Thanksgiving and Gilmore Girls

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on November 28, 2016

in Fun and Random Posts

Two weeks ago, I wrote a post about how I decided to give myself permission to be okay living in this slower season. After a year of feeling guilty if I wasn’t doing things I was “supposed” to be doing, I am giving myself grace to just be. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve made this year. Other than a couple short runs, I haven’t worked out at all. I’m okay with it. More importantly, for the first time in a really long time, I have the itch again. I’m craving time on my yoga mat and logging miles, be it in my running shoes or on my bike. That will be my reality, once again, starting this week and I am so excited! But, first, two things: Thanksgiving and Gilmore Girls!

This year, I had three Thanksgiving celebrations. On the holiday itself, I met up with my dad, stepmom, grandma, and step-grandpa for brunch at a restaurant in my hometown. From there, I had dinner with my grandma, uncle, and his wife. As always, I am forever grateful for time with my grandma. She’s had a couple health scares in recent years, so any time with her feels like such a gift. It’s amazing how great she looks (and moves!) for 95. I hope that I age that gracefully – she is such an inspiration in a myriad of ways.

me and grandma thanksgiving 2016

I had one more big dinner on Saturday with my mom’s whole side of the family. For dessert, I baked this pumpkin yummy dessert from Brown Eyed Baker. 10/10, would bake again! I was heartbroken that my mom was sick this weekend and unable to join any of the festivities. I literally started crying on Friday when she said she wouldn’t be at the big family celebration. By Sunday, I didn’t want anything to do with food! I ate some leftover dessert and little else over the course of the day. Solid nutrition, eh?

Friday, to some was Black Friday. To me, it was a day to return to my beloved Stars Hollow and reconnect with the Gilmore Girls! I was up early to enjoy a classic Gilmore breakfast of coffee and Pop-Tarts while diving in for the first episode. Big, fat tears welled up when Rory sat next to Lorelai in the gazebo.

gilmore girls a year in the life

I think I might be one of the few out there who wholeheartedly loved the reboot. (Yes, even the musical!) On a very basic level, I laughed a lot and cried even more, some happy tears and some sad. I don’t envy the Palladinos one bit for having to write something that would appease such a wide fan base after so many years! What a monumental task, but I loved what they did. That said, you’ve been warned that from here on out are SPOILERS about Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

Some people think that Rory is a horrible person/character, particularly in the reboot, but I disagree. For me she is one of more more real and relatable characters as she struggles to find herself and her place in this world. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think this justifies some of her decisions, but I think that she’s human and it shows. In the days since the show dropped, so many people are criticizing Rory for not having her life together and perfect at 32. I’d argue that is true of a lot of 30-somethings. Also, she’s a television character. She’d be boring if she were perfectly together.

I’m still Team Logan. Despite all their ups and downs, I see them as the most natural couple. I read an interview with Matt Czuchry (Logan) where he talks about how because Rory is so independent and doesn’t need anything from Logan, he wants to give her the world. He goes on to say that Rory was so protected for most of her life, that Logan is someone who pushes her outside of her comfort zone. I love this assessment of their relationships so much. That’s not to say I think they acted appropriately in these episodes. The whole affair(s) arc was not great, but I still love them together. I can’t help it. #TeamLogan for life. Also? Feel free to call me anytime, Matt.

I absolutely loved Emily’s evolution over the year. Watching her grieve her husband’s death broke my heart, especially the scene at the funeral when she stood over his casket. Just crush my heart, Amy-Sherman Palladino. Richard and Emily are #relationshipgoals of the highest caliber. But, without him, she learned how to be Emily Gilmore, just as she is. When she told off the DAR, I was dying of laughter. Bullshit! Oh, to hear Emily Gilmore with such a mouth!

Luke and Lorelai finally tied the knot! Oh goodness, I just love them together. I thought the wedding scene was just perfect as it was. I’ve seen enough weddings, be it real or Hollywood, that I didn’t need to see the full-on ceremony. And let’s be honest, it was at wedding sixteen years in the making from the moment Lorelai begged for more coffee in that first episode.

The final four words are so perfect. Knowing that is supposedly how Amy Sherman-Palladino planned to end the original series, I’m glad that didn’t pan out. While it’s meant to bring things full circle, it felt so much more fitting to Rory’s character that she had time to experience the world.

