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Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday Round-Up - The Ocean, Lessons, Idols and Bob

Mystic, CT - We took the boys here over the weekend for the aquarium, seaport, ice cream and Mystic Pizza.

Hooray for Friday!! You know what I'm most excited about? The Olympics are starting!! I'm so excited. Are you? There are so many events and athletes that I want to follow. How am I going to keep track of the schedules?? While I ponder that, here are some great blog posts from this week for you to read.

Where are all the other surfer girls?
This is an interesting piece to follow up my last post about taking a vacation alone. The author Elizabeth brings up some interesting points that resonate with many of the comments you all left on my post - the need for downtime but also the desire to share that time with friends, family or significant others. She also talks about the gritty reality of traveling alone as a surfer girl. When I traveled alone, I did feel like I had to answer questions about why I was alone. But unlike Elizabeth, I was returning to the safe confines of a surf camp that made me feel a little less alone and like I was visiting friends. Also, she does a great job talking about some of the realities of being new out in the line-up at a surf break.

Pour Your Heart Out: The Ocean's Waves
Every week, Shell over at Things I Can't Say hosts this amazing meme called Pour Your Heart Out which basically offers bloggers a safe space to literally pour their heart out about whatever it is that's on their mind. This post reminded me why I love the ocean.

The Best Lessons Learned
I loved this post by Jules over at Pancakes & French Fries because basically, she describes my life. But seriously, Jules captures some of the hard challenges that comes with raising children, especially how we second-guess ourselves (a lot) but how those instances, more often than not, lead to the best lessons that our kids will learn.

I believe in you
Ilene at The Fierce Dive Guide to Life kind of went straight to my core with this post about the support that we all need to reach our goals. She's got a way with words.

On Creating Idols
Lindsay over at Lindsay's List did knock me to my knees and made me stop and think about the things in my life that I place more importance on than they may warrant. I've been struggling with determining and balancing the priorities in my life. I'm not the most religious person but I appreciate Lindsay's honesty and her faith.

It's Bob Again
Sigh. I'm kind of jealous of Kristin and her boyfriend - Bob Harper. Every once in a while, Kristin gets to tape a workout video for Bob's online training club. In her latest jaunt to LA, she did three killer workouts, including a one-on-one with Bob. Awesome.

Finally, I'm guest posting over at Cupcake Kelly's today. Kelly is training for the Nike Women's Half in October with Team in Training. I trained for the NYC Triathlon with Team in Training and today, I'm sharing my story. Come over for a visit!

That's it! Have a great weekend. Are you excited about the Olympics too? What's your favorite sport or event?

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At July 27, 2012 at 8:23 AM , Anonymous Kierston said...

Thanks for the great list! Have an awesome weekend!

At July 27, 2012 at 8:53 AM , Anonymous Laura @ Mommy run fast said...

So many inspiring posts- thanks for sharing, I missed a few of those!

At July 27, 2012 at 12:07 PM , Anonymous Cat @ Breakfast to Bed said...

great posts!!

At July 27, 2012 at 4:47 PM , OpenID Ilene, The Fierce Diva Guide to Life said...

I Love your Friday Roundup because you always include great posts or articles that I may have otherwise missed and you have led me to great bloggers that I now follow religiously.

And of course, I am so touched to be included.

At July 27, 2012 at 6:23 PM , Anonymous Jenna@ Busy Mom in the Kitchen said...

Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed reading!

At July 27, 2012 at 9:56 PM , Blogger The Preppy Girl in Pink said...

Definitely women's field hockey!! It actually airs on my birthday too!!! Awesome present!!!

And I loved that post that Ilene wrote as well. It speaks volumes about her. We're fortunate to call her a friend. :-)

At July 28, 2012 at 1:42 AM , Blogger Robbie K said...

Thanks for sharing your favorite reads..many of theses bloggers are new to me.

At July 28, 2012 at 6:00 AM , Blogger Cathy said...

These are great links, thank you!

At July 28, 2012 at 2:37 PM , Blogger Blond Duck said...

I'm bound to like any blog named Pancakes and French Fries.

At July 28, 2012 at 8:00 PM , Blogger Christine Bryant said...

I admire how your Friday Round Up isn't focused on YOU how many "favorites" posts are: fave outfits, pins, crafts...etc. Others-focused...I like that...especially if there not even sponsors...just showing love to some of your fave posts from thruout the week = AWESOME.

What's Mystic Pizza??...real pizza or the movie??...I have never had nor seen mystic pizza...LOL!

Visiting from SITS.

Be Blessed. <3

At July 29, 2012 at 12:34 AM , Blogger Christine said...

I love your posts Ilene. You are a beautiful writer and you capture so much in your posts.

At July 29, 2012 at 12:35 AM , Blogger Christine said...

That's awesome! I swear I've been staring at the schedule to figure out what days/times different events come on and I'm so confused! Alas...Yes, I feel pretty fortunate that we have Ilene in our corner.

At July 29, 2012 at 12:35 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Agreed! I admit, that's what prompted me to click over in the first place!!

At July 29, 2012 at 12:38 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Christine. There are so many great posts out there that I want to share. Plus, I feel like that's what the blogging community is about - supporting each other. Mystic is a small seaport town in Connecticut where Mystic Pizza - the movie with Julie Roberts from the 80s - was set. There is a real Mystic Pizza in town where the movie characters were supposed to have worked so both real pizza and the movie!

At December 24, 2013 at 6:42 PM , Blogger Devon said...

Can't wait to check out the traveling alone/surf article. I've never done it, but I'd like to. (I'm sure I'd be pretty nervous before though :)


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