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My 96 Year-Old Running Inspiration

2 Nov

So… I’m flipping through the November issue of Vogue magazine when I came across the ‘letters from the readers’ section and a picture of two African-American women running catches my attention.  Not because they are running on the beach (which I love to do), but because there is an older woman who looks to be around 70 right in stride with the younger woman.  I read the caption: “Ida Keeling with her daughter Shelly”, which make me even more interested to find out more about her.  So I continue to the reader’s letters, and apparently Mrs. Keeling is 96 years old!!! Yep, 96, AND a world record holder in the 60 meter sprint.

The Vogue Article, Runs in the The Family features Mrs. Keeling who, coached by her 60 year-old-daughter, started running at the great age of 67.  I have always prayed and asked God to give me the strength to continue running until the day that I die.  I have blogged several times before about my love, enjoyment, and need to run.  I cannot imagine how my life would be if I could not run.  Ida Keeling is a true testament to what anyone can do regardless of age, physicality, or obstacles when they truly set their mind to it.

Do you have an Ida Keeling that inspires or motivates you?

Natasha

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Have a Great Weekend!

14 Oct

These beautiful ladies were waiting for us in my mother-in-law’s yard when we pulled up today. I loved that they weren’t a tad bit frightened when we walked up. I believe their presence was the sign of a great weekend to come!

Have Fun, Stay Safe!

Natasha

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Marriage is Like Running

3 Oct

As long as I can remember I’ve been a runner.  As a child I loved running and racing, and now as an adult I couldn’t imagine enjoying anything more except for being married.  Running is hard, very hard a times.  It’s much more mental for me than most would believe.  The night before, I mentally set precedence for the mileage I will run the next day.  If I’m feeling tired, then I mentally calculate how I will feel the next day during my run, and thus set a mileage goal.  The same goes with being married.  I decide if I want to get an attitude about something, or if I want to approach my husband as an adult and tell him what’s bothering me…it’s all mental.

Sometimes, I will have my mind-set on something, like what I think we should or shouldn’t do as a couple.  Then a funny thing will happen, just like during a run I realize, I have sold myself short.  Instead of only doing 3 miles, I feel good enough to continue and push through to 5 miles.  Instead of being one tracked and thinking I know best all the time, I realize I have actually limited our growth as a couple because I was too stubborn to see past me.  During those times, I reset my thinking to that which is essential to our goals as a couple and my growth as a wife.

So you see, for me running/marriage are both very similar.   They are repetitive, pleasurable, and with practice you get better over time.  Running/marriage feel great on good days, sometimes painful on those occasional ‘not so good’ days, and just right on those ‘in between’ days.  But I stay focused and continue to progress as a wife and as a runner, because they are a part of who I am, what I love, and what I believe in.

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The 2010 Team Williams Starting Lineup

22 Jun

The 1992 Dream Team couldn't old a match to the 2010 Team Williams

Initially I was going to write about our wedding reception that took place on Saturday.  It was wonderful, eventful, and an all out fun day!  Then I got to thinking about what made it so wonderful, eventful and fun – the help we received from our family and friends. For me it was reminiscent of a great basketball team, namely the 1992 Olympic Dream Team starring MJ.  The day consisted of what I like to think of as the “2010 Team Williams starting lineup” tackling projects and tasks with assists, three pointers, dunks and fade away jumpers.  I seriously doubt the Dream Team could have held it’s own against Team Williams on Saturday, they were in rare form. So, without further ado…  here is The 2010 Team Williams Starting Lineup for Saturday June 19, 2010:

At  point guard for Team Williams was our neighbor Chris….You see our backyard is not fenced in and butts up against our Chris’ farm.   Chris was kind and agreed to allow our guests to use his driveway, and park in the back of his property.  On Saturday we were setting up and decorating the tents when Chris rode out on his riding mower.  He asked if we would like for him to mow a bigger patch of field than what Dr. B had originally mowed.  I couldn’t believe it  – how kind is that? I didn’t know people neighbors still did that, wow!  Then, to add butter cream frosting to the cupcake –  he asked would we like to borrow his tent.  Seriously.  How nice is that, especially coming from someone Dr. B and I have only talked to twice?  Chris’ gestures was the first of many that occurred on Saturday.  Not your ordinary everyday, run of the mill “hold the door open for you” gestures.  More like the  ‘I will do anything you need just tell me’ gestures.  The ones that make you say,  “I need to do better by others” – those kinds.

