Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"Is It Live" - RUN DMC

So, I'm kinda, sorta an emotional girl.
Always have been.
This is nothing new.
[duh] I think know we've established that.

One song can bring me to tears/full out laughter or up on my feet shakin' what my mama [didn't] give me -- within a matter of seconds

Needless to say, I am quick to display my emotions.

Sometimes I get all funky and super aware of my mortality. Realizing that some day when it's all said and done this body of mine is going to end up in something that looks more like a pared down Buick than any sort of pine/cedar box.

Other days I'm all Pollyanna and sunshine and effervescently bursting with optimism. I am fully aware this overly positive outlook has a way of annoying people.

whatever. anyway.

Still, there are other days when I get into a funk because I care about something too much.  Way too much.  Something I can't change.  Maybe it's something with work, maybe it's a relationship/friendship that needs a little grease.  I over-think sometimes and it can make me feel a bit down.

And I'm SO not okay with that.

I've decided, to not wait until January 1, 2011 to do this NYR [New Years Resolution].  1/1/11 [creepy/cool].  It is way too close to my birthday.  And I intend to celebrate for 2.5 weeks.

I have a list of ten but the one I am sharing today is #3:

#3:  I am not going to let anyone steal my sunshine. 

Yes, that's right I said "steal" .

I hearby declare that I will do my best to treat people the way that I want to be treated. I will kill negativity with kindness and remain committed to brushing off bad attitudes, bad comments, hurtful remarks.

I spent so many years in stuck in a cloud of frustration, anxiety and insecurity and realized life is too short to live that way.

Live and let live. 
I intend to live mine happy.
Maybe. even. annoyingly happy.

Happy HumpDay!

25 days until Tucson Marathon!!  YAY!

71 comments:

Jamoosh said...

Steal My Sunshine - Len

Rock on!

Carrie said...

I couldn't agree more!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Fabulous post!! Great reminder for us all. Can't wait to see the full list! :)

Laurie said...

That's a good one. Now I have that song stuck in my head though. :)

Quinton J said...

How bout' borrow? Can your sunshine be borrowed?

This post is one of the many kazillion reasons why I (and 323 others) check-up on you from time-to-daily-time.

Yay (did I just say yay?) for annoyingly happy.

racing dawn said...

Heck ya... I'm sure your full list will be amazing.
And ok - I didn't realize you are planning on the Tucson Marathon... I'm feeling a meet up about to happen! :)

Slomohusky said...

don't listen to the smiths anymore than? :)

"life is too important to take seriously".

:) :) :)!!!

Emz said...

Mooshy - awesome. I guess I just needed me some RUN DMC today.

Q - borrowed. oh, yes, I like that. YAY! ;)

RD - YES. YES. YES! You want the extra weeks rest. You WANT Tucson!!

SLowmo - yes, it was just a RUN DMC kind of day. Love the quote.

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

I am extremely emotional too! What a great idea to start your resolution now...especially such a great one that effects your everyday mood and happiness. I am going to have to copy you on this one. Life really is too short to live like that:) Great post!

Rae said...

That's an excelent resolution. I think I should follow that too!

Heather said...

I'm gonna steal this resolution! it's a good one.

SteveQ said...

Unrelated story, just for you: To save money, Stacy moved to a smaller apartment and to make the move, threw out 400 pairs of shoes. I said, "If you hadn't bought those shoes, you could've made a down payment on a house."

"But then I wouldn't have the shoes."

"You don't have them now. You're throwing them away."

"I'll buy more."

How did I lose that argument?????

Emz said...

Steve - Can I please meet Stacy?

April said...

I love that! I try to live by that rule and tell my boys all the time "don't let anyone steal your joy!" Annoyingly happy is good!

I'd like to meet Stacy too! Anyone with 400 pairs of shoes is a Queen in my book!

JenniferLeah said...

How can one be anything BUT happy when you see that awesomely awesome early 80's hair??

Smile on :)
-and I agree, You don't need a new year to make new changes.

Here's to sunshine and rainbows!!

Evolving Through Running said...

Excellent resolution for any time, not just at the start of a new year. I'm pretty confident, based on so many of your posts, that if one were bold enough to abscond with your sunshine, you'd just make more. That sunshine is what keeps the followers coming back for more.

I am in awe at the collective magnitude of hair in that photograph. Kids today just don't have the hair-growing skillz we had back in the day.

