I could live a life full of spontaneity. I love making quick decisions, and the thrill of a new experience. While so much of my life has been over-planned, I crave opportunities to be a little wild and crazy. Wild and crazy by my standards these days that is, which could be things like catching a late night movie on a weeknight, going out dancing, or singing karaoke in front of a large crowd.

Exciting I know.

But I’m still that gal who would be down for flying across the country, or world. Splurging on a new wardrobe,   or striking up a conversation with anyone–Everyone. So it’s no surprise that last week, though I had no plans to do a 5K any time soon, or really run at all for that matter; I ended up joining a team in the Color Run.

color run 1

My friend and teammate promised we would walk, not run. And although we ran at least half the time, I promised not to hold it against her.

During our jog through powdered paint I learned that I’m the type of gal who would much rather take long, slow strides rather than short quick ones. And If I know where I’m going to stop running and start walking, I’d rather sprint to that point and get it over with than take my time exerting just as much energy at a jogging pace. What does that say about me? I don’t know.

color run 2

If a last-minute 5K wasn’t a big enough impulse for one week, my mom and sisters moved here from Atlanta the next day.

My mom had talked about moving here for some time, but I kept saying “I’ll believe it when I see it.” After a short message declaring she was on her way a moment of realization hit me.

They quickly found their own place that they’ll be moving into soon, and for the foreseeable future they’ll be here in my town. Of course my sister Lauren heads off to Hawaii in a few months for college. Lil’ J and Ty love hanging out with both their aunts and grannie, and I love having the extra company.

My sister and I have made shopping trips, hit up gym classes, and caught up on new-aged teen-slang. I’m looking forward to spending more time with all of them over the next several years, and perhaps getting a little more spontaneous.

PS: I’ve been up for almost 24 hours so excuse any typos I may have missed while writing this blog post in my sleep.

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