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Student Loan Debt

This post has nothing to do with motivation (unless I count it as “one reason I’ll never be a stay at home mom” or “A job? Yes, please!”). I have strong feelings about student loan debts and the lack of financial education given to students taking out school loans (and how it will affect them for the REST of their lives). I’ve tried to write about those strong feelings here, but they always become VERY rant-like and I delete them. So I thought I would share this instead (since I stumbled across it this week…)

I hope you enjoy!

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The Cost of a College Education…

I found an infographic that I’d really like to share with you all. There are so many things I’d like to say about rising college costs, but I’ll skip it and let the info graphic speak for itself.

Check out the article where I found this:

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Running with the Bridesmaids

I have a quirky race tomorrow that I’m oddly looking forward to, called “Running with the Bridesmaids.” I first heard about this run while at the expo for the Diva Dash. There were a lot of slightly offbeat races advertising there and if you’re a regular reader, you know I like a slightly offbeat race. And Running with the Bridesmaids is right up my alley.

It’s a one mile run around the Boston Common (our major park) while wearing the worst bridesmaid dress you can find! Super! I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! I promise to run slowly so I can take lots of pictures and you can all join in the madness.

Here’s what I found:

Full length sleeves, high collar, and looks like my grandmother’s couch in the 1980s! Yes!

This is clearly the byproduct of having a costumer’s hoarding tendencies. I love helping people get rid of decades old clothes in case I can ever use them in a play. All these random clothes live in my mother’s attic in meticulously labeled Rubbermaid storage bins (she has more space than I do). It took my mother literally 90 seconds to find this dress when I told her about the run. I had forgotten all about it; but when it comes to clothes, my mother’s mind is a steel trap!

I was hoping some of the women from my Diva Dash team would run with me again, but unfortunately, they are all busy. Being alone, I’m a little nervous about the logistics. I know Boston Common really well, but the race is organized by the Boston Globe, a newspaper not an event company. I don’t even know if there will be bibs! I don’t know how many people to expect. I guess I’ll find out tomorrow. However, being a newspaper, they did a nice job getting sponsors. Tomorrow, people will be winning a trip to Vegas, $5,000 of free jewelery, wedding hair services for something like 8 people, dry cleaning services, and the list goes on. And the run is to benefit the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. I’m pleased about that.

Are you wondering how the area will handle tons of women running around in bridesmaids dresses? Honestly, I don’t even know if they’ll notice. If you’ve never been to the Boston Common, I can assure you, it’s a strange (but wonderful) place. Emerson College (where I got my Master’s degree) is right on the Common and it’s an odd, odd arts school! (And I say that with love). Also, unrelated (possibly) to Emerson, the Common actually has a Quiddich playing field set up… and people are regularly using it for practices and games. Yeah… I have a feeling the bridesmaids thing might be one of the tamer events on the Common tomorrow!

I can’t wait! I promise to share all of the comedy with you!

This only slightly works… but it makes me happy, so I’m going with it.

Back to School – Avoid Reality

One last back to school cartoon, an ode to grad school, if you will:

Good luck, students!

Back to School – PhD vs Marriage

Good luck on your way back to school, students! I thought I’d throw a comic out to everyone on their way to higher learning.

This fall for me is all about 2 things. 1) Weddings! (and all of the stuff that goes with them: bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and rehearsal dinners. Note: for other people, I’m not getting married). 2) Sending in my PhD applications again. Woo! So I personally enjoy that this comic mixes the two!

Good luck, all!

Back to School – Testing

I have a lot of strong feelings about standardized testing, but I’ll spare you. Instead, here is one of my favorite comics illustrating it.

Good luck this school year, students!

Stupid Scale as Motivation

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a bit of a “casual runner.” I go out when I have free time and when I’m feeling like spending some quality time outdoors without getting a sunburn.

And last summer when I was constantly busy with grad school’s night classes and my job and all of that other jazz, I still found plenty of time to run because it was some great time to just decompress. Flash forward to this summer… and I don’t have the same motivation… or even the drive to run. Instead, I have a lot of drive to cuddle with my wonderful boyfriend who didn’t get enough attention while I was focused on completing my thesis.

However, last Monday morning, I stepped on the scale and saw a number that I find completely unacceptable. When I was in my teens (and very, very skinny – naturally, thank you genetics! – because I certainly wasn’t working for thin back then) I would tell myself that if I hit certain numbers as an adult, I wouldn’t be ok with them and I would become a gym bunny. And you know what? My teenaged self was an idiot! Those numbers came and went and it was totally fine. But this new number, that was completely out of the scope of imagination for my teenaged self, it’s not totally fine!

I am not ok with calling myself a casual runner and still gaining weight. Uh-uh, no way! So it’s time to ditch the “casual!”

There’s my new motivation: a number I simply don’t like.

But I’m still really enjoying the cuddling with the boyfriend at night, so how am I balancing it? I’ve changed my schedule. Let’s be real, I will never, NEVER be a morning person. But I do have a (free) gym in my office building, and I’m taking more advantage of it: at lunch!

I mentioned recently that I’ve gotten into using an elliptical and it’s really great for an afternoon work out. I found it hard to run in the middle of the day because I think of running in terms of distance. It’s almost (mentally) painful to quit without giving it my all. But with the elliptical, I view it as time spent. It’s much easier to just head down to the gym for 30 minutes than 5 miles (I can’t run 5 miles in 30 minutes). Any day I don’t have meetings in the afternoon, you’ll find me in the gym for lunch! I’m simply loving it!

A change of perspective can really change a lot. I’ve spent the past 7 days straight working out in some form: either the arc trainer at work, the elliptical on the weekends at my factory style gym, or the occasional run along the Charles River near my house. I’m totally loving it! The next two days will be rest days because of afternoon meetings though. They have been earned though! I had hiccups earlier in the week that were literally painful because of sore chest, back, and stomach muscles!

And I’m not saying that I want to lose a ton of weight. I’m happy with losing 5 pounds. But what I’m really focused on is that I don’t want to think I’m living an active lifestyle while actually gaining weight.

Thank you, scale, for the refreshed drive!

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