I’m ok with who I am!

I’m ok with who I am!

Repeat after me: I’m ok with who I am! 10x

My friends, it’s time! It’s time for us to stop comparing, to stop wanting something to be something else! It’s time for us to be happy with who we are now.

I was listening to Joel Osteen’s podcast, Be Comfortable With Who You Are , he talked about running your own race.. being able to celebrate others without feeling like you have to catch up… he told a story about how he focused so much on passing someone while on a run he didn’t realized he was 6 blocks away from his house! That’s what happens when you focus on other people’s race. You make it longer for you to reach your destination.

The podcast inspired me to write about being happy with who we are!

• Do you not feel happy with who you are?

• Do you find yourself always wanting to change?

• Do you find yourself always comparing yourself and your journey from others?

Well, if your answer is yes to any of the questions above, you need to stop it! Stop it already!

God created us to be exactly who we are.

Everyone was created to fulfill a purpose that is different for everyone! No one is ever more special than you to God. We are all equal in his eyes. He doesn’t care if you make the most money or if you have all the degrees in the world! He only cares about how and what you do with your life’s purpose.

The more you love yourself the more you open yourself up to God’s purpose for you!

Remind yourself everyday to Love every single bit of you, from your body to your mind and to your soul & spirit! It’s you, it’s always been you!

You don’t have to be the skinniest or the fastest, the smartest or the prettiest! What matters is what’s in your heart and that you be the best you you can ever be.

A heart filled with love will be much more beneficial for you than a heart filled with discontent.

Everyday, every minute repeat the mantra: I am ok with who I am!

Every time doubt cripples in: I am ok with who I am!

Every time you feel behind: I am ok with who I am!

Every time someone mocks you, disrespects you: I am ok with who I am!

Keep that in mind: I am ok with who I am!

What’s for you will be for you! You just have to love YOU and let the rest flow naturally!

xoxo

@piawiaventures!

I’m ok with who I am! I’m ok with who I am!
Once we accept ourselves unconditionally, no matter where we are, it will feel like home. Self Love

Reference:

Joel Osteen, Podcast “Be Comfortable With Who You Are”

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/joel-osteen-podcast/id137254859?i=1000444682756

Melody Beatle, Journey to the Heart, Daily Meditation on the Path to Freeing Your Soul

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Oops, I did it, again! I ran! – 8.12.2019

img_4366I felt rejuvenated from today’s run and felt the urged to post about it.

I’ve been having so much struggle with my training for the last couple of weeks but today’s run made me feel a bit victorious, to say the least. I do encourage you all to remember your fellow runners during this time of training. The HEAT is extremely vicious this year and training has been more and more challenging. Check on your running friends and make sure they are hydrating and are high in spirits!

I learned a lot this week. I was disheartened to tell you the truth. I wanted to quit or told myself that this is the last time I’m ever going to put myself through Marathon training. I wanted to cry. I wanted to give up. I wanted to tell the world “I can’t do this anymore.” Thankfully, the next day wasn’t so bad and then this one today was pretty nice too. I can be a bit dramatic about things from time to time.

So for those who are low in spirit; don’t give up just yet! Take some rest days, have adequate sleep and start over. The days will get brighter!

Have a nice day everyone!

#HappyRunning!

-Pia

IG: @piawiaventures

Marathon Training – Week 10 – #RoadtoBerlinMarathon2019

Week 10:

Only 8 weeks left to go after this week’s training. HOLY MOLLY! I can’t believe I did most of the training! How amazing is that! 🙂 I am super excited! I am loving my runs more. There are more loving runs than there are dreadful runs. (LOL)

Week 10 could be my most favorite week of training thus far!

I started the week with 7 Recover Miles (after my 12 mile run the previous day). My 7 miles to start the week was accompanied by my friend Jowell who encouraged me to keep going even when I was already making excuses at Mile 2.5 to cut our run short. (hehe) Thanks to him I reached out to my inner self to finish the goal I set out for us that morning! We got the 7 Miles done! Yipppeee!

I wasn’t able to do the Speedwork the following day. Instead I opt to take a REST DAY due to fatigued and pure exhaustion from the weekend’s runs. I listened to my body and my body told me to rest and be merry! and so I DID! I did so for two days! This is actually the first week that I took 2 days OFF of Running! Pardon me! I need some REST! I’m not used to running so so much. Even on my 2 Miles a day challenge that lasted for 50 days, running only 2 miles was sort of tiring too. BUT with this training, I’m running 5-8 miles 4-5 days a week and running the long miles on the weekends. It’s a lot to get used to but I’m super proud of my body for allowing me to go this far! 🙂

On the 4th day, I did 3.40 Miles with the Running Group at work. We got rained at! It was sunny, then cloudy and then rain started pouring on my last mile! It was an amazing feeling to be able to run that day in the rain.

