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6 Months, 3 Months, Right Now: Heart Opener Giveaway

This week has been up, down, and all around. But there have been quite a few favorites from it, and I wanted to share!

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20 beautiful miles in a gorgeous setting

Yes, I know I already mentioned this, but this was a run that took me to an edge but also demonstrated to me just how far I have come since this spring. When I think about it, 6 months ago, I was in Pittsburgh meeting someone who has become one of my best friends and who I text with nearly every day. 6 months ago I didn’t have a job. I couldn’t run because of my hamstring. But you know what? I was still happy. I felt like I was finally making some decisions for me, not just for my “future” or for the benefit of everyone else (or my perception of it). I started studying to be a personal trainer. I was about 2 weeks into my (now well established) yoga practice. In short, I was embarking on everything new.

Me now

Me now

In thinking about what this weekend meant to me, it showed to me how far I have come. How hard I have worked. That I have become comfortable in Chicago–comfortable enough to run 20 miles without a watch. But I am also still uncomfortable. I am still reverent of my body, of what it might give, what it might take. And I don’t take that for granted. Not one bit (or I like to think).

This, to me, is a perfect illustration of the intention/process/result argument. Look at my intentions, look at the process, and we are about to find out the result. But I have to say, I feel like I have already reached the “outcome.” The marathon will give me closure, in a sense, and a pat on the back. But I have fought for this. I fought for those 20 miles. For my friends. I gave up on my intention to be a full time personal trainer, but where I am today, I am all the happier for it. No Regret.

berge nico swordfish

Spending time with someone who isn’t “my” friend, but is my second brother, in a sense. Berge (not his name, but he is just the man, the myth, the legend, and I will leave it at that 😉 ) is one of those guys that I met and instantly adored. He’s a goof to the nth degree. He may have started out as Alex’s friend, but he is my bud. And I got 2 whole afternoons with him while he was visiting for a medical conference. We went to Nico and got cocktails (he is the type of guy that even after asking the busser to pack up the remaining bread, because Alex loves Nico’s bread, Berge asked our server if he might “make a request,” that my husband loved their bread, and would they pack some up for us? Few people think to do that. He also expensed our dinner 😀 I seriously need an expense account.).

corepower yoga mat

Heart openers in yoga class. Yesterday, in honor of September 11, Elyse (who is one of my favorite teachers ever) offered up the intention of opening our hearts and just loving ourselves. It wasn’t my best class, and it actually really tested me–I even outright fell over for the first time in a long while, and from a pose that I nail on a regular basis. My hips were tight, my hip flexors were giving me the middle finger, but regardless, I didn’t leave frustrated. I left loving myself. Intention, process, outcome. Self Love Selfie.

Living my life actively. Making connections, for myself–coffee dates, phone dates, running dates–and my career. Taking charge, laying down the law (as it were), and getting whatever it is done. And that leads me to my news.

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Looking Up

On my 3 month anniversary, I got a title change. I am now the Marketing Director. I hesitate to call it a “promotion” because, in a sense, I will continue to do what I am already doing. But the importance of the title change is that now we know what to call me. Up to this point, I was still a bit in no-man’s land with regards to what I “was.” The business world places so great an importance on title/label/heading. This has been an aspect of great struggle for me. People meet you and ask what you do. And for the past x years, my answer has always been a freaking paragraph: Well, I do this but I’m really trained to do this but I probably will only be able to do that. Now, even if it changes, I know what I am right now and (here’s the kicker) I am freaking happy about it. For once, I am proud to say what I am. Not because I wasn’t proud of being a server, or working towards my personal training license. But because I always felt like I was falling short of what I could/should/would be. I finally feel like what I am doing, what I am “titled” and what I want to be doing finally match up. My “outcome” is not the one that I set out with the intention of achieving. And I took a break in during the process. Guess what, I planned on setting PR’s all year long. Well, that got ripped out from underneath me reallllll quick like.

And now I am running a marathon for the sheer joy of it. So this year, I either got smarter, or I just got dumber. Here’s to hoping that I just keep on getting even dumber 😀 Ignorance, in this case, is bliss!

getting hugged

Right now, I am in a completely different place that part of me expected to go. But you know what? I opened my heart and found myself, as I need to be, right now. And I want to celebrate it.

A few weeks ago, I signed up to participate in Kristy at Runaway Bridal Planner‘s Get Your Run On Giveaway Blog Hop and you gotta believe that this is perfect timing. But I like you all, so I am going to double up.

I started out the summer with an Office Survival Giveaway.  We are going to bring the summer with some things to ease the transition into fall. The Heart Opener Giveaway is short but sweet, and contains some familiar friends:

Heart Opener Giveaway

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  • A big bag of 479 Degrees Chipotle Caramel + Pumpkin Seed Gourmet Popcorn 

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  • Tazo Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea + Girls Night Out hot/cold tumbler

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I hope that you find these things to be a huge hug from me to you and a thank you for going on this journey with me. The giveaway will only be up for a week, so make it count! And stay tuned for the big one coming this Monday!

Are you/how are you learning to open your heart?

Look at yourself 6 months ago. Where were you intending to be at this point in the year? Are you there or somewhere else entirely?

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87 Comments

  • Reply Erica @ erica finds

    Love love love everything about this post. Isn’t it funny how life is?

    My intention for fall is to continue to be grateful for all that is good in my life and to cultivate new good things like my job and new friendships. 🙂
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    September 12, 2014 at 5:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      New friendships are good 😀 and thank you!

      September 16, 2014 at 11:40 am
  • Reply Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    Congrats on your new title! As someone who has gone through several titles this year, I can appreciate your excitement over finally having one that fits you and your job!
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    September 12, 2014 at 6:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! It’s so nice to feel like I am finally actually finding my place, you know?

      September 16, 2014 at 11:40 am
  • Reply AMBER

    Suz, CONGRATS ON THE TITLE <3 Titles can be a finicky thing, they are just "words" yet hold so much importance! What's MORE important is your opening of your heart to self-love, and your running of the marathon for YOU not some set of numbers 🙂 Right now, I feel at a very uncertain point in my life, and the control freak that I am is not a fan of this "free falling" feeling I have with my life, BUT I am taking it day by day, and reminding myself, the universe works in funny ways. Moving hasn't been easy, but it hasn't been hard, I just need to keep putting myself out there! Good things come to those who wait right? 🙂 Hugs and love xoxoxo
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    September 12, 2014 at 6:35 am
  • Reply Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    Those treats look so yummy! Glad to hear that you finally have a title that you are happy with for your job.
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    September 12, 2014 at 6:56 am
  • Reply Alli

    I’m not where I thought/want to be this year, but I am working at it and I think that’s what counts! I’m no longer waiting for things to happen and making strides to be where I want to be. Here’s hoping all this work pays off!

    September 12, 2014 at 7:42 am
  • Reply Renee @ Bendiful Blog

    Yeahhhh congratulations on the job title! That’s wonderful news. My fall intention is to keep up my swimming. I’m also hoping to run again sometime soon- haha! Heart openers are my favorite in yoga so refreshing and relaxing.
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    September 12, 2014 at 7:43 am
  • Reply Sarah

    Awesome post to get my morning going. Great news all around with the 20 miler and then job title. Hearing your good news made me smile. Great work girl. Reading and feeling your positive energy helped set the intention for the day. Good stuff!
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    September 12, 2014 at 7:51 am
  • Reply Mo (@rushourunner)

    My intention for fall is to break 4 hours in the marathon. I have been working SO FREAKING HARD for it, and I truly believe that if you put in the work, good things will happen.
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    September 12, 2014 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Amy @ Life to the Full

    Those treats look so good right now! My intention for this fall is to focus on positive thoughts – thinking of what is true, noble, and good (Phillipians 4:8). I struggle with negative thoughts so much, especially lately, while we are waiting to be pregnant with baby #2.

    I am focusing on being content and thankful for all that God has blessed me with and living in the moment. No more wasting time worrying about the past or the future!

    Hope you are having a wonderful Friday so far!
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    September 12, 2014 at 8:20 am
  • Reply Annmarie

    Love everything about this and how funny life can be. A year ago I would have never imagined that I had my own blog- I actually had applied for a job working with the State Police and was hopeful that I would get it. Long story short, I didn’t and I was heartbroken. Shortly after I started my blog and it has been the best and most therapeutic thing. Sometimes life steers us in a different direction for the better.
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    September 12, 2014 at 8:21 am
  • Reply Katie @ running4cupcakes

    I LOVE this post. Isn’t amazing where life takes us? It goes along with my post from yesterday that everything happens for a reason. Love it. Happy Friday!
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    September 12, 2014 at 8:24 am
  • Reply Kirtley Freckleton @ The Gist of Fit

    You’re hillarious Susie. I love your race pic too-probably the happiest most energetic one I’ve ever seen.

