Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Busy, busy, busy.

Life has been so busy lately, not that I would have it any other way really - however, I have just been so flat chat. With the kids being back at school I thought time would be in abundance but those school hours just seem to fly by ever so quickly. I wish I could do a "Samantha" from Bewitched and wriggle my nose and hey presto the housework is complete.
But that is not to be.
So as I traipse through the house and do what needs to be done, I have also been contending with another huge surprise that came in the form of an email a few days ago. I am sure you are all aware that I log my training in a forum known as DailyMile for over a year now. Being on DM has given me the much needed motivation to continue with my training. When I am feeling down or have had a crappy session there is always someone on the other side giving me much needed works of encouragement.

So the huge surprise is that I got asked to apply as an Ambassador for DM for 2011. When I first received the email I was really quite shocked. There is nothing special about Barb, I just get up everyday and do what I love - LIVE LIFE. I believe in taking every opportunity that is given to me and running with it. Which is why I decided to apply for the position. Things come into your life for a reason - whether they be good or bad - there is a lesson to be learnt from each and every one.

So for the last couple of days I had been putting a video together trying to show what it is I had gone through over the last 2 years with my back illness and how far I had come. I didn't want it to come across as a sob story but rather a triumph. I look at how far I have come and what I have achieved and can't help but feel proud of myself - not in a love myself kind of way but rather I didn't let it beat me kind of way.

So with the video submitted it is now in the hands of everyone else on Daily Mile. Whatever the outcome, I will be happy. I will still continue to train, still continue to log my km's in and still continue to live life. I will still continue to be the best Mum I can be and show my kids that anything is possible as long as you believe in yourself.

I have also made it into the 220Triathlon Australian Magazine as an age grouper story. When I submitted that piece a while ago after discussion with our Club President I never in my wildest dreams thought it would be even looked at - but hey - it did and how amazingly cool is that. I also have another article *fingers crossed* going in about our club, PTC and the lead-up to Port Macquarie IM and 70.3.

Life has been great and I really can't stop smiling.

"I will! I am! I can! I will actualize my dream. I will press ahead. I will settle down and see it through. I will solve the problems. I will pay the price. I will never walk away from my dream until I see my dream walk away: Alert! Alive! Achieved!"
Robert Schuller

Your hard work will be rewarded.

"The path to a dream is paved with sacrifices and lined with determination. And though it has many stumbling blocks along the way, and may go in more than one direction, it is travelled by belief and courage and conquered with a willingness to face challenges and take chances" Barbara Cage