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New directions

I have realized recently that I somtimes….naw, most of the time….have trouble looking “on the brighter side of life.”  It gets really easy to focus on the bad, sad, and ugly parts of life and really hard to see that there are always good things too. So, for at least a short time, my goal is to post every single night about 1 thing that day that made me smile or made me happy. I apologize if this is not riveting or thoughtful or even fun, but I think it’s a useful goal to set for myself right now. And I promise that I will try keep it interesting when possible 🙂

Sunny side of life, here I come!

I will call this the Katy Happiness Project (KHP)


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My key to running

My running lightbulb went off last night as I ran the dreaded slow incline of West End Ave. I have been running pretty darn consistently for about three weeks now, but noticed that my runs were not getting better or easier. The last 5K I trained for seemed to go so much better!!

So last night I was determined to have a “good” run (as good as running can get, at least), and I did!! Here was the key. Pacing. I know it seems like common knowledge, but it also helped my mood. I literally thought of nothing else but my running and my pace, not allowing myself to go faster. I didn’t even realize before how much my mind was reeling during my runs! So from now on, runs will be the time to clear my mind, worry about nothing, and think about nothing. Why can’t all the time be like that…..

pretty sure this is what I look like running

pretty sure this is what I look like running


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Food & Friends = Fun

It was a wonderful long holiday weekend. I was little worried that a lot of my friends were going to be out of town and that I would have nothing to do. I really would have been ok with nothing to do, but it ended up being a fun and busy weekend. Friday night I got to see friend AP who is in law school in Knoxville and I don’t get to see very often. Catching up with friends is always a good time. Saturday (July 4) was a good time of hanging out with two different groups of friends, a hot chicken festival, and getting soaking wet on the roof of one of campus buildings trying to see the downtown fireworks. Today was an impromptu cookout at our house by roommate KS and I that was a great time, even meeting some new friends! Below are some pictures, mostly from the chicken festival (sadly there is no documentation of the adventure to the roof in the rain or from the fun cookout today; I’ve got to start doing better with the camera again!!). For the weekend starting out very crappy, it ended very well.

The ingredients for a good time = friends and good food

eating watermelon while waiting in line for chicken

eating watermelon while waiting in line for chicken

we waited in line for over an hour for this chicken

we waited in line for over an hour for this chicken

finally enjoying chicken

finally enjoying chicken

brownies i made for a cookout

brownies i made for a cookout