Love Letter

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As I’m walking in Target and simultaneously refreshing the NASBA score release screen, I spotted this “love letter” in the wine isle.  I wasn’t going to open it but something about it said read me.  I did and I’m so glad.  It made me stop, breathe, reflect and appreciate all I have.  Even if it was just a short moment of relief from the anxiety of waiting for my CPA score to release, it’s exactly what I needed.  At exactly the right time. 

So thank you “M” and for http://www.moreloveletters.com/.  You make a huge difference in my day. 

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Good luck to all the other CPA candidates studying or waiting on scores!

xoxo

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Groundhog Day?!

“Well, it’s Groundhog Day… again…”
-Phil Connors

Have you ever felt the way Phil Connors (Bill Murray) feels in the movie Groundhog Day?  He relives the same day over and over until he re-examines his life and priorities.   Aside from the fact that this movie is full of truth, it is hilarious.   I laugh so hard every time I see it!

cpa-study-unf-day1I had my own Groundhog Day experience today.  I was at the UNF library for the second day in a row, sitting in the same room, drinking my grande skinny vanilla latte (hello grande!  I usually get a tall so I’m bouncing off the walls right now) and studying for 3 hours for the CPA exam…  All what seemed to be an exact repeat of yesterday!  I couldn’t help but laugh a little (in the “quite” room!) and think about the movie.  Then I laughed (again in the quite room – alumni can break the rules, right?!) at the thought of school and reflecting on all the fun times I had at UNF, the friends I made and how glad I am to be done with that chapter in my life!  Now I have a new chapter, the CPA exam, that is consuming every ounce of me!!  Way.worse.than.school.ever.was.

cpa-study-unf-day2I take the BEC section of the CPA exam this Friday morning and I would be lying if I told you I’m not nervous.  I’m freaking out!!  I’m super nervous and anxious (<— could be the large amount of coffee I’ve consumed this week!) but will be so glad once this test is over.

To break the monotony of this routine, I decided a cupcake break at Sweet by Holly was a must!  I also had a card for a FREE cupcake that I’ve been saving for a rainy day.  It rained yesterday so, you know, excuse to redeem!

This was my first time trying the Nutella Cupcake and it was delicious!!  Nutella, cinnamon and buttercream. Need I say more?!

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I also came across this ebib on ilovetorun.org and I thought, “spot on!  Sums it all up!” My favorite is #2 – I’m always drinking water!  I feel like a camel some days and my co-workers probably think I have a water drinking problem!  (I might!)

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Now back to the books for the final 24 hours of cramming until test time!!  I’m dreaming of a lovely glass of wine followed by sleeping in late and not logging into Becker for just one day… well a girl can dream!

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xoxo

 

 

One slow mile and a foot cramp later…

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I did it!  I ran again!  Ok, so it was only 1 measly little mile, in air conditioned space, on a treadmill, at 0% incline and I was extremely slow…  But hey, I ran!

For those of you who didn’t know, I have been recovering from a hip flexor injury I got a few months ago when I was training for a half marathon.  I was up to 10 miles, running strong and running fast.  Then it all plummeted.  I missed my half and have been extremely reluctant to even try to run again.  I still want to complete a half before the end of the year so time and more training will tell if I can.

Back to this one silly mile run… as I was running (maybe we should call this a fast walk instead).  So as I was fast walking, my hip surprising didn’t hurt!  I could feel my muscles engaging again but didn’t have pain!  (hallelujah, praise Jesus, yes, yes, yesssss)

Once I reached that 1.00 mile (which felt like a marathon) I decided to stop and work on some stretch and strength exercises.  Note:  I’ve noticed I spend far more time stretching than actually working out these days could this be a sign of aging!!?  Feeling pumped about my fast walking mile, I thought – hey why not try some lunges?  BAD IDEA.

I have this issue where I get these intensely-painful-want-to-cut-off-my-foot-drop -to-the-floor-in-pain foot cramps every so often.  I also will get cramps in my calves in the middle of the night where it wakes me up and I feel almost paralyzed with pain.   I’ve done some research on this and these two links below are great resources if you are experiencing any of these too.  My favorite remedyfoot massages – any takers out there want to endorse this and support my foot healing with your massage skills?!

Livestrong: How to get rid of foot cramps

Runner’s World: How to prevent foot cramps

The calf cramps haven’t happened in a while (actually, I can’t pin point when the last one was but I also try to block out that painful episode from my mind…).  However, as soon as I started doing lunges, my left foot started spazing! I couldn’t believe this.  I thought “really?!  You mean to tell me I successfully ran fast walked 1.00 mile and now I get a foot cramp!  What in the world?!”

So I stretched.  And stretched.  And stretched.  It didn’t go away so I called it a day and headed home.  With my foot still cramping, walking to the car was tough and luckily it was my left foot so my 40 minute drive home was do-able.

Experiencing a mini runner’s high from my run fast walk was very short-lived by my foot cramp.  However, it was just long enough to remember the feeling of the road/treadmill under my feet and the fresh air/recycled gym air on my face.  I love that!

Feeling productive (remember 1.00 miles is a HUGE accomplishment for me), I decided to reward myself with my favorite-at-this-moment-cookie, dark chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.  I have 2 secret tricks that I think make these amazing… grind up the oatmeal in a food processor or blender (if you broke your food processor, like I did) and grate extra chocolate in the mix…

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Pair with a big class of Almond Milk (or Merlot if you had a fabulous workout) and enjoy!