2019 Birthday Celebration

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Holiday Blues 💙

The holiday season, though it may not be widely discussed, for many it is a time of loneliness and anxiety. It may seem odd because for most people the holiday season is a time filled with celebration, family, friends, and love. The same things that contribute to one person’s happiness can also be the root of another’s despair.

People are often trying to create the overly commercialized “holiday” ideal they see on TV and in the movies with the perfect tree, thousands of dollars’ worth of presents, and the perfect party. Trying to achieve these unrealistic expectations can cause stress both financially and mentally. This kind of stress may lead to fatigue and anxiety. Not meeting these expectations can lead to the feeling of failure or depression which can result in insomnia, overeating, and a series of negative emotions.

A combination of unrealistic commercial expectations with an added bonus of cold, gloomy, rainy weather can be a recipe for tough days and unhappy moods. Though there is nothing one can do about the weather (unless you go to a nice warm tropical place for the holidays😛), what you can control is how you spend your holiday time.

Volunteering my time during the holidays is the one way for me to stay filled with cheer and happiness. This year I read to kids at the 22nd Annual Breakfast and Toy Drive.

A few ways to have some holiday cheer:

Come up with a family tradition for the holidays, for example, my family ALWAYS go to the movies. Spending time with the family or loved ones is better than any gift!🎁

A few things to do as a family

  • Go to the movies
  • Play a family friendly board game
  • Have a family outing
  • Theme park
  • Bowling
  • Ice skating

Instead of trying to buy everyone a gift, play a modified version of secret Santa, this can be a fun addition to a holiday gathering. It eliminates the stress of picking the perfect gift!

  • Gather all participants
  • Have a list of participants’ favorite stores
  • Have everyone buy and wrap, a gift card or two, (of the same value)
  • On exchange day, everyone can randomly pick up a card
  • Allow for 1 card swap, you know, in case you didn’t pick the card to your favorite store
  • And enjoy — laughs — smiles😁

Put a BOW-ON-IT🎀

This is perfect for family and friends (especially grown people LOL)

  • Pick a date (my family begins November 1).
  • Anything purchased after that date gets counted as a Christmas gift.
  • And we say… PUT A BOW ON IT!

Set realistic expectations!

Don’t add additional pressure on yourself!

Embrace the moment!!!

Feel the joy, and appreciate your loved ones!

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!🎆

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It’s A Process

This is my journey right…. I guess, it’s only right I share more than just advice, opinions and information. But my experiences and inner thoughts.  Ok here we go…

Process… Practice… Patience

For the past few months that has been my motto, Process, Practice, Patience…. This year I have fully emerged into a 100m hurdler routine (aka short hurdler).  I have been running like a short hurdler, lifting weights like a short hurdler, drilling like a short hurdler and thinking like a short hurdler. Little did I know how much different it would be from a 400m hurdler.

This fall training season, which was October – December, was a new experience. Instead of running to build cardio, endurance and strength, I was running to build strength and stamina, and quickly moved to speed and technique. By the end of December, I was running over speed Hurdles working on running mechanics. The running technique needed for the 100m Hurdles is different than the 400m Hurdles, and it took practice to get it down. By the way, I’m still working on it. It is a process.

 

 

Next thing I knew, the new year was here, meaning indoor track season is here… In January, I began hurdling 1,2,3 — that’s the new rhythm I need to focus on for the 100m hurdles, and for the indoor season 60m hurdles.

1,2,3…1,2,3… 1,2,3…

But, before I get to that, I must get over the first hurdle. It’s 8-steps from the blocks to the first hurdle. Ok 8 steps that should be easy enough. Right!!!

 

Well it’s not really the 8 steps that I struggled with, it’s the 9th step that I lead with over the 33″ hurdle that I must get over and on the other side of as fast as I can, to get into my 1,2,3 rhythm all while keeping the speed and momentum that I generated in my first 8-steps.   The first 8-steps came easily, then I get to the hurdle, over the top and fly and pose for all the photographers out there to get a good shot… then get back down to the track and start running 1,2,3… 1,2,3.

 

 

OK, OK, not literally. But that’s what any little pause looks like in a game — that .01 matters.  #itsaprocess.

 

The last 6 weeks I have really been working on my hurdle technique, getting over the hurdler faster, my flat speed, and getting comfortable with my new race.  All I can say is, it’s been a process. However, it has paid off. I’ve run 4 track meets this indoor season, improving every time I’ve stepped on the track. I’ve been patient, going through the process and practicing….  And most importantly attacking EVERY PRACTICE, RACE, AND HURDLE FEARLESSLY!  And now, I’m getting ready for USA National Championships this weekend.

 

Yes, this weekend Feb 16-18, I will be in Albuquerque, New Mexico, competing at USA National Championships. So, wish me luck, and follow me on Instagram @mackenziesjourney for updates.

 

Ready…Set…I’m GONE!!

 

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Welcome

Welcome to MacKenzie’s Journey!

At 13, I decided to be a track star and earn a scholarship to college ✅ At 21, I decided that I would compete for a spot on the US Olympic team and become an Elite Athlete ✅✅ At 25, I decided that I was ready to be my own boss ✅✅✅…

The drive, strength, and discipline learned in sport has set my foundation and has empowered me to believe in ME. Through my images, posts, and videos, I will share my experiences and tips in business as I build and grow my company, and will also share my interpretation of beauty,style, and my success and struggles on the track.

Through my journey, I have developed a passion for not only fashion and all things bling and glam, but an admiration to watch and help others succeed and reach their goals. I hope to provide my readers and followers with inspiration, motivation, the confidence to chase their dreams, and be the best version of themselves…. with that said, sit back–relax and join me on my journey!