March Run Down

Time for a look back for March!  Highlights (& low points) include:

  • March 8- Judging the Spontaneous portion of Odyssey of the Mind: I participated in OM growing up & have a lot of great memories from it.  Its really fun to be able to give back now & see what young kids can come up with.
  • March 9 – Mission for Maddie: A fitness fundraiser for a local girl.  I chose to go to abs & tabata classes.  Tabata was tons of squats, boy was I hurting the next day!
  • March 14 – car died: definitely a low point for the month.
  • March 17 – New car shopping: annoying that I had to do it, but it was nice to spend the day with my dad
  • March 18 – TCRC meeting: very interesting!  I’m really enjoying being more of a part of the local running community.  It really has been a help & motivator for me.
  • March 20 – Ladies Night at Confluence – I am really loving being a  part of Team Confluence.  Working Ladies Night was really fun, I liked playing greeter.  Also, it was great to see so many familiar faces.
  • March 21 – TCRC dinner:  Very fun to socialize with runners in regular clothes.e
  • March 22 – McKenna 5k: 3rd 5k of the year, wasn’t feeling super great that day (cold), but I managed to still get a PR.  (hopefully I’ll keep getting them). Also had a great time hanging out with the Team.   side note: Because I’m just starting back to running this year (& I kindof don’t even remember old PR’s since they’re so old) I’m just counting starting this year.
  • March 29 – Beginner Run: 2nd Beginner run of the year.  Very excited that these are going to be a planned monthly event, every 2nd Saturday.  Its been great to see new runners getting out there & to hear that we’ve been making a difference.
  • March 30 -Forks XV:  very proud to have finished this race!  This is a very old, very talked about race in our area.  I’m glad to have finally been a part of it.  Super Mega thankful to have found a running buddy who stayed with me the whole way.

Some numbers:

  • 4- races done in 2014 (10 more minimum to go, 2 halfs scheduled as well as various 5k’s & hopefully other distances too)
  • 30- miles run in March, bringing my total for the year to around 100 (need to get going if I really am going to run this year!)
  • 15- pounds lost
  • non scale victories: pants fitting better, knowing I look better to myself, getting comments & congratulations from other people
  • plus many more running friends made

Coming up:

  • April 6- Color Run: Super Excited for this!
  • a few other local 5k’s, not sure which I will run for sure yet
  • 4 weeks left till the Bridge Run- need to stick to my training better this month.  In March, I averaged 3 days a week, when it should have been more like 5.  Hopefully now that the weather’s better & time is running out, I will get the push I need to keep up better.



Find Your Voice Summer Workshop!

Find Your Voice


The last few months & this summer are all about me trying new, fun things.  I’m trying to take on different challenges, & just be more active in general.  I’m particularly excited about the Find Your Voice workshop at  It is a free eight week class that is all about embracing, finding and practicing with your storytelling voice.  I’m excited to increase some writing skills, start scrapbooking, & see everything else the community is going to be doing.  I will be sharing on mainly  on twitter (using my main account @helenleeeee), instagram (helenleeeee).  You can follow along using the hashtag, #findyourvoice and in the comments at  If you’re interested in joining in, you can also join the facebook group.  Don’t forget to share the excitement with all your friends!

Happy June!

I love when new months start.  I love a clean slate!  I also love the promise of possibility!  I always get very ambitious at the start of a month, too.  I look for challenges to do to enrich my life.  I want to amp up my fitness, fuel my creativity & just have fun.  So far, however, I haven’t been able to finish one.  I would really like to finish one!  But I think I need to be a little bit more realistic.  I think, for example, this month I will have to take the weekends as off days for the challenges.  Let’s see if by planning on doing this way, I have more luck.

So here are the challenges I’m planning on doing this month:

  • Photo Challenge.  I would really like to take a picture a day, just for fun.  I follow a few different photo challenges (fmsphotoaday, geekphotoaday, iggppc30day & I just found rgrphotoaday).  I think as long as I post from one of them each day, I will feel like my goal is accomplished.
  • I need to lose weight.  I’m planning on doing a 30 day ab challenge (but I’m going to start on Monday).  Again, I will probably take the weekends off.  I’d like to try Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred again, too.
  • Happy Note a Day Challenge.  One thing I love about the internet & social networking is finding random people & connecting with them.  The Happsters found me, actually, as a part of this blog.  I’m so glad we connected, though.  Anyway, they are having a happy note a day challenge.  I really look forward to this, as I love leaving happy notes anyway!
  • Today during my browsing, I found this fun one.  Its a 61 day index card a day challenge.  Daisy Yellow gives out themes & prompts every week.  Should be interesting.