On the 5th day, I decided to do my 8 Miles. Totally not planned but never the less I had to since I wasn’t sure I will be able to complete 8 miles on Friday, the next day, since I have a flight to catch in Orlando Airport which was a 2 HR drive for me! This run wasn’t the easiest one for me due to all the excuses that came up in my head! But even still I did it! and I am happy that I completed the 8 miles!

On the 6th day, I did 5 Miles in the AM before work. The hard part about this run was waking up early! I haven’t been able to do so in a while so getting up early for this one was a bit challenging but I did and it made my day go by much smoother since I did not have to worry about this run while I was driving to the airport!

On the last day, I managed to do 10 miles while on a weekend vacation visiting my boyfriend, Karl. I am so proud of myself for doing this and I am so grateful to Karl for giving me the opportunity to finish this goal even while visiting him. He carried my drinks and made sure I stayed safe while on the road while riding his bike. I ran with ease and I ran with confidence beside him. I appreciate that so much. I was surprised with myself and I think Karl was too because I told him I stop a lot on long runs lol BUT I DIDN’T! I managed to keep at 12:07 min/mile pace! On long runs I’m usually at 13-14 min/mile pace. I am getting better and I’m getting stronger in each and every mile.

I have so many people to thank for that! But for this week, I am thankful for Jowell and Karl for running and biking with me and motivating me to keep going! I am thankful for the running group at work for challenging me and keeping me company!

Marathon Training – Week 5 #roadtoberlinmarathon

Hello All!

Week 5 just ended for me and I feel super accomplished! With 3 very successful weeks, I am on a roll!

Day 1: Rest Day! Slept until my body told me to wake up. I dropped my mom off to work, vacuumed my car, went to starbucks, went grocery shopping, meal prepped, work prepped and video chatted with my S.O. What a productive rest day it was!

Day 2: I prepared my mind for this morning run, 5 miles, to be exact. I got to the park and “tried” to keep a steady pace. It’s really hard to be at one pace but I am getting there. I’m still running 11 – 12 mins per mile.

Day 3: Rest Day! Of course spent the whole day at work

Day 4: 4 Miles: I don’t quite recall how this actually went but I bet it was a good one! Lol

Day 5: Couldn’t sleep the day before. I contemplated doing the 2nd 5 mile easy run of the week in the afternoon. My alarm went off at 4:45 AM (yikes, that’s not happening) and then again at 5:00 AM, contemplated so hard around this time but decided that I am pretty wide awake anyways, I’ll just drink some coffee and have a snack! I haven’t been drinking coffee before my 6am runs so this was the first! I thought, “instead of 5, I’ll just do 4 today, sleep better tonight and run my 5 miles tomorrow.” (Yes, you can do that! You can switch off the days as long as you do the runs!) So I did my regular 4 mile route but as I was running I think the coffee was starting to kick in and ended up running the 5 miles that was scheduled!! Coffee saved the day! I really like to emphasized on this day because I really thought I couldn’t do it. I managed to run the last mile the fastest that day. It was a good feeling. I felt really accomplished and proud of myself.

Day 6: I couldn’t sleep right away again, although, I did sleep a little bit earlier than the previous day. I got to the park a little bit later than usual. I didn’t drink any coffee because I did not feel as tired waking up. I ran the 4 miles and got done with a couple of minutes before needing to get ready for work! What an amazing accomplishment it was! I did some stretches and some foam rolling.

Day 7: Last Day of Week 5, 6 Miles in the book! I planned to run later than usual (it’s the weekend after all) but my body woke up at 5:30 AM and I was able to start my run at 6am! I was surprised to not see many runners (It’s not a holiday weekend, yet!) I thought this run was gonna be slower than usual because it is much longer than what I’ve been running but I kept a steady pace!

Week 5 was a success! Week 6 on the schedule looks a little scary! Wish me luck!

 

<3 Piawia!

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Marathon Training: Week 3-4: How Am I Doing? Good? I think so! lol

One of those 6am Running Views
One of those 6am Running Views. Sometimes this is my motivation to wake up and get out there early in the morning.

An honest look in my training…….

Today is rest day. (Yeppers!) It’s probably my most favorite of the days at the moment. According to my training calendar, I could cross-train (do something else other than running) but my mind is telling me “I should just savor all these rest days because in a few weeks I will be running more than I ever knew I could!” I’m using a new (to me) method. I am happy with my decision but my body is exhausted. I find myself dreaming about sleep at work but also very proud of my accomplishments so far.

Wake up call: I didn’t realize just how much running I’m going to have to do with the Hanson Marathon Training Program (for Beginners, I should add). I just finished week 4 and starting up on week 5 this week. I’m banking on 3-5 miles (a day) of running on 5 out of 7 days during the week. On week 5, I am expected to run two 5 Miles (Easy Running Days), two 4 Miles (Easy Running Days) and topping it off with 6 Miles on Saturday (Wait is it 6 or 8? For now I will stick with 6). I don’t know about you but to me that’s a lot of running and I am super proud of myself for pulling thru on the past 2 weeks of training (I skipped Week 1 and 2 due to personal reasons, something I could tackle on another day).

The Hanson Marathon Method is something that caught my attention while I was training for my first marathon. My first marathon was, of course, hard and fulfilling but I’m super sure I could have done better. Yes, SUPER SURE! The Hanson Method focuses more on overcoming fatigued and less stress on the long miles. Don’t get me wrong, there are long miles in there but it’s not as drastic as training up to 20 to 22 miles. TO ME, (emphasizing on ME) it was really hard to do the long miles. One, I live in Florida, the weather was hot and humid. Two, I felt very lonely running alone on those long miles so I wanted to try something different this time around. This one only requires (I believe) training up to 16 miles. This (new for me) method is also guaranteeing PR’s, if followed accordingly.

With this method, I am finding myself (my body) exhausted at the end of the day. Waking up at 5am to do a 4 mile run, I think that’s given. But the method is emphasizing a lot on training your body to pull thru on those tired days. It’s training you mentally and physically to pull thru fatigued. Much like at the end of the Marathon, when your body is exhausted and just want to stop and give up. It’s training you to focus on pulling thru, which, to be honest, is something I know that I need to work on. I say this because I know how I am. On my half marathons, as soon as I hit that 10 mile mark, my body just gives up (my mind tells my body to give up) and that’s when my body slows down even more! The thought of ending and getting excited about the finish line, the pressure and the excitement of it all gets to me and then I just completely hit a roadblock or should I call it the “WALL”. I hit that wall on good days and most especially on bad days. So, that’s why I think this method will work well with me. Yes, for sure, training will be tough but I know that there is no easy training when it comes to marathon training! (Oh, just thinking about those ultra-marathon runners!)

I admire each and every runners out there running, rain or shine, day or night! Let’s be proud of ourselves for tackling something we never thought we could! (at least, I never thought I could and here I am tackling it 2nd time around!)

Are you interested about this method? or Have you tried this method? What are your thoughts? I am open to any suggestions, requirements or advise regarding marathon training in general. {Like and Comment, maybe? yeah?}

Thanks for reading this far. Happy Running Everyone!

Yours Truly Yours,

Piawia!

 

On to the Next Thing… Berlin Marathon 2019

I’m about to start my Marathon Training for the 2019 Berlin Marathon! 

What are my thoughts? 

  • I’m incredibly nervous that I’m going to slack off and just not do any of the training. (I did slack off a little bit for my Chicago Marathon training last year. Instead of running a lot, I did yoga a lot! LOL Well, it gave me a profound experience with yoga and I enjoyed every bit of it anyways. But this year, I’m going to run more and do yoga and other cross-training I could think of.) 
  • I’m incredibly nervous about injuring myself. (My right leg hasn’t been itself since that one Pole fitness class and I’ve been trying to recover since. It’s getting better though.) 
  • I’m incredibly nervous about Florida weather! It’s so HOT outside already! (I just need to start running in the morning which means sleeping earlier and waking up earlier. I can do that. I just need to be more consistent.) 
  • Will I be more prepared this time around? (I do still have plenty of time. I really need to stop putting so much pressure on myself coz it makes me not want to do anything at all. Writing helps, as I am going thru the lists of my thoughts, it helps to narrow them down and have a more organized focus on things that I am worrying about. lol) 
  • Should I try to PR? (I should at least try, right?. I am in better shape now than when I started training for Chicago Marathon 2018. At least, I also know what I am getting myself into so I can be more prepared and ready.)
  • I want to enjoy this race and experience even more than I enjoyed Chicago. (I’ll prepare more travel planning. I really didn’t do any of that for Chicago. So we didn’t get to see the city for the beauty it was. I can’t wait. I’m going to see so many beautiful things in Berlin and I already feel myself wanting to stay or go back soon. I know I know! I haven’t even book my flight yet but if you know me well my excitement about beautiful places starts early and last a lifetime.) (Side Note: Italy is still my favorite, as of May 17, 2019) 
  • What should I eat? How should I healthily fuel my body for the many training and the actual marathon itself? (I really want to be more educated nutrition wise. I want to not depend so much on artificial things that are unhealthy and not necessary. I encountered a really nice podcast (https://jayshetty.me/dr-daniel-amen/) that talks about our brain! It really made me think of everything that I do and what I feed my body. Yes! Listen to that Podcast! It’s pretty cool. So after listening to that podcast, I’ve been very mindful about taking care of my brain, myself! One of the things it talks about is only doing things that is good for your brain and that includes eating healthy brain boosting foods! So yeah that’s one of the things I’ve been working on.)
  • So with that in mind, Should I stop drinking alcohol again this time around like I did for my Chicago Training?  Ha! I still have 2 bottles of wine that are super unopened! lol Maybe they will be the last ones I’ll drink. IDK. Alcohol is not good for your brain and I believe not drinking helped me with my training last year because I was able to keep my body super hydrated and on the weekends where I did drink some alcohol I ended up being lethargic for a whole week, making training a bit harder. So Yeah. I think I’m leaning towards not drinking again for this training. lol 

