Tillie's Back! 

  • By Leslie Friedman
  • 28 Nov, 2016

Hello, friends! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? In fact, it’s been well over a year, and I have SO much to share! I promise I won’t share all of it in painstaking detail right now, but I do think a brief overview is a good setup for where I want this new blog project to go. So let’s get to it, shall we?

This year has been one that will definitely not soon be forgotten for so many reasons. I have caught myself thinking, “my life definitely doesn’t suck” so many times this year, even when I’m pretty sure I’m at rock bottom. Here’s a list of some of my 2016 accomplishments:

·       I (mostly) ran my first half-marathon! Ten months later it is still on the top of my memory box. I got to spend a long weekend with my best friend in Disney and on the beach, and I ran more miles than ever. What could be better than that? Oh, and I did this all with a recurrence of my stupid degenerative disc problems in my back. The weekend was exhausting and painful, but I had such a great time. It will be on the top of my memory box for a while, I think.

·       I bought a house! Well, a condo. But nonetheless, I’m a homeowner and it feels so good.

·       I went to Hawaii! Ok, not so much of an accomplishment, especially since it was technically a work trip, but pictures from it will probably show up in my Facebook slideshow at the end of the year, so it’s worth mentioning.

·       I started a business! I guess I finally got tired of hearing “you should open a business!” when I brought baked goodies anywhere, so I did it. Treats by Tillie, named mostly to play off of #tbt, runs out of my kitchen with me as my only employee. So far, it has been extremely well-received, and I have already turned out several orders!

The year hasn’t been on a complete upward trend, however, but I don’t want to really draw attention to what hasn’t been awesome. About a month ago, I can guarantee it would be all that I would be writing about and you would get to read one giant pity party, but I’m tired of being sad. So I’m trying my best to move on and up. There is one aspect of it though that I plan on discussing at some point in the future, and that is how I have been sidelined for quite some time this year because my body and my mind haven’t been operating on the same page and I keep hurting myself. There, I said it. Absolutely no relation to CrossFit and every bit related to my own stubbornness. Oh, and falling down the stairs.

I’ve been thinking about the direction I want this project to take for a few weeks now, and I still haven’t really come up with anything definitive. Here is what I do know: I really love writing, and I like writing for an audience (that’s you!). I also know that I have some serious physical work to do to get back to where I was when I signed off my last blog project. Maybe this blog will be mostly for me, but I hope it can be for you, too. Maybe you need some advice, or have a question, or want to go have a cortado at Molecule Effect. Sweet! Let me know so I can write about it and/or we can hang out! In the meantime, I am going to use this space to think, discuss, and feel my feelings while working toward some goals. Next week I will share some goals, but until then, I’ve thought of something else that I want to work toward. I was thinking the other evening about how others see me and what words they may use to describe me. I don’t actually know how others would describe me, but I thought of three words that I want to use to describe myself, and that seems just as, if not more important. So, in 6 months, I want to be described as strong, confident, and unapologetically happy. These are kind of like my end result, so what I need to think of are my action steps on how to get there. I hope you will be a part of my story along the way. :)

Do something great today, friends! I will if you will.

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