Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Art this week..

I am really loving doing loose paints..
super enjoyed doing this

Captured the neighborhood house above, I admire the tree, its beautiful orange flowers, the old dumped car everyday, while back from work.  The work still needs a lot of improvement, will re paint only the tree and its flowers.
just like that, from my pocket sketch book

On my wall..

For months I was looking for a customized medal hanger, where I can hang as many medals and definitely the tagline should go for all of us.
I am happy to show off our earned blings.

This is my first original try(lots of mistakes) painted picture of N and daughter when she started her training for running her first 10k last year.  While sprinting she left N far behind. She is a good sprinter, enjoys it more then running.  

Thursday, February 12, 2015

and the first week completes today

More of hands on work from last week.  
Best one till now, I liked this.
Had made the boat too in this scene(cropped it!!), but the angle went too offline (bad drawing, I tell you)
I think I will go for  more of loose painting in the future.
Loved to play with colors in this one.
tried this, but the angle of my drawing again goes wrong
tried outlining in this one!
Of course they are not my original work, I have go-ogled the ideas.  Still getting the correct hang of the style of painting I would like to do.  Trying all as they come.  Coming week I am going to try some sketching too. But I am happy with my work and progression in just a week time.  

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

My new love...

My first painting
For past don’t know how many years I fell in love with water color Art.  Looking at them led me to the state of deep relaxation, introspection, self-awareness and feel like a beautiful connection; I just cannot move my eyes away from them.  Soon I wanted to learn and believe the same, realizing the power of a paper, paintbrush and cup of water.  I wasted two years finding a teacher.  Nothing worked then one day thought of just giving it a self try.  Learnt few tips online and here I am with my FIRST EVER PAINTING, started doing watercolors in my thirties.  Yes, it’s true.  I never knew I had that inside me.  It’s been a week I am painting every day, it’s still a surprise to come into a whole room dedicated to the messes I make and to see my art table covered with paint boxes and brushes and know they’re mine.

I may be a self learner beginner  in water coloring but I dream that someday I walk into my art studio early in the morning, before the sun has come up…all quiet, birds singing in the outside the window,   and a blank piece of paper in front of me, to connect to the element of water, to the beautiful garden I see outside and to breathe awareness of what color, waiting for my brush and  felt drawn to start with after I dropped the water onto the paper,  and think about how this all came about.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

dare a little more, try a little harder and dream a little bigger.

I remember the first time when running my first 1.5km was an achievement for me.  My one year goal was to run a 5km race.  I honestly never imagined I could run a half. Then I remember wondering if I could possibly get under three hours, and then within a year wondering if I could possibly do a sub2. Now I have gotten from 2:45 maiden to 2:12, and the next big step/goal is under 2:00.

On the days that doubt creeps in I remind myself that the biggest thing running has taught me is that I am stronger and tougher than I think, and that I can do more than I think I can.
That belief and strength has trickled into every aspect of my life.

Recently, I have been acknowledged for the Most Improved Runner Women category.  And while we say that achieving a PB in half or 10k, or getting acknowledged would really have much of an impact on the rest of your life, but I promise it does.  Because when you achieve something you never thought you could, especially something physical. It makes you realize that you are much stronger than you thought, makes you more capable than you thought, and have more potential than you thought.  

It makes you believe in yourself more in all areas of your life.  It makes you dare a little more, try a little harder and dream a little bigger.

These are just some of the things I have learned through the training and racing. I have many more races ahead of me and much more to learn, but I am grateful for all that running has taught me so far.

"Life is not about discovering our talents; it is about pushing our talents to the limit and discovering our genius." ~Robert Brault

Monday, November 24, 2014

You can do more than you think you can..

I earned it!
Yes I completed my long awaited Airtel Delhi Half marathon-2014 yesterday.  Don’t know how but my experience with this particular event again turned out to be sour like last year when I did my maiden.  Nothing to relate with the organization of the event (it is the best), but my personal experience.

I completed the half in 2:09 hrs, but since I was shooting better performance than this, where last year did my maiden same event in 2:45 hrs.

The not so good part –
1.       Me and N parted soon after the entry gate and I kept looking for him around the warm-up area till 7:13 where the run had already started at 7:05.  Went back to start the run, I was left with no choice but to run in F category.
2.      After starting the run, all 4 kms I was bothered/upset as had to hand over him the stuff.
3.      On the top of it, the settings of my watch were changed and it showed the current calories being burned, while running.  And that was just a bad bad luck.
4.      I was very low, ran through out without getting an idea about timings I was clocking.

At the end I felt I could have done little better if all this did not happen, or this is just an escape reason.

Better if I just post that….  My marathon recap = I didn't run fast enough again.  
End of the story.

Maybe I am just a mediocre runner.  But I am giving it my all and do believe that my best is yet to come.  If I “fail” then I fail, but I won’t ever regret trying.  But I absolutely would regret not trying to see how good I can be and pursuing the goals I have in the sports that I love.

I have always felt about myself as an optimist.  I believe in good things.  I look on the bright side.  I have hope.  That’s me.

And I completely believe this –
You can do more than you think you can.


Doing big, hard, crazy, awesome, scary things makes you feel alive. Find your "crazy"... your passion... and go after it.
That is what makes you who you are. 
TWO FEET TO FLY (with my crazy friends)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Never going to ring the Bell..

In a recent Dwarka Run, where I completed 10 km in 59 mins, sub-1 was my dream come true.  I was working on the sub-1 timings for quite long. 
And today when I look 2 yrs back, I would have never believed that there will be a day when I would run this strong.
This realization has given me a really big boost.  It has shown me how much progress I have truly made and how far I have come.  It has made me excited to think about where I could be in a few more years.

Believe in yourself.  Believe in dreams.  Believe in progress.  Believe in possibilities.  Believe in the power of hard work and dedication.  Believe that you can.

So here I am, with load of confidence and commitment.  For the next 8 weeks I am going to put my all into getting ready in every way for the big day.

Of course I am not going to give up what so ever.

Admiral William recently gave the commencement speech at his alma mater,  the University of Texas.  This is how the Admiral, a former Navy SEAL, opened his address: “Everyday during training, you were challenged with multiple physical events.  Long runs, long swims, obstacle courses, something designed to test your mettle.  Finally, in SEAL training there is a bell – a brass bell that hangs in the compound for all the students to see.  All you have to do to quit – is ring the bell.  Ring the bell, and you no longer have to wake up at five o’clock.  Ring the bell, and you no longer have to the runs, the obstacle course, the PT, and you no longer have to endure the hardships of training.  All you have to do to ring the bell to get out.  If you want to change the world, don’t ever, ever ring the bell.”
(There is an awesome three minute video that goes with this you can watch it here.)

Simply put, I am not ever, ever going to ring the Bell.