Season for Everything

My athletic performances so far this season have been one of the worst in some years. The results have been frustrating, the little injuries, and the modified training have been super frustrating. I'm doing better now in training, and it’s doing wonders for my confidence, now I just have to carry that with me into races. One thing that I have been doing is actively trying not to live in the frustration. I try to look around me and thank God for anything around me that’s good when I’m struggling to find my footing on the track. I’m usually drawn to nature, even in the dead of winter in a snowstorm, I can appreciate how the snow seems to both delicately and heavily sit on the barren tree branches. I should be a poet. I would write poetry about trees, love and my love for trees. Oh and FOOD! Because can you really write about love without writing about food? It’s just not possible. You can try it, just know that it isn’t real love unless food is involved at some level or another.

 Fall Down Seven, Get UP EIGHT-- JAPANESE proverb

Fall Down Seven, Get UP EIGHT-- JAPANESE proverb

Anyway, I started writing this while I was thinking about how hard it’s been for me this season and how bad I was feeling about it; yet as I write this and think about all the good things that have happened to me, I can’t help but smile and actually feel better going into the rest of the season. No matter how many times I fall, I will always get up again.

Until next time......I hope that's soon 🤷🏿‍♀️ 

xoxo

Flings

 

I Have A BLOG????

I've been telling myself that I need to keep up with posts for my blog and at least do my 'positive mondays' postings, but of course as soon as the competition season started I completely left this behind. So much has happened and I will try to keep updating you guys on my life and adventures (I'm sure somewhere in the world it would be considered adventures). I am actually living a semi-interesting life at the moment. 

Here's a picture of Gemma and I 'modeling' some really cool outfits CARBON38 sent us ENJOY!

 

Positive Mondays Jan 18

Sooooo it's already 2016, and I'm already behind on blogging and updating my website. Let me start by saying "Happy new year!!!" Ok so it's close to the end of the month but better late than never right!?? 

Now that that's out of the way, let me give you guys a short update you guys about what's been going on. Fall training went really well. I am getting stronger and better each day. I know I promised to give you guys updates on how training was going but what had happened was...I really don't have any excuses. On Jan 15, I had my first indoor meet of the season! It was really exciting for me. I'll  write more about it later this week so be sure to check back!

Now on to the reason for this post, Positive Mondays!

Yesterday in church (Abundant Life Christian Center in Syracuse) Pastor John Carter preached a message that really spoke to me, so I thought I'd share. The message was about focusing on now and clearing the way for new things to come into your life. As the old saying goes, 'out with the old, in with the new!'

 

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This really spoke to me because it's hard to let things in the past be things in the past. I find too often that I live in the past. When I say past, I don't only mean that I dwell on the bad things in the past, I also often live in my past successes. It is time for me to move on, part of the message was to clear space and allow God to bring in the new. Pastor Carter stated that in order for God to bring in the new, you have to let go of the old. The message spoke to me and I know there was plenty of people that can benefit from the message. I think it will be posted on the ALCClife website at some point and I strongly encourage everyone to go listen to it. And while you're there check out other amazing messages from Pastor John and others at the church!

Have a beautiful day and week everyone!!

What are some things you need to clear out in order to receive the new?

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xoxo Flings 


POSITIVE MONDAYS Nov. 2

START YOUR WEEK OFF RIGHT!!

New week, new month, it's the perfect time to take a deep breath and continue going after your dreams. Maybe last month, week, even yesterday didn't work out as you planned but it doesn't matter. Today is a new day, with its own opportunities.

 

As for me, I am going to seize every opportunity, train harder than I ever have before. I am believing in my dreams and working to make it happen!

What are some ways you start your week off right? 

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xoxo, Flings

Positive Mondays Oct 12

START YOUR WEEK OFF RIGHT!

It's my birthday week!!!! I'm so excited. I'm starting off this week with some positive vibes.

