March Madness

March Madness

It’s been so long since I’ve written…but let me tell you – March has been a jam packed CRAZY month. So let me catch you up.

  • My baby sister got married.

It’s quite the thing to be the surprise officiant at your sister’s wedding. As a matter a fact, if you’re looking for ways to stun your entire extended family, that would be my list of suggestions. The good news is that my sister wasn’t really a “bridezilla.” (If anything, she needs to taught the value of a spreadsheet.) Every word of the ceremony was pre-approved by my sister. But I did manage to slip in my own personal thoughts (which got me some side-eye from sister dear).  However, at the end of the day, she was married. I now have two nieces to completely dote on. I also got to see my dad for the first time in about 10 years. All is well.

Mommy

Mommy

Sisters

Sisters

 

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Me and my dad

Me and my dad

My new brother in law

My new brother in law

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Remember that 5k goal I made at the beginning of the year? Yea…it happened.

I “ran” the St. Patrick’s Day 5k in Five Point. I have “ran” in quotations because I’m still run/walking and I’m totally ok with that. I have a whole lot of time to keep building. My next race is April 23 – the Heart and Sole Women’s 5 miler and I’m training for that. This 5k did give me a sincere confidence boost. I finished at a faster time than I ever trained at and more importantly – I felt good at the end. When I reflect on the experience, I’m reminded of all the mornings that I didn’t want to get up and run but I did anyway. I think of how freaking cold 30 something degree weather is especially at 5:30 a.m. I recall trying to stretch in my tiny office after a lunch run. I also remember thinking that I have no expectation but to finish and hoped to finish faster than I could walk it. I did just that. Now I have a safe base to begin to play with speed…and hills…those damn hills. I have no intentions of running a marathon, just trying to be healthier and I do better when I have concrete goals. Next 5k? Probably in September/October. The summer months will pose a new set of training obstacles for me to figure out…but at least I won’t have to remember to grab my gloves before heading out the door.

I own a medal now!

I own a medal now!

  • CreedX happened!

If you’re wondering what CreedX is…I had the same response when I was approached about participating. The Creed and Diversity Days at USC are a celebration of the Carolinian Creed (adopted 25 years ago) and the integrity and diversity of the campus and what that means to people. CreedX is the campus’ version of a TEDx event. Speakers are invited to come in and give a talk on different part of the creed. Knowing this was going to happen two weeks after my sister’s wedding and that wasn’t really going to give me time to prep something meaning – I cheated. I put together a panel of YFE students. I asked those who I knew either attended and graduated from USC. What they shared amazed me. I knew their stories or at least how they came to be in the YFE class. But it never fails…every time you give someone a chance to tell their story, another layer is shed. Another truth is shared. And I learned more about them probably than the audience did.

CreedX Crew

CreedX Crew

 

So if I could summarize March into “lessons learned” it’d probably come down to this.
Do something unexpected.

Set personal goals.

Listen. Everyone has a story.

 

 

 

 

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