Last Sunday, I woke up earlier than usual, got dressed, had a little bit of breakfast and off I went to the Burswood foreshore. There, I was greeted with "good mornings" and "are you ready for your run?". Everyone there was there for a reason, either to run or to provide support and cheers for the runners. It was the morning of the Perth Marathon. You can smell the exitement in the air. I was there to run my leg of my relay team (6km) and also to cheer on my friends who were running the full marathon.
I was there in time just as they were about to start the race, I saw a few familiar faces and yelled out encouragements. The count down and the bang of the start gun and they were off! I was so excited that I nearly pee my pants and I am not the one running the race even.
As the time progressed, I stood at my spot, while waiting for one of the runner in my team (he ran the half marathon leg) and cheered people along. I didn't know who they were but I offered encouragement and told them they were doing an amzing job. Everyone running the marathon had their game face on or were in the "Zone". I get it. Running a marathon is 80% mind games.
This is why I love the running community and the core of why I love running. Everyone is just so encouraging, so supportive and very helpful. I made a lot of new friends and came out of my comfort zone this past year because of these wonderful people. I am even planning to run my first Marathon in 2015 because of the support that I have from these amazing people around me. I don't think that I have had so much positiveness in my life. It is bloody amazing.
So, here I am now, thinking of my next move. My training plan to run a half marathon in October and a marathon next year. I am so scared that I could vomit, but I know what my running buddies would say, "Suck it up and just go out and enjoy your run, you can do this"! And you know what? I will!
There is no doubt that I love the River Cottage Series. I often day dream that I live in a small sustainable self sufficient farm. I would make everything from scratch. Eat what ever I got from the garden that day and get fresh chicken eggs from my chooks. One day. One day it would come true.
Until that day comes, I will just browse and look through my favourite cook book from him. River Cottage Everyday. One of my favourite recipe from this book is his 10 Minute Chocolate Chip Cookies. Perfect for days when you have cravings for something sweet.
Over the weekend, I had one of those cravings. I was craving cake, but I ran out of milk. So I made these chocolate chip cookies instead. I tweaked it a little because I didn't want it too sweet.
My ever so eager baker's apprentice helped me today. It's such an easy recipe to make with kids. I think her favourite bit was to lick the wooden spoon at the end and of course the end product.
Ten-Minute Chocolate Chip Cookies (Adapted from River Cottage)
125 unsalted butter
25g organic stiva (I use Natvia) but if you dont have it, 100g of castor sugar*
70g light brown sugar
1 medium egg
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
155g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of seasalt
100 dark chocolate, chopped up into small chunks (you can use milk chocolate)
I am in a sharing mood today, so let's take a peek of what is in my day to day bag. I don't have an expensive bag, as you can see, I prefer something big enough to carry things around. :)
Bag: Colette Hayman
Now the best bit, Tadahhh.... And I wonder why my shoulder is always aching. :*) So from left to right and clockwise:
small sketch pad for the Lil' Tiger to doodle in; my day planner, very important if you run a small business and a small family; my Kate Spade wallet, gifted by a good friend; small coin pouch; wet wipes; tissues; foldable shopping bag; NYX blusher; MAC blot powder; Ecotools Brush; self inking stamp; NYX Lipstick, Revlon mascara; Lucas Pawpaw cream; small bottle of bubbles; Epipen, for the lil Tiger; Pluto; Noise maker; NYX Shine Killer; small make up pouch; small pencil case I bought from Daiso; medium sized pencil case for the Lil' Tiger's colouring pencils.
So there you have it. As you can clearly see, I share my bag. :*)
What is in your bag?
Lately, it has been so difficult to try to find things to blog about. A lot is happening but I just can't seem to find the words to write. Every time I sit down and write, I delete the post at the end thinking it's not going to make any sense or it's not going to be good enough, hence the silence here. But I am not about to let that stop me from blogging though.
In the future, if you see me rambling about things, just ignore me. :) It's probably me unloading what is on my mind on the blog. HAH! And with that, I leave you with this quote that is my current mantra lin life, I am currently creating and projecting the life I want to live in and I hope you are too. Shine Shine.
About 2 weeks ago, M and I had our very first Parent Teacher meeting. I was really looking forward to the meeting as I have not had any real feedback from her class Directress. I was also curious to know how was she progressing and adapting at Montessori "school".
A little bit about the Lil' Tiger. She is turning 4 this year, she goes into full time daycare with Montessori "school" Cycle 1 in it. She loves going to Montessori and is very happy in it. Before going to Montessori, she went to a Reggio Emilia inspired centre.
Her class Directress is amazing. You can see that she is so passionate about what she is "teaching" and really believes in the teachings. Her feedback was amazing and she keeps telling me that she can see the changes in the Lil' Tiger and how fast she is picking up things. I did tell her that I try to do Montessori style jobs at home so it flows from home to Montessori.
There are a few areas that the Directress said that the Lil' Tiger could improve on, one was her "calling" her friends from one side of the class to the other side. Oppps... I think this is partly my fault because at home, we usually "call" each other from one room to come into the other room. I think I need to work on that too. I can't really remember what the other one was but it's something small that I am not too worried about.
The LT could recognise a few letters and numbers now and I am really happy with that. She can count up to 30 without any hesitation, a major milestone for me since she only could count to 10 this time last year. She excels in her math skills, pictured above where she is making geometric paterns from wooden shapes.
I am quite happy with her progress there and I really wish I could send her to a full time Montessori school next year but, that is really out of our budget. So, in the meantime, I will still try to have Montessori jobs/activities at home.
That right there is my official parkrun Personal Best time. I run 5km in 37 minutes and 49 seconds.
Some people might think that is fast, some people might think that is slow (because they can run it in less than 20 minutes) and to me, it is a time that I need to improve. I know I can go much faster than that and I need to get it down to at least 35 minutes.
That is what I tried to do last Saturday. To run 5km under 35 minutes. Did I do it? Unfortunately, NO. I felt deflated when I got my email results. All that effort and I was off by 2 minutes. Thankfully, the running community that I am in is so supportive. I instantly got messages from my running buddies to never give up and try again the next week, and just like that I was determined again to try again. I will keep trying until one day, I will beat my own personal best. :)
I am not competitive at all, and I think that is why all my life, I have been pretty happy with what I have. I think that has to change. I need to compete with myself from time to time because I know I can do better.
So, I am putting it out there that by the end of this year, my goal is to reduce my personal best by 2 minutes. Wish me luck.
I use to suffer in the name of fashion. Pre child, I use to wear really high heels and walk up and down St Georges Terrace while doing my errands. At the end of the day or my rounds, I would take my shoes off and swore never to wear them again, but I never learn. My feet would hurt so bad and I would sometimes have blisters. Ouch.
Now, I go for shoes with comfort. Sure I do not go out and run errands as much anymore but I do have to stand for a period of time for a work function. I remember the last work function I went to, I had to take my shoes off under the table because my most "comfortable" shoes was not really made for standing too long. It was only comfortable if I sit in the office.
Ziera Shoes is made for comfort. founded by podiatrist, Mervyn Adams and David Robertson, they set out to find shoes that you can actually live in and can't live without. They also made them stylish and not nanna like. Their Winter range this year have me swooning over this (pictured) gorgeous riding boots. I can never find comfortable boots and these looks very comfortable. They are quite reasonably priced too. They make other types of shoes that are comfortable too and they are really stylish. I have a few in my wishlist all ready to go. You can check out the whole range on their website.
This is a sponsored post but opinions are my own.
So, this is the new me. Got a new haircut and styled it differently. Like I have said in my previous post, things are busy at the moment in my life and unfortunately, this humble blog of mine is getting neglected.
Looking back on the past ten years of blogging, yes, can you believe it it has been TEN YEARS since I have blogged (which means I have known some of my readers for 10 years but have never met), I realised that my blog has changed from me being single, to being married, to being a mom and now, dare I say it, a runner!
I have grown up a lot in the last ten years. Reading back on some of my old posts, I can not believe that I have posted and share some things in my life, but I have no regrets. It's me. Those of you who knows me in real life for a while, know that I wear my heart and emotion on my sleeves.
Which direction is it heading right now? Well, I am still a mum and I am still married, so no changes there. The only thing that might change is that I will talk a lot about positive thinking, being healthy and probably talking a lot about running. I figured if I don't, I might stop doing it and I will lose momentum and motivation. I also hope that along the way, I might even inspire some of you to go out and start running or generally just be healthy.
So posts on the blog will still have bits and pieces from my life. I am still the same person inside, just maybe now a little healthier. :)
Well that was a long break! I did not anticipate taking a long break from the blog but things, things just got away. I thought I could get away with just posting photos but that too got away from me really quick.
So what have I been up to? Working 2 jobs. One working for an employer and the other one is a small business that I have aquired. It's progressing on slowly but I like to take things slow. :)
What else? Running. I have been running heaps lately. Entering more races, one half marathon in the works in October eeekks, and training for these races.
I lost my grandma last weekend. She was my last grandparent. She will be sorely missed by some. Despite the situation, I have to say, I am happy that I went to pay my last respect. I caught up with cousins, aunties and uncles, whom I have not seen in a great while.
Life is back to normal now. Hopefully, I will find time to update this blog again. In the meantime, I am active on my instagram and my facebook page, so you can find me there. :)