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6 Days In

Well, so far I feel like I’m kicking 2011’s butt.  I honestly can say I have no complaints yet this year.  So what if we’re only 6 days into it?  I’m feeling very good – energized even – about what is to come this year.

I really have to give a little bit of credit to my in-laws though, because if it weren’t for their visit during the last couple weeks of December, I would probably be as frazzled as I normally am in the new year.  It was such a joy to have them here over Christmas, and they were incredibly helpful with the kids.  Not only did they agree to take Zach to swimming lessons over his school break (which he LOVED!), but by keeping the kids at home, they knocked over an hour and a half of commute time off of my work day.  It was so nice not to have to rush in the mornings, and to actually get home at 5:00.

Maybe it is because I actually got some sleep for a change, or maybe just because we are finally getting back into our routine, but my head feels clearer than it has in a long time and I’m making plans.  I’m so excited about the decisions I’m making and can’t wait to see them unfold.  Some of these are smaller things, like finally making the decision to commit to Weight Watchers again, and others are big, major, life-changing things that I’m not quite ready to spill just yet.  I realize that some of it may fizzle out as time goes on and I decide which are the most important, but for now I’m just going with the excitement.

The first thing I’m focusing on is taking care of myself.  I re-joined Weight Watchers on Monday and am really going to try to stick with it this time.  I weighed myself this morning and am already down 3.5 pounds since I started.  I know I always drop a few pounds quickly at first, but it still felt really good to see that number on the scale!

Thanks to some very gentle prodding from Cagey, I also registered for my first 5K of the year (feel free to follow that link if you’d like to help sponsor me!).  Having a goal really helps motivate me to exercise, so I plan to do at least two 5K’s this year and I’ll have one of them knocked out by the end of January.

Taking care of myself also includes taking care of the craziness in my head, so I am journaling for the first time in years.  It really helps to clear my head, even if it is something as simple as writing down my to-do list for the day.  I hope to get better at this as time goes by.  I’ve already missed a day or two, but since it is my journal, I guess that doesn’t matter that much.

I also want to make a concerted effort to rekindle some friendships and maybe make some new ones.  Even though I’m on facebook and have re-connected with a lot of friends there, I don’t feel like I have many true friendships, mostly just acquaintances.  I know it is pretty much my fault because I hate picking up the phone.  Plus, actually getting out of the house takes some major scheduling and effort so I just don’t do it.  It is time to change that.  I need to get out every once in a while, even if it is just to meet up for an hour and gab.

I also miss my little online community that I used to be part of, so my Twitter account is public again and I want to start engaging more.  I may not have much to say, but I’m going to try to jump in a little more often.  I needed a break for a while and now I’m ready to roll again.  What can I say, I miss the over-sharing!  Besides, because I was on Twitter this morning, I’ve already signed up for my first 5K of the year and will be spending that time with a friend! Double score!

The biggest challenge I have set for myself though, is to improve my photography skills.  I’m learning a little bit all the time, but I want to get to the point where I’m getting the results I want at least 99% of the time.  I want to think through my photos, plan out what I want, and capture what I see in my head.  I have a long way to go to get to that point, but I’m going to have fun getting there!  To keep myself moving forward, I started a new 365 project.  I’ve always been afraid to do it before, but this time I’m not putting any limitations on it (unlike my failed 365 gratitude project).  One photo a day of anything that strikes me.  It may be artistic or it may not; it all depends on the mood I’m in that day.  It may be shot with my iPhone, my crappy point-n-shoot, or my DSLR, whatever I happen to have in my hands.  No limitations.  I’ve made it 5 days so far and I’m already patting myself on the back.

2011, I think I may love you.  Let’s keep this good relationship going for the next 359 days, okay?

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Race For The Cure

Race For The Cure 2010

Sunday morning I crawled out of bed at 5:45 a.m.  I was both excited and nervous knowing that in two hours I would be running my first 5K run at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.  I was pretty sure I could force myself to run the entire 3.1 miles on my treadmill in my 70 degree basement, but I didn’t train outdoors and I was worried about the heat and humidity combination.  However, I took a peek at my pledge page just  before I went to bed Saturday night and this is what I saw:

Race For The Cure

I have some incredible friends and family members. You guys not only doubled, but tripled my fund raising goal! I thought I would be lucky to hit $160, but never in my wildest dreams did I think I would see the balance rise to nearly $500! I wasn’t about to let you guys down.

My mom and my niece Caitlin got up early to cheer me on (and give me a ride) and I was glad to have them there. My nerves started getting the best of me just shortly before the race started. I decided to hit the port-a-potty line and by the time I got out had only about five minutes until start time.

When I got to the starting line, quite a few people had already started walking, but I waited for the official start to take off. The first thing I realized was that I should have trained for hills. Funny how it seems a whole lot more hilly when you’re on your feet than when you’re in a car!

I got a pretty good start, but tired out a lot faster than I thought I would. I blame it on the combination of the hills and the sun beating down on me. I had to stop and walk much sooner than I wanted to, but I knew if I didn’t I’d never make it the whole way. I ended up walking most of the uphills and running as much as I could on the downhills and flat areas.

I was getting pretty worn out by the time I got near the end, but I was determined to finish it out running. As I turned the last corner I took a short walk break, then ran toward the finish line. I finished at 45 minutes, 56 seconds, which was much better than I was expecting.

Overall it was a great experience and one I definitely plan to do again. Next year I’m going to raise the bar and increase my fund raising goal. I may even try to run the timed race next year. I’m going to start training next week. I see a lot of hills in my future!

To all of you who donated, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. It really means a lot that you would donate to a cause that is so important to me, and more importantly, that you believe in me.

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Walking for the Homeless

This Saturday, May 15th, I’ll be joining a team from Northland UMC to fight against homelessness in Kansas City by walking for Hillcrest Transitional Housing.  Hillcrest is an organization that provides homeless families with 90 days of transitional housing, classes in budgeting, employment, life skills & community living, and a way to bring their families back to self-sufficiency. Hillcrest gives people a fresh start when they have no where else to turn.

I’m reaching out today and asking for support from anyone who may be able to give a few dollars.  Since I’m a little late to the party, my goal is to raise $100, but I would be thrilled to exceed that goal.  Homelessness can affect anyone at any time and I feel like this is a great way to help out in my local community.

If you would like to donate, please go to to the Hillcrest Transitional Housing web site and select my name (look for Perrin) from the “Select A Participant” list at the top of the page, then click the “Sponsor Me” button and fill in the amount you would like to donate.  Every little bit helps, so even if you only have a few dollars, you will make a difference.  If you don’t feel led to donate right now, that’s ok too.  When the time is right, donate to someone in your own community and make a difference.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for donating, for reading, and for just being here.

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