XLMIC said...

I LOVE that picture! lol When was that taken and which one are YOU? They all look pretty sunshiney. This is a great NYR... and I want to share it with you... may I?

Emz said...

ETR - day. made. thank you.

My sis "happy" - she. rocked. the 80's. I'm pretty sure who ever bought our old place in Glendale . . . had about 477 layers of aqua net to take off the bathroom wall before a layer of paint would stick to it.

Amanda@runninghood said...

Totally agree! Well said! I spent this week thinking along the same thoughts. I'm sick of wasting so much of my life allowing myself to feel anxiety and hurt from what others say and do. My FB status on Sunday was along similar lines (and feelings):

Life is too short to worry about what everyone else thinks and being pleasing to everyone. Too short to try to only say and do things that fall within the safety nets of "social safety rules". Too short to not BE yourself and Say what you think. Too short to not be REAL and surround yourself the most closely with those that love, support and embrace you for just that...being you!

Emz said...

XLMIC - you bet cha!!!

I'm the innocent, shy, sheepish one on the bottom right.

Emz said...

Amanda - you can write my post next time. You said it way better. Thanks for that comment!!

misszippy said...

Awesome goal. We all need to take a page out of your book, here!

And the hair in the picture--total awesomeness!

Jill said...

Anyone who is determined enough to run a 50-mile race is determined enough to not let anyone steal their rays of sunshine!

Anna Walker said...

Yay! :)
I love your #3 'resolution!'
It's lovely and fantastic and so many people should make that a goal of their own! :)
Happy Running!

Shellyrm said...

Nice! If that is number 3, I can't wait to read the rest!

Sending only sunshine your way!

Kelly Leigh said...

Yay! You just go be effervescent! No need to wait till the new year!

Shawn said...

You are the Sunshine Superman(woman)....it's good to be happy and do the Snoopy Dance all day...

One Crazy Penguin said...

You are my sunshine :)

I'm the same way though. I care way too much about certain things that I know I can't change. It's very difficult for me to let them go. I've been told by friends that it's kind of like watching a kitten run into a wall....Cute, but not going to get the kitten anywhere :p

Emz said...

OCP - Love the kitten comment. Did you know you can burn 150/hour by banging your head against a wall though?! not sayin' I've actually done it and called it an endurance event but . . . maybe that kitten is on to somethin'. ;)

Shawn - I think we need a video post of what exactly the "snoopy dance" is. I'd like to make sure I'm doing it right.

Adrienne said...

Awesome! I need to add that to my list (that I haven't made yet) Nobody can steal my sunshine--love it.
Kill them with kindness....love it.....it always baffles them.

Tonya said...

Yes kill them with kindness!! lol I like your blog!

Kate said...

You go girl!

Reminds me of that Vitamin C song! :)

Sarah said...

Awesome goal. In the picture, is that you on the top right or bottom right?

Marlene said...

I am all for annoyingly happy!

Great resolution. Keep smiling!

Matty O said...

WOW, I am late to the party with my comment!

I picked you out of the line up woohoo!

Do you realize you now have 325 followers? I lost one the other day and had to laugh. Only 10 people comment, TONS of lurkers. They can't steal my sunshine :)

Don't think too much. Thinking is over-rated, trust me, I do it all day, every day... not. fun. period.

Karine said...

Don't ever let anyone steal your sunshine! Part of the reason Arizona is so sunny, is because you live here.

Did someone try to steal your sunshine today?

The picture brought sunny moments for me.
RUN EMZ

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Your mouth is big,
Size extra large,
And when you open it,
It's like my garage.

Emz said...

Sarah - bottom right. Top right is my sister who's running that marathon with me in January. ;)

Mom - :) are you trying to get the word out before me? Did you rub my lamp? Did you catch a ray of my sunshine? Did you see my shirt? ;) YTB my mom.

Emz said...

Kovas. You're a poet. And you know it.
You don't have a buckle. So I'm gonna hit cha with my knuckle. Omgosh. I need more sleep.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

So what's the sunshine stealing defense plan?

Colleen said...

Good plan of action! :) It feels good to rid yourself of the negative!!!

Emz said...

Kovas- the SSDP ..... I'm thinking I'll stay true to my AZ roots and start building walls all around my border.

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

I'll take annoyingly happy anyday!

DRog said...

