Life has been humming right along, and with inspiration from Kate at 365 til…, here’s a look at what’s been up lately.
I recently finished Jim Whittaker’s A Life on the Edge. And, a pretty charmed one at that. He grew REI into what it is today, was the first American to summit Everest, sailed around the world, grew up in the Pacific Northwest… pretty much everyone’s dream life (at least mine anyway!). That said, he’s about as modest as they come. Incredibly wise, too… one of my favorite quotes from the book: It’s about making the most of every moment, about stretching your own boundaries, about being willing to learn constantly, and putting yourself in situations where learning is possible – sometimes even critical to your survival. Being out on the edge, with everything at risk, is where you learn – and grow – the most.
Traveling the world. Between all the BuzzFeed compilations of all the amazingness around the world, the National Geographic insta feed, Kal Barteski’s recent trip to Iceland, Emily‘s Thailand adventures, Laura‘s Italian cycling adventure… I want to sell everything, cram what’s left in a vintage Airstream, and travel and bike for a living. Is that too much to ask?! Because WHY NOT. Nick, you in?
Time + life. My sis and I have had long conversations about it, I’ve blogged about it, and it’s been an almost all-consuming thought swirling in my head. I turn 35 – THIRTY FIVE – in December. I’ve lived in MSP for six years. My wild weim Zoey is suddenly 13.5 years old when I swear I *just* brought her home, all Dumbo-eared + sass moufed, yesterday. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t occasionally think about that biological clock, but on the other hand, I want to race my triathlon heart out. And, then it spirals into what the hell have I done with my life?! And, I wonder why I’m not calling the shots about it and how I spend my everyday. Am I the only one who wants to say eff societal norms?! The cubicle?! The computer screen?! Gah! Going down that rabbit hole is dangerous and kinda depressing. Anyway… *sigh* #thirdlifecrisis?
Training. There is (almost) nothing I’d rather do that spend my days swimbikerunning. Training is going GREAT. Intensity is up, I tried band swimming for the first time and nearly drown, and running feels good (up to six miles!). #bikelove runs deep, and I got outside twice last week, the first sunshiny rides since October. I’m learning that the more I swim, the more I love it. Also learning: New limits. It’s been pretty cool to push the boundaries and see just what my body is capable of.
Packing. Nick and I are moving to the ‘burbs this month. I wish the apartment packing fairies would get to work! And, I may be in denial about leaving our ‘hood…
Magic by Coldplay. It’s been on repeat for a week (no lie). New album = pre-ordered. Also, Girl Talk, still.
The season finale of Parenthood. So. Good. Also, this video (thanks to Picky Bars for sharing)…
Favorite quote of the week
If we want to live a wholehearted life, we have to become intentional about cultivating rest and play, and we must work to let go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as self-worth. Spot on, Brené Brown. Spot. On.
What about you? What have you been up to lately?