Sunday, April 15, 2012

race season start this week!! today is day...hmm....don't know!

This time last year I was getting ready for the first triathlon of the season...actually make that triathlons...I was a member of 2 relay teams...I swam in the sprint with James (my client who is the poster child for overcoming obstacles - he's a throat cancer survivor who breaths through a hole in his neck) and then did the half marathon for Toby who swam and rode.  This year it's just going to be a half marathon.  Which may be an issue because I haven't run that fat since...let me think...oh yes, last years race!!!

I'm excited to get the season kicked off though.  But I know I have to get my crap together when it comes to my writing!  When I had to write my book I wrote.  Now that I don't have to write my book I don't.  And it's not a good behavior/habit for me to have.  I love writing, so why don't I?  Because I've let my mechanism for writing slide.  Hmm....sounds very similar to the whole premise of my book doesn't it?  So I think it's time for me to set some writing goals to go along with my racing goals.  But first I'm off to edge the lawn and then take the boys to the Charleston Bed Race...fond memories of college...

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Now is reckoning 22ish...

I know deep in my heart that the book I've written is good.  Yet my natural inclination is to lean toward the I think it's only appropriate to quote one of my favorite authors who really calls it the way it is...from Marriane Williamson...."Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.' We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."  I need to sleep on that!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

At last I can spread the word...and it's approximately day 25

Lisa and I were coming back from an amazing weekend getaway celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary when I got confirmation from a chap I hired to format my book 'properly.'  I use the word 'properly' because it's so apropos for the book I wrote.  I spent god knows how many hours writing those 117860 words and ended up thwarted by the formatting of the flipping thing for all of the e-readers available.  So I turned to a pro.  Which is exactly what the book tells unhealthy or overweight readers.  The odds of me getting the formatting done correctly are so small it's just not worth me trying.  Just like someone thinking that joining a gym is the answer to their poor health!  I found money in my budget to have someone who knows what he's doing do it!  Just like the book says about hiring an exercise and nutritional professional...

On that note I'm going to sign off because it's late, I'm knackered and I know I'm going to be spending a lot more time on this screen than I am on my other ones...bring on the followers!!

Friday, April 6, 2012

This has to be day 20 by now...tempus fugit!

I love the saying "the days are long but the years are short."  It's such an accurate way to describe life when you're a parent of 2 small boys, an entrepreneur, work 30 plus hours a week as a personal trainer, a husband, a wanna be gardener, a novelist (best selling novelist in the O'Keefe household), and compete in various road races!

Hence the reason why I've been unable (actually I should say 'have chosen') not to keep up with my blogging.  And I'm torn.  I haven't been blogging because I know nobody reads what I write because very few people go to my site because my book still isn't published...etc. etc.  And that will change soon.  On the other hand the mere act of sitting here and writing makes me feel happy!  So I've got the author(s) of some books saying what I'm doing isn't going to get me where I want to be from a business stand point and other authors on the lines of Eric Fromm or James Allen saying "be who you're supposed to be and you will be rewarded" or words to that effect...hmmm...

Okay then I'll keep writing for a few more minutes until the family wake up.  And I think it's going to be about me!!  And my running.  You (and I know there is no you out there, but I'll stick with myself on this thought) may or may not remember that I tore my knee up last year.  It's probably about 6 months ago now.  I really thought I was done from running.  Seriously.  It was so painful just to walk.  Well, I rehabbed and worked at it and dipped my toe in the water of running etc.  And had my biggest breakthrough yesterday out running with a client.  We did some speed work in between lifting weights and not only was I running the fastest I've run in 10 years I was also doing it on the grass and dirt on the side of the road!  Potholes, lumps, bumps and hills the whole way and I not only survived it I'm feeling great this morning! 

So on that note about me...I'll sign off and get back at it....I'm really optimistic I'll get my book back from the 'expert' I hired to format it for me today...fingers crossed....