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OtterGirl537Learn

from this. Our lives are filled with opportunities missed and those taken. We’re not perfect. We often don’t take opportunities we should or take others we shouldn’t. That’s what life is about. Be kind to yourself. We all have foolish moments. What’s important is what you do now that you’ve had the foolish moment. 12 months ago


OtterGirl537Mid Month Check In

I’m up to 62.7 miles/100.9 km with my longest ride in years. 12 months ago


OtterGirl53714.10.13

For giving myself the morning to recover from that ride.

For the sun coming out and making the day bright and energetic.

For the arrival of my newest work clothes from the Loft and the Limited.

For the good news that I do have matching tops for the 2 new skirts.

For a surprise dinner invite from Mk.

For a nice invitation to hang out with KT. 12 months ago


OtterGirl53713th October

1. What did I learn/remember last week? That things are never as bad as they seem as long as you do something about them.

2. What was my greatest accomplishment over the past week? Staying positive.

3. Which moment from last week was the most memorable and why? Catching up with my sister on her birthday and hearing how much happier she and her family are since the move.

4.What’s the #1 thing I need to accomplish this week? Get my projects going.

5. What can I do right now to make the week less stressful? Get to bed early and sleep well.

6. What have I struggled with in the past that might also affect the upcoming week? The anxiety that overcomes me when I have events and I have events this week.

7. What did I spend the most time on last week? Was that good or bad? Working! Yeah for getting paid for my time on the computer :)

8. Am I carrying any excess baggage into the week that can be dropped? The e-mail I need to send to my professor about my thesis.

9. What have I been avoiding that needs to get done? Thesis. Job hunting.

10. What opportunities are still on the table? A Rosetta Stone studio session, training w/DCAF, the WIN networking social, girls afternoon with KL on Saturday, more biking, feeling positive about life in general.

11. Is there anyone I’ve been meaning to talk to? Need to call Cy.

12. Is there anyone that deserves a big ‘thank you’? Mi for inviting me to Game Night. B for being such a good friend/big brother, my sister because I love her.

13.How can I help someone else this coming week? I have a quiet week so I’ll focus on helping myself.

14. What are my top 3 goals for the next 3 months?
#1 – Find a full time job in DC.
#2 – Complete my MSA capstone project.
#3 – Work on strength training for cycling and snowboarding.

15. Have any of my recent actions moved me closer to my goals?
#1 – Applied for a job at ARC!
#2 – No…
#3 – Reviewed my trainer’s old notes and put together a list of workouts. Double checked the gym in my building to be sure I could do them.

16. What’s the next step for each goal?
#1 – Write a cover letter and send it on to ARC on Monday. Apply for more jobs. Start networking again.
#2 – E-mail professor. Outline, research, time lines.
#3 – Do my first week of 30 minute work outs by muscle group – Monday is chest, shoulders and triceps. Wednesday is legs. Thursday is back and biceps. Friday is abs.

17. What am I looking forward to during the upcoming week? Making progress toward meeting more people in the Choice movement, being positive about the Wednesday night mixer, hanging with KL, getting my hair done.

18. What are my fears? Afraid of not finding that special someone or that I’ve found him and he won’t be able to get over his baggage and love me back.

19. For what am I most grateful? For how blessed I am in my life to be healthy without ailments, allergies, or injuries. I’ve had a so much go right for me against all the things I’ve done to screw that up.

20. What can I do to make life more beautiful today? Go to bed now. 12 months ago


OtterGirl537Feliz Cupleaños

Hope you had a wonderful day with more to come in the next year. Happy birthday! 12 months ago


OtterGirl53713.10.13

For making the call that another hour of sleep was in order.

For getting the message to B before he left the house.

For surviving 35+ miles in the rain.

For only having a bit of a scrape when I couldn’t get out of the left clip as needed.

For packing a KIND bar for the half way point (LIFESAVER today!).

For a coffee stop at a cool bike store in Herndon.

For making it to market for my fresh fruits and veggies.

For needing so many calories I could have my Ben & Jerry’s, lasagna, chocolate, and 3 glass of wine. 12 months ago


OtterGirl53712.10.13

For an early wake up and a lovely morning being spoiled.

