Awesome Fridays – 5/24
Happy Awesome Friday, everyone! I feel like it’s been awhile since I’ve posted and that is not cool with me. It’s been a roller coaster of a week for me with lots of ups and downs and I’m excited for it to finally be the weekend.
As you may have read last week, I just completed a 3 day Juice Cleanse. It felt really good to recoup and reset. This week I have began my 21 day Sugar Detox where I am not going to eat added sugar for 21 days. I admit it’s been off to a bit of a rocky start. I had a glass of wine on Tuesday night. Oopsies. But other than that I’ve been pretty good. I’ve always said that wine is my vice.
This past weekend I went to Phoenix, Arizona to visit two of my dear friends from high school who now live out there. I had a great time getting to see their city and visiting all the cool spots that they love. Here are some pics from the trip.
On Monday I started my new swim workout routine. One of my goals for this coming year is to swim in the pier to pier race this summer where you swim from Hermosa Beach pier to Manhattan Beach pier. It is roughly around 2 miles and I need to start training! On Monday I was fortunate enough to be able to swim at the Spectrum Club in Redondo Beach on my lunch break. The pool there is outdoors and overlooks the Redondo Beach harbor. I loved it. I even went back on Thursday and took their Master’s Swim class. It was hard but I powered through. My goal is to swim 2-3x a week between now and August so I can get ready for the big 2 mile pier to pier swim.
I mentioned this week was full of ups and downs, and Wednesday was a hard day for me. I found out a former colleague of mine lost his son, Dylan, to brain cancer. He would have been 11 years old this Sunday. I met Dylan’s dad, Eric, 6 years ago while working at MySpace. Dylan was a true fighter and battled with cancer for over 5 years. I never met Dylan, but I felt like I knew him because of the way Eric wrote so beautifully about him on his website where he shared updates on Dylan’s condition. Eric and his family are some of the strongest people I’ve ever seen. Inspired by Dylan’s battle against brain cancer, Eric lost 100 pounds and ran the LA Marathon in 2012. It was the same time I was training and I used to see him running up and down San Vicente boulevard just like me on Saturday mornings. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Here is the website where Eric posted his updates if you’d like to read more about their story: http://dylan.ericdavid.info/Home
Well I don’t want to end my post on such a somber note. Dylan’s passing has made me think about a lot of things in my own life and I think the best way I can sum it up is in this commencement speech Steve Jobs gave at Stanford University in 2005. If you haven’t seen it before, watch it. I’ve embedded it below. This is the quote that struck a chord with me:
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” -Steve Jobs
Hope you enjoyed watching that video as much as I did. Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, everyone!