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It's been over two and a half years since we moved to Worcester in April 2013. When we left home, I was incredibly active. I was teaching swimming lessons and lifeguarding, I was still running, and if one of my younger siblings had soccer practice at the local park, my mom and I would walk the track. Roger and I were hiking the state parks, and we were loving everything outdoors.

When we moved to the city, I suddenly felt caged. The air isn't as clear, and the streets are hot and busy. To get some peace, we had to drive over twenty minutes to a teeny little state park. My lifestyle was suddenly not so active, and I put myself on the back burner.

What Roger is doing here is so important. He's studying hard to provide us with a future, so his needs generally come first, even though he's so selfless and so good to me.

At the end of January, I decided that it was time to make some changes. It was time to invest in myself. I joined a gym and started taking some aqua fit classes in the water; and then my friend Katy joined and we starting doing these amazing BBG workouts.

I've never been a gym person. Working out isn't fun, and I've never understood the people who enjoy it. It's hard, results are usually slow, and it's a pretty large time and financial commitment. But having a gym buddy means accountability and support. We dove head first into BBG and we haven't looked back!

I started to feel better about myself, and I felt like I was finally taking care of my body. Next: spirit. I've always been a church-goer. I was baptized as an infant and went to church every Sunday before moving out here. I always get back to a service when we make trips home, but it's just not the same. I'm a huge introvert, so finding a church in Massachusetts didn't feel right for me. I've recently begun attending an online campus, and so far it feels so good. I'll be sure to keep you updated as I learn more about the congregation and worship leaders.

Lastly: mind. I've had a hard time blogging lately. I don't feel like I have a lot to say, and whenever I sit down to write, anything that comes out is a disorganized, jumbled mess. I'm out of practice. I've made a resolution to challenge my writing, and to do it more frequently. I've always considered myself a storyteller, and it's a huge part of me. I need to do it more. I just need to.

I have a few other things that I've pursued due to my new pact to invest in myself, and they're currently a huge surprise, but I promise I'll share after everything is in place.

Has anyone else made investments in themselves lately? How do you feel?

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