One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today. -Dale Carnegie

I love this quote because it brings to light a perspective that most of us are uncomfortable with, but it’s essential to face it head-on. Living life the way you want to is often times a task that many people don’t end up completing. I try to really live every single day. When I catch myself “absent” from the current moment, I bring myself back in and focus on the present. Maybe it’s cold, maybe I’m tired, but it doesn’t matter. The fact is that I’m living in that moment. That in itself is truly special.

So, as I said, it’s hard to live the life of your dreams, the glorious life you ponder about in your mind’s eye. That’s because it takes effort. It takes the ability to go against the norm, to stand for what you think is right, to say no when it’s necessary, and to take the small steps that lead to big things.

I had always dreamed of coming to NYC to work on magazines, and even though I’m here (as an intern), I still dream of the day I launch a career in the city. It’s been a deep and passionate aspiration of my mind and it is constantly weaved into my thoughts throughout the day.

So step one is to have the vision. But the next step is more important, it’s better phrased as a “leap.” You have to take the plunge, the risk, that will be uncomfortable at first, but will be so worth it in the end. The risk is what makes your dream come true. You have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable to reach past obstacles and make your life happen.

For me, that was when I decided to come to NYC for a semester. I left home, college life (although I’m still taking online classes), my sorority, friends, family, everything I knew, and came to the city. It was scary, but you know what? It was the best decision I have ever made. I absolutely love it here, I love what I’m doing, and I can’t imagine a better place to be in at this point in my life. Whatever happens, it’s just a new chapter to the journey.

It’s up to YOU to add new and exciting chapters to your life. Don’t let fear of the risk set you back. Get up and make it happen. Live your best life and create the journeys within it. If you push yourself, you will reap the rewards.

SWITCHING GEARS TO FITNESS AND NUTRITION 🙂

So I am still completing Hal Higdon’s advanced half-marathon training plan. It’s going really well and I enjoy the focus that the plan gives me. I love working toward my best pace and it helps me push myself in workouts. Today I did my long run, 1:30 on the treadmill. SO boring. Although lately, I have been looking forward to the sense of calm I get while I let my mind wander for an hour and 30 minutes. The consistent stride almost brings me into a state of meditation and I’m loving it! I did the first 30 minutes at 6.0, second 30 minutes at 6.5 and the last at 7.0. It snowed today and it’s bitterly cold, so I don’t think I will be able to hit the pavement for a few weeks (or months). Spring, please? 🙂

I went to Whole Foods today with my roomie/fellow intern and stayed to my grocery list (well, pretty close). It’s SO hard for me to not go on a shopping spree in that place. For lunch I got amazing pumpkin ravioli with basil, caesar salad and split pea soup. YUM!

Grocery List:

  • Quick oats
  • Greek yogurt
  • Almond milk
  • Dark chocolate
  • Larabars
  • Whole grain bread
  • Cinnamon
  • Almond butter
  • Peppermint tea
  • Green tea
  • Honeycrisp apples
  • Blueberries
  • Bananas
  • Last minute purchases 🙂 Cashew cocoa milk and Chocolate covered almonds

OK so I had never had the cashew cocoa milk, but it is amazing. I recommend it! I love chocolate milk, so this is a better alternative to get my fix.

Get Fit Get Life has three new sections for bloggers. A travel fit blog, fit blog and food blog are under the sections tab now. The travel fit blogger is studying abroad while training for a half-marathon. The fit blogger is training for a marathon. Last but not least, the food blogger is blogging about, you guessed it, her foodie adventures! Check it out.

FAVORITE PLACE IN NYC: Central Park. Hands down. That place is magical–sooo pretty!

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. -Albert Einstein

Maggie

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