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Day 4–30 Day Challenge May 12, 2011

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Day 4 = My Views on Religion

I try to keep things light around here, and religion is a personal topic.  But looking down that list above at the future topics to come, maybe this won’t be the most personal. Or maybe it is.

I don’t want to talk about religion because I don’t think that’s what my blog is here for. So instead of talking about RELIGION, I’ll discuss my FAITH.

I have to admit, I’m not 100% sure exactly what or if I believe in anything really. I never really thought to define my beliefs, but if I had to choose, the closest thing would probably be agnostic? I may not have a religion, but I do have faith. Lots of it. And in my opinion, that’s all that matters. You can have faith in god, a higher being, karma or yourself. Just have faith in something. You need something to motivate you through life, instill compassion and provide moral and ethical boundaries. Our world needs faith, otherwise we’d all be pessimistic narcissists. Wow, where did THAT come from?

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I really do believe in Karma. That whole “Treat people as you want to be treated” isn’t called the Golden Rule for nothing. If you do good things, good things will happen to you.  Life usually deals some good even with the bad, and it’s up to us to seek out those gifts.

When I was 16, I got cancer. For a brief moment, I did question why God would do that to me. But then I realized, it wasn’t about what God maybe did or didn’t do. I had a teacher tell me that ‘everything happens for a reason, even if we don’t know what that reason is yet’. I will never know why I got cancer, but I’m thankful for having had it. It taught me to dream big and to have the courage to follow those dreams. I had faith that things would work out the way they were meant to.

I do think I sometimes confuse faith with optimism. But really, aren’t they two of the same? Maybe that’s it. There you go. I believe in optimism. The world could probably stand to have a little more of that, don’t you think? More compassion, more patience, more positive energy?

And at the end of the day, at the core of it, isn’t optimism the foundation of any religion anyways?

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Previous 30-day Challenge Entries:
Day 1 – My Relationship
Day 2 – My 10-Year Plan
Day 3 – Views on Alcohol

 

Day 3–30 Day Challenge

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May I present Day 3 of the 30 day blogging challenge!

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This is kind of a strange topic for a blog post, but here it is! My views on drugs and alcohol.

Drugs are bad, kids. Just don’t do it.
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And while we’re at it, let me just say publicly that I can not STAND cigarettes. The smell is repulsive. Gross. There is nothing worse than going out for a run and coming across a thick cloud of cancer-stick smoke.

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Regarding alcohol, though I’m not a very big drinker, once in a while, I do enjoy a good beer, sweet cocktail or a glass or two of wine.
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Blue Lagoon Cocktails in Iceland on our Honeymoon!

I definitely don’t need alcohol to have a good time (I never have). I have a pretty low tolerance, so I prefer to stay cohesive and not risk getting sick the next day. (Oh man, those days are DEFINITELY over). We are notorious for opening a bottle of wine and leaving it half empty in the fridge for weeks. But it is fun to have a great beer on tap, or a crisp glass of Riesling, so when the situation is right, I’ll indulge. (And have no qualms about doing so).

I really don’t have a moral stance on alcohol one way or another. I just know what my own limits are and choose to stay within them.

Plus, let’s face it, root beer beats regular beer in a taste test any day!

Would you rather have a beer or a rootbeer on tap?
I’d choose Root Beer for sure. Especially over icecream. Mmmm!

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Previous 30-day Challenge Entries:
Day 1 – My Relationship
Day 2 – My 10-Year Plan

 

30 Day Challenge–My 10 Year Plan May 10, 2011

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This is Day 2 of my 30 day blogging challenge.

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Today’s topic is where I’d like to be in 10 years. In ten years, I’ll be 38. I’m not very happy about being 28, so the thought of being 38 is a little daunting to me. When I was little, I always wanted to be 26 years old. And now that I’m almost two years beyond that makes me sad. I am really loving my 20s though. Irving and I are having a blast doing what we love and I’m hoping it just gets better and better.
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Photo taken in Iceland on our Honeymoon!

In ten years, I hope to:

  • Be living in a house in Los Angeles (with a backyard, three bedrooms and a garage)
  • Be a mother of hopefully two (obviously beautiful) kids =)
  • Be celebrating my 12 year anniversary with my husband, Irving (we would have been together 20 years by then!)
  • Be heading off on my next international adventure. China? Australia? Denmark? Back to Italy?
  • Be signed up and training for my next race.
  • Be enjoying my hobbies and discovering new ones. (Scrapbooking? Sewing? Running? Photography?)
  • Have an established blog with focused and consistent content that people like to read
  • Be surrounded by good friends (both new and old)

 

Where do YOU want to be in 10 years?

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Previous 30-day Challenge Entries:
Day 1 – My Relationship

 

30 Day Challenge–My Relationship May 9, 2011

Filed under: 30 Day Challenge,Family,Happy,Love — Kelocity @ 4:00 am
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I saw a great list of blogging prompts recently (On Katy Widrick’s blog) and I thought it would be a great way to blast through some writers block. I don’t plan to do this in 30 consecutive days, but I will do them in order.

Here’s the breakdown of what’s to come:
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On July 11, 2009, I married my husband, Irving. Our wedding was in New Hampshire and we just loved every minute. I replay the whole day in my head sometimes when I’m trying to fall asleep. It really was the best day week of my life.
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But our relationship wasn’t your typical ‘girl meets boy, falls in love, gets engaged and gets married’ story. Our courtship was eight years long, and three of those years were long distance. Here’s our story.

September 2001
We met during my first week at Emerson College. Our first encounter was at a party before classes even started. We didn’t really talk until a week after that, but my family rolled their eyes when I told them I’d already met a guy within the first week of school. Our first real ‘date’ was to dinner at Remington’s, a cute casual restaurant next to our dorm.
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Summer 2002
Irving is from San Francisco, but he got a job in Boston for the summer so we could be closer. I was working long hours at a production company, but we saw each other as much as we could, stealing dinners here and there. It was an important summer for us both to grow. We supported each other and lived independently, it was as close as we ever got to actual ‘dating’.
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Fall 2002
Irving moved to Los Angeles for his last semester at Emerson, while I continued in Boston. We talked on the phone a lot and he would tell me about all the fun things he was doing in LA. This set the foundation for the upcoming three years we’d be in different time zones. But since I was four years younger, we both needed the time to grow independently and make sure we were both following our dreams.

Spring 2003
I moved to Europe for a semester, and Irving moved to New York.  A 6-hour time difference was hard (and there were 75 kids in my program and only two phone lines)! But we sent lots of letters and emails. Irving also surprised me in Paris on Valentine’s Day!
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Fall 2003 – Summer 2004
Irving continued to work in New York, and I focused on school in Boston. We’d see each other once a month or so with little weekend trips.
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Fall 2004
I moved to Los Angeles and Irving stayed in New York. We only saw each other twice in those four months (once in San Francisco and once in LA). Irving told me that if I loved LA as much as he did, he’d quit his job and move out west so we could finally live together.
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January 2005
We pack up a minivan and drive cross country together to our new life in LA. We moved into a small 1 room apartment in Hollywood and lived it up. We may not have had jobs for three months or even a bed for a while, but we were together and ready to conquer the world.
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Spring 2006 – 2008
We bought a condo together, our careers were going well and we got used to life as a couple.

January 2008
We FINALLY get engaged! After being together for 7 years, Irving popped the question in Temecula, CA.

July 2009
We got married!

And the rest was history! We loved that we had a few years apart because it laid a strong foundation of communication and respect that we are grateful to have now. It’s been almost ten years since we met, and I’m so excited to see what other fun adventures are in store for us. Only time will tell!
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