Monday, August 5, 2013

a little birdie gets her wings

i debated about posting this.

and then i thought, this is my blog and i'll post what i want, say what i want (a slight redirection of advice from miley cyrus, if you will). 

you see, i'm not one to shout to the roof tops when something good happens or i accomplish something i'm really excited about. its not in my nature and i get uncomfortable. i was really, really uncomfortable telling people about my first job out of college, for example (which is stupid) and even more uncomfortable telling people at work when i was excited about getting promoted.

but i went out of my comfort zone this week. when i got an email from osielle saying that i was one of the newest members of their running team i couldn't contain my excitement. i wanted to tell just about everyone, and i did. it was a big step for me to proactively tell my friends, family and a couple coworkers - and you know what, they were nothing but happy for me and i didn't experience spontaneous combustion or anything crazy as a result of sharing my happiness. since my experience in person was so positive, i now feel comfortable sharing on my blog how FREAKING EXCITED I AM!

i am one of the newest oiselle birds on the oiselle volee team!


its one thing to support a company that makes a great product. it is a whole different level to be supported by a company you love. in fact, it feels pretty freaking awesome. i love the clothes oiselle makes and even more important i love the story behind oiselle. it is so similar to my own running story that i feel an emotional connection to oiselle that i don't get with other running apparel brands. (and yes, if you've been wondering, that is an oiselle shirt i'm wearing in my profile picture on the left!)

i want to quick share two things about why being part of the oiselle volee team means so much to me.

one of the reasons i run is because it brings me a sense of freedom and that sense of freedom is what oiselle speaks to. i often use imagery to help me through times of anxiety or extreme stress or moments when i doubt myself. one of the techniques is to pick an object that symbolizes how you want to be in a certain state, or during a time when you feel anxious. you then associate a word with that symbol and it becomes the image to think of when you need it. my symbol is a beautiful golden eagle with outstretched wings perched on top of a cliff ready to take flight (can you imagine this eagle? she's beautiful). the word i associate with that eagle is freedom. oiselle is french for "bird" and oiselle runners relate to the running feeling of being "free." the connection between my imagery and the heart behind oiselle is something that i couldn't have planned for but it feels incredibly right deep inside.

i found the below feather on a run a few weeks back. though its not a golden eagle feather, it sure looks like it. i took it as a sign of good things to come and that i'm going down the right path (i was also hoping it was a sign that i'd make the oiselle team)!

freedom.

when i ran cross country in high school i was never a great runner. i was lucky if someone on the team got sick and i could fill in on the varisty roster and i was lucky to finish close to the top on the jv team. the older i got the more i realized it wasn't really the running that kept me going back to cross country (though later in life i'd learn how important running is to me). it was the team that i fell in love with. it was the team i felt a strong sense of loyalty to and i wanted nothing more than to be part of that for as long as i could. there's something about a cross country team that felt entirely different than any team i've ever been part of and i have missed it ever since the last day of my senior season. being part of the oiselle volee team fills a part in my running heart that i have desperately missed. i missed running for a collective something. i missed running for a community of people aligned to the same cause. and while the running community on a whole is something special to be part of, there is nothing quite like the smaller, more intimate groups you bond with that keep you motivated and propel you forward. i am so excited to be part of a team of women where i already feel a strong connection. it's something i've been missing for quite some time.

i have no clue where this running journey will take me or what it has in store for the next year. but i can say that i'm more than pumped to take it on as a member of the oiselle volee team. onward, my friends (and let's go shopping)!


21 comments:

  1. Amy @ Long Drive JourneyAugust 5, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Congratulations! I'm glad you did share this with us! I'm not familiar with Oiselle, but I will have to check them out.

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  2. How did I miss this last week - I'm so pumped! We are teammates!

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  3. Congratulations!! I have always had a hard time sharing positive things in my life! I believe it's b/c when I was young, my mother taught me not to "brag" and somehow that translated to me feeling like being excited about good things in my life was bragging. I'm getting over it and realize that it's much better to be a person that is grateful and excited about the good things that come into their life! Excited for you!

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  4. Congratulations :) I am so glad you decided to share this, you deserve the acknowledgment :) You're awesome!!

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  5. Nicole @ Fitful FocusAugust 5, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Congrats! that's amazing!

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  6. Thanks Karen!

    I totally feel the same way about "bragging" - I like your way of thought about being grateful. That's a great way to think about it.

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  7. Thank you! I hope we can do some events together at some point!

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  8. Thank you :) They have really amazing sports bras (even featured in Runner's World this month), if you're still in the market!

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  9. Congrats on making the team!!
    emma @ a mom runs this town . com

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  10. Amy @ Long Drive JourneyAugust 6, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Ooh, thanks for looking out girl!

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  11. Congrats, girl! So happy for you!

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  12. Thanks lady! If I get any discounts that are shareable, I'll let you know ;)

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