Thursday Thoughts – Life Lately. 9.13.2018

Blur. Whirl. Flying by.

All the things in my mind describing TIME right now in my life, haha! I’m sure those of you who follow me on social media have seen all my posts alluding to my new endeavors, my new outlook on life, my life goals.IMG_20180905_083145_988And a HUGE thank you to everyone who read my last blog about my big exciting announcements. You make my heart overflow with gratitude and love. Thank you thank you thank you for supporting me. πŸ™‚

I have been journaling as much as I can recently, getting ideas out on paper, making lists, just writing rambling thoughts, word vomit some would say. It feels so good. I can rest my brain at night knowing that my thoughts will still be there in the morning. Nothing is rushing me. Nothing will be ruined or break overnight. I get my thoughts together, write it down, and allow myself to rest. The universe makes everything work out the way it should – cause and effect. πŸ™‚IMG_20180906_082204_873As many of you know, I am only 10 days away from my 5th marathon!! Pretty dang stoked about that. This training has been the most intensive I’ve ever done, for any distance race, and I am so grateful for this experience. It blossomed my love for running and working hard towards goals all over again – I actually can NEGATIVE SPLIT! So crazy – I never thought I’d physically be able to do it; all I needed was some mental practice and good pacing.

My body is loving this training too! I feel lean, strong, like I can endure another 26.2 mile race. πŸ™‚ I am already looking forward to setting some really BIG goals coming in the next couple years too! Seeing what my body can do, how it can carry me, how it can adapt to the new environments I put it in. So freaking exciting!IMG_20180911_082534_510Also over the last few months/year, I’m sure those of you who know Patrick (muh man), you know that he is very involved in his farming business. Long story short, my boyfriend is a farmer – I know, freaking RAD right?! Well anyways, he’s been whipping up some incredible food for me (us) lately, and I couldn’t be happier about THAT too. Fresh herbs from our garden, delicious pesticide-free produce every single day, all kinds of fresh free range meat, eggs… homemade gluten free pastas and babaganoush… I could go on for days.IMG_20180831_145756Cooking at home has been an incredible improvement in our lifestyle, as well as our relationship, as we stay home 90% of the month and cook fresh from our garden or the gardens that Patrick works at. We bond over this new time together, and it flourishes into a delicious meal that we can truly appreciate from start to finish. It’s helped immensely with my digestion and stomach issues, and I’ve found some super easy gluten free recipes that are now staples in our house!! Win win all around! ❀IMG_20180909_121715IMG_20180826_102900_356I don’t know if it’s the recent new moon this last weekend, but I am feeling fresh this week. I’m ready for big changes. I’m in implementation mode in my life. I want to find new music to listen to, new workout clothes, sell old ones, donate others, freshen up our apartment, rearrange furniture, try new foods and recipes, get into some new hobbies. I’ve started to read several new books, and I am completely entranced by them. WHY DID I EVER STOP READING BOOKS?! It’s beyond me, because of how much I adore them.

Anyone with me there? I find this feeling to be incredibly cleansing and exciting. Most people would say that change is bad, scary, unnecessary. I couldn’t disagree more.

We need to change in order to grow; it’s as simple as that. I accept change with open arms. Being stagnant, being stuck in one place… that’s my fear. I will do whatever I can to keep swimming and not simply tread water.IMG_20180911_203452_352It’s my intention to share my journey with you as much as I possibly can, my ups and downs, all the real life experiences I have on a daily basis. I’m just a human, I’m not Wonder Woman (although I was her for Halloween and totally #girlcrush on Gal Gadot). I experience all kinds of emotions all the time, I don’t always succeed (read: HalfIronman experience from June).Β  I am as real as I possibly can be and try not to sugarcoat what I post or what I say – because that isn’t real life. Real life is never exactly what you want it to be to the fullest, but ya know, it still works out to be perfectly what it should be, regardless of what you are expecting. It always works out in the end. πŸ™‚

In any case, thank you for reading my rambling thoughts on this beautiful Thursday. I hope it inspires you. I hope my words can resonate somewhere within each of you. And if they don’t, and you just like to read to see pictures or get workout tips or any other reason, then that’s great too!! Whatever brings you to my little FitnessbyShannon community… WELCOME πŸ™‚ I’m so happy to have you here.

Let’s keep running. ❀

Peace, xoxo,


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