Just Do It!

Photo by  Matthew Henry

Photo by Matthew Henry

Hey there! I have had a few days to unplug and relax with the fam, and it was absolutely wonderful! Things have gotten busy lately, so it was nice to chill out and have a little fun.

Before leaving for vacation, I completed a half marathon in a local race. My goal was to finish in two and a half hours. When the race started, of course, I was, nervous but as the adrenaline kicked in, I relaxed, set my pace and completed 13.1 miles in 2 hours and 5 minutes!  It was a fantastic feeling to cross the finish line, and I was very proud that I beat my own goal time.

I am a goal oriented person. It’s what drives me. I put my goals on “the shelf,” and as time permits, I pull them down one by one. I try not to let my goals sit for too long, and I set a balance between tackling more straightforward goals and the goals that present more of a challenge for me.  My philosophy is that life will go on whether we try to progress or not. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself and don’t let life and opportunities pass you by. I know we all have obligations, jobs, families, etc. But remember to take a little time out for you to accomplish things on your list. Just go for it. And if you need a little support, seek it out. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. I had an amazing race partner who entered the race just to support me. So grateful for her!

I don’t plan on running another half marathon anytime soon (pardon the pun) but I am happy that I completed the goal however and I look forward to the next one.

What goals do you have sitting on the shelf that need to be taken down and what’s stopping you from pursuing them?  Don’t wait. Pull that goal down and get busy. You won’t regret it.

And for all you writers that have a book that’s been sitting around…finish it!

Tamika Greenwood