Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Cry me a river

So this past week/weekend has been a time of tears.  Some good, some not so good.  Tears can be so cathartic.  They can be so good and cleansing.  They can "wash the windows to your soul."  Or they can be embarrassing.  Or they can be heartfelt.  There are all kinds of tears.  Let me share with you some of mine.

Post Spring Lake open water swim practice.
Preceding this picture was where I had my first mini cry-sesh.  My couch to tri group had our very first open water swim practice.  Aaaaaand I cried.  Like a little kid.  I was so overwhelmed and afraid of the open water and felt that I couldn't do it and afraid and exhausted, and did I mention afraid?  Oh man.  I mean, I grew up in Lake Michigan - so being in open water doesn't scare me.  Swimming in open water doesn't scare me.  But my version of swimming is doggy paddling around while laughing and giggling with girlfriends.  This kind of swimming was intense.  This kind of swimming was laps around kayaks with seaweed and muck in your eyes.  I was seriously so overwhelmed.

But my coach, Dee, the kind lady in the foreground of this picture, pulled me aside and reminded me that I can do this.  I can overcome all kinds of fears.  I am a strong and capable woman who she believes can accomplish this feat.  So after taking a deep breath, I jumped back in and finished out the practice.  She reminded me that even if it's not "the perfect stroke," even if I have to do some alternate stroke other than freestyle, moving forward is the name of the game.  That gave me great confidence and I felt much better.  Those were the first tears.

Danny and Christina
The next tears were surrounding this gorgeous couple.  They got married this weekend.  I was blessed enough to be able to be a part of their beautiful day.  I got to read the following poem by Pablo Neruda:

I don’t love you as if you were a rose of salt, topaz,
or arrow of carnations that propagate fire:
I love you as one loves certain obscure things,
secretly, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that doesn’t bloom but carries
the light of those flowers, hidden, within itself,
and thanks to your love the tight aroma that arose
from the earth lives dimly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where,
I love you directly without problems or pride:
I love you like this because I don’t know any other way to love,
except in this form in which I am not nor are you,
so close that your hand upon my chest is mine,
so close that your eyes close with my dreams.

Christina and I have been best of friends since we were in the fourth grade.  We have been through so much together.  She is my lobster (lobsters mate for life).  I love her dearly.  This was such a happy celebration for me to see her with Danny.  Danny is so good to her and for her.  They make the most wonderful couple.  They are so blessed to have each other and I am so blessed to have them.  Thus the tears.  I cried at the rehearsal and I cried at the wedding.  Seeing my friend walk down the aisle in her white dress, saying her vows, pledging her love to her husband.  It was a gorgeous day and a beautiful ceremony.  What a day!

The gang.
John and I
Thus my week/weekend of tears, both good and bad.  Have you cried recently?  What have you cried about?  Anything good?  Anything bad?  Leave some love!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Cake AND skinny jeans?! #bookrecommendation

Dark chocolate fudge.  Angel food confetti.  Creamy espresso cheese.  Cake.  I love cake.  I especially love cheesecake, but that is a whole other topic for another day.  But what does cake have to do with a book recommendation?  The title of my new favorite health book is entitled "How to Have Your Cake and Your Skinny Jeans Too" by Josie Spinardi.

This book is all about intuitive eating.  This is an "anti-diet" book.  The book starts out fairly research heavy - which I absolutely loved.  I felt like I was learning so much.  It talks about how diets can be so extremely damaging: mentally and psychologically. Then it delves into the application.  It stresses eating when you are truly hungry and stopping when you are full.  It says not to restrict yourself from any foods because then you tend to binge or overeat those foods later.

I can't even begin to say all of the wonderful things I learned from this book.  All I have to say is that you should just go and read it.  Just do it.  Even if you don't struggle with overeating or binge eating, you will learn a lot!  It's definitely worth a read!  Two thumbs up from Emily!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


Guys.  I'm pretty much famous.  I have had the privilege of being a guest writer on my roomie's blog Peonies 'n Mint!  Check out the post here!  The post is all about love.  I think you'll like it.  Anyway, that's all.