Im a big NYR guy
need to start thinking of mine...

those BIG WALLS sound good! haha

D

The Eliason's said...

...and mine is to try and NOT "steal" your sunshine!!! ly

Melissa Cunningham said...

great attitude to have chica! i made that same vow about 2 years ago...
life IS too short to not be happy!~
*hugs*

Aimee said...

Love it!

termite said...

"Other days I'm all Pollyanna and sunshine and effervescently bursting with optimism. I am fully aware this overly positive outlook has a way of annoying people." you're kidding right? i'm the queen of annoying people with my Pollyanna-Termite personality. ;-)
it's what i love most about you. Never, Never change.

EMZ!! i'll be at the Tucson Marathon!!!!!! :D wOOt!

Emz said...

TERMITE -- seriously!! I must meet you. [if you are up for a little "polly"!]

YAY!!

RunningLaur said...

sounds like one that's worth starting a month and a half early :)

termite said...

emz, will make a plan to meet at the race and we can sing "la la la" the whole way and annoy those around us. hey... that sounds like a great idea to get ahead of the crowd! :)

seriously, don't let anyone try to steal your happy thunder.
a couple of posts ago on my blog i wrote this: "why some people read my blog is beyond me. i don't start trouble in your life so stay out of mine. go away." i received a nasty comment about my "sunny outlook on life" - like i said. go away. see, i can be pretty mean too.. :p

you hang in there and stay sweet and we'll make a plan for the race.
xo

Lee said...

Love the family pic - that hair!
My first New Year's resolution is to run the 10K on New Year's Eve at the Annual Resolution Run in my city, Ottawa, Canada- Great way to send out the old and ring in the new - don't even want to think about what else I should resolve to do - Oh yes - I resolve to work less in 2011!

Emz said...

Termite. Cannot. Wait. This. Will. Be. Fab.
I usually just get random emails from people. They'd rather email me mean things than leave them in the comment forum. Weird. Whatever. Right?! You. Are. Awesome.

Karen said...

That sounds GREAT! I love your #3! :0)

Julie @ Hotlegs Runner said...

good for you for making that resolution now. No need to wait til 2011. Emz., you are sunshine, so I can't really imagine how other people would want to say anything bad to you. Let me at 'em! gRrrrr! ;p

ajh said...

I used to work with a really negative person and it was hard. Keep your positive spirit.

Char said...

#3 is a good one. People who bring you down or are so negative that they suck the life out of you are best avoided.

Anne said...

It can only get to you if you let it! Smile on beautiful lady :)

Petraruns said...

It's a great one - I like it. And I don't like anyone who steals your thunder. You're wonderful as you are my lovely EMz!

Jason said...

Great post.

I told a friend yesterday that I KEEP SMILING b/c it will be good for me and will probably piss some people off but that is their problem. I can't control them and can only control myself.

So I just KEEP SMILING and I pass along this savy advice to you.

The Kornegay Family said...

Wow! How come I don't have any of these pictures of us? That is a hard one for me to look at . . . ouch . . . the beginning of my chubby days.

Love the positive attitude . . . I needed this one today for sure! :)

Katie said...

Wow I can relate to this, great post!

Erika said...

Awesome!! Taking it back!

Candice @ I Have Run said...

I am all about annoying happiness. Looking foward to basking in your sunshine's glow!!

Goose said...

You're so magical. You stand up on your pedestal and don't let anyone knock you down, sister.

Silly Girl Running said...

You know what, you're right! I couldn't agree with you more! Life IS too short! And guess what...it's your life! And you're living it!

Johann said...

Well said! I love everything positive and try to be positive to everyone around me. Some people unfortunately just mess that up. I've decided on no resolutions for next year. I'm just going to do the year.

Molly said...

no time like the present! and I didn't realize it was 1/1/11 next year!

ShutUpandRun said...

Where the heck did my comment go? I left you one yesterday and now it's not here. I wonder whose blog I really left it on? Anyway, I said: that your sunshine is so beneficial to all of us so if anyone stole it I would have to take them down.

I also said, I'm wearing my shirt!!

Emz said...

SU&R --- YTB. Sooooo happy you are rocking your shirt. Today too right?! Washing it is overrated.

AM-GoalsfortheWeek said...

Love ya-

right there with ya!

1/1/11

THAT is the best;-) I'm such goal/resolution freak and can't believe I haven't thought of that date sequence yet!;-0