This quote applies to so many things in my life. As I'm getting older, I'm realizing more and more that I need to slow down sometimes, not only look towards goals I've set or other things I want to accomplish but to relish in the moments leading up to it. In short just live and appreciate the little things, things that may not even be a part of your plan. For me, that means loving the hill days, the tempo and speed endurance days and all the other days that hurt so badly I question my sanity for putting my body through it. It also means enjoying the walk home after I'm so tired all I want to do is sleep. It means enjoying time spent with my family and friends, and enjoying everything in my life, the good and the bad. My ultimate goal for 2016 is to be at the Olympic Games in Brazil. Not just be there but be a real contender. I know I can make it to the Olympics, my real goal is to be a medalist. I've got a long long way to go, but I'm going to ENJOY the ups, the downs, the pains, the unknowns and surprises that are bound to come up along the way. 

What are some ways you start your week off right? And what are some ways that you enjoy lifes' journey?

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xoxo, Flings

Positive Mondays Sept 28

START YOUR WEEK OFF RIGHT!

Hello Loves! Sorry, I've been MIA. Between getting ready for my last meet in Brazzaville, Congo, not having Wi-Fi in the living quarters and still trying to adjust to the time zone because I have sleeping problems, I have been bad at keeping up with this blog. Starting today, I am back on it. What better way to start than with Positive Mondays??

This is for you. Yes, you. I saw this quote and it made me smile and think of you. Just know that this is true. If you ever doubt, are feeling down about yourself or find yourself a little lost, "promise me you'll always remember" this. Deep down inside you know this is always true, but sometimes life throws soo many curve balls our way we don't know what to think. I hope this serves as a reminder of just how amazing of a person you are!

 

How do you start your week off right? Drop your comments below.

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xoxo, Flings

Green Juice of the Week

Spinach, Mango and Pineapple Smoothie

Green smoothies/juices are a great way to get in greens without having to chew them. I haven't gotten to the point where I feel like measuring things out so I usually just stuff a bunch of spinach into one of my Magic Bullet cups, then top it off with whatever I have available. Today happened to be  pineapples and mangoes. Yes Gemma, mangoes!!! I absolutely love mangoes and I've been trying to eat as much as I can before it goes out of season (or when I can't find them in Costco at $4.99 anymore). I used orange juice as my liquid (not too much, just enough to help blend everything). Enjoy this smoothie. Let me know if you guys try this!

 



Do you......smoothie? (I was going to say juice, as is customary with a drink like this, but see the way track and field set up.....) Lol, thanks for reading loves! What green smoothies/juices do you guys drink? What are some of your favourite recipes?

xoxo, Flings

Positive Mondays Aug 31

START YOUR WEEK OFF RIGHT!

 

This really spoke to me when I saw it. Sometimes starting anything can be hard. It can get overwhelming or feel like you just aren't ready to try. The important thing is that you start and you try. Sometimes I get so worried that I'm already too far behind or I think ahead and it just seems like I have mountains, upon mountains in front of me. If you ever get like this, take a deep breath and as Arthur Ashe said "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can".

Have a great Monday and rest of the week loves!

xoxo, Flings

Last Weekend Today

Last weekend was a relatively low key weekend. Aside from practice I went to the mall (Destiny USA) with Ramon to watch him in his first ever Smash Bros tournament. I've only seen him play his cousin and some random people online. It was exciting to see him play against other people in person. The tournament took place in the Jay St Video Game store. This was his first tournament so I don't know if it was a good turn-out, but there were about 9 players. He finished 2nd! 

 Ramon in his first Smash Bros tournament

Ramon in his first Smash Bros tournament

After he played his first match, I went to sit outside the store so I could do some editing, (I didn't feel like standing around watching the other people play.) I sat just outside the store and could see inside through the glass windows. I started people watching and after a while realized that a couple had sat at the table next to me and were having an intense conversation/argument.  I wanted to get my 'Harriet the Spy' on and listen to what they were saying and sneak pictures of them, but I respected their privacy and just semi watched their actions and movements. They reminded me of the frustration I feel when Ramon and I are trying to talk something out, but can't understand each other. I got so engrossed with them that a missed a couple of Ramon's other matches (OOPS! No worries I went back in time to see the final), but the conversation seemed to end well. The couple got up, hugged and walked away together. Ahhhhh love and happiness!

