Run for Goodness Sake!

I like running. It’s something that has slowly become apart of my life and helped me to achieve a few fitness goals. Lately, I have been in a bit of a running slum. It’s getting progressively harder to lace up and pound the pavement.  This year, ninety percent of my runs have been on a treadmill. Which would explain why it has become increasingly difficult to run at the parks.

The gym membership was great for when it was cold, or raining, or at a late hour after work. And the treadmill was a convenient place to run because I work in the city, which is far from home, but my gym membership soon became my excuse for any major outdoor activity. The gym became my safe haven, not for convenience or reliability, but because of comfort.

I have read countless articles about people who run through every climate imaginable. The only difference between them and myself, is  they have a purpose that drives them to push through discomfort. My fear of looking ridiculous is where my discomfort lies. It’s why if I do ever run outside, it’s through a park or on trails in the woods. Where the only thing that can see me huffing and puffing every mile are the little woodland creatures and other runners who are too absorbed in the war of  man versus distance.

This fear has been keeping me from my full potential of being the runner that I have always inspired to be. I envied runners for their amazing bodies, look of purpose when in motion, and athletic abilities. I’m from a family of athletes. I’m an only girl and all my brothers play basketball plus another sport. My father has been playing soccer since diapers in Jamaica and my mother played Netball for her school. And even all of these reasons couldn’t get me to run a lap around my own block.

So I’m biting the bullet. I have signed up for a 10K race. Not just any race, but one that is for charity. If there’s anything that would put fire to my heels, it’s a charity. Now, not only am I running for my own personal development, but for benefit of others. Not to mention I find it hard not to stick to something that I’m paying for.  I’m challenging myself to run 3-4 times a week outside leading up to the race which is in a little less than three weeks. Running outside is MANDATORY, especially since the race is around Prospect Park and the treadmill just isn’t gonna cut it.

 

Here’s a clip for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon NYC, which is the race that I’ve signed up for.

 

And on that note, off for my first morning run of the challenge.

Keep challenging yourself,

 

PS.  Any running tips or advise on running a 10K in an hour would be greatly appreciated!!

Kay Wanderz

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Now What….

It’s been nearly a year since my last post, nearly a year since I have published anything in my own name, and nearly a year since I have done anything that would make me uncomfortable. Now don’t get me wrong, I haven’t just been sitting on my arse for the past year. I have gone on a few of random trips and adventures, met new people, and even started a fitness challenge. Despite having done all of those things, I have still kept it pretty safe. Being safe is really starting to get to me, but nothing has shaken me more out of my comfort zone than with the sudden news of a loved one’s sickness.

Though the situation is sad and is currently being dealt with, it has also reminded me of how short life is. Not to mention, how precious each moment.I would truly be a fool if I continued going along my life as is. The restless wanderlust in me has been dormant for way too long.

I need to take a risk on my dreams. I crave the discomfort, mixed emotions, lump in your chest feeling you get when you’re being challenged to your limits. Because only then do you discover that the limits you thought you had weren’t actually your limits at all. That you can survive.

So here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to take a page from Shameless Maya and I’m going to put myself out there. I mean really put myself out there. I’ll be challenging myself to actually put my writing out. Where it can be publicized, scrutinized, and critiqued by the masses. If not for myself, then for the ones that I love.

Urban Nights

I opted to slow down last night and get some much-needed work done instead of going out in the city. Unfortunately,the WordPress App and I had a bit of disagreement on the matter. Nonetheless the Urban Outfitter and Lomography party was pretty cool.
As expected there was an eclectic crowd of people. Everything from your usual hipsters to the college nerds just looking for what’s happening tonight. I was able to snap a few photos before the drinks got into my system and distracted me entirely. The DJ was on point that night and as I looked around I realized not a single could refrain from bobbing or your ever discrete finger tapping.
 
 
 
 
 
As expected New York City has a great night life and something for everyone. I’ve been to a few bars and clubs now and have never been disappointed by the music, the setup on the other hand is a different story. Goes to show that no matter how great the music and drinks are, ambiance is everything. And I think the Lomography store was the perfect setup for the party. I hate to say it, but it had the classic hipster vibe written all over it. Kinda hard to deny it, when you look around and notice the retro vibe from the old school photos, Ray Ban glasses, grandfather cardigans, and high-waisted everything.  All in all it was just another Urban night in the city. On the plus side, I was able to do some networking and meet some pretty interesting people and got a cute little gift for my best friend. These cameras are a perfect gift idea for friends that are obsessed with Instagram and all those photography apps. 
 
Anyhow, I’ll be sure to post the pics from the other bars/clubs that I actually remembered to take photos of for you. Also, I’m almost done with the update post and should be sending them out this week. I’ll be posting them at work of course, I think I’ll use the app for quick short post only. I would hate for it to have to actually be useful and turn out a post as expected. 
 
 
Much love,
 
Kay W.

