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Day 2 & a Hill Workout

Oh hey there. I’m not going to lie. I’m pretty excited tomorrow is Friday. Today was a day. A DAY with a capital D.

We all have days like this.

We try so, so hard  but sometimes just fall on our face.

We’re convinced that if we could just go to the OTHER SIDE, things would be better.

But that can be deceiving as well. Sometimes we really are right where we need to be.

So just remember,

Ha. A little chuckle is good for the soul. Special thanks to the hubs for stumbling upon the comic relief.

48 Days To The Work You Love: Day 2

If you’re just now following along, I’m blogging my way through Dan Miller’s popular, inspirational book. I figure if I type up my thoughts, favorite quotes, and answer the questions here at some point it might sink through my thick noggin. And maybe, you’ll appreciate a thing or two as well!

To start things off, this chapter was pretty much a continual hypothetical question: Why do we work? What is work? How do we find rewarding work? What expectations are you trying to live up to in your work?

Here are some quotes that hit me hard, like a brick wall.

-The one characteristic millionaires have in common is they are all doing something they love. “If you love, absolutely love what you are doing, chances are excellent that you will succeed.”

-“A job should not define who or what you are.”

-“If we recognize prayer as a time of being present with God, then it follows that our work can be a form of engaging our hearts and spirits in a way that places us in His presence. Anything less would be a questionable use of our time, talent, and resources.”

-“Each area of our lives requires us to make deposits of success.”

-“10 years after graduation, 80% of college graduates are working in something totally unrelated to their college major.”

-“Few obstacles exist beyond those in our minds if we are creative in looking for solutions. Success is not a future event, it is the ‘progressive realization of worthwhile goals’ Thus, either you are successful today or you are not.”

-“The power of confidence in career choice comes from looking inward for the alignment of personal characteristics…”

Great, great words to think about! Did any of these in particular strike you a certain way? Do you agree or disagree with any of these?

A few of tonight’s questions:

1. Who gave you your first job? A. I worked at Academy Sports in high school. It was my first “official” job!

2. If your job changes, does your purpose change? A. I don’t think so. I think I was raised to always do every task laid before me to the best of my abilities, even if I loathed it. And I think that’s what God would want to- people working hard and upholding their integrity.

3. When you daydream, what do you see yourself doing? A. I see myself doing a handful of different things: blogging, running my photography business, being a mom one day, working in marketing/social media/seo, writing the children’s book that I’ve dreamed about!

4. What have been the happiest, most fulfilling moments in your life? A. The main one that comes to mind is our wedding. And in particular, the moment when we drove away from the reception, just the two of us, husband and wife. It was the coolest feeling to feel like we had finally become one and could start our lives together.

5. If nothing changed in your life in the next 5 years, would that be OK? A. I’d like to think that this isn’t even an option because I feel like I am too ambitious. I like change, I like new things, I like learning new things, and going new places. But, really, if nothing changed, I would learn to be content and would find a way to be happy.

Hills Are For Dogs

….and for selfish humans who need an excuse to eat that bag of PB M&M’s.

It’s true. My workout tonight was SOLEY based on an ulterior motive.

The long and short of it is this: we ran down our hill, Truckee sat and stayed, I ran back up the hill, she ran to me, we ran back down, she sat and stayed, I ran back up, she ran to me, and so on and so on. We tag-teamed. Success. But to my credit, we did take a 1.5 mile walk today right after work.

I know what you’re thinking. “Sarah, doesn’t marathon training start this week?” Yes, yes it does. Thus why I’m cherishing every last M&M until I have to make much better decisions.

Your Turn! Answer one of the above questions- I’d love to hear YOUR thoughts!

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12 Comments

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    Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness
    August 2, 2013 at 10:54 am

    I’m LOVING these 48 Days posts! this question is interesting to me: “If nothing changed in your life in the next 5 years, would that be OK?” NO. NO that would definitely NOT be ok, and i hope its NEVER okay. the only thing more scary than having a bunch of things you’re working toward changing, is the sense that everything is so perfect and comfortable you don’t want anything to change. because life changes in both positive and negative ways. and those that welcome those changes and work towards better days typically fair better than their opposites.

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      Sweet Miles
      August 6, 2013 at 9:26 am

      Charlotte- haha I figured you would enjoy them Charlotte!! I feel the same way 🙂

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    August 2, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    When I daydream, I definitely think about traveling more. I think about what it would be like to live on a Caribbean island (I take my daydreaming seriously) and to see a new place every few months.

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      Sweet Miles
      August 6, 2013 at 9:25 am

      Kelly- That’s a pretty legit daydream, no doubt! I would say let’s make that daydream a reality and I will meet you down there!

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    Katherine
    August 3, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Oh I really like this post, so here I go.

    5. If nothing changed in your life in the next 5 years, would that be OK?

    Honestly, no, I wouldn’t be okay with that. Don’t get me wrong, I am SO blessed and fortunate and love my life, but I’m the type of person that wants to live in a new big city each year and spend my time exploring and learning. I don’t think I’ll ever really stay put in one place. I’m the person that loves a change of scenery and constantly travelling and living the simple life. Seeing as I’m not in college yet, if things stayed the same in 5 years there would probably be something wrong which wouldn’t be good either 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      August 6, 2013 at 9:25 am

      Katherine- So true, it’s hard to imagine NOTHING changing!! I’m way too goal oriented to settle for nothing ever changing! I think you’re in for ALOT of change, especially with college on the radar 🙂 trust me! I am like a completely different person post college than pre college!

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    Hayley
    August 3, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    First of all, I love that you are doing this. It seems like such a cathartic thing to do, plus I get to learn more about you. What a great idea!

    What have been the happiest, most fulfilling moments in your life?
    The most fulfilling moment in my life was when 2 years ago, I taught 4th grade. I helped one of the students with capitalization and he got it! It was so amazing to help him learn something, see him understand it, and watch how he used it to express himself. I can’t wait until teaching is my full time job and I can see moments like that more often.

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      Sweet Miles
      August 6, 2013 at 9:24 am

      Hayley- Good for you, Hayley!! That definitely sounds like an inspiring moment!! It put a smile on my face 🙂 And yes, you can use that schedule! Of course!

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    Alex@Veggin' Out
    August 3, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    I LOVE all those quotes!! So inspiring. I also love those questions. They really make you think which is great! All I want in my future is to be happy, and it sounds like those questions are geared toward just that!
    When I daydream, I see myself traveling around the world working with different cultures. If there’s someway I could integrate that with chemistry/art… though as one of those quotes says, many people don’t even end up working in the field of their college major!
    By the way, my half marathon is in Oregon. 🙂

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      Sweet Miles
      August 6, 2013 at 9:23 am

      Alex- That’s awesome girl! Traveling seems like the best way to learn!

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    Vita @ VitaLivesFree
    September 24, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Love your post! And your quotes are very inspirational.

    If nothing changed in your life in the next 5 years, would that be OK? No, of course not! I love kicking myself out of the comfort zone continuously because monotony kills inspiration. I hate myself every time for doing it as beginnings are always hard but that’s where the beauty lies, doesn’t it? So I really hope I’m going to be somewhere completely new in 5 years’ time! 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      October 1, 2013 at 11:24 am

      Vita- I’m with you on that! If nothing changed in 5 years, it would be hard to accept that as ok. I can’t wait to see where you are in 5 years 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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