Down Time Without Getting Down
I have always been the type of person that thrives on excitement. My mom used to tell me that I had high highs, and low lows. Some people may see this as a bad thing, but on the bright side, it means that I am always chasing the next happy moment. I try to experience as much as possible, and lately I seem to be a bit of a 'yes gal'.
Training and preparing for this swim makes everything the more challenging. I go through phases where everything is exciting, and progress is being made. At other times the process seems to slow. It's been hard for me to stay motivated through those slow times. I used to try easing into the event; telling only a few people at first, then shortly after a few more, and so on. It would always excite me to talk to people who were hearing about it for the first time. The question is, when the road is over a year long, how do you keep that energy flowing?
At this point, I am out in the open! I have made my mission clear to everyone. I have started to fundraise, and I train as much as possible, yet I have those days when it still doesn't feel like enough. My most recent exciting moment was getting my amazing SwimMS caps, which were donated by Team Aquatic Supplies. These will be up for grabs soon, with funds going to the MS Society as well. A huge part of this, however, has to be mental. lately i've been reading an inspirational quote each morning when I eat my breakfast. I also touched base with my goal setting coach who helped me start this project about 13 months ago. Everyday leading into the summer is different. Some days are amazing, and others pose some challenges. Either way, nothing I am attempting is anywhere near as hard as it can be, living with MS. For those who need a hand, I and those who are aiding me, will continue to find the needed motivation to get up and go!