For some random thoughts. Kirk continues to be one of my favorite characters. A lot of people said there was too much of him in the reboot, but I disagree. His antics with Petal the Pig and Ooo-ber are so true to the show – Stars Hollow wouldn’t be the same without him! I was sad that Paris and Doyle were no longer together, but it was amazing to see Paris in all her full Paris glory. When she kicked the door closed at Chilton, it was perfect. I loved Parenthood cast cameos, especially Lauren Graham’s real-life partner, Peter Krause. Finally, I need a Hep Alien album in my life.


Embrace Where I Am Now

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on November 14, 2016

in Personal Development

Since my marathon DNFs last fall in Milwaukee and New York, I’ve struggled to get my head (and my heart) back in the game. God knows I tried. But, what I’m suddenly realizing is that I never took the time to embrace where I am now. Instead, I tried to force things. I tried to will the motivation back into my life.

I ran a whopping two races this year, both of which I registered for in hopes it would be the kick in the pants I needed. They weren’t. I decided to start Jillian Michaels’ BODYSHRED program again. Since then, I’ve completed day one. When I reach for my yoga mat, I find myself in tears because my practice feels forced.

I played DietBet games as a motivation to lose weight. I (almost) always lost the weight necessary to win the games. As soon as the games finished, I gained those pounds back seemingly overnight. I turned to food for comfort, returning to the binge eating habits that got me to 233 pounds ten years ago. If one doughnut was good, then two (or three) was even more comforting. But, oh, the guilt (which, somehow, generally led to even more food).

I picked up book after book, but few captured my attention. I’ve got a long list of half-written blog posts. My new journal is largely untouched.

You get the picture. All of the things that usually motivate me sparked, at best, a lackluster flame in my spirit. Summit of Greatness fired me up, at least for a moment. But, I knew there was a deeper issue at hand. I just couldn’t figure it out.

Today, it hit me. What I haven’t really, truly done in the last year is embrace where I am now. Where I have been the last year, and then some. This whole time, I’ve been fighting back against the lack of motivation. After all, I’m a healthy living blogger, a health coach, and now a personal trainer. If I can’t find the motivation, how the hell do I inspire others to live their best lives? Hi, maybe by being honest with myself, first and foremost, about where I am and what I need.

embrace where I am now

I have been my own worst enemy this year. I never allowed myself the opportunity to take an off season. For so much of my life, especially since I started my weight loss journey, I lived in a “what’s next?” mentality. I lost a bunch of weight. Okay, cool. Now, how about a 5k? A bunch of my blog friends are doing this half marathon, so I want to do it to! I finished my bachelor’s degree, so the next thing is obviously my master’s degree. I miss school, so I’ll add on some certifications. And, I can travel to New York, to Columbus, to Minneapolis because I have a serious case of wanderlust.

I have a serious case of FOMO, is what I have. That pace of always looking to the next big thing and always having these big goals isn’t sustainable for years on end. I hit my breaking point last fall, but I never allowed myself to be okay with that. I don’t think I knew how to not have that next big thing to motivate me.

I’ve spent a year of my life fighting against that voice in my head. I waged an inner war with myself between what I truly needed and what I thought I needed. And so, I’ve gotten nowhere. Once I realized this today, it felt like the weight of the world lifted from my shoulders. Tensions that I’ve carried for months seemingly melted away. I started crying at the realization of what I’ve done to my mind, body, and spirit through all of this. I cried at the freedom of a new beginning and of finally giving myself some grace.

So, for the remainder of 2016, I’m giving myself freedom to be okay with where I am. I’m giving myself time to feed my soul and do what my body craves that day, not what I think I need to be doing. It’s not a free pass to do nothing all of the time. No, it’s a season to reconnect with what I really need. It’s okay to not have a race on the horizon. It’s okay to have a stack of books on my nightstand that don’t include a single title related to health, fitness, or personal development. Yesterday, I stayed in my pajamas all day and binge watched Gilmore Girls. That, too, is okay.

I’m going to take some time to really look at my vision, my why in the coming weeks. I’m going to practice self-care and nourish my body with foods that make me feel my best, with lots of fruits and vegetables. It’s time to breathe deep, to look at the future, and to celebrate just how far I’ve come in this life of mine. This is just the beginning.

Had I given myself this freedom this grace a year ago, I may have found healing sooner. Maybe. But, more so, I believe that I learned this lesson when I was ready to accept it.


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