I wasn’t originally planning on doing a year in review recap since I didn’t start A Couple of Dashes until August, but after reading a few by other bloggers (Lake Shore Runner, Meals and Miles and Run Eat Repeat), I decided I would be sad if I didn’t have one to look back at next year. My year was filled with some crazy highs and lows. I lost some old friends and made some new ones, let go of some dreams that could never fully make it to fruition, but also saw some dreams I never could have imagined before come true. So here’s a look back at all the shenanigans I got into in 2014! Let’s get to it!
I’m so sad to say that the Proud To Be Me Campaign that I’ve been participating in with some of my Sweat Pink sisters for the month of November is coming to an end this weekend. I feel like I’ve learned a lot about myself during this process and have noticed significant shifts in my way of thinking. Since I’ve started this process, I’ve become more aware when negative self-talk starts creeping into my head and am able to replace it with something more positive, which is no small feat.
As you all probably know by now, I’m participating in the Proud To Be Me Campaign with some of my Sweat Pink sisters this month and it’s been such a great experience so far. The prompts this week focused on our work ethic, what makes us strong and how we inspire others, all of which were somewhat challenging for me to answer. I tend to beat myself up a little in these areas, so I really had to think about my answers to these prompts. I always feel like I could be doing more or doing what I’m doing better, so the prompts this week helped me realize that I’m doing the best that I can and always have good intentions, so I need to learn to cut myself some slack. Since work has been insane these last couple of weeks, I really struggled with getting out of the Negative Nancy mindset this week and focusing on the positives. It’s going to be something I’m going to have to work on for awhile before it becomes a habit, but I know I really need to make this shift in thinking for my sanity!
As you all probably know by now, I’m participating in the Proud To Be Me Campaign with some of my Sweat Pink sisters this month and it’s been such a great experience so far. I’m already getting really sad thinking about this ending at the end of the month and that we’re over halfway done with this campaign. It has really inspired me to shift my way of thinking about myself and my body and I’m ecstatic I decided to participate. It’s provided me with a few “Ah ha!” moments so far that I will be forever grateful for.
I’m participating in the Proud To Be Me Campaign with some of my Sweat Pink sisters this month and it’s been such a great experience so far. I’ve been posting my responses to the daily prompts via Twitter (<— Be my friend!) but wanted to do a weekly roundup of my responses here since some of you may not catch all the updates on Twitter and also to spread the word about the campaign a little more. I really love searching “#ProudToBeMe” at the end of each day to read what everyone else is posting. It’s very inspiring!
When I first read about the Proud To Be Me Campaign that Kathy at MamaMarathoner was organizing, I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. When I first signed up, I did it because I thought it would be a good way for me to switch my way of thinking to something more positive and self-loving. Now, after reading the reason that Kathy started this campaign, I realized this was more important than I originally thought and much bigger than just shifting my way of thinking about myself. I hope that in participating in this challenge, I will not only start to shift my way of thinking and learn to love and appreciate myself and the things that make me special, but also inspire you all to think of yourself in a more positive light too.