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30 Days of Gratitude
Today I am thankful for my principal, who has helped to alleviate some stress I’ve had about the winter musical program. She really works hard to see that all of her teachers are getting the help they need, and follows through with what she says she’s going to do.
30 Days of Gratitude
Today I am thankful for my legs, which allowed me to run a 5k in 28:55, my fastest 5k ever!
30 Days of Gratitude
Today I am thankful for all the people who support me for running. Even if it’s a simple good luck text before a race or a “like” on a Facebook status about a run I just completed, every little bit counts. Sometimes it’s really hard to get out there and commit to it, but I know that there are people who will be proud of me when I do. I know that they want to see me do what’s best for me, and it’s this feeling that motivates me to keep going! I always try to keep this in mind when I see someone else post about running or make sure to congratulate others on their races.
Lately my mom has been a big supporter of my running, and has actually started running herself. I am so proud of her and love to see how excited she gets about it or when she’s trying to update her playlist. I have a race tomorrow (5k) and she turned down tickets to a Mizzou football game just so she could be home for me and go with me to get my race packet. She’s also going with me tomorrow to cheer me on, and I’m super grateful for that.
I’m also thankful for Daylight Savings Time so I can get an extra hour of sleep!
A lot of people are doing this, and I decided to hop on board because I think it will do me a world of good. Today I’m actually starting with 3 things.
1. Starbucks red cups. This means Christmas is right around the corner! I got my fix today at Barnes & Noble with a peppermint mocha - delicious.
2. A little less superficial, I’m thankful for the beautiful fall leaves and weather we’ve been having lately. Even when you might be having a crappy day, at least there’s pretty things to look at.
3. This last idea cannot be captured by a photo, and it’s probably the biggest deal to me. Today I’m thankful for the power to confront my fears. I appreciate the ability to feel fear, because once we can recognize it, we can challenge ourselves to grow as human beings. There are two quotes that I love which inspire me to push myself forward and do things that may initially seem scary or intimidating. The first one is by Eleanor Roosevelt, and it goes, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” Once you force yourself to do something uncomfortable it becomes so much easier the second, third, and fourth time. I always tell my students this when they ask how to get over their fear of singing in front of people. Do it often. I’m not sure who said this second quote, but it goes, “Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone.” I love this. So many times people stand in their own way of success or happiness because they don’t allow themselves to truly live. Do things that make you feel uncomfortable, you may experience some awesome things and people you would never have known before. So that is my motivation to go to an event tonight where I know things may get awkward. Do it anyway, go into it with a positive attitude, and I’ll probably have fun. :)
Last night I dressed up for Halloween as Regina George from Mean Girls. It was definitely a costume where every girl immediately knew who I was and every guy would blankly stare at me puzzled. Throughout the night several girls rushed up to me asking for a picture—so funny and flattering. The only downside to the costume was limited range of motion. I couldn’t really bend over, and I had to sit awkwardly with my brace ascending skyward (as pictured above). All in all, it was totally worth it.
For my costume:
*Strapless pink dress— Went to the mall and found one on sale (yay for out of season sale racks).
*Blonde wig—Probably the most expensive part of my costume. It was around $25 at Halloween City. But, I guess that’s the price I pay as a brunette.
*2 dowel rods— Each cost about $2.50 from Menards. I really wish I had had some way to shorten these rods. In the movie, the 2 vertical poles of Regina’s brace are behind her back. However, when I tried constructing the brace with the dowel rods behind my back, I couldn’t wear the brace. Sadly, my butt was in the dowel rods’ way, haha. I didn’t have tools to cut the dowel rod at my apartment, and each rod was too thick to break in half, so I decided to put the rods in front. I could wear the brace, but the ends of the rods extended past my hip joint. Bending over and sitting down were awkward experiences (as pictured above), but I think that just made my costume funnier.
*3 cross stitch hoops— I purchased 2 big hoops and 1 small hoop from Michaels ($18 total). The 2 big hoops went around my midsection, and the small hoop was for my head. The trick to making the brace work was having hoops that were flexible and big enough to get on and off, yet have it small enough so the bottom hoop on the brace would rest on your hips without sliding down your thighs. ALSO, I put the screw piece of the hoops in front for the torso. This made it much easier to take on and off.
*Gorilla tape— This was the ONLY black tape I could find at Walmart. It was pretty expensive for tape ($8), but it worked really well. I originally was going to spray paint the dowel rods and hoops, but I was pressed for time. Instead, I encircled each hoop and rod with tape completely. The downside to this was having some pieces of my wig hair get stuck in the tape, but I only noticed it after I took off the brace at the end of the night—so, not a big of deal.
*Hot glue gun— Used for gluing the flowers on the head piece of brace.
*Pink flowers— I bought 4 sets of pink floral bouquets from Michaels for about $10. Originally, I cut each flower from the bouquet leaving a piece of the plastic stem. I wanted to make the flowers look “vine-y” like in the movie, BUT the plastic stem melted when I used the glue gun. I ended up just cutting the stems off, and gluing the flowers only.
*Burn book— I googled “Burn Book” and printed off an image of the book’s cover. I cut out the letters of Burn Book and taped them to a pink piece of paper. To fill in the rest of the cover’s design, I just drew it. Then, I simply put the pink sheet on a binder. Everyone loved it!
My friends are funnier than yours!