I spent the last few days not thinking about what is happening in my “real” life and it has been fabulous! The little break from reality was exactly what I needed! It is also allowed me to get into a better headspace.
Justin (there you go, now you finally know my fiancés name) and I flew to Boston on Wednesday morning for the Frozen Four (college hockey championships). We go every year whether or not our team makes the tournament. However, this year the University of North Dakota Athletics (better known as the Fighting Sioux) made it to the tournament!
I like hockey but I LOVE college hockey! There is just something about it that totally excites me. Which is really interesting because prior to my fiancé I had been to a few games but it was more social than actually being interested in the game. Now, if there is a college game on TV most likely you will find me watching it, even if it isn’t UND or Justin is watching. But I digress…
Wednesday evening we met Justin’s parents and walked around Quincy Market. Then he and I headed back to our room to plan out the next day and relax after the day of travel. Typically, the Thursday of the Frozen Four weekend is pretty busy for us because we try to fit in some sightseeing before we head to the rink for the hockey games. In the morning, we hit the aquarium then we met up with his parents before heading to Boylston to see the Boston Marathon finish line and Newbury for some shopping.
After that we did some shopping and then headed to the games. I really wish I could say UND’s game was awesome and we got to see them win but that is not the case. The last few minutes were exciting because they really made a push but they just couldn’t get there. Honestly, I hate saying this but it always ends this way. I have had the honor to watch UND at the Frozen Four five times over the last nine years but each year they lose on Thursday. I would love the opportunity to see them play on Saturday and even more so a win on Saturday. I guess there is always next year…
On Friday, we slept in because by the time we got back to our hotel room it was 1 am. Then I spent the afternoon walking around the Harvard campus. I don’t know what I expected but I did enjoy it! Walking around I reflected on my college experience, which was awesome and ended too quickly! But during my walk, I thought about what it was like to be a senior in high school and picking where I would go to college, I don’t regret my choices but sure wish I would have thought bigger. No, I wouldn’t have ever been accepted into Harvard but I absolutely could have been accepted to colleges outside of North Dakota but that didn’t even cross my mind at 18 year old. This where I think my weight loss and fitness journey has changed me, no dream is really too big. If I put my mind to it I can achieve it. (Okay, now let’s go back to my statement about the Boston Marathon, I probably could get there if I really wanted to (again, I will never qualify) but I don’t know that it is a real dream of mine to be there.)
Sorry guys, I keep rambling today. Bear with me, I really am getting somewhere, I promise…
Saturday we rode a tour bus to get the “real” Boston history. I really like doing when we do that because we get the color commentary from locals. We also took a tour of Fenway Park, typically while on our Frozen Four trip we also catch a professional baseball game in whatever city we are in. However, this year the Red Sox’s were on the road so we didn’t get to watch them play which meant touring the stadium was as good as it was going to get.
Usually Saturday evenings are spent at the Frozen Four championship game but this year was a little different. The two teams that made it to that game were, Boston University and Providence College, a local team and another team only a short drive away. So we took advantage of the situation and sold our tickets for a nice profit. This also helped because we had to be up at 4:15 am to catch our flight home on Sunday.
Alright, sorry it took me forever to get here and thanks for bearing with me! I am writing this as I am sitting on the plane home. Over the last few days and this morning, I have been thinking about how I am going to actively work on my mindset when I have to get back to reality. I really hate the way I have been feeling and no one can change it but me. So, it is time to start focusing on something else. I am going to start focusing on my goals I set out for myself at the beginning of the year. There is no way I am going to achieve them if I not actively working on them, and worrying about things outside of my control isn’t getting me any closer to achieving them. Instead, I need to focus my energy on something I can control. I am also thinking, if I am in control of things outside of work, being out of control at work may balance things out for me (probably not but I am going with positive thought here).
I am going to take the rest of today to rest & catch up on some sleep and prep for the upcoming week. I am looking forward to tomorrow morning, it’s a new day and a renewed commitment to myself!