Words to Live By

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Steve Jobs


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Catch Up

It’s time to play catch up. I can’t believe it’s been 3 weeks since I really had much to say. So much has happened!

Labor Day weekend was an absolute blast! Amy and Richard came up to visit from Mobile and we spent the weekend doing all things Philadelphia – Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Old City, South Street and even a Phillies/Braves game (sorry Rich…). It was nice to show them around and even explore new parts of the city.

The following week, I joined the Junior League of Philadelphia. I really am excited at the prospect of meeting new people and becoming more involved in the community. They are involved in a number of projects about which I feel very strongly – mainly working with inner city kids and nutrition. My first event was a meeting of new members at the Union League of Philadelphia and next weekend, the Boyfriend and I are running in the Harvest Hustle – a 5k to benefit the JL. I’m also signed up to volunteer at the expo at the Philadelphia Marathon in November!

Last weekend, I ran my second half marathon –  the ING Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon in Philadelphia. I can’t begin to say how happy I am – I didn’t stop running and I took 15 minutes of my old time for a new PR: 2:26:45. Aces. Next time, I want a sub 2:20.

I guess this brings me to my most exciting news: I’ve been thinking about graduate school for a long time now and I’ve finally decided on a path I’d like to pursue. In the Spring, I’ll be starting the prerequisites for a Masters in Public Health with a focus in Nutrition. I know I’m certainly not the first blogger to choose this route but I do know it’s something that will make me happy. Ideally, I’d like to work with inner city kids who are at risk for obesity and juvenile diabetes.

I guess that’s it for now. Except a HUGE congratulations to ALI who ran her first maraton yesterday! Such an accomplishment!

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Philadelphia Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon

New PR: 2:26:45

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I’ve been a little lacking in the posting. After a great Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia with friends, I promptly had the longest week of work ever. Something about the short ones, eh?

Once I’m ready to sit down and write more, I’ll tell you all about the weekend in the city, the Junior League of Philadelphia,a wedding I attended this past Saturday and the half marathon I’m am not even remotely close to being prepared for (and that is taking place in less than a week!).

What’s new with all of you?

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never forget

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Time Flies

Can anyone else believe it’s September tomorrow? I’m really unsure of where the last 3 months have gone! Not that I’m complaining, Fall really is my favorite season.

This weekend, my friend Amy and her husband Richard are coming to Philadelphia for the long weekend. The Boyfriend is coming down too. We’ll take them to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Reading Terminal Market, South Street, Brauhaus Schmitz (Amy and I lived in Germany together), for Cheesesteaks!, and we’re even going to see the Phillies play the Braves (go Phils! sorry Richard 😉 ).

Next week, I’m going to an informational session for the Philadelphia Junior League. I’m going to be in the area for a little while longer, so I’d like to get as involved in the community as possible and I really think the JL would be a good way to do just that and meet more people.

Meanwhile, I still have a half marathon coming up, we’re celebrating my Grandmother’s 100th birthday the same weekend, I have other races I’m looking into and naturally I have work as well.

Tell me: What are your plans for fall?

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Calm After the Storm

Subtitle: Suburban PA Weathers Hurricane Irene and we’ve [thankfully] come out in one piece.

Hurricane Party 2011 last night included good food and good company and being in bed at 9:30 after watching the [same] weather reports over and over again for 30 minutes. I went from 27 to 74 last night. Luckily, I had no problems walking this morning when I woke up.

Despite the protests of my parents, my kick-ass manager, Patrick, picked me up and drove me to work this morning. It really was only raining when we left and our biggest issue was a detour due to some flooded roads.

I got home by 3 and went promptly back to bed, only waking up for dinner 2 and a half hours later. This hurricane stuff is exhausting! Now I’m getting ready for gelato and hoping I can sleep/drag myself out of bed for a 4 mile run tomorrow AM (if there is one thing this hurricane has not been good for, it is my waistline).

Tell me: how did YOU weather the storm?


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