For getting through my must do’s in time to have more than enough time to pick up the guacamole for tonight and the peach for tomorrow.

For finally downloading my latest Shazaam tags and getting them on the iPod.

For an easy drive far to the north.

For hanging out with Mi and his friends.

For Cards Against Humanity! Hilarious with just 4 people including a very literal, hard core Roman Catholic. Can’t wait to see what it’s like with my close friends.

For a safe drive home through the rain, even though my knuckles were white.

For immediately going to bed and not doing all the tasks teasing me to stay up just a little longer. 12 months ago


OtterGirl53711.10.13

For a relaxing morning in the drizzle.

For a Skype call with G.

For an easy day of things.

For a new Big Bang Theory. 12 months ago


OtterGirl537Yep

I nearly had a bike-on-bike accident last weekend because the guy was riding with ear buds and didn’t hear me call out that I was passing. He was also hogging the trail. Fortunately I’m fast and agile.

I do occasionally ride with ear buds in, but only in very controlled environments and I only do the ear bud on the side away from traffic. 12 months ago


OtterGirl537So friendly there!

I almost up and moved there after one visit to Auckland. The Kiwis are SO friendly and it’s gorgeous there.

As to a difference from Europe, New Zealand is just one country compared to Europe. But I enjoyed it all. You should visit at least. 12 months ago


OtterGirl537Made It!

To level 2 of español! Plus I earned a frequent learner award. I’m feeling great about my progress and this is the furthest I’ve come in a language in a long time. I’m finding I’m often trying to figure out how to say what I’m doing in español now. Yay me. 12 months ago


OtterGirl53710.10.13

For my sister’s birthday and another year of having her.

For the arrival of my new Life is Good sleep pants. Excited to have new ones.

For working the VA phone banks with PPMW and feeling involved and positive about things I care.

For applying for a job, the first in almost 2 months.

For reminders about how blessed I am in my life. Truly I have been. 12 months ago


OtterGirl537Seeing Through "The Enemy's" Eyes

I liked this talk because it’s about learning to see from a perspective which challenges our own. We often are dismissive of this and that creates a closed-minded attitude. Challenging ourselves to really see through the eyes of those we consider our enemy is a way to grow and connect. It will make us better empathizers.

“Elizabeth Lesser: Take “the Other to lunch12 months ago


OtterGirl537How Do We See Things?

This is an interesting talk on how our perceptions shape our world. So much influences what we think and do and it’s important to understanding those influences. It reminded me of my favorite Anaïs Nin quote: “We don’t see the world as it is, we see it as we are.”

The multiplicity of truth: Julian Baggini12 months ago


OtterGirl537An 18th Camel

This is a TED talk about resolving conflict and how getting a fresh perspective is so important. Good thing to be listening to given the mess the US leaders have gotten themselves into…

William Ury: The walk from ‘no’ to ‘yes’12 months ago


OtterGirl5379.10.13

For the cool weather and rain to welcome in the fall.

For texts from Ct with good news.

For lots of good deals at my favorite places to shop. I think I saved $500 today.

For picking up some more essential wardrobe items.

For Kashi Mediterranean pizza leftovers

For living over a Harris Teeter.

For friends wishing me well on my new part time job. 12 months ago


OtterGirl537Happy Birthday!

I hope you had a great day. Feliz cumpleaños! 12 months ago


OtterGirl537Talking About Brain Health

This was a short and inspiring bio by a young man willing to talk about being depressed. It dovetails well with thoughts I’ve recently been having about how human kind needs to re-frame how we discuss mental (or as I prefer, brain) health. Many of our brain health issues stem from the thought that there is a normal, and those who don’t behave ‘normally’ have a mental health condition. We need to find new ways to talk about it, and it’s great to see this TED Talk touching that.

Confessions of a depressed comic12 months ago


OtterGirl537It's Slight Ironic

the timing of your comment. I had a similar conversation with B recently but playing your part. B always asks “if” I’ll come back for another visit rather than when. I was giving him a hard time about it this weekend and his answer is similar to what I think of in response to your statement: Those are past. I can’t know how the future will unfold. Then again, I’m the one who argued with B about the likelihood of my visiting again being more of a “when” than an “if.” I’ll ruminate on your thoughts; they’re good and interesting. 12 months ago


OtterGirl5378.10.13

For waking to the cool morning air of open windows.

For having nice clothes to wear.

For getting my sister’s birthday gift in the mail.

For having a project timeline to work with in my new job.

For a nice chat with To today. 12 months ago


OtterGirl5377.10.13

For not feeling as beat up as I thought I would on waking this morning.

For having new episodes of Once Upon A Time and Downton Abbey to watch today.

For feeling more organized.

For the lovely rain all day that dropped the temperature 12 degrees. It’s back to feeling like fall.

For getting pulled out of a long line at WalMart by the free cashier. Bravo girl. 12 months ago


OtterGirl537Congrats!

on the best distance and the best pace. Very nice. 12 months ago


OtterGirl5376th October

1. What did I learn/remember last week? That little baby steps will get you further than no steps at all.

2. What was my greatest accomplishment over the past week? Being honest with G about my feelings for him.

3. Which moment from last week was the most memorable and why? The mess that is my nation’s capital city: shutdowns and shoot outs all less than a mile from where I live.

4.What’s the #1 thing I need to accomplish this week? Get my projects going.

5. What can I do right now to make the week less stressful? Get to bed and sleep well.

6. What have I struggled with in the past that might also affect the upcoming week? The anxiety that overcomes me when I have events and I have events this week.

7. What did I spend the most time on last week? Was that good or bad? I’m not sure but it wasn’t productive.

8. Am I carrying any excess baggage into the week that can be dropped? Concerns about not being successful and doing things the right way.

9. What have I been avoiding that needs to get done? Thesis. Job hunting.

10. What opportunities are still on the table? A Rosetta Stone studio session, a phone banks with PPMW, game night at Mi, upcoming long weekend.

11. Is there anyone I’ve been meaning to talk to? Need to call Cy and Ct.

12. Is there anyone that deserves a big ‘thank you’? Mi for inviting me out to the wineries.

13.How can I help someone else this coming week? I have a quiet week so I’ll focus on helping myself.

14. What are my top 3 goals for the next 3 months?
#1 – Find a full time job in DC.
#2 – Complete my MSA capstone project.
#3 – Complete the Connect with Anyone program.

15. Have any of my recent actions moved me closer to my goals?
#1 – Not this week…
#2 – No…
#3 – Dropping this one too. Just not good at online stuff right now.

16. What’s the next step for each goal?
#1 – Apply for jobs. Start networking again.
#2 – Outline, research, time lines.
#3 – Pick new goal

17. What am I looking forward to during the upcoming week? Game night. The PPMW thing. Another week of getting better.

18. What are my fears? Failing at everything…

19. For what am I most grateful? For all the wonderful things that make up my life.

20. What can I do to make life more beautiful today? Send wonderful warm thoughts to all those about whom I care. 12 months ago


OtterGirl537Week 40 of 2013

Got in one more run than usual, but one less ride. Seems I’m good for 3 mornings a week and then…

Run 1 – 231 Cal/2 miles
Run 2 – 213 Cal/2.43 miles

Bike 1 – 1916 Cal/27.3 miles

Total – 2360 Cal12 months ago


OtterGirl5376.10.13

For getting to sleep in this morning.

For waking to lovely notes from G.

For getting waffles for breakfast!

For a killer ride with B today (urban technical course…)

For a fun afternoon working an really cool puzzle with Db.

For a nice family dinner out. 12 months ago


OtterGirl5375.10.13

For a relaxing day overall.

For a nice wine tour through Virginia with new friends.

For the coolest winery I’ve ever been in. They had the Lego Millennium Falcon and Lego Star Destroyer. Awesome.

For an evening with B and his family. 12 months ago


OtterGirl5374.10.13

For a quiet, undemanding day.

For taking the initiative on some things that have been on hold too long.

For Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia. 12 months ago


OtterGirl537Connect

“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life; it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.” ~ Mitsugi Saotome 12 months ago


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