Anyways, these are just some of my thoughts before I start my Marathon Training next week. It’s going to be amazing and exciting and also very nerve wracking! Please wish me luck! I’m going to need plenty of positive vibes! 

Thanks guys and ladies for reading my thoughts! I hope you enjoyed it! 

Please Like, Share, Follow and Leave me a Comment! 

~ Yours Truly Yours, 

Piawia!  

 

 

Some Notes: 

Aligning with Life…

A few years ago, I stumbled upon a page on instagram, Warrior Training Goddess. I believe the page found me or the universe was slightly directing me to this page. There was a lot of positive quotes and encouragement present in that instagram page that ultimately led me to purchasing the book, Warrior Goddess Training by Heatherash Amara. I’ve had the book for a while but I waited to read it. Now, while reading this book, I asked the question, What does it mean to be aligned with life?

 

To answer this for myself, I started with the quote below (that I gathered from the book itself):

 

“Aligning with life means committing to our intent, or goals, 100 percent as well as surrendering to the outcome, whatever it may be.”

 

In my own understanding,

 

Aligning with life means giving it your all, in whatever it may be: intent, goals, dreams. & then being able to accept whatever the outcome is, good or bad.

 

It’s not regretting the hard work you put into achieving your dreams.

 

It’s not regretting the time spent working on your goals.

 

It’s not regretting all the things you had to give up or sacrifice to focus on your dreams.

 

It’s not regretting all the struggles that you could have avoided if it wasn’t for that goal.

 

Even when the results of you giving it your all doesn’t meet your expectations.

 

Even when things don’t go as planned.

 

Even when things go wrong.

 

You accept whatever it is for what it is and live life with no regrets.

 

Aligning with life is finding ways to be happy with whatever the results are.

 

It’s finding the silver lining of things.

 

It’s finding the blessings from all of the shortcomings of life. (or not even thinking of the shortcomings)

 

It’s trusting that life is beautiful no matter what, where, who, how it may be.

 

In the book, Heatherash Amara also mentions that “Life is neither fair nor unfair. Life is a force that constantly moves and changes.” There is a struggle within myself upon reading this that I can’t quite completely comprehend. It’s as if I’ve been living life thinking I’m important that the world revolves around me but obviously it doesn’t. I believe many of us feel this way. We say things like “life is unfair” without realizing that life/world don’t single out things. It just happens that way. It just happened that you’re in this spot today. You’re in this space right now. There is no right or wrong life. Life is just that, it just is. It will keep on moving even if you stop, even when you’re gone, life will just keep on going.

 

The important thing you can do in life is to live life to the fullest. To enjoy each moment, moment by moment and to appreciate what it is that you have. It is to see the world for the beauty and magical thing that it is.

 

This kind of revelation, growth and development takes time. It is said in many books, not just this one, that it will take time and that the only thing that matters is that you keep on moving forward. One of the main things, I’ve read, heard and learned about creating a better life for yourself is that it takes time and dedication. So give yourself some time. Give yourself some credit and also give yourself a break when things are tough! Don’t put so much pressure on yourself.

 

I feel like I write these blogs to remind myself of what I’m learning each day. I’m writing and posting to give myself a break, to give myself some encouragement and to give myself something to look back to when things are tough!

 

I am a working progress and my goal is to live life to the fullest, however, it may come!

Thanks for reading my thoughts for the day!

 

Yours Truly Yours,

 

Piawia!