    Love the yoga love yourself lesson too. Love is the most invigorating feeling to have. Thanks for doing the geeeevaway, have a unique weekend!!
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    September 12, 2014 at 8:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahaha, I hope you had a unique weekend! and thanks!

      September 16, 2014 at 11:41 am
  • Reply Carmy

    That race photo! Perfect!
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    September 12, 2014 at 8:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh you know, just doing my thang

      September 16, 2014 at 11:41 am
  • Reply Erica { EricaDHouse.com }

    Shit your life has changed a lot in 6 months – that’s awesome! Congrats on the fancy new title. My intention for this Fall is to run for FUN. Hopefully complete my 3rd marathon and not give a care what my finish time is.
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    September 12, 2014 at 8:43 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know–I was reading your post today(about your engagement) and thinking about where we both were in December. It is literally mind boggling!

      September 16, 2014 at 11:41 am
  • Reply Brianna @ I run He tris

    Yay for a perfect title!! I know a title doesn’t always accurately describe what you do, but it is nice to be able to use the title when telling others about your job. My intention for this fall is to get our house fully decorated and rock my races. 🙂 I know the house thing is something I have been wanting to do for SOOO long and finally I’m sucking it up and getting it done. I tend to be indecisive when it comes to hanging things on the wall. 6 months ago I was in a COMPLETELY different spot job wise and emotionally. It feels good to be finding where I’m supposed to be.
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    September 12, 2014 at 8:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Exactly–with regards to being where you are supposed to be. and also exactly–re hanging things on the wall. thus why it took alex and I forever to hang up our wedding pictures!

      September 16, 2014 at 11:43 am
  • Reply Ursula

    You seem so happy! That’s wonderful and I agree, opening yourself up to changes leads to good things 🙂
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    September 12, 2014 at 9:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It really does come from a place of being open and will to accept the world and life as it comes, but also trusting your instincts when you feel you need to act. Otherwise, I don’t even want to imagine where I would be!

      September 16, 2014 at 11:44 am
  • Reply Sarah Rosenblatt

    Congrats on your title update! So so happy for you that things are working out. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being along for the ride via your blog- you always have such a positive and thoughtful outlook on situations. I may not comment too much, but know that I read every day!

    And as for your questions, hmmm, let’s see. I’m pretty much where I want to be, and hoping to up the ante in a few years- I’ve got my eye on a dream job, and am also studying for the AREs now (blarggggg necessary evil). So I’m happy with where I am now, and am hopefully only working towards making things better in the years to come!

    September 12, 2014 at 10:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Aw, thank you –I love knowing that you are there, and you know that I stalk you on FB–ah, your pictures! GOOD LUCK ON THE AREs!!! I want to know more about the dream job!

      September 16, 2014 at 11:45 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    I love this post and it makes me smile!!! a lot!
    Eight years ago, while we were at a horse show at Chateau Élan, you and I walked around a small subdivision and finally just sat on a down on a curb. You were SO upset because, as you put it–
    “This is my senior year in high school—and its supposed to be the best year in my life—–but I don’t know who I am, where I’m supposed to go, where I’m even going to be in school next year—–everyone body talks about how GREAT high school senior year is——–but I don’t feel that way at all. I don’t know where I’m going or how to get there and I’m scared of what is on the other end of this GREAT senior year.
    My thoughts were that you may look back on your senior year and feel much better about it because, by the time you graduate, you will have found your answers to a lot of those questions.
    People talk about how great their senior year in high school WAS—–to me, WAS, is the key word.
    I’d bet they felt the same way at the start of that year, I certainly did, but no one wants to admit that! Looking back, they realize that that year WAS great, The journey through it was hard, but at the end of the year, they had a much better idea of just who they were, where they might be going and how they were going to get there.
    You started out looking at architecture through your love of the classics and also the “eyes of adaptive reuse” and you set that direction for your studies.
    You have had a couple of “side trips” and some real frustration finding the “right” job for you, but you have found it. Marketing Director is a perfect title and one I’m very proud of for you.
    Having a “real Job title is important and very wspecial, The day I became a Vice-President at the bank was that day for me.

    The training for this marathon has been very hard work, and on your first day of training you had that work in front of you. Now you see all of that hard work, what you’ve asked of your little body and what that body can do…..I hope you have a wonderful finish line, ……
    You had a goal (an intention) a strong training ethic (a process) and you are almost to the culmination (result) of that. WHATEVER the result of the actual race– from my viewpoint , that journey has made you a winner.

    and….. Marketing Director—what a perfect title!!!

