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My California Anniversary

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a year since I moved to California!

So last week has been a week of celebration and some reflection. In addition to this, it has been my first full week of rain in California. Which I find amusing… It’s like the weather God reminds me (during my minor complaints) that life in Cali is pretty good with sunshine most of the year (pretty much all the time last year) and I should stop my whining.

And the weather God is right. I have very little reason to whine. 🙂

It’s been an amazing year where I had to “learn” to run again after I broke my foot. But which made running even more precious. A year where I met an amazing group of people and made some awesome friends; friends who organized and came out to my Cali Anniversary party. A year where I started a new job in a new company and have been trusted to take on a new role within less than a year.

I am loving life and sometimes have to pinch myself to see that it is all real. Have you ever had to do this?

I am looking forward to continue my Cali journey and hope that year 2 will be equally amazing! My focus this year will be back to my wellbeing, being kind to myself and my body. A great journey to be on.

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Motivation…

Recently, my Nike+ account showed me this image after I downloaded my latest runs from my Nike GPS watch.

20130929-132237.jpgI don’t know who writes these “motivational” blurbs, but seriously, Nike+ team, can you have someone with a positive and cheerful outlook on life have write these?

“Halfway through blue, but not nearly done.”

It just doesn’t do it for me. Please, Nike+ team, get a happy person to cheer me up and on next time!


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Happy times

Oh my, we were having fun yesterday at our Team in Training run.

10 miles for us half-marathoners and 18-19 miles for the full marathoners. We couldn’t help but take a (partial) ice bath in the ocean after the run. I love this photo!! 🙂

Team in Training

Ice-bath in the ocean with my Team in Training buddies after a long run. No white sharks or other sharks encountered.


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The tube lady…

Yesterday evening, I took the tube, the London Underground, to Old Street for a networking event. I had been busy all day and haven’t really felt like smiling for most of the day. Allergies ruining my face, work stuff ruining my mood…

As I got off the tube, the tube traffic coordinator lady (I don’t know what her job description is) on the platform totally changed my day around. She welcomed back the driver and greeted him by name. She greeted all the passengers and told us to start smiling. The work day is over, you are all going home, she said. You are all meeting your family and friends, she said.  It’s a great day, she said.

I just had to smile. She was right. It was a great day. And in that one instance my day turned around.

I met amazing people at the networking event. I even won a prize. And on the way back home I received an email asking me if I would like to mentor 9 people for a Team in Training flex team.  Of course, I will.

I actually walked up to the tube lady yesterday and told her that she made me smile. That made her smile even more.

Thank you, tube lady, for reminding me what’s important!

Happy Friday, y’all!


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More from Kew Gardens

It was a lovely May weekend, this past weekend. So I figure I should share some more photos from my day out at Kew Gardens.

Now I have no green thumbs and I am glad I can distinguish a rose from a tulip (yes, I can!). If you want to know names of plants and flowers I am not the one to ask.

I go for the colors in plants and flowers. They make me happy. It’s always amazing to me how bright nature is if we just take the time to look.

One thing I did learn though during my visit last weekend. I know now what a wisteria is. Don’t be fooled, I have been watching Desperate Housewives for a while, but in my mind they always lived in Hysteria Lane (which is probably a pretty apt name…). I know it’s called Wisteria Lane, but I thought it was a clever play on words (probably still is).

The things you learn in Botanical Gardens and soap operas….


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Dancing in the sun…

Happy! Happy! It’s always interesting to notice how much the weather affects me. After dreadful 3 weeks of rain, I was losing it. BUT, yesterday, the sun made an appearance, so I packed my camera and headed out to Kew Botanical Gardens.

I was soaking in the sun like I hadn’t seen her in weeks (I hadn’t).

Baby ducks in Kew Gardens

I have been doing some tough tempo workouts in the gym last week, so I decided on a walk instead of a run to REALLY enjoy the weather. In Kew Gardens even the ducks took their ducklings for a walk. They were pretty cute and wouldn’t hold still for a photo. Plenty of their friends around, too. I always find it amazing to watch how protective Mama duck gets as children were trying to play with the little ones.

Peacock in Kew Gardens

Further along my walk, I was looking at all the amazing bluebells that have come out. It looks like a blue carpet really. I am a big fan of nature’s colors. As I was walking I heard this noise to my right and saw an amazing peacock just walking around. I was hoping he would shake his feathers for me, but I guess he wasn’t so much into me. I have no clue about any of the plants or flowers in the Botanical Garden, but I do enjoy being out there and seeing the blossoms and colors at this time of the year. It should get more colorful each week now.

Keeping up with the Olympic theme, I went to check out the Floral Spectacular which is a floral installation of the Olympic rings in Kew Gardens. 20,000 plants were arranged in the form of the 5 Olympic rings. It wasn’t quite that impressive to see it there as you are a person’s level up to view this grand installation (50 meters long), you really need a bird’s view. Apparently, it is visible from a plane when you land in Heathrow and the flight path takes you  over Kew Gardens.

Olympic floral spectacular at Kew Gardens

All in all, a great day. And all happiness is restored again.

Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so.
~ Robert G. Ingersoll


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Nothing like a race photo to make you happy…

Not sure if I am just tired or if allergies are hitting me or if yesterday’s rain was just too much… But this morning I am just not feeling bubbly.

So what did I do?

Kingston Breakfast Run

I cleaned my email inbox a little and found links to my race photos from the races over the past 2 weekends.

Richmond Spring Riverside Race

And for once I actually like the photos.

I haven’t downloaded the photos officially yet and paid for them but will do so later today.

I haven’t liked any of my race photos ever – I think – and seeing a few hat I actually like makes me feel much bubblier already.

I should now probably read all my other emails on future race suggestions and volunteering opportunities. I am trying to volunteer for the London Marathon.  I could just imagine this to be an awesome volunteering event (especially since I didn’t get a place thorough the lottery to actually run the event). More on that when I know I am on the volunteering list…

Gosh – feeling much bubblier now. The sun is out. Probably a good time to just go for a lazy run and check on my palm trees. 🙂

Happy Wednesday!

Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means you have decided to look beyond the imperfections.
~ Author Unknown