Done is better than perfect

There are so many things in life that never get a chance to grow because they never got a chance to start. No one ever told me I needed to have everything figured out before I put myself out there or try something new. The only person that tells me that is myself.

I have so many ideas I want to share with others and so many business ideas I would like to try at some point in my life. The problem is, instead of choosing any single idea and seeing where it goes, I choose none because I haven’t figured out all the details of how it will work. I don’t act because I know it’s not going to be perfect from the start.

Growth happens through doing, not by waiting until you’re perfect to start..

Growth happens through doing, not by waiting until you’re perfect to start.

Today, I look back at this picture of me and Kevin finishing our second half marathon. Running a half marathon was something I always wanted to try, but never thought I could actually do and now I have completed three. I can be proud, not only for pushing myself harder in that area of my life, but for putting a halt to that little voice in my head that says I can’t start things that scare me because “failing” or “not knowing all the answers” is a bad thing. At this race I experienced my first time having to run into the woods mid race to pee, which is something I told myself I would NEVER do, and got a really bad stomach cramp in the last 3 miles that caused me to miss a new PR (personal record). Even though I was slightly disappointed I didn’t PR, I was also really excited to have finished another adventure with Kevin and do something together we had both come to love.

You would never know all that happened just by looking at this picture, but through each race I completed I learned more about listening to what my body needs as far as water, training and mental strength in order to do better the next time and to expect the unexpected (like not having any type of restroom, including porta potties), along the entire 13.1 mile course.

Side note: If you are a race planner, please please please set up porta potties in at least two locations along the course. Your runners will thank you!

With all that being said, I have decided done is better than perfect. Nothing gets better unless it has a starting point. Who knows, I may love the new things I try or I may not. I am accepting I wont be perfect, but that I will be honest and share who I am with those who want to know.

I am excited about where this journey will take me. For those who choose to go along this ride with me I am so thankful and can’t wait to see what’s next.

I would love to know what goal you have set to the side that you want to start working on now. Please share in the comments below.

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COMING UP WITH TRICKS WHEN YOU’RE TOO OLD TO TREAT


You may be a little too old to trick-or-treat, but you are never too old to have fun!

Last Halloween my husband Kevin and I decided to drive around our neighborhoods to see all the Halloween costumes and houses that were decorated. While we were driving the idea of a costume scavenger hunt popped into my head. I opened the reminders app in my iPhone and we created a list of 17 different costumes we wanted to find. We added common ones like princess and ninja as well as some more rare ones like a crayon and a tree. We mostly drove around the less populated neighborhoods, but when we found a bumpin’ one we parked and walked around. Although at times we felt sketchy, because once we thought we saw a costume on our list we stalked the kid until we knew what they really were, it was a lot of fun.

This was a perfect spur of the moment date night game, but I think it could be equally as fun for parents to use while they are trick-or-treating with their kiddos. Even making it a competition between sets of couples or friends where they have to get pictures with the kids or adults as proof and whoever gets the most on this list wins.
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The best thing about this game is you can customize it to any genre of costumes and it can be as specific (Elsa) or broad (princess) as you want!

Feel free to use the word document I created if you don’t want to make your own!

I would love to hear in the comments what twist you would put on this game or other ways to make trick-or-treating a little more fun for you this year.

HALLOWEEN COSTUME SCAVENGER HUNT

ORGANIZE YOUR RUNNING ACCESSORIES

A simple solution to decrease clutter and maximize closet space is to use the back of a closet door to hang commonly used items. As I have been training for my first half-marathon, I find myself coming back from a run and just throwing all my running accessories on the couch. By just sticking a couple of pieces of velcro and screwing a cup hook to the back of the door, it’s now much easier to put my armband and visor away right when I get back instead of cluttering our home and cleaning it later.

Hang running accessories on the inside of a closet door with velcro for running armbands and cup hooks for visors.

Supplies:

-Velcro

-Cup Hooks

-Any Accessories you want to hang in your closet (i.e. Running Armband, Visor, Hats, Headphones)

Velcro Directions:
-I bought self-adhesive strips of velcro and just cut it to about the size of the velcro on the armband.
-Then I peeled apart two pieces of velcro and stuck the “hairier” hook end to the inside of the closet door.
-Since the iPhone running armband already has both ends of velcro attached to it, I stuck the “tiny” hook end to the “hairier” hook end I already stuck to the door.

Cup Hook Directions:
-I then screwed the cup hook into the door by holding the hook in place while pushing and turning it to create a tiny hole until it was able to screw all the way in.
-Then hang your visor, running headbands, sweat bands, hats, headphones or other running accessories on the hook.

Ta-Dah! You have now created an on-the-go, or should I say out-the-door, way to organize your running accessories.

Please share in the comments if you have a clever way to organize your running accessories!