    September 12, 2014 at 10:14 am
    • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

      Do I have to start calling you “Ma’am” …. again?

      September 12, 2014 at 12:58 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I will never forget that walk, and curb-side cry.
      And didn’t people always say that I could sell anything to anyone? I used to do the job for them at the Atlanta Saddlery!

      September 16, 2014 at 11:47 am
      • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

        Did they ever give you a credit for that? You actually talked someone into buying a saddle from them one day!

        September 16, 2014 at 12:15 pm
  • Reply Sara @ Lake Shore Runner

    Congrats on the promotion/name change 🙂 We will need to celebrate real soon.

    Six months ago I never thought I would have a blog, and I love it! There are always areas I want to improve or be better at but right now I am happy where I am at 🙂
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    September 12, 2014 at 10:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And you absolutely should be 😀 You have so many big ideas, and are going to go so far, but first, you need to build that foundation. Don’t spread yourself too thin. Or else I will just have to kidnap you.

      September 16, 2014 at 11:48 am
  • Reply Hilary

    I love your transformation through the past 6 months! It is always great to look back and be proud of yourself! My intent for fall is to stop taking life so seriously and focus on having fun and seeing where life takes me!
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    September 12, 2014 at 11:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am happy to hear that. I think that Benny should help you smile 😀

      September 16, 2014 at 11:48 am
  • Reply Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles

    Woohoo CONGRATS on the title change, you deserve it lady!! I love all your transformations over the past 6 months, you have been working really hard and deserve all the great things that have come (and are yet to come) in your life! My intention for the Fall is to relax, not in an lay on the couch sense (but that would be great) but more like a taking a deep breath, not running myself ragged and let things just happen instead of trying to control everything.
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    September 12, 2014 at 11:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! and I am going to remind you of what you just said when you start freaking out later, haha

      September 16, 2014 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Run Colby Run

    Love, love, love everything about this post. Funny how life changes in ways we might not have intended? xoxo
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    September 12, 2014 at 11:45 am
  • Reply Ange @ Cowgirl Runs

    I love looking back on how things turn out. It’s so easy to clearly see the connection of things coming together. Love love love it!

    Congratulations on your TITLE! Whee, that’s amazing! 🙂

    My intention is to just be. Not to worry about the future, but to just “be”.
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    September 12, 2014 at 12:01 pm
  • Reply Mary Beth Jackson

    Nice post all the way around and congrats to you! I intend on having a fabulous fall full of love and life and some running 🙂
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    September 12, 2014 at 12:19 pm
  • Reply Rae

    Yeehaw! Congrats on the title change. It’s always nice to have a definitive job and description. Also, “running a marathon for the sheer joy of it” is not something I will ever say, lol. A marathoner, I am not. So very happy that you are happy!
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    September 12, 2014 at 12:38 pm
  • Reply Courtney @RunningforCupcakes

    This post and giveaway makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside 🙂
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    September 12, 2014 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Housewife Glamour

    Congratulations on the promotion! It’s awesome to finally get perfection out of the brain and realize that happiness lies in existing and thriving off of imperfections. I’m like you, in the sense that I have to race in “this amount of time” and be doing “this” in my life by “that time”, but I have finally started letting go of that way of thinking. All it does is set you up for disappointments if “this” and “that” doesn’t happen. Nobody has time for that! I loved reading this post. Thanks for sharing, and for linking up! Hope you have a great weekend! xo

    September 12, 2014 at 3:14 pm
  • Reply Tina Muir

    Love love love this post Suz! And yes, you are so right in so many ways. I am proud of you for listening to your body when it comes to pace, I am proud of you for opening up your heart, and allowing yourself to just be, and I am proud of you for your promotion! I AM going to call it a promotion, as I am sure you are just being modest 🙂

    I would say I have been thrown a lot of curveballs, but I am handling them well, and I am in line with the right me.

    My intention for the fall is to find a job I love!
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    September 12, 2014 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply Kate @ Baking in Yoga Pants

    I had a similar yoga practice this morning! And I kept feeling resistance and trying to push through it. My mind was going a million miles a minute. In the end, I finally remembered that it’s just yoga, haha. Sometimes I think I convince myself otherwise with my seriousness, especially in the balancing series. What an awesome intention your teacher set!
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    September 12, 2014 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    Congrats on your new job title! I love your outlook on life, and I’m so glad for all the awesome things that have been happening in your life! 😀

    I’m hoping that there will be a very definite upward trend with me and my clinical rotations, not just for fall, but just…this entire year (boards included) would be awesome. 😛

    P.S. That bag of popcorn looks completely delicious and if I don’t win, I’m going to have to raid/scour all the nearby grocery stores for it (I haven’t seen it yet at the one I currently frequent ;_; ).
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    September 12, 2014 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating

    An intention I have for the Fall is to try more workouts and exercises. I need some variety!
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    September 12, 2014 at 6:38 pm
  • Reply jill conyers

    My intention is simple. I will move nourish and believe with a lot of emphasis on believing with all my heart! A few other intentions I’ll talk about soon!!

    Just be.
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    September 12, 2014 at 7:09 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And just be-lieve.

      September 16, 2014 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Carson

    Congrats on the new title! Sometimes it just makes you feel better to put a title on something, even if nothing changes. Plus- this title sounds so incredibly important!
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    September 12, 2014 at 8:26 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know, right? Don’t worry, it’s all a facade 😉

      September 16, 2014 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Jill

    Oh I love everything about this post! I feel your joy in your words. What an incredible journey. Life often doesn’t turn out the way you ‘thought’ but sometimes it’s even better! I feel like I’ve come a long way in the past year and a half, specifically in being more true to myself and I feel like every day I get closer to the point where you are now. You are an inspiration!
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    September 12, 2014 at 8:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, this means just so much to me. I don’t feel that I deserve it, but I so appreciate you saying so. I think that you are well on your way to honing down “you,” from clearing out the riffraff in your life, to focusing on your family, to just having fun. I love see you be carefree, as I know how much pressure you put on yourself!

      September 16, 2014 at 11:51 am
  • Reply Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club

    This was a very nice post. Self love is paramount.
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    September 13, 2014 at 7:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      As long as you don’t try to marry yourself, a la Dennis Rodman lol

      September 16, 2014 at 11:51 am
  • Reply Christine

    My attention is so be self-aware. I’m running my 10th marathon and I really just need to listen to my body.

    September 13, 2014 at 9:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Especially so. But being aware that you need to be aware (if that makes sense) is such a huge part of it.

      September 16, 2014 at 11:52 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I loved reading about your comparison of where you were 6 months ago and where you are now. (I don’t even think I had started reading your blog yet 6 months ago!) I feel like over the past 6 months I have learned SO much about myself as a runner. I learned to finally give my body the break it needed which allowed me to then be able to push it to new limits.
    Congrats on the new awesome title!
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    September 13, 2014 at 2:46 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you so much! I was in such a different place 6 months ago, and who is to say where I will be 6 months from now. But that said, we have to do the best to learn ourselves–physically, mentally, emotionally. I think marathon training is a perfect avenue for that type of self discovery.

      September 16, 2014 at 11:53 am
  • Reply Amy

    I am 12 weeks pregnant, and all I have done is think what can go wrong. My intention is to be in the moment and ENJOY this time!

    September 13, 2014 at 4:19 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      First off, congratulations! Are you so excited?! I wrote a post at the beginning of May/end of April about realizing the difference between fear and excitement–if you are interested, I would suggest searching for it on the side bar–some of the comments might really help you! In short, learn how to channel your excitement and nerves for the positive–put that energy to good use!

      September 16, 2014 at 11:55 am
  • Reply amy C

    thats huge on the new title- congrats! my intention is to live in the moment

    September 13, 2014 at 9:47 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you so much! I feel like fall is a perfect time to live in the moment–the changing colors are a constant reminder!

      September 16, 2014 at 11:56 am
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Love this post! And congrats 🙂
    Life really can be funny, but in a good way. I am definitely not where I thought I would be 6 months ago, but it is all a lesson, isn’t it.
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    September 14, 2014 at 12:49 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! I like the fact that I am not where I thought I would now be 6 months ago. This is so much better.

      September 16, 2014 at 11:56 am
  • Reply Heather @fitncookies

    Hmm.. my intention is to slow down and focus on the season instead of wishing it away (aka for Christmas to hurry up)
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    September 14, 2014 at 5:42 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahahaha more pumpkin, less peppermint!

      September 16, 2014 at 11:57 am
  • Reply Heather @fitncookies

    This post really resonated with me, Suz. I am so proud of you for a new title! My outcome in life is most definitely not something I thought it’d be. I actually hate saying I’m a teacher, because it is quickly followed by “oh where do you teach” but I don’t. I don’t have a title for what I do on an everyday basis. I am a sub, because there are no jobs. I hate saying that, though. I love love love this post and how different outcomes are ok, and we shouldn’t plan for them.
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    September 14, 2014 at 5:45 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m so happy that you found a connection with it. I (obviously) relate to you on the I’m this butI’mreallythat. We know that we shouldn’t be so tied to titles, but really, at the end of the day, that is often all the outside world is left with. Thus why they mean so much. It really is tricky to find the mental balance in dealing with them.

      September 16, 2014 at 11:59 am
  • Reply BreannaS

    My intention this fall is to continue being an outdoor runner. Last fall I let the weather drive me inside way to early. I need to learn to dress for the weather.

    September 14, 2014 at 7:23 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope you will have ENOUGH time to get comfortable with it haha!

      September 16, 2014 at 11:59 am
  • Reply Jenny

    Hmm this fall i want to be better at appreciating everything and everyone i have.

    September 14, 2014 at 9:57 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      A fantastic intention!

      September 16, 2014 at 11:59 am
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    September 15, 2014 at 8:49 am
  • Reply Megan Semjanovs

    My intention this fall is to get more serious about my training. I do lots of activities that if I just spend a bit more time training (or foam rolling or stretching…), it would be so much more fun and satisfying. While it’s still just a hobby, I think it would be worth making the effort.

    September 15, 2014 at 10:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Setting up the pattern is the hardest part. Maybe give yourself a goal–nothing huge, a turkey trot or something else, that helps you develop a plan based on a “finish line” (pun intended 😉 )

      September 16, 2014 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply Danielle

    My intention is to focus more on fitness and being healthy. It’s kinda new to me, but I’m plugging along! 🙂
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    September 15, 2014 at 11:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey, we all have to start somewhere. Just make sure to lay the right foundations. It may take more time, require more investment, but just like anything else, a proper foundation leads to a far longer and more solid result!

      September 16, 2014 at 12:00 pm
  • Reply Jenni @ Fitzala

    Yay! Happy post! Love that you’re recounting your blessings fully on the blog. No hesitation. Starting new with everything takes a ton of courage. We all have a tendency to define who we are by what we do or are doing!

    Also, yes, you totally got a promotion! Titles count and Marketing Director is a great one. If you ever need a career change, it’s a title that impresses and can get you in the door to places where a less cool title wouldn’t.
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    September 15, 2014 at 1:09 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We would love to say that they judge the person based on merit and character, but how else would you know to even entertain them otherwise? And thank you! I really am so fortunate, so happy, but it really hasn’t been quite like for my entire life–I hope that it can just be a nice little reminder to others that the seemingly impossible and the implausible can happen.

      September 16, 2014 at 12:04 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    I’m feeling so many things while reading this….1) so much peace/joy literally emanating from your words but at the same time 2) anger that we haven’t met in person yet. I hate how life has this weird way of getting in the way of things. ((ALSO I work right by Nico so if you’re ever in the area again, I work fulltime at lulu now so there’s a 95% change I’m there 🙂 )) My intention has recently become letting go of control. I stopped trying to plan my days/nights off, even though they are few and far between. I have let go of my expectations of people and how they “should” treat me. I have stopped trying to scramble to find a roommate/apartment downtown. I KNOW life will work out and the universe is going to provide for me. I’m taking care of myself on the day-to-day and that’s all I can do, that’s all I have control over. I love your confession about falling in yoga. It’s such a good metaphor for life. This is why I love you! Also, the “what do you do” question….that is the most frustrating thing in the world. Why do we automatically resort to “what’s your CAREER?” dumbbb stuff
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    September 15, 2014 at 1:25 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      If this post should prove to anyone that life surprises us in the craziest and best ways, it should be you. You are redefining your relationship with yourself, and that is just so incredible and inspiring. Right now, you get to decide where you want to take you. It’s terrifying and exciting and amazing, all at once. Which is why you start to try to control things. but really, it is once you start to work with yourself rather than trying to force yourself to do things that you will really flourish. Just like being ok with falling in yoga.

      And yes. I will be all over you and nico.

      September 16, 2014 at 12:08 pm
  • Reply Cassie

    My intention for fall is to be patient… and get through this rough patch. Oh, and finish my marathon.
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    September 15, 2014 at 9:17 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that finishing the marathon will help you get through the rough patch. Marathon training taught me so, so much. I think you will find that it will take you to the brink, but it will also show you how to love the view.

      September 16, 2014 at 12:09 pm
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    September 19, 2014 at 5:21 am
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