 

 

On Sunday I went to church at the Abundant Life Christian Center. The service was very inspiring and I felt blessed to have been able to go and enjoy. I loved the pants I wore! I got it made in Ghana when I was there last summer but it was my first time wearing them anywhere.

 

what did you guys do this weekend or last? Let me know

xoxo, Flings

Positive Mondays

START YOUR MONDAY OFF RIGHT! 


Being positive right when you get up out of bed can make all the difference to how the rest of your day goes. So start it off right!

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I heard this quote in church yesterday and felt compelled to share it. I think it speaks volumes of how just saying positive things even through the toughest of times can change the whole experience and outlook.

 

Enjoy your Monday loves!

xoxo, Flings

Last Weekend Today

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Hey Loves! I'm trying out a new segment called Last Weekend Today. I will be talking about what I did with my weekends. I realize most of my weekends will be spent at practice and home, but every once in a while I actually get out of the house and do things worth writing about.  Enjoy today's 'Last Weekend' post!

Collins and Sheeky's wedding

                                                   (Picture taken off Collins' facebook)  I've known Collins forever and was soo excited for him. I missed the church portion of the wedding due to plans that fell through, but I was still able to make his reception. Sheeky looked absolutely stunning, from hair to make-up, to her gorgeous dress. They chose a beautiful hall, with beautiful decorations. I spent a lot of time staring at their cake (As you will come to know I love food!) My favourite part was just seeing how happy they were and I was glad I got to witness their love  #SHEEKYANDCOLLINS2015 . They Truly looked like the picture perfect couple. I can't wait for my wedding!..........someday. It was also great to see and talk to a lot of friends I hadn't seen in a long time at the reception.   

                                                  (Picture taken off Collins' facebook)

I've known Collins forever and was soo excited for him. I missed the church portion of the wedding due to plans that fell through, but I was still able to make his reception. Sheeky looked absolutely stunning, from hair to make-up, to her gorgeous dress. They chose a beautiful hall, with beautiful decorations. I spent a lot of time staring at their cake (As you will come to know I love food!) My favourite part was just seeing how happy they were and I was glad I got to witness their love #SHEEKYANDCOLLINS2015. They Truly looked like the picture perfect couple. I can't wait for my wedding!..........someday. It was also great to see and talk to a lot of friends I hadn't seen in a long time at the reception.

 

Nelly's Dance Performance + Downtown Toronto

 Freedom Dance Academy pictured with  Domanique Grant  and her two backup dancers

Freedom Dance Academy pictured with Domanique Grant and her two backup dancers

My plan for going home was basically to go to Collins and Sheeky's wedding and spend some time with my sisters and niece and nephew. I got a bonus when I realized that I would be able to attend my baby sister's dance performance. (The original plan was, of course, to be in Beijing for the world championships, but yeahhhh that didn't happen for me this year). Alas, my failures as an athlete provided me with the opportunity to see Channelle (Nelly) perform with her dance group 'Freedom Dance Academy'. The all girls group also got to dance after their number got to dance back-up for an artist Domanique Grant. I was soooo proud of her. My baby's all grown up! Nelly's performance was held at the Harbourfront Center in Downtown Toronto, so afterward we walked around a little and took in some of the many activities that were going on around the area. Enjoy the pics below!

Posing with artist Domanique Grant and Nelly. Don't forget to check out Domanique's website http://domaniquegrant.com/ She has an amazing voice.

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Ramon (my boyfriend) and I

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Nelly, my mother and Ramon

 

XOXO, Flings

Welcome to my new blog!

Hello and welcome to my new blog! I will be updating regularly with posts about my training and competitions of course, but also all things that make me ME! From the foods I love, books I'm reading, to my crocheting, painting, my struggles on what to do with my hair and whatever else comes along the way.

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xoxo, Flings