in one area. I'm not a prodigy or extremely smart. I go to work and come home just like the rest of the other working moms out there. But hey, whatever. There are a ton of moms like me. I actually don't know how to end this post at all. I have no words of wisdom to share. No finished thoughts. I'm just done with thinking about this. And to be honest, I can't stand being on the computer for more than 5 minutes anymore.

So I'll just randomly end it right here.