 

Notes:

 

Heatherash Amara. Warrior Goddess Training: Become the Woman You Are Meant To Be. 2014

Keep on Writing…

{lol} This is an actual question, Because I don’t know how to start writing again.

I lost track of myself. In the beginning of the year, I set out to write something every single day and then I stopped. All of a sudden, I stop writing materials that felt good and ’til this day I don’t know what to write but I feel like I need to. I want to be able to reach people and be an inspiration but How Do I Do THAT if I don’t feel fully inspired to do so?

It’s not like my life has completely changed. It’s just that I feel as though my fear of failure to do this is making me doubt everything. Or I don’t feel as though I am inspiring or motivating to people.

And Then, 

I just watched a video about becoming an inspiration. It was a video with Eric Feng, an influencer.  He had an epiphany when one of his mentors told him that social media is not about shining the light on himself but shining the light on others. You don’t become an influencer by  just doing things you think people would like but by showing people you care! and it hit me, I have been doing this thing all wrong too.

I was worried about not becoming legit, not being real, not being liked that I forgot that the purpose of this page was to inspire others to get out there and live their lives. The purpose of this page was to inspire others to find themselves and to learn how to love themselves more deeply and more unconditionally. This page was created to teach people how to forgive themselves, believe in themselves and generally learn to be who they truly are.

I am a believer of manifesting greatness in your life by first finding your true self and you can only do that when you learn to love yourself unconditionally.

I am not in that state 100 percent and there is a chance that I will always doubt myself and there is a chance that I will forget why I created this page in the first place but I trust that I am surrounded by amazing people who will keep me on track. I trust that the Universe will always show me the way because JUST LIKE YOU, I know that I am here for a greater purpose and maybe for me, it’s writing to you, being my true self just so you can be inspired to be brave and finally be who you are. Maybe that’s what will keep me going. Maybe that’s what will keep you going.

Nevertheless, I will keep on writing.

I will keep on posting things in my life that ultimately show you how to love yourself. Maybe one day, You Will Be The One to remind ME of what this page is all about!

After all, We Are All In This Together, as per that song that my friends don’t like from our working at Kohls days! lol

Well! Thank you for reading this random thought!

Please like and subscribe! Share and Spread the Words of LOVE in your daily lives! May it be with this page or any other way! It doesn’t matter. If this post inspired you in any way, I know I’ve done something amazing today!

& If you have any tips on how to keep me going, please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment or send me an e-mail (any advice, inspirations, motivations are all welcome!).

So again, Thank You & Have a Wonderful Life Always!

Be Kind & Be Love! 

Yours Truly Yours,

Pia!

Notes:

Here is the inspiring video of Eric Feng (Shout Out to My Sister for Sending Me This Video! Thank you, Ate Etet!) 

 

& Here is the song my friends don’t like (that ultimately inspired this post) 

 

 

Positive Vibes Wednesday – 4.17.2019

I’d like to start your Wednesday with some positivism! I intend to post more positive things each week or so! 

So, here is a lovely poem, empowering women to see themselves as the wonderful phenomenal women that we are! 

Phenomenal Woman 

by Maya Angelou 

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size   
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,   
The stride of my step,   
The curl of my lips.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,   
That’s me.
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,   
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.   
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.   
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,   
And the flash of my teeth,   
The swing in my waist,   
And the joy in my feet.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Men themselves have wondered   
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,   
They say they still can’t see.   
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,   
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.   
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.   
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,   
The bend of my hair,   
the palm of my hand,   
The need for my care.   
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

What a wonderful day it is to be a woman! Yesterday, on my way home from work, I was listening to Oprah’s Super Soul Podcast and I ran into this one with her reading Maya Angelou’s poem. In her podcast, she reminds us to be ourselves. She reminds us that our sole goal in life is to be the best selves we can ever be! It’s funny because the chapter in the book I was reading (Girl Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis) said the same thing! What a coincidence?! Both Oprah’s podcast and Rachel’s book remind us that our job, especially as women, is to be ourselves, to stop asking for permission to be ourselves, to be true to ourselves. The people who are truly meant to stay and matter in our lives will love us despite them not understanding, despite them not agreeing. Even if you change, the people who truly matter should be the people who will love you for exactly who you are! 

So this is my positive vibes Wednesday! I hope you get inspired and motivated today to be who you truly are. Just be yourself! Be the bravey you want to see in the world! 

Happy Happy Wednesday! ‘Til Next Time! 

Yours Truly Yours, 

Piawia! 

<3

Notes:

  • Phenomenal Woman Poem by Maya Angelou
  • Super Soul Podcast with Oprah Winfrey
  • Girl Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis