Push Picks x DEC 29 17

It’s been a week. 

Let me give you a rundown in timeline form. 

12/25: Christmas. Duh, Edwards. Best day ever.

12/26: Stomach bug. Worst night ever.

12/27: Stomach bug lingers. In bed all day. Horizontal and dead to the universe.

12/28: Stomach bug has no mercy. Still feel like crap, but have to get on a plane at 7:30 p.m. EST. Plane get delayed. Dude next to me takes up all of his seat and half of mine. Don’t land in CO until 10:30 p.m. MST (12:30 a.m. body time.) Sit on tarmac for 45 minutes. Pay $66 for an Uber home. Asleep after midnight.

12/29: Up at 6:30 a.m. for work. Already hate every thing and every one. Stomach is meh. Realized I only ate an english muffin, tortilla chips, and peanut butter yesterday. The thought of a big meal and vegetables makes me want to hurl. Catch the bus. Head to work. Try my best to be a human. Get home. Shower the best shower I’ve ever showered. And here we are, about to fall asleep on my keyboard.

It’s been a rough past few days for me, ok? But also really great at the same time. Because if I had to be sick, there’s no better place than at my parents’ house where my mom can come into my room periodically to touch my forehead, make me eat bland food, and let me know the next time I can take pain meds. She is my angel and I already miss her. 

I am very happy to be back home in Colorado, though. It feels SUH GUUD. Family time and Christmastime and a break from the frigid temperatures was lovely, but I am so ready for some playtime in the mountains and a ride in my new jacket.

Now let’s Push Picks, shall we?

One of my favorite writers/podcasters/thinkers said this on one of her most recent podcasts. Nicole Antoinette of Real Talk Radio and City Girl Gone Wild recently hiked the Arizona Trail and recorded a Q&A episode where she answered fan questions about her time on the trail.

Nicole hiked solo and one listener wanted to know how leaving for an extended period of time affected her marriage and how she received support from her husband, Paul.

They a discussion, she said. Many, in fact.

“What has to be true for you for this to be awesome?” she asked him. 

Meaning: What’s going to make Paul feel ok about Nicole’s long time away from home, and in the same breath, what has to be true for Nicole to make this hike successful and to return to a happy marriage that isn’t filled with resentment or abandonment.

I loved that. I love that for so many decisions in life. 

For Paul, he had to make sure Nicole always had some sort of GPS locator in came of emergencies. And for Nicole, she wanted Paul to make an effort to go out with friends each week while she was gone. Those two things, for each of them, would make the hike awesome.

So many decisions I’ll make in the next year can be looked at through the lens of that question. And I’m excited for that. More than that, even just how your day goes, ya know?

When I get a car, what needs to be true for me to love it and feel like I made the right decision? It has to be a reasonable price with xxx amount of miles and no accident report.

If I get offered that job, what has to be true for it to be better than what I’ve got going on now? It has to be in either Boulder or Denver, has to pay xxx amount per year, and offer better benefits than I’m getting now. And the office must be dog-friendly. Duh.

What has to be true for me to say YES to new experiences today? “You might regret it if you don’t but you definitely won’t regret it if you do.” <– heard that on another podcast and LOVED it.

What has to be true for me to pull the damn trigger and sign up for XX race/ironman? You have to have the time, patience, pain tolerance, and a wicked-supportive partner. 

The what-has-to-be-true question is such a positive way of looking at something you’re trying to achieve. And it’s refreshing as hell. It’s not a Can I Do It? thing. It’s a HOW Will I Do It? thing.

So that’s my pick this week. Thanks, Nicole.

Let me know your thoughts.

Push on, PUSH ANIMALS >>>

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