Re-Aligning Your Ducks

Blogging schedule

The colorful mess that is my blogging schedule

In this post that I penned earlier this week, I gabbed about falling off of the blogging wagon due to day job, travel, the leaves changing. Some times even the tiniest things can derail you! I’m talking to you Pinterest! So to get my butt back into gear I am putting this out into the universe and even more importantly on the inner-webs. There is no greater pressure to get some shit done than telling a whole batch of folks you are gonna do some shit. So what am I going to do?

Stick to my blogging schedule – It is all there on my adorable blogging calendar in color coded pen. I simply need to write and post. It is not as if I am trying to run a marathon. I enjoy writing and have curated some great future post ideas. To help with this goal I will…

1. Up my iPhone 5 photography game – This website is a treasure trove of ideas for this budding phone-tographer. I hope to build up my available media portfolio with 20 new website images.

2. Brainstorm – Formerly known as daydreaming, this activity is crucial to my creative process. I need to devote more time to sitting down and letting my mind wander. With a full-time job, son and husband it can be hard to find the time to do it but I am going to add it into my Outlook calendar. One per week broken down into four fifteen minute sessions is my goal.

3. Consume motivational material – I am always reading something; but the content of the material varies greatly. I find that I get a lot of motivation from reading other blogs, industry news, and participating in Alt Chats. Not many good blogging ideas are found from me binging on Buzz Feed and the Onion. I will make the effort to begin my days with my most thought provoking Zite feeds.

Now I must ask you guys, my peeps to make me stick to this growth. Be on the look out for new images and content and don’t hesitate to throw rocks if you think I am sleeping on the job.

group photo from Warrior Dash

On the Other Side of the Mud


group photo from Warrior Dash

Notice the layer of dust covering us all. I still have some of this on me. I think I always will.

This past Saturday morning I rose at  7:00 to be out of the house at 8:00 to be in Mountain City Georgia by 9:45.  To get checked in and lined up the coordinators of the Warrior Dash ask that we get there at least an hour and forty five minutes before our wave. That extra time gave me time to panic, “The race starts on an incline!!” It also gave me time to calm down, “No one who has finished that I have seen has been bleeding or has needed oxygen.”

The climb up and up and up at the start nearly ripped my unconditioned lungs from my chest; but that pain didn’t last forever. The obstacles were awkward, dirty and usually a pain in my ass … a lot like the ones I encounter on a daily basis.

Three days later I am still feeling the effects of them…a lot like the ones I encounter on a daily basis.

The atmosphere was one of the most supportive and warm ones I have ever encountered. Strangers helping strangers climb over barriers, pull each others shoes from thick mud and maneuver barbed wire. Even if they weren’t on my team we were all on the same team, and that was something I see too little of nowadays.

The Warrior Dash was one of the greatest things I have ever done because it made me to think fast and not doubt myself. When faced with water shooting into you face while standing on a two by four one story in the air what can you do? I chose to close my eyes and start walking. One foot in front of the other as I imagined myself on a balance beam. And I made it easily and safely to the other side.

Will I do it again? YES

Will I do a bit of hill training before the race? HELL YES!

Take that you crazy 2014 To-Do list!!



2014 in lights!

What Was I Thinking?


2014 in lights!


This year I have a few things going on. Stay tuned to this blog or to my Twitterfeed @mpinkelton to see if I make it through without falling flat on my face. A few to-dos on the calendar include:

  • Taking the GRE
  • Applying to graduate school
  • Going on a cruise for our 5th Anniversary
  • Going to Beer, Bourbon and BBQ at Atlantic Station
  • Competing for the first time in the Warrior Dash
  • Attending my first TED
  • Attending my first Geekend
  • Doing Dragon *Con with my husband
  • Participating in Leadership DeKalb
  • Working with two local non-profits as a board member

I must be out of my mind right? The easiest way to get through it all successfully is to be realistic about my goals, smart with my time, and grateful that I have supportive family and friends to help see me through 2014!

I think I will call it the “Year of Maria”. That sounds vain; but if I can’t be vain at 42 when can I be vain!

Here I go.