Welp, the Dunham’s time in Nashville has already come and gone! It was a BLAST! We had a great time. We walked up and down Broadway visiting local (and famous) bars, bought my first pair of REAL cowboy boots, visited Margaritaville, and watched the Gator BEAT Vanderbilt! It was a fun weekend, but like all quick weekend trips it went way too fast.
For some reason, whenever I leave town, even if it is only a few hours away, I end up doing some sort of weird self-exploration business. Well, this time was no different. First off, I really did not find it too hard to make some healthy choices while out of my element. I am not going to lie to anyone and say ALL the choices I made were more healthy than not, but some of them really were. However, leading to my next point, the choices that were not necessarily on the healthy side (hello vodka) ended up, come Sunday not making me not feel so hot which lead to my next thought.
Truth is I like to cocktail , it is part of my life that I really won’t give up completely. But, that being said, I have started to see where I can scale back and still have a good time but not feel bad later on (Sundays!). Call it maturing, or call it tired of being tired of a slight hangover, either way I realized that I don’t have to go all out each time I am either in a new place cocktailing or hanging around town. I can focus more on the fun going on and not just the cocktails. To be honest, I know I sometimes focused on the cocktails to ignore my insecurities about my body and my previous body image issues. But the time has come where I am moving past those. Part of moving forward for me is going to be SLOWING down especially when it comes to the “fun” part of life. Learning to breathe so to speak, or so is tattooed on my little wrist! Plus, to boot, sometimes getting a little too tipsy leads can lead to less than stellar food choices (well ok, MOST of the time). These less than spectacular choices, also have a tendency to lead me into a negative place with my body image. Is this to say I will never get “tipsy” again, absolutely not. Is this saying I will slow down and try to listen to my body and make better choices when having cocktails cocktail. Absolutely.
Ok, so now moving on past the maturing/body image/ self observation stuff, the other way Nashville got me thinking was about running. Yes, running. Running far. Before we headed down there for the weekend, my good friend Sam put a bug in my ear to see what I thought of the town and to “consider” running the Rock n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon in the spring in Nashville. Well, while down there I became very fond of little ol’ Nashville, and as of yesterday afternoon I was emailing Sam telling her I was seriously considering doing the half. Seriously. We both have some logistics to work out, child care for her, to take or not to take the husbands for both of us, expenses. But, our interest is very peaked and I have an inkling this will be my next 1/2 marathon.
That is the trip to Nashville in a little (self-reflective) nutshell. Lots of fun. Lots of thinking.
QUESTION OF THE DAY: DOES ANYONE ELSE DO MORE THINKING THAT PROBABLY NECESSARY WHEN ON VACATION OR OUT OF THEIR ELEMENT?