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11 Jul

Hello all!

Welcome to Run.Knit.Repeat…

I have been reminded lately that life is unpredictable and can feel completely unfair at times.  Thankfully, it is during these times that we are also reminded how important and supportive our family and friends can be.

This year has been extremely difficult for me, and it doesn’t look to get significantly better any time soon.  The specifics of my difficulties are not important now, but suffice it to say, they have been both personal and professional.  Yet through all these difficulties, I have rekindled old friendships, nurtured new friendships and hobbies, and been reminded how wonderfully loving my family is.  I know things will get better and that I will be stronger for having gone through this, but honestly, I wish I could just wake up and already be at that point.

But the purpose of this blog is not to hold a pity part for myself.  I started it as a way to help me stay sane and relieve stress by talking about  my new hobbies and endeavors, and probably also my pets (they are so cute!).

Earlier this year I began to teach myself to knit and crochet.  I thought it would be good to give my mind something to focus on at times other than all the big issues in my life.  I took to it very quickly and have become somewhat obsessed.  I think if I could figure out a way to make a living by knitting all day, I would, but I am not there yet.  I am still a knitting newbie, but I have completed a number of projects.  As soon as I finish the current baby gifts I am working on for one of my girlfriends, I am going to actually knit something for myself.  I have a few projects in mind – maybe a wrap or a cardigan – but I will wait to decide which one to take on.  I will keep you updated on my progress, and you can always click on the Ravelry picture on the sidebar below to find pictures of my projects on Ravelry (the social networking site for fiber crafters).

After taking up knitting, I also started taking pilates classes in order to get myself out of the house and active.  Pilates has been great for me.  It is the perfect type of exercise for me.  It challenges me but I still find it enjoyable.  I was keeping up with it regularly during the past three months, but now my instructor is on vacation and I let myself slack this past week.  Monday starts a new week, and I will make sure to get in a few sessions at home this week.

Once I found pilates to be what I needed for training and toning, I thought that I should try to start running again for some cardio.  I have never really been a fan of running or considered myself a runner.  But I did complete the Honolulu Marathon in 2005 after training with the AIDS Marathon program.  I thought once I started I would get into it, but it didn’t quite happen.  I kept at it for a few weeks, but it was too easy to talk myself out of getting out for a run.  So now I have decided I need to do another training program.  I need the camaraderie of other people to run with and the structure of a schedule to keep me on track.  Last week I signed up with Team in Training to run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco on October 17, 2010.  My training officially starts on July 31st, so that gives me a few weeks to try to get some running in and get myself ready for this challenge.

As part of the Team in Training program, I will also be raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to support their goal of finding a cure for blood cancers.  I was given a minimum goal for fundraising, but I have decided that it is my personal goal to raise $5,000 for LLS.  If you would like to support me, I would be very appreciative.  You can do so by clicking on the “I am training” photo to the right, or going directly to my fundraising page.  We will have an Honored Teammate – a local OC resident battling a blood cancer – for whom our team will be running.  Additionally, I am running in memory of two people in my life that lost their battles with leukemia and lymphoma.  I will tell you more about all of them soon, as well as educate you further about LLS and blood cancers.

Through all of this I am still working to build my law practice – Trust Law Group.  It is tough at times, especially right now, but I will persevere.  If you are interested in keeping up with the legal issues I deal with regularly, you can “like” Trust Law Group on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.

Well, I guess that is sufficient for my first post.  I hope you will come back and keep reading.

I’ll leave you with a picture of two of the furry faces that brighten my life everyday!

Daisy Mae & Boozer

Talk to you all soon!

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