Find a Happy Place

Today I am not doing well. I feel grumpy and want to hide. I do not want to be at work today, which is not the best way to start a Monday. I found this article on Forbes about the 11 Ways to Beat the Monday Blues and think there are definitely some valuable tips. #3 is speaking to me, so in an attempt to break free of my Monday Blues, here are some of the things that I am looking forward to this week:

  • Seeing my friend Mary on Tuesday for a walk/run and salads for dinner. It will be good to catch up and she is one of my favorite people here in Boston.
  • Getting some work trips planned to California, New York, possibly the Pacific Northwest, and more! (I love that I get to travel for work.)
  • I am excited to get my bikes. My Dad is AWESOME! He took time last weekend to figure out how to ship my bikes to me from Portland, OR. Once I get my bikes, I will be able to resume some of the hobbies I love, like bike riding and triathlon racing.
  • I’m excited to start triathlon training. Last week, in the spirit of taking steps toward achieving my fitness goals, I signed up for an Olympic distance triathlon in August (0.9 mile swim, 26.2 mile bike, and 6.2 mile run). I did this race with Team In Training 2 years ago on a mountain bike, so it will be great to see what I can do with my triathlon bike and more consistent training.
  • I bought a kayaking rental package off Groupon last week, so I am so excited to find a weekend to book the rental. The picture above is from a trip to the Bahamas I took back in 2009. My Grandpa had signed up for a kayaking trip and unfortunately was not able to go, so he graciously let me go in his place. It was an AMAZING trip. I am blessed to have my Grandpa as my grandpa. He has opened my horizons to a lot of things, such as bike riding, running, kayaking, back packing, and more. Without his influence, I probably would never have completed two Ironman triathlons. Thank you Grandpa!
  • Seeing my handsome partner Eoghan tonight for a romantic stroll on the beach.

Today, I am going to think about that kayaking trip when I need a moment to escape and get my mind on better things. The water was a gorgeous crystal clear turquoise blue, the sand was white and pristine and warm, the water was calm and easy to maneuver as a beginning kayaker, and I had no cell phone or technology to distract me, so I got to read, think, exercise and soak up the sun. That trip is my happy place for today.

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