100 Piloting Paper Airplanes

I’m feeling the pressure right now. This is a milestone post and it “needs” to be good! I’ve toyed with all sorts of ideas to write about.

100 Piloting Paper AirplanesAnd I just keep coming back to a simple expression of thanks.

Thanks to friends and family who have engaged here.

Thanks to my fellow bloggers for the support.

Thanks to my Twitter “family” for all the tweets of encouragement.

I feel incredibly blessed to have stumbled into an online community that is not afraid to celebrate successes. A community that is a safe place to admit health struggles or ask for advice. A community that is about taking care of your “whole” self rather than one focused on being thin.

What I love the most is how positive everyone is. Maybe I’m biased, but I feel like there are few groups or topics online that are so centered on being a positive influence. It’s refreshing, and I love it.

So thanks to all of you. You have each made this blogging experience such a positive one. Here’s to another 6 months, more triumphs and more growth!

Thank You Piloting Paper Airplanes

Girls Gone Sporty

Last night was terrible. Terrible I tell you. One of the worst “episodes” of muscle spasms yet.

I’ve talked about the circulation problem in my legs many times before here on PPA. After a good amount of time in doctor’s offices, an MRI, electronic nerve tests,Muscle spasms etc. Doc told me tight calf muscles is the culprit. My Achilles tendon is so tight (always has been) that I can’t get a good stretch all the way up my calf. This keeps the nerves tense and apparently cuts off feeling below them.

Not really sure how that works, but I was prescribed some compression socks and told to stretch more. The result is that it has been much more manageable the last few months.

Until last night.

The first time I got up was an hour after I went to bed. Walked around and stretched, trying to get blood flowing, and took some Exedrin PM. This is huge for me; I don’t take anything. No luck. The next time I got up Jon was already sound asleep and I was miserable. I walked, jumped around and stretched for nearly 40 minutes.

I finally fell asleep out of exhaustion more than relief and the spasms are still messing with my legs this morning. SO. FRUSTRATING.

Girls Gone SportyIn other news, I am now a Girls Gone Sporty Ambassador! I don’t know as much about this community so I’m excited to get involved. One thing I do really like about GGS is grants they provide for fit women to participate in events. Races can get quite pricey, especially if you have to travel. Good gear takes some $$ too.

I am a growing runner with a growing desire to complete some races – but I’m also a poor newlywed. I really appreciate that the GGS community recognizes the financial challenges that come with being active and is proactive in helping women participate.

Pretty cool stuff!

Don't shush your inner voice. It's who you really are.

Don't shush your inner voice. It's who you really are.

I’m feeling quite reflective lately.

  • Christmas is a week away.
  • It’s our first Christmas as a married couple.
  • It has been almost 6 months since I started blogging regularly.
  • I’m in the creative throes of building a couple of websites for our online media startup, dot.Dalton.
  • We will be hitting three cities in about 12 days over the holiday break.

I dunno…. lot’s going on with plenty of challenging and exciting things in the future. I fee like taking a step back to appreciate the craziness of the last year, everything I’ve learned and done, and what’s coming next.

So this Monday’s Motivation is about taking a look inward at your lovely self and appreciating what you find there.

*Click on an individual image to view larger in a gallery. All of these graphics are from my “Inspiration and Motivation” Pinterest board.
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Unravelling The Year Ahead 2013 Susannah Conway

I’ve gone through this Unravelling The Year Ahead 2013 workbook and it has been a cathartic experience. It spends some time reviewing 2012, and then really breaks down the coming year.

Unravelling The Year Ahead 2013 Susannah Conway

Photo credit: Susannah Conway, susannahconway.com

It’s pretty personal – not just outward goals, like job advancement and such, but inward goals, like letting go of things, forgiveness, etc. Because of that, I won’t share a lot from my workbook, but I do want to write out a few things. And encourage you do spent a little time on this yourself. *hint hint*

Let’s start with my top achievements in 2012:

  • Getting married! Obviously.
  • Launching my blog in June.
  • Starting our business, dot.Dalton. Still working on the website, so the launch is not official yet, but we have already done a few projects, so we’re on our way.
  • Gaining a better understanding of what my body needs regarding health and fitness.

