Better Than The Alternative Tuesdays: YES people

Welcome back from the weekend, everyone! My, my, my and what a weekend it was. The Chicago Marathon happened. One fatality and one baby born. Circle of Life, I suppose.

(I swear, if I ever catch any woman I know running a marathon while 39 weeks pregnant, I will wait til she is pregnant no longer and then read her the riot act of exactly why that was a really, really bad idea. Not running in general, but running a marathon! Ladies, you’ve been warned.)

Several people I know ran the Army 10-miler in D.C. and there were lots of other races (all of which I can’t seem to remember right now) going on all over the country this weekend. Congratulations to all the runners who rocked the roads (and trails!).

If you’re new to Run Stronger Every Day, Tuesdays are always titled “Better Than The Alternative Tuesdays” and here’s why. Obi-wan (my Dad) is famous for responding to others complaints about life and general bitching and moaning with the phrase, “It beats the alternative/It’s better than the alternative” meaning, yeah, it sucks but it’s better than not being here at all. I’ve taken that and made it a theme for Tuesdays. Because life really is good, for the most part, and reminding ourselves of that is important.

This week’s BTAT them is YES people.

I have recently made the switch in my life to surround myself with more YES people and it has absolutely changed my whole outlook on things. I’m not talking the people who blow sunshine where it ought not shine. No sir. I live in the real world.

I’m talking about the lovely people who, when I say I want to host a BRICK workout say, “YES, let’s do it.” The people who, when I say I want to go back to school for my PhD in physical therapy say, “YES. That’s perfect for you. Let’s figure out how.” The people who, when share one of my BHAGs with them, they say, “YES. That’s a fantastic goal for you.” The people who, when I say I want to put together a team for the Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure and get t-shirts for our team  in one week say, “YES. We can help.” (Hooray for Custom Ink)

Aren't our shirts cute?? Big thanks to Custom Ink for all their amazing efforts!

The YES people don’t see problems, only possibilities (I may have just stolen that quote from someone because it sounds awfully familiar. If you know whom I can credit for that, please shout it out). I am trying my hardest to become one of those YES people but until I  master that, I am thrilled to be surrounded by them. It’s just so much better than hearing the negativity and hurtful gossip and constant complaining all. the. time. YES people are do-ers and I love nothing more than to be busy do-ing.

So, thank you to all the YES people in my life. The people who don’t pigeonhole me, judge me, put me down or tell me it’s going to be too hard and I should try something else. You wonderful people build me up, make me believe in myself and inspire me to “ABSOLUTELY, YES!” try new things every single day. These people are the reason why it’s so much better to be here than there. Thank you, YES people.

Who are the YES people in your life? Or do you need more YES people in your life…? Tell me all about it in the comments.

Now go out and run!

I Am a lululemon Ambassador!

Check. Me. Out.

A seemingly innocent invite for coffee and a chat was actually an invitation to become the next ambassador at lululemon athletica E. 66th St. store! *blush* I nearly cried.

This was one of my goals for 2011. I love the company. I love the people. I love what they stand for. I love what they offer the community. I love how they operate. I LOVE the clothes.  And I am totally the girl who strives to live the manifesto, even before I ever saw the manifesto all over the bags and store and lululemon was just this company in Canada that my very fashionable French client told me about (and insisted I buy their pants!) as being the next big thing in workout apparel. Thanks, Frenchie.

I love the manifesto:

All copyright and registered trademark to luluemon athletica

Do one thing a day that scares you? Duh, math. Sweat once a day? Ummm, whether I like it or not. Practice yoga so you can remain active in sports as you age? Done. Dance, sing, floss and travel. Yup, yup, yup and yup. And I am trying with all my might to be the successful person who “replaces the words ‘wish’, ‘should’ and ‘try’ with ‘I will.'” I WILL!

So, yeah, I’m reeeeeeally excited and humbled by this honor. I absolutely love working with all the runners at the Run Club on Wednesday nights (Join us Wednesdays 6:30pm at the stores, 7pm at the 72nd St. Transverse) and I cannot tell you how rejuvenating it has been to meet all the amazing people who work at my beloved E. 66th St. store (I love you west-siders, too). The men and women who work there and so generously share their energy and love with me have been the antidote to my struggles with all of this pre-med stuff. They remind me of how far I’ve already come in life and celebrate my accomplishments while encouraging me to strive for Big Harry Audacious Goals (BHAGs). You should really check them out.

Yaaaaaaay! I’m am Ambassador!

AND check ME out! I will be back to coaching Run Club next Wednesday night and I can’t wait to see everyone. We also have a truly awesome Saturday morning planned for August 20th. We’re meeting at the E. 66th St. store to run Summer Streets (various distances) with all the NYC lululemon run clubs and then I’m hosting a free Joint Protection workshop back at the store. All are welcome for any or all of the activities! I really hope there’s a good turnout for my very first ambassador event (eeeek).

That’s what’s going on with me, friends. It’s been a wild week and I’m looking very forward to Sunday night when all the madness of this week will come to an end. You know what’s great about this week, though? Everything I’ve been working for for months all came to a head in just a few days. It’s really true: the harder I work, the luckier I get.

Ambassador invite = pretty things

What about you? Did you meet a goal recently? What’s your Big Harry Audacious Goal? Shout it out in the comments and then…well, don’t go out and run now. It’s late. But rock the pavement tomorrow for sure, wherever you are!