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Someone Always Thinks You’re A Star
As you know by now, the past two months haven’t been easy.
Stress levels have been high, to say the least.
I’m starting to feel very overwhelmed. I have so much on my plate right now and feel like I’m spread too thin. As a result, I don’t feel like I’m doing my best at everything, which is frustrating because I only want to do the best I can for everyone.
Instead, I feel like I’m trying to be as awesome as possible, but due to time constraints and over-committing to things, I’m just managing to put forth mediocre efforts.
My plea earlier for more hours in the day? I wasn’t kidding. If my wish is granted, I won’t even use those hours to sleep. I’ll use them to get work done, see my friends, plan trips I want to take, be a better Maid of Honor for my best friend and finally get this blog self hosted (which has been on my To Do list for roughly two months).
But this brings me to my point…
No matter how stressed you are, no matter how crappy you think you’re playing the game of life and no matter how hard on yourself you may be, there is someone out there who thinks you’re a star.
Tonight, despite an insanely busy work schedule, I managed to make it to the gym for two classes: Rubber Band Pilates (disappointing) and Spinning with one of my favorite instructors.
Every week during this spin class, the instructor has been bringing two Starburst to class, and awarding them to the “Star” at the end of the class.
So every week I work really hard, both because I want to break a solid sweat and because red and pink Starburst are my favorite candy. Both great incentives, no?
Tonight, I went into class feeling defeated about all the aforementioned factors in life. I even forgot about the Starburst that Shana would give out during the cool down. Forget about candy? That’s how you know I’m feeling off!
I pushed hard during class. My legs felt faster than they have in a long time and every time we had the option of “cranking it up a notch” or “making it harder,” I went for it.
Imagine my surprise when two Starburst — one red, one pink — were placed on my handlebars as I toweled down my sweaty face at the end of class.
I. Was. Pumped.
It’s amazing how such a little acknowledgment turned my entire mood around. Sure, it’s not a big deal. But Shana didn’t know how stressed I was today. She didn’t know that my To Do list has extended onto three sheets of paper and one “Note” typed out in my phone.
She just thought I was a Star today.
I’ll take it.
I’d love to say I saved those Starbursts as reminders to hold onto when things get tough in the future, but I ate them already.
TELL ME: Anything good. Brag your face off. Tell me something awesome you did today. Tell me a goal you achieved recently. Tell me a funny joke.
Lastly, I loved reading everyone’s marathon stories yesterday and then reading the non-running goals today. A lot of you want to swim and get your yoga on — I love it! Thank you for sharing!