Still Adjusting

I’m finally in the city that I’ve always dreamed of, working towards my dream job, and pursuing the life that I’ve always dreamed of having. So why such a terrible case of writer’s block and an undeniable spirit of procrastination?

Unfortunately, this is the reason for my absence from blogging. I’ve been living in New York for about a month now and have only applied to a handful of writing jobs and haven’t blogged a single bit (until now of course). Luckily, I have friends who are just as stubborn as me and wouldn’t stop badgering me about blogging again until I actually posted something.

So I left the house today determined to find inspiration and resume blogging.

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The weather today was too perfect to spend it all in a building and I was in need of a little nature. Since I currently work right across the street from Central Park, I thought I’d set out to a new one. And since I didn’t want to journey all the way to Brooklyn( coming from Queens), I settled for the still very well-known Bryant Park.

And would you believe it?! A little good weather, sunshine, and eclectic crowd of people really did help get me out of my rut. I definitely need to walk around and just take in the city more often. There’s a reason why the people here inspire such unforgettable characters. 20120829-171338.jpg

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And because I’m a bookworm, I had to head over to the infamous New York Public Library. You can’t help but be inspired when you’re surrounded by so many great works of Literature. Libraries tend to have an ambiance of creativity and purpose to me. It’s almost impossible to not be productive when I’m in one, much less in the same five-mile radius of one.

Consider this a prequel of my ‘Updates’ post that I’m working on. New York is everything that I thought it would be and then some. If you thought I wasn’t posting because of the lack of inspiration, you’ll find yourself terribly mistaken. If anything, this city has not only been inspirational, but deviously distracting as well. For instance, I got an invite to an Urban Outfitters Party tomorrow which I know will be a blast. Sounds great, and it is, but I must inform you that I have to head over right after a 9hr shift. The party doesn’t end till to 10/11pm, it’s an hour commute to get home, I have work 7am the next morning, and I must be up by 5am.

Anyhow, enough of my ramblings for now. The overpowering grumbles from my stomach are starting to distract the fellow library goers and myself. I’ll be sure to fill you guys in on the shenanigans that I’ve gotten into so far in the next post.

Distractedly yours,

Kay

PS. I’m posting from an App on my phone, because I still don’t have Internet at home. Not quite sure how this looks on a computer and I apologize if it looks a bit off!

On the Beaten Path

Last we spoke I told you that I was boarding a plane to Jamaica, well I’m finally back now and have quite a few photos. I wasn’t sure if I should post them all into one post or break them up. I eventually came to the decision of just posting the main ones that best summed up my trip, rather than have a lot of duplicates on there. I will warn you ahead of time that a majority of my photos are of nature because that’s what the country side mainly consists of.

I guess because I’ve lived in major cities so long, I find natural landscapes/greenery as one of the best ways to relax and easiest ways to escape. So you could only imagine my state of euphoria being in the lush country side of Jamaica. I loved it so much I chose to stay in the country for my entire trip. I thought to myself, I can always find a cruise to Jamaica later and stay at one of the resorts or something on Groupon.

20120608-191119.jpgView from the plane flying over Jamaica

20120608-191339.jpgThe beautiful landscapes and mountains of Jamaica

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This restaurant/bar has some of the best jerk that I have ever tasted. I literally wanted everything jerked after my first taste. And never mind the calories, I’m on holiday and since I don’t know when I’ll get a chance to come back I wanted to taste everything. Kind of felt like I was Anthony Bourdain from No Reservations for a bit. He’s one of my favourite chefs/world travelers and one of the reasons why I like to explore every aspect of the places I visit. Not just the usual spots, but the ones that are least visited. You never know what you can find there.

20120608-191616.jpgOn the beaches of Ocho Rios

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20120608-191949.jpg My little cousin walking along one of the many paths and trails leading to Shopping Centers

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Quite a few people I know would have only visited the country for maybe a day and would have much preferred staying in town or the resort areas. Think about it, you went from having running water to water only running on certain days. Meaning you had to store water and make sure it lasted for the whole week. I had no problem with that, if anything it gave me even more of an excuse to bath in the river. Which is by far one of the most invigorating things that I have ever done. Don’t get me wrong, when it comes to nudity I considered myself moderately conservative, but I had little to no shame when it came to bathing in the beautiful rivers and lagoons.

All in all, I had an amazing time in Jamaica meeting the rest of my family, exploring the country, and emerging myself in my culture and it’s laid back way of life. And by the way, it’s so true what try say, everything is just so much more carefree and less stressful in the islands. They rarely let their problems get the best of them, which something that I want to continue to live by now that I’m back.

Nonetheless, I hope you guys go on many adventures and never be too afraid to take the path less traveled.

Until the next adventure,

Kay W

And We’re Off…Again

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Last weekend I went to Atlanta, GA with one of my closest friends and it was a blast. We went to see her favourite artist St. Vincent. The show was mesmerizing to say the least. I’ve heard a few of her songs from my friend and even have a few on my iPod, but nothing prepared me for the show that I saw. From beginning to the end the crowd was utterly spellbound. So much so that they demanded an encore even after the encore. She’s definitely an act to see, everything from her impromptu conversations with the audience to her extreme crowd surfing will leave you wanting more. I’ll post a few more pics when I get the chance next week.

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As I’m typing this, I’m actually packing and running a few last minute errands before I drive down to Ft. Lauderdale for my flight to Jamaica tomorrow morning. I had a feeling I wouldn’t be getting any sleep for the next 48hrs, but quite frankly I’m way too excited to even think of sleeping. I’ve been packing and unpacking like a maniac. My biggest fear is forgetting something, so I rather over stress it than brush it off.

You see I haven’t been back to Jamaica since I left at the age of 4 and have been wanting to return for quite some time now. I’ve only been told stories and seen pictures from close relatives, but now I finally get a chance to see it for myself again!

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Most people are only familiar with the resort side of the island, but I know it a little differently. We’ll be staying at a resort for part of the trip and in the country for the other. I can’t wait to experience it for all that it truly is.

As you know, I’ll be taking millions of pics and can’t wait to share them with you. Hopefully, there’s wifi and I can share them sooner rather than later. If not, then I’ll just have to do a massive post when I return.

Till next time,

Kay

How to Make It in America?

Are you tryna make it like the rest of us??

We’re all tryna make it somehow. Everyday we get up, do our routines, and prepare ourselves for the day ahead of us. Whether we are off to work, school, or whatever it is that you tend to do with your day. I’m pretty sure it’s all towards trying to achieve something, right?

Here are a group of guys, like you and I, just trying to make it. Ben and Cam are best friends hustling their way to the rich and famous life style that they’ve always dreamed. The only difference between them and I, is that they’re actually working hard and taking risks to achieve their dream. We all have dreams, but have different ways of wanting to achieve them. I have started applying for writing jobs/internships again. This is a pretty big deal for me, because I have always thought that I would be working in the Medical Field. That’s what I’ve been pushed to do, all the while ignoring my true passion for writing and telling stories. Kinda like the main character Ben, who’s an amazing artist/designer, but no matter what hustle he tries to do, the artist in him just keeps resurfacing. The thing is, art/designing is his niche and working in retail or a regular 9-5 cubicle was just not gonna cut it for him.

I realized that it’s only by getting out of your comfort zone will you be able to bring your niche out of hiding. Not everyone is the same, so not every niche can be coaxed out the same way. Some people, like one of my best friends for example always knew what her niche was. She has been drawing most of her life and took the risk of going to her dream Ivy League school and getting her BA in Interior Design. Her risk of going there against all odds has gotten her an amazing internship in Japan.

On the other hand, there is me. I like to write and have been doing so most of my life, but I’m still uncertain if that’s my niche. I’ve taken a couple of great risks over the past year that has led me to London, a few concerts, and an awesome job. Those are great and all, but even those risks were a bit safe.  I’ve risked everything else in my life, but writing. It’s about time that I really risked it. Not everyone has the luxury of being able to quit their day job and gamble on their dream like Ben, so I’m gonna keep mine while making a few gambles on the side. All I know is that I am finally ready to gamble in hopes of making it. So I’m looking for my niche and seeing if it’s worth the risk.

Just trying to Make It in America on my own terms, doing what I love. After all, isn’t that what we all wish for.

Don’t Stop Trying,

Kay

Hello world!

Everyone has to start somewhere right? One of the hardest things about making a blog is starting one. The second hardest thing is to actually  keep it going and stay motivated. I had a blog last year that did pretty well for itself, but I got caught up with life and just didn’t really think it was anything worth reading. My friends seemed to believe differently.  Real friends only want the best from you and often times see the potential in you that you never knew existed. I’ve been blessed enough to gain a few of these people in my life and from here on out they won’t allow me to come up with any excuses when it comes to my writing. They don’t care how awful I may think it sounds, because I can only get better from here right?

As life would have it we all needed to seriously get out of the city for a little bit. We were all stressing from either work, matters of the heart, or both. The closest place that we could think of to get away was Daytona Beach. Now granted, it may not have been the beaches of Miami that I’m used to but,  it was still our little escape to paradise. It’s crazy how a little salt water and ocean breeze can make you forget the world so quickly. Literally the minute we got  out of the car and onto the dock we all breathed an involuntary sigh of relief.

My friend Jay suggested that we go to this restaurant on the dock that he knew. It was just the thing that we needed. The food was great, service friendly, and the view was absolutely serene. So here are a few shots of our little 24hr Vacay.

It’s always great to have such good people around to help you through the tough times. The only thing that I would have changed about that day would have been not forgetting to bring our bathing suits. The water was so perfect that day. Not too cold or too warm, just right. I would highly suggest taking a day and just getting out of your home city or town with a great group of friends on your next day off. It does wonders for getting rid of stress and helping to recharge you mentally and emotionally.

Happy blogging!