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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Accountability and acceptance

I pretty much took a break from publishing posts over the winter. Life happens and blogging here took a backseat. I have some posts that I started and never hit publish. Maybe I'll go back and actually publish them. Maybe.

So why is today special?

I ran/walked my first 5K of the year. It's funny how I'm in such a different place this year than I was last year. Not a bad place either. 

This past week, I unexpectedly got a couple messages from friends. One of them I felt I needed to share because there are so many days where I just want to hit delete on this blog and take it off the list of things that I need to work on.  
Edited to protect the innocent. Just kidding. I didn't tell her I was using this.

I like helping people. It feels good to know that I have inspired someone to make a change. What's different for me now is that, I don't feel like I have to blog weekly or monthly to let people know that. Maybe it's because people already know that they can reach out to me? I don't know the answer for why I've changed things, but I'm very content with where things are in my life.

Which leads me to the title of my post: Accountability and acceptance. Back in January a lot of people were coming up with a word to describe their goal for the year. I didn't want to just pick one word, but "accountability" has been sticking with me for quite some time. I am trying very hard to be accountable for all my actions. For my activity and inactivity level, for my food intake, my moods, my parenting, and on and on. If I don't own what I'm doing, why do it? Why make excuses? Yes, some things can't be helped, but I'm trying hard to own up to each and every thing that I do or don't do.

Acceptance. It's not easy to accept who I am, and also to accept other people for who they CHOOSE to be. It doesn't mean I have to like what that person does, or even like them, but it does mean that I can accept what they've done and make a choice to continue with them in my life or be done with them. Now that may sound harsh, but really, I was hanging on to too many people in my life that didn't need to be there. In a lot of ways it was holding me back. I'm not perfect by any means, but I definitely don't have to keep people around who make me doubt myself and keep me from accepting myself for who I am.

Bottom line, I like happy people. I like being surrounded by people who don't dwell on the bad days and the misery in their life. I like being around people who lift me and others up. I know a few years ago I couldn't have said the same thing. But here I am.

Soon I will have a product giveaway to post. I was contacted by a company to review some of their clothing items and host a giveaway for up to 5 winners. Right now I'm still waiting to receive the product to review. Hopefully it arrives this week! Stay tuned!