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A Change Will Do You Good

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“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” -Andre Gide


There comes a time in everyone’s life when you have a choice to make.  You either keep on doing things the way you’ve been doing them, putting in the same effort and getting the same results (otherwise known as insanity), or you take stock of your life and say now is the time for change!

And so, with that in mind, now is the time for change for The Runner Dad.  As you may have read in my previous posts (Traffic & Commuting, Finding the Time, Going Back to Work, and It Finally Happened), my commute was basically draining the life out of me. In the two years that I’ve been at my current job, I’ve put on almost 15 lbs, stopped running, and generally become a grumpy person.  Not to mention developing severe Season Affective Disorder (SAD) (good conversation on this over at the blog Running with Spatulas), giving me panic attacks and losing sleep during the winter months.  I enjoyed the job, but expectations on where I’d be in life just didn’t pan out how I thought they would.

With that in mind, I have an announcement to make.  On November 26th, I’ll be starting a new job!  The best part?  It’s only 5 minutes from my home!  I measly 3.2 miles!  I could take a long walk there, and my commute would STILL be shorter than my current commute…not to mention healthier!  With hours from 8 – 4, it’s going to be life changing!

  • No more waking up at 6:00 a.m.!  Well, unless my infant son wakes me up that is!
  • No more spending hundreds of dollars each month on gas on tolls!  I should be able to go from two fill ups a week to one fill up a month!
  • No more hours of my day spent idling in traffic!  Welcome back sanity!  Welcome back healthy back, shoulders, and body!
  • I can start running again!  No longer will my commute steal all of my energy and desire to do anything!  Time to start filling up the race calendar!
  • I can lose the weight!  Time to get back in racing shape!
  • I’ll have time for my son and wife!  No more getting home, eating dinner, and only spending 20-30 minutes with my son before he goes to bed, and then only a short time with the wife before we go to bed to start the craziness over again!

So as you can tell, I’m a little excited!  What I wanted to leave you with was the Holstee Manifesto that I had posted on my computer background for a while, which really sums up how you should live your life to be stress free.  I hope you enjoy!


Let’s Hear It!

What do you want to change in your life?  What’s holding you back?  Comment below!

6 thoughts on “A Change Will Do You Good

  1. Hey RD,

    Thanks for linking up my post. It’s nice to know there are many others that are striving for a healthier lifestyle but that are still impacted by the symptoms of SAD. I am SO excited for you and your new job!!! You’re totally right – you could walk to work. Maybe not in the winter but running there would be completely feasible and biking too!

    There are tons of things I’m always slowly working on and changing. Some stick, others end up being phases but I am really into introspection. What I’d love to change is my job! Ever since I had Logan I’ve stayed home during the day and worked retail at night, I also recently started doing a direct sales job and it’s bringing in some extra cash for us. sigh….I’d love a job that allowed me to mostly be with Logan but brought in more money for my family and that I actually enjoyed doing 🙂

  2. Amazing news. So happy for you. I had a job that was making me miserable, but it took me forever to change. I guess I was a bit scared to try something new. My new job makes me so much happier and I wish the same for you. I want to get healthy start running again and as far as change – challenge myself to do more than just long, slow distance.

    1. I’m glad you’re in a much better situation now. I’m hoping it makes all the difference. As to your challenge, you can do it! Try out some 5Ks or even local track events. Switch it up and have fun!

  3. Congratulations on your new job! I hope it is everything you want it to be. I need to find additional freelance work soon as I am finding my current clients are drying up. I may just decide to take a part time job in a local retail establishment to make ends meet while I try to decide what I really want to do when I grow up. 🙂

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