Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Someday

Have you ever used the word ‘someday’? Someday I’ll do this, someday I’ll do that. It is a dangerous word because all too often, ‘someday’ never arrives. All through my life I used this word. Any time something sounded fun, interesting, or challenging, my first thought was always “yeah I’ll add that to my list of things to do – I’ll get to it someday.”

Fast forward to the spring of 2010 – my college graduation grew closer, and that very word somehow became all powerful. I felt as though my real life was about to begin, and my ‘someday’ could be any moment, and I did not want to waste anymore time merely dreaming. I decided to start chasing my goals by accepting an amazing job in the field I desired, who then gave me the chance to live in Australia for six months. I took that opportunity and began my ‘someday’ ambitions.

I spent six months learning, working, traveling… experiencing new cultures and checking off bucket list items. I tried many new foods, the oddest ones including kangaroo and crocodile. I went skydiving for the first time, scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, learned to surf, went ocean kayaking, and more. I traveled to New Zealand, Fiji, and all along the eastern coast of Australia. I saw crystal clear oceans and beautiful beaches I never even knew existed before I moved there. Living on a new continent forced me to exit my comfort zone and made my ‘someday’ real every single day!

Exploring the Whitsunday Islands at Whitehaven Beach

Driving along the Great Ocean Road (Southern Australia)

The moment I came back home everything changed. As much as I wanted to mark more ‘someday’ items off my list, I went back to my old ways and stayed within the boundaries of that pesky comfort zone. About a year later is when I found my love for running. I had always seen long distance races as an unreachable goal, yet it was still something I secretly hoped to do ‘someday.’ When I realized that running a half marathon was actually attainable, my desire to conquer those ‘someday’ items came back. It was as though running had flipped a switch within me – I had found my adventurous side yet again!

My first big race – The 2013 Disney Princess Half Marathon

Every day I am grateful that the events in my life led me to begin running. If I had not chosen that job out of college and moved to Australia (which is where I gained all my extra weight), I would not have found my amazing husband (we met through work) and gotten engaged to him, and therefore I would not have felt that initial spark of desire to lose weight. Every decision has helped mold me to become the person I am today, and who knows where I would be in my life if I had not made those same decisions – quite possibly still confined within the prison of that ‘someday’ comfort zone.

Our engagement at Cinderella’s Wishing Well at Disney World

Our Wedding Day in Maui, Hawaii

Today I am blessed to be able to say that ‘someday’ is no longer a dangerous word for me. Running has truly taught me that I am capable of anything to which I set my mind, in every facet of my life! Don’t wait for life to happen to you to conquer your goals. Take chances and create opportunities – chase your dreams…make them a reality!

Finishing the Woodlands Marathon – My first full marathon

QOTD: What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

19 comments

  1. Such an inspiring post - I love it! I so wish the weather would warm up here so I can get outside, because I'm so anxious to run! (My hubby and I got married in Hawaii too; best decision ever! :)

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    1. Thanks Jamie! YES, destination weddings are the best! So easy to plan, and gorgeous scenery, plus you are already at your honeymoon location!

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  2. All of your traveling sounds absolutely amazing! It is my dream to travel to Australia and New Zealand. If I could not fail I would definitely do an IronMan!

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    1. I really want to go back and see more of Australia and New Zealand...there is so much to explore! An Ironman race would be awesome!

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  3. If limitations and injuries weren't going to stop me, I'd tackle a marathon.

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    1. Once you conquer those injuries, I know you'll be able to run a marathon!

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  4. So inspiring! If I couldn't fail, I'd probably become a film critic and actually put my degree to use. :) We have a lot of similarities- both met our husbands through work, both started to lose weight before our weddings. And my runner-up wedding dress looked very similar to yours! Excellent taste! ;)

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    1. That would be a fun job!!

      We really do have a lot in common :0) And thank you, you have excellent taste as well! I have seen your wedding dress in your posts!

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  5. What a wonderful post Lauren! It is said that people put off things (their "someday" lists) because they are afraid of failure. I think this is partly true, but in my mind it's mostly because I've become lazy or too comfortable in my "comfort zone" and don't like change!

    How wonderful that someone was their to capture your engagement! And that wedding picture is beautiful! So glad that you got to check so many things off your bucket list. You are an inspiration to those that always think "someday" I'll do it!

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    1. Thank you so much! :0) Fear of failure is definitely a big part of it... I know it has affected me in the past. I try not to let it anymore though!

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  6. I dont know why, but this made me a little teary eyed... what a wonderful life you've had. So many blessings & adventures... & I love you found something that still speaks to the side of you that pushes you & gives you new adventures.
    BTW - proposed by the wishing well in Disney? My Disney heart swooned!

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    1. Awww, thank you Rebecca! My husband and I are both Disney lovers so him proposing while we were there for our first Disney World trip together was perfect!

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  7. What a beautiful post. Australia looks amazing, my husband and I were planning a trip there when I found out I was pregnant. It's postponed for a few years, but we cannot wait to take our son there and explore, so gorgeous.

    I love that you were able to turn your "somedays" into reality. I think fear holds so many of us back in life. You are amazing and I am so happy to have found you through blogging!

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    1. Thank you :0) Australia is incredible... when y'all start planning your trip I will be happy to share with you some of my favorite spots that I visited if you want any ideas!

      I am so glad I found your through the blog-o-sphere too... I love your posts!

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  8. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this post! This is so true. I am definitely one of those people who has always had a whole lot of "somedays" on their list, and finding my love for running has definitely helped give me the courage to pursue a few of them -- running-related or not! It's amazing how running a marathon forces you to realize exactly what you're capable of achieving. Also, I love your proposal/wedding photos! :-D

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    1. Thanks Jennifer!! It really is amazing how our running accomplishments can extend that motivation into other parts of life!

      And huge congrats to you for completing your second marathon this weekend!!

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  9. AWESOME post Lauren! Really true to where I am in my life right now. Having a 'someday' list can be empowering but it can also be a scapegoat for some. I try to let it be my push to accomplish more in life. :)

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    1. Thank you! I totally agree - those someday items should be 100% motivation!

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