We have decided to share our adventures and challenges with you, hoping that along our way we may inspire or motivate some of you and also, selfishly, hoping that it gives us persistence in achieving our set goals and challenges.
We have realised the power of noting down your goals. It makes you actually taking steps toward your dreams. Why is that? The reason is because we are all human beings and want to avoid failure. And this is exactly why, making those resolutions are not easy but once they are made and written down on a paper black and white, you made a commitment to yourself and you do your best to achieve those goals.
I put down on a paper my bucketlist for 2013. I was very ruthless, I had goals that didn’t even seem realistic at that time but surprisingly, life was making the way toward my goals. Was it really life or me or possibly both? However, making a small step may trigger a series of events you could have never imagined to happen.
My lovely friend, B and I put together out 2014 Make It Happen list separately and we were thinking to start and blog about our adventures and progress of challenges. We believe it is going to be a huge motivation for us to keep us going and additionally, it will be great fun to look back a year later and see how we were getting through these adventures. Hopefully, sharing our experience will be useful for many of you and may help to some extent in achieving your dreams too.
Key thing to remember: Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy.
So here is our S P R I N G season for adventures and challenges!
1. Half Marathon
B and myself ran our first half marathon in September 2013 in Budapest. I think we decided separately that we want to run that distance and during one of our Skype call turned out we plan the same. So we agreed on date and place and enrolled for the Budapest race. We got addicted and the second one we run was in November, in Siófok, at Lake Balaton.
Obviously, this year cannot go anymore without running a half marathon. Sadly, this time, we cannot run together, because of our personal plans, however we may end up running a second one together again this year. So for B time is already ticking, hers is 13th April, the Vienna City Half Marathon. She is already in the middle of her training. Her goal is to run it under 2 hours this time so I guess I must follow her example. Mine happens a bit later the year, 31st May in Luxembourg. I am about to start the 12 week training plan next week.
Last year, when I started running I had to put more emphasis on stretching obviously. Additionally, I started to go to Bikram Yoga classes as I assumed it will help with my flexibility and also will improve breathing for my runs. Now I am really into yoga poses, they are just so immensely beautiful movements of the body. However, my flexibility needs a huge improvement so that those poses would look good on me as well. This is what I have to work on this spring.
3. Get Lean Challenge
B is a big fanatic of the so called Hot Iron training. It is a type of weight training for women, and it is based on strength-endurance which means that each weight exercises are repeated several times to develop core muscles and the cardiac system at the same time. She is using this exercise type to get into the desired lean shape by this summer. Because we all know that those last few pounds are always the toughest. And well, who doesn’t want sexy six packs to pop up by summer?! J Additionally, as her motto is abs are made in the kitchen, in her cooking she is following the Clean Eating Lifestyle.
Eating healthy is really difficult in our rushing world. It requires careful planning, time to get the ingredients and make those delicious powerfoods. However, they are totally worth it, they do not just taste good but those healthy and rich colours are real eyecandies. It would be a mistake not to record them. B is an enthusiast photographer and she is making breathtaking photos of the meals she is making as part of her Get Lean Challenge. She is determined to further improve her photography and share her best recipes with us
5. Fashion Drawing
I have started making clothes about 2 years ago. My mum tought me when I was a child, however at that time I did not have the patience to sew. In the last couple of years, I realised sewing relaxes me and I enjoy the process of buying the texture and actually turning it into an end product. I started to think it further though and wanted to capture the designs in drawings as well. I bought a book that is teaching fashion drawing and I have found some very useful Youtube videos too describing how to draw and dress a fashion figure. I am still a beginner, but my aim is to practice and further experiment with different materials to improve my drawings.
We are very excited to share the above challenges/adventures with you and track our progress. We will soon keep you updated!
S & B