Next up was George our athletic power forward.  George had never even seen, much less cleaned a fish with it’s head on.  But, there he was Saturday morning standing beside my mom in the kitchen cleaning fish for the reception.  You would have thought his father was the Morton fisherman.   I’m mean George was like the super, duper ninja friend on steroids.  He was all over the place and back again helping where ever he was needed – in the kitchen, outside – everywhere!

Starting at shooting guard for Team Williams was no other than my baby brother Bobby Hakeem Jamal.  He was like my shadow.  Where I went, he went.  When I needed something all I had to do was mumble, and he would jet off to get it. My brother and I got into a great rhythm on Saturday.  One in which I would start formulating an idea in my head, and somehow,  he just knew what the heck I was talking about.  It was great working side by side with my baby brother.

Lindsay and Bryan – surprised everyone in their positions as small forwards.  I seriously need to give a big Natasha the Newlywed hug to those two.  Poor kids, I worked them like they were in a Nicaraguan Chinese sweatshop.  If you could have seen them in action. They were arranging place setting, hanging signs, setting chairs, and hauling tents.  And, they didn’t even complain to my face.  No, seriously, they were great!  I gained a whole new level of respect for those two fifteen-year-olds.

Last but not least was the center, and the Team Williams franchise player, my mom.   She was the one person who I didn’t want to to lift a finger, but somehow she found a way to be indispensible.  She was directing and orchestrating the entire time behind, and sometimes much to my chagrin in front of the scenes.  She was…super mom!  Gotta love her 🙂

So there you have it….  The  2010  Team Williams starting lineup for Saturday June 19th.   There were many, many more people that helped make our reception a huge success on Saturday – you know who you are, Thank You!  We couldn’t have made it without you!

Dear readers can you recall a time that you were your family and friends came together line an NBA All-Star team and helped you out?  Were you left standing there scratching your head amazed and in awe?  Please tell…the floor is yours.

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I’m Bernard’s Wife!

17 Jun

The other day I was reading A Practical Wedding (APW), and in Meg’s post she mentioned Cindy a blogger who stated ” I love being a wife”  You can read both of their blogs here and here.  It got me to thinking about the last year of my life.  I’ve been Dr. B’s stay at home girlfriend, then fiance, and now wife, and I’ve loved every minute of it.  I Love being a wife, more specifically I love being Dr. B’s wife.  Not in the television commercial sense of the word (ie kids and a mini van).  But, in the traditional meaning, which is “a female partner in a marriage.”  I can remember thinking (years ago) that once I married I would continue working.  I couldn’t picture myself not working, it seemed like the most natural thing to do.  But, here I am, not working. Being his wife and loving it. 

There are days (since the wedding) that it hits me, I am a WIFE (tears begin to well up).  I’m not (as my sister puts it) boyfriend and girlfriend on steroids.   I love being  Dr. B’s partner.  I  enjoy taking care of our house, and taking care of my husband.  I’m happy, he’s happy and it just works for us.  I’m still independent and strong-willed which (BTW) does not automatically diminish when you become a wife.  In fact they increase.  They increase because you now have someone who has your back, and encourages you to go out and do whatever the h*ll you want to do.  As a wife you have stability and security from your husband, and at a level you’ve never had before.  As a wife you provide security and stability like never before.  Just think about it…how big and significant is that?  I’m so proud of what I do and who I am.  Yes I’m working on my PhD, but that’s nothing, nothing at all compared to being Dr. B’s wife.  Now the next time someone asks me what I do, I’m not going to to say  ” I am Ph.D. student.”  I’m going to say “I’m Bernard’s wife”.

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