What on earth possessed me?

Me and Jack at One TRue Grit
Me and Jack at One True Grit Obstacle Race 2013

Some of you might be secretly thinking to yourself, ‘what a great idea’, whilst others’ train of thought will be more along the lines of ‘what a nutter’! But I imagine most of you will be wondering what made me decide to take on this challenge.

Well, it’s a New Year and I am feeling motivated. There were lots of resolutions that I had in store for 2014 already and this idea was one step on from that. It’s been a pretty hectic few years, with a lot of changes. Having our little boy (who will be 3 in February), moving up north, leaving work and putting on a ton of weight to name but a few! It has been a great time adjusting to the changes in life and having Jack is the best thing I have ever done – he really is my little inspiration. But, I’m sure as all new mummies out there know that having a child results in a lot of time constraints and pressures – leading to a shift in priorities and to a certain extent a loss of your own identity.

Now that Jack is becoming more independent, the last 6 months has been a time for me to start refocusing some of my energies on ‘me’. A happy mummy = a happy everyone else after all!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have started getting back into running, something I dabbled with in the past, and have acquired a whole new passion. 2013 has been a year of firsts in many ways – running my first race, my first half marathon and my first obstacle course among others. Leading into 2014 I have loads more running ‘firsts’ and running goals I want to achieve. But my biggie is I want to lose all that weight I put on (a massive 5 1/2 stone) by the end of the year.

Venturing out into the online running communities out there, I stumbled upon a great challenge that another runner had set themselves – complete 101 challenges in 1001 days! Something about it struck a chord – a chance to explore some of my other ambitions in life before the biological clock strikes ‘you’re past it!’, with a longer period of time to get my teeth properly stuck into some of the bigger challenges. So that very night, I sat down with the laptop and the list began to take form. It’s a bit of mixture – some of the challenges are big ambitions, and some may seem like silly little things – but they all reflect areas of my life that I feel would benefit from the challenge! I am hoping to have some successes along the way, though I am sure there will be some roller coaster moments. But most of all I am looking forward to getting back in touch with ‘me’ as a person and re-establishing my own identity after some big life changes.

This blog is my way of sharing my new adventures with the world. At the very least I hope you enjoy reading it …. and if it inspires something new in some of you then all the better. I would also love to hear from you with any thoughts, goals and challenges you have, or are hoping to achieve. By sharing, we can create an inspirational force to change our lives for the better!

Keep challenging yourself and have fun!

Caroline

xxx

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17 thoughts on “What on earth possessed me?”

  1. Hi Caroline! Loved your blog! One of my secret desire is to run a marathon before I get too old for it… I’ll be turning 40 this year! And if I may borrow your line- “What on the earth possessed me” to run at this age?! I don’t know…guess the New Year= New Dawn happened! I have started training (by running for 10 min everyday, followed by other exercises). I am at an absolute beginner level… in running & exercising! Your ‘about me’ is truly inspiring and so is your blog. Do share your running training secrets. BTW thanks for the follow!

    1. Hi Supriti,

      Thanks for stopping by my blog and your kind comment. All the best with the running – there will be no stopping you soon – just keep going! Would love to know how you get on. The New Year has obviously done funny things to us all! Perhaps we can compare marathon stories when we both get there! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Think your blog is great, looking forward to all your updates.
      xxx

    1. Hi Irene. Thanks for the follow. And thank you so much for the liebster award. It means a lot to know people are enjoying reading my blog. I actually received and accepted another nomination for a liebster award a couple of weeks ago, so on this occasion i won’t accept it again. But please know it is greatly appreciated. X

    1. Thank you so much for the nomination it means a lot to know people are enjoying my blog. This is not my first nomination for a liebster award though so I don’t think it would be appropriate to accept the honour again, but thank you and congratulations on your award. X

  2. Hello, Caroline!

    Iโ€™m excited to inform you that Iโ€™ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! I truly admire your talent as a writer and want to share your inspirational work with the world!
    Should you choose to accept this award, please visit this link:
    http://artfullyaspiring.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/acceptance/
    -Copy the versatile blogger icon from this post so you can insert this into your own acceptance post.
    -Choose 7 random facts about yourself you wish to share and type these in for your readers.
    -Select your 10 favorite blogs you wish to nominate for the award, and add these as well to your post with a description of why you admire them.
    – Tell these bloggers you have nominated them for the award, and add a link.
    Please link back to my blog so I can read your wonderful acceptance speech! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Adelie

    1. Wow Adelie. Thank you so much for the nomination …. Its wonderful to know that people enjoy my blog and get something out of it. Funnily enough I was just debating what my next post should be – as its my 100th I was after something special! So perfect timing. Thanks again. I loved your acceptance post by the way, you shared some things that must have been hard to share …. I admire your courage – you are braver than me! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

      1. You have a magnificent blog, and I’m so glad I was able to share it with others. I think it’s awesome that this came in time for your 100th post, which is an amazing accomplishment! On the contrary, I see great courage in your journey that I could never imagine having myself. So, let’s just call it even! Congratulations!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. I love it, I just got here from the Opiniated Man post… And I followed because I am curious of what I will get to read here. Nice to meet you!

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