My Midlife Project

Remodeling a Middle-Aged Mom

Day 5 of 100: Putting the Past Behind

“My Mama always said you’ve got to put the past behind you before you can move on.”
– the movie Forrest Gump

Rearview mirror

Today was a walking day. Lucky me, because it was a sunny day and not too cold or windy. I walked about 20 minutes just before lunch. I thought about walking the hills near my house, but I decided against it and stayed on the flat.

I accomplished one thing today that I have worked on for a year. Exactly a year today, in fact. I finally took the test for my ACSM Physical Activity in Public Health Certification Preparation course. Crazy it took me so long. If I had realized what the test would be like, I would have taken it months ago. Somehow, I thought it would be harder.

As it was, I took a lot of time. Looked up many of the answers (open book). I still finished with 30 minutes to spare. By the time I took it today, I just wanted it  done. I didn’t care whether I passed or not. I just wanted to finish before the access to the course expired.

I passed. So now I can cross that off my mental list.

I celebrated by going for a walk afterward. Then I spent the entire afternoon working. The organization I am working with is applying for nonprofit 501c3 tax-exempt status. I think I’m nearly finished with that paperwork. After filling out the Form 1023 and writing all the supplemental attachments, completing my Form 1040 with TurboTax will be a breeze.


I have procrastinated on for the past 365 days on two projects. The first was the online course for my ACSM credits The other thing is the 501c3 application. I am not sure why.

Do I enjoy feeling stress? Have I used these projects as an excuse to not getting other stuff done?

And why did I finally wrap them up now?

Maybe I had finally reached the point where dragging them around inside my head was more painful than moving forward.

I have other things I want to do. And then there’s also that “Serenity” thing…

Serenity is feeling much closer today than it did yesterday.

And it feels good.

photo by: olmed0

About Brenda

Morning person. Introvert. Longtime runner. Erratic sleeper. Fitness junkie. Lifelong learner. Coffee addict. Volunteer. Health/Wellness advocate. Coach. Blogger.

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