Index Card a Day

  • I’m also excited for the Find Your Voice workshop at the end of the month.  It seems like just the thing for me.

Find Your Voice

  • I’d also like to do more link-ups in general.  Its partly why I started a blog.  I’d see all these people doing cool things & I wanted a way to be a part of it all!  Stay posted!

Hello There! (Yes I’m still around)

So I started this month with the ambitious idea of writing a blog post a day as part of a blog every day in May challenge. I think I did 2 days & its now been 10 days since I’ve blogged at all! Funny how that works…
But to be fair to myself, I must say that I had gotten those few posts in during the weekday & had planned on changing the challenge to blog every Week day in May. & then I ended up working an hour away all the next week. I always think that if I just had a job with more of a routine, then more areas of my life would be in order (not that they’re very out of order but you see what I’m saying). & I think that there is some truth in that. None of my weeks are the same due to my job (& that’s mostly something I like). But it does make some parts of life a little extra difficult. I think that I will have a set schedule & routine for the next few weeks (maybe all of June & July). I will be working 6am to about 2pm every week day & have weekends off, really an ideal schedule. I hope that is the case (not just cause I want to be able to predict my income). & if I have that schedule, I think that I’ll be able to catch up & (dare I say it?) get ahead with some things. I’ll keep you posted!

Blog Every Day in May: Day 2

Day 2: Educate us on something you know a lot about

In February, serendipity led me to the World Needs More Love Letters. This program is led by the lovely Hannah Brencher & is all about spreading kindness through love letters to strangers. This has changed my life.

Handwritten notes are awesome for so many reasons. They can be shared & kept forever. They can show the reader how much they are loved, not just by the words written, but also by showing that someone took the time to write them.
I highly encourage everyone to go out & write some love letters to strangers! It’s fun & you could change someone’s life!

Again, I invite you to follow along with me as I take part in this blog everyday in May challenge!



Blog Every Day in May: Day 1

I said in my very first post that I liked all of the 30 day challenges that are flying around the web these days. I already participate in 1 photo challenge & I think I’ve decided to add 2 more, just cause they’re too cool not to. Well, I was randomly surfing the web sometime last week & I found this Blog Every Day in May challenge. I really liked the author & decided to give it a try. Honestly, I’m not really sure about it. I think it might be a bit too ambitious, especially with such a new blog. & I know that in reality, I won’t physically be able to blog every day (due to work & other real life commitments) but I think that I can commit to writing 31 posts based on these prompts. So, without futher ado, here is

Day1: The story of your life in 250 words or less (or one paragraph… no one will be counting your words… probably)

I live in the area where I was born & grew up. My brother is about 4 years younger than me. My birthday’s September 5 & I was really excited to go to school when I was little (I started kindergarten on my birthday!). Looking back now, I realize I was pretty geeky all growing up, but I didn’t think I was at the time. I had a group of friends & that was enough for me. High school was not like all those movies that were popular (10 Things I Hate About You, She’s All That, & so on). I know that we had our cliques, but we didn’t have any Mean Girls. All throughout high school & even middle school, I wanted to be an elementary school teacher & planned on it. I went to college 2 hours away from home (a state school but not that far away & in a different telephone area code, those were my main criteria). Anyway, I was at college & started taking some of the teaching classes & I decided it wasn’t actually the field for me. I knew I needed a major but I couldn’t decide. Eventually, I decided on Psychology, mostly because the classes were interesting & I did well in them (not really thinking about my career goal). After graduation, I went back to working as a Pharmacy Tech at my local Rite Aid, where I had been working since high school. This got old pretty quick. After a couple detours, I ended up working with AmeriCorps for 6 months. After that, I basically fell into my current job as a catering & concession manager. I had worked a hot dog stand for 2 years & got a promotion literally by being in the right place at the right time. & that’s where I am now. Working at an arena & living with my wonderful boyfriend (our story has some detours & wrong turns too, & like the quote says, I like our story best)th). Sometimes, I’ve had what seems like a million things going on & sometimes it seems like nothing is happening. Now I’m in a place where I’m trying to truly find my happy pace.

If you want to take a look at the rest of the prompts for this challenge & maybe take part go here: