Monday, September 1, 2014

Joy in August

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Happy Labor Day!  Things are pretty low key for me today.  I am enjoying having a day off from the day job.  A nice relaxing day and time to reflect on the things that gave me Joy in August.

I don't know if it is just me but it seemed like August just flew by.  It seems like the 4th of July was only a week or two ago.  They say time flies when you are having fun.  Here are my most fun and Joyful moments in August (in no particular order)
  • Taking my mom on a mini vacation to Atlantic City. I booked our trip before the news about Revel's closing was official. We were there a couple of days before it closed.  It is really a shame that it is closing.  The space is awesome.  I hope someone comes in and buys it before it deteriorates.  I have to also comment on the staff.  Even though they were only days away from closing they were all pleasant and professional.  I was glad to see the place and glad to spend some time having fun with my mom.
  • I found my old middle school and high school ID cards. They put a smile on my face.  I look the same I think.
  • Going to Fit Retreat Philly.  This was my first time attending any type of fitness retreat or conference.  I was proud of myself for keeping up with the class.  I enjoyed discussing the psychology of food and positive body image.  I also have to give myself a pat on the back for going to this conference alone.  I always prefer to do things with friends, but learning to do what I want on my own is something I am working on.
  • Coverage of the Taney Dragons.  I enjoyed the news coverage of the 13 year old female softball player from Philly.  I enjoyed seeing some kids get positive press.  It was also nice for a Philly team to be doing well.  
  • I got to visit one of the pop-up-parks here in Philly with fellow blogger friend Me, Myself and Ems after reading about it on her blog.  
  • Oh and of course, The Chasing Joy Brunch & Learn.  We learned all about the law of attraction.  I had a great time.

  • I enjoyed a nice beach day with my cousin.  I need to make it a point to go to the beach more often next summer.
Very often we spend more time thinking about what went wrong instead of what went right.  It is good to spend time reflecting on the happy times in our lives.  What gave you Joy in August?

Friday, August 29, 2014

#FlashbackFriday: It's My Birthday & I'll Cry If I Want To

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Happy Friday!

How was your week? This is one fo the more challenging weeks for me during the year.  This week marked the 5 year anniversary of my dad's passing. However, I made every attempt to keep it joyful as I know he would have wanted.  Also this week I had some body aches from soreness after last weekends #FitRetreatPhl.    Now I am ready for the weekend.  Including, #FlashbackFriday!!!!!

I hope you are ready to join in the #FlashbackFriday linky fun.  #FlashbackFridays is when we give our old posts a little love.  Pick any old post from your blog and add it to the linky below.  You can also share your post on the Chasing Joy Facebook page and on Twitter using the hashtag #FlashbackFriday.Here are my favorite posts from last weeks link up:

Chocolate Chip Protein Bites, a recipe from July V. 
Sheila Hawkins time management post asking do you know where your time is going.   
Add the link to one of your favorite oldie but goody blog posts below and find new readers and bloggy friends via the power of the linky!!!



This week I am linking up It's My Birthday and I'll Cry If I Want To.  This post is about expectations and birthdays.  Check it out!

What are you linking up this week?


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

5 Years Without Dad

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There are just some days in life that are not the easiest.  Today is one of those days.  5 years ago today I lost my dad.  It is very hard to believe that 5 years have gone by so quickly.  Part of me still feels like it is unfair that life could continue on without him.   Time should have stood still.  The world is incomplete without him. However, no matter how I feel time goes on.  Life continues and I have to continue Chasing Joy.  That is after all what he would want for me.  So on a difficult day like today I try to create Joy where there could easily be none.  I could stay at home in bed and wallow in the grief of losing my dad. Grief that is still way to easy to access even though it is no longer floating on the surface of my life.  But I won't.  Instead I will do these two things:
1. Take myself out of situations that can be stressful and that  require me to be emotionally stable, aka work.  On a day like today it is hard to know if I will feel sad or not.  I don't want the added pressure of trying not to cry at work.  
2. Do something fun.  The last thing my dad would want is for me to sit around and be sad in memory of him. 


In his death my dad taught me what unconditional love is.  Five years later I can feel him loving me just as strong as when he was her.  I am so blessed to be Bill Hartie's daughter.  

How do you deal with tough days like the anniversary of a loved ones passing?  

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Joyful Time at #FitRetreatPhl with #CityFitGirls

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Happy Monday Joy Chasers. Today I was planning to pick up where I left off last week talking about how to make my goal SMART goals. I wrote about the letter S, making my goal specific.   Next up is to make sure my goals are Measurable for the letter M.  But instead, today I want to talk to you about a great experience I had this weekend.

This Saturday I attended Fit Retreat Philadelphia.  This was a fitness conference hosted by City Fit Girls.  The conference was from 9 am to 2 pm.  There were exercise classes like running,  biking, kick boxing, club cardio, yoga, HIIT, and Belly Dancing every hour.  There were also health workshops on the psychology of food, meditation,  juicing,  body image, healthy shopping and others.   I really enjoyed this format of having both  exercise classes and workshops to choose from.  I would not have been able to work out all day id it were just classes.

There were so many options for how to spend the day. This is what I chose:

9:00 club cardio
10:00 psychology of food
11:00 juicing
12:00 body image
1:00 belly dancing

In addition to the classes and workshop the ticket also included a salad lunch and networking with the vendors.  I chatted quite a bit with the vendors of Thinx about their mission to improve the quality of life for girls in Uganda. They asked me to review one of their products so stay tuned for that.

The fitness classes were good but challenging.   When we started the club cardio class one of my first thoughts was on no, am I in over my head here?  I take zumba regularly but this club cardio was more exercise than dancing.  The instructor said for us to do 50 jumping jacks.  I wasn't sure I could do them. But I did and I kept up throughout the rest of the class.  The belly dancing class was physically easier but a definite challenge to my coordination.   It was good to see that I could do other things that were outside of my fitness comfort zone.
Almost 500 calories burned at #FitRetreatPhl

My favorite of the workshops was the psychology of food class.  The instructor talked about how to examine all of the areas of our life to see where we were not content.  Being dissatisfied with our lives often leads to using food for comfort.  We discussed the fact that disordered eating (an unhealthy relationship with food) is often a symptom of being unhappy with other aspects of life.  At the end of the workshop the instructor encouraged us to to lead by example and be the kinds of people we want the young girls in our lives to be when they are our age.
Overall Fit Retreat Philly was great.  I look forward to going to other City Fit Girls events and the Retreat again next year.

Have you ever attended a Fitness retreat?  What was it like? Were you at Fit Retreat Philly?

Friday, August 22, 2014

#FlashbackFriday: Chasing Joy & Kids

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Woo who! Happy Friday Joy Chasers!

I hope you had a good week.  This week I made my goals public, wrote about ways to avoid common mistakes we make when setting goals, and started the SMART Goal process by making my goals more specific.  If you are in the process of setting some new goals or redefining old one check out those posts and join me in the goal setting process.  

Since it is Friday I bet you are visiting today to join in the #FlashbackFriday linky  #FlashbackFridays is when we give our old posts a little love.  Pick any old post from your blog and add it to the linky below.  You can also share your post on the Chasing Joy Facebook page and on Twitter using the hashtag #FlashbackFriday.

Here are my favorite posts from last weeks link up:
The Right Relationship Challenges You which talks about a show I have been binge watching lately, Married at First Sight.
Things I wish I'd Have Known Before Becoming A Mom which makes me appreciate going to bed each night a little more. 
This week I am linking up Chasing Joy & Kids.  This is a guest post from one of my favorite bloggers MJ about her role as an almost pseudo mom to her fiance's kids.  Lovely post! Check it out! 

What are you linking up this week?

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