February 20, 2009

Some inspiration for today

I FINALLY made it back to Dallas! It's been a long week and it feels good to be home (Of course, home is only home for 6 more days and then we will have a new home). I normally don't post a blog on Fridays or the weekend but as I was driving home tonight from the airport I was listening to NPR and heard something that was inspirational to me. It was this:

Nature gives you the face you have at 20, life gives you the face you have at 30, and it is up to you to merit the face you have at 50. - Coco Chanel

I really felt an urgent need to share this. I love this quote and it will stick with me for a while. I certainly do hope I have enough good in me to have a nice face at 50. I'll continue to think of this quote as I progress through the next 20 years.

Since I'm writing a blog tonight, I figure I may as well kill two birds with one stone. I told yall yesterday that I've been taking steps to start "creating" and/or "making" a new life in Austin. How have I done this???? Well, this week I discovered Meet Up (http://www.meetup.com/) and it is the BEST thing since sliced bread. Basically, you go to the website, enter your interest along with the city you live in and up pops groups that have similar interest as you. Genius!!! I had to think "What are my interests and things I love to do". They are my family, good company and running. So, I started there and here's what I found and the groups I've joined. I can't wait to meet lots of fun people with similar interest as us.

South Austin Fun Moms - Hip Mommas!!!

As you know, we're moving to South Austin (Travis Heights) so I thought it would be great to join a mom's group. I think I'm a "hip mamma"...right?!?!? Now, here's the kicker, this group is for Stay at Home Moms (a.k.a-SAHMS). Although I'm not technically a "stay at home mom", I still thought it would be great to join this group as my job has some flexibility and I can "make it work". Here is their "mission statement":

South Austin Fun Moms is for open minded, not-too-serious, fun moms in the South Austin area. We're looking for new members to get together with or without babies from time to time for things like picnics, trip to the museum, lunch dates, and even moms only happy hours! Join us and get out of the house!!

I think I'll fit in here and make some new friends....don't you???

Here's another one I joined:
Another great way to meet other moms. I love being a mom and I love exercising so why not combine the two and join Stroller Friends!?!?!? I'm really excited about this one. Here is a little tid-bit about them:

StrollerFriends is an extension of the StrollerFit (Exercise with your Baby) workout program, and is open to members and non-members. Our children's ages range from 6 weeks - 6 years. StrollerFriends get together in Central & South Austin for friendship and fitness, parenting and career advice, stories and fun. Bring the kids for play-dates, and get a sitter for Moms' Nights Out and the monthly bookclub! To find out more about StrollerFit, visit http://www.strollerfit.com.

Love it!!!

Finally, I joined a running group. I posted the pick above b/c it is a trail running group. How fun is that?!?!?! I figure why not switch it up and challenge myself. It will also be a way to see all the beautiful areas of South Austin.

I'm hoping this will be a way to meet: 1) A and/or some running partner(s) since I hate to run by myself and 2) Some more friends that have similar interest as us. As I was reading about their members, there seem to be a lot of fun/cool people that are looking to meet others with similar interest. Many of the people join the group for the same reason as me....they just moved to Austin from another town...a lot of them have moved from Dallas. Perfect!!! Already something in common. Anyway, here is some more about Austin Trail Running:

Meet others in your local area to Run the trails along Barton Creek. Find challenging new trails that we can explore as a group. Plan group runs and participate in various long and short distance running.

Love it again!!!

So, I've already sent RSVPs for several fun events in March (7 to be exact). I'm going to be a social butterfly and I'm looking forward to meeting new people. To be honest, I don't think it's going to be that hard in this town.

Oh, I also have a good friend who has several good friends that live in Austin. She has told me over and over and over...."You will love them and get along great!". So, the emails have been sent off and I'm in the process of setting up gatherings with them too. One of the couples also live in Travis Heights so we"re "neighbors"...already a grrrreeeaaat start.

Well, 6 days left...I'll keep yall updated on the "move out" and "move in" which is all happening next week....EEEEKKKK!!!

Tonight it's time to take a break from CSI Miami and go watch What Not To Wear....


The Harrisons said...

Wow! Look at you! You're going to meet a ton of fun new people in Austin! Good Luck with the move! What house did you pick -- is it the one the you posted? You said that you were down to two...

Hola Lola said...

Yes, we ended up going with the old farmhouse. It is very quirky but it will be fun. I'll make sure to post before and after picks. Hope all is well with yall and the new house!!!