On to some challenges in 2012:

  • Wedding was by FAR the biggest. The planning, the extreme financial stress, the family drama, etc. I am so glad that event is over. I keep telling myself that when we get farther away from the stress of that event, I’ll be able to look back and enjoy the photos and memories much more. I think we’re still effected by too much of the negative to fully appreciate the fun and excitement of the day.
  • Finances. We have been stretched beyond our means for six months. It’s not just wedding, it’s holiday travel (out-of-state from both families who rarely visit us), it’s our closest friends being in another city (again, who rarely come here). It’s paying extra on school debt because we really want that gone. It’s staying in an apartment that works fine, but is not ideal, because it’s inexpensive. It’s not being able to go out on dates or to see movies because we have to pay for things like a wedding and the holidays.I feel like I’m complaining a lot on this one, but the reality is that finances has been a big stress for us… and it often feels like the people closest to us don’t really get that. The first step toward healing is understanding the problem, right? This workbook has helped me realize how much hurt has come from this whole finances issue, so now I can work on releasing that stress and hurt.
  • Job. There are many great things I can say about my job. There are also the hard things I can say. (I’m pretty sure everyone has troubled things at work, regardless how good the job is). All I will say here is that there have enough frustrations to put this on my challenges list. I’m still growing and learning the best way to deal with things.

Describe 2012 in 3 words:

  • Change | Growth | Challenge

My 2012 conclusion?

  • There have been a ton of great things this year. I got married, and if we got back 13 months, I also graduated with my master’s degree! I started this blog that has grown so much in just six months; we’re launching a business; my running has gotten much more serious and I’ve improved a lot.I have also realized that 2012 is marred by quite a bit of stress, and I am SO ready to move on from this year! Time to peace out start fresh in 2013!

My word to “live by” in 2013:

  • Possibility.
  • Four more words to support “Possibility:”
    • Strength | Explore | Forgiveness | Stability

2013 in “threes.” There are more sets than these here, but I don’t want to give too much away. I want you to explore this workbook yourself too.

  • 3 things I positively love about myself: self–confidence, physical strength, protectiveness.
  • 3 things about myself I’m ready to let go of: emotional “blocking,” comparison, guilt.
  • 3 passions to explore more: running, blogging, ebooks and design (Ok, four things).
  • 3 ways to better connect with loved one: write more cards, be better at regular calls, visits? (this is a hard one, since most people don’t live in the same city, but we can try).

My favorite question from this workbook:

  • What is your secret wish for 2013?
    • I wrote something pretty bold…. but it’s a secret. Not for the blog.

My favorite activity from the workbook:

  • Writing a letter to myself from myself three years in the future. Three years is long enough to make a big difference on my goals, but still close enough for some of the challenges to be relevant. This was really interesting to write. (Also not for the blog. 🙂 )

As I said, this workbook is really really good, and I strongly encourage you to go through it yourself. I did it in two sittings, but you could easily do it in one. It probably takes 1 – 2 hours to complete. Print it out, make some coffee or tea, put on some nice background music, and go through it.

I know I discovered a lot about how I felt about 2012; it definitely surprised me how much stress and hurt I truly carry from the year. I now also feel like I’m ready to begin 2013! I’ve begun to address things from the past year, and I have goals for the coming year. This workbook is a cathartic and energizing experience. Don’t miss out!

Piloting Paper Airplanes Lasagna Rolls

I’m home sick today, so this will be a short post with a few photos. Those are easy. 🙂

Tuesday I tried  a new recipe, lasagna rolls. Not to be confused with lasagna. Which is basically the same thing, just stacked rather than rolled. It sounded cheesy and delicious, so I rolled with it.

The prep and the baking. I couldn’t tell you the calories and healthiness of this meal, but I doubt it was great. We did use low–fat ricotta cheese though. Jon chopped up fresh onions, garlic and zucchini and we mixed in an egg and spices. Put it together, top it off with sauce and cheese and get those lovelies baking. I put them in at 425° with the lids on for 20 minutes and then about 10 minutes with the lids off.

Piloting Paper Airplanes Lasagna RollsI planned to make this for weeks, so I was dying  to finally eat it. It did not disappoint. Perhaps not the best gourmet lasagna ever, but we both enjoyed it.

Piloting Paper Airplanes Lasagna Rolls

Now to the exciting news!

I’ve talked about my author/co–worker friend Casey before. She is the inspiration behind the Megaphone Society and pretty rad. Casey has been working on her first novel for 3+ years and yesterday, her shipment of paperback books finally arrived!

Casey Voight The Dove

Easily the most exciting day of work thus far.

We may or may not have gone racing out of the building when we saw the truck, and there may or may not have been four of us taking pictures of the poor (and super nice!) delivery guy. What can I say; you only get your first shipment of your first book once.

Print copies will be available to purchase soon; The Dove comes highly recommended by yours truly. I’m a big reader and really enjoyed this one. Also check out Casey’s blog and the book trailer on her web site.