I had gone full force back to the running and biking immediately upon my return to Atlanta but it was short lived as I promptly got hit with the plague. So, yesterday I went for my first run since recovering from the black death. Matt and I went to Stone Mountain Park (pictured here at the top of the mountain during sunset last summer) and ran the entire 5 mile loop, not including warm up and cool down distance. I'm a bit sore today, which is unfamiliar these days, but I feel better both physically and mentally. Now that I know that I'm still capable of doing the distance, I can work back up to running it faster and faster.. not to mention that once my lungs are fully recovered from the epidemic that infested Atlanta, I'm sure it won't hurt as bad. Also, as I build momentum, I'll be paying closer attention to my diet so that my body doesn't feel like lead. It hurts so much more with poor nutritional choices.
As for the sudsy life, I had to unlist all of my Etsy items while I was away since I could not ship anything within a reasonable amount of time. I have not been selling thousands of items like some shops I've seen, but I'd pretty much been in one treasury or another consistently and even had one of my products featured in the everyday gift guide, compiled by the Etsy staff. I was getting at least one sale per week which allowed me to re-list regularly and remain visible. It's easy to get buried beneath all of the new listings that are constantly being posted. This week, I've been in four treasuries and today I finally made my first post-Alaska sale. Not a bad start considering it took me about five months to figure out how become somewhat visible in order to make some sales. Also, I'm still a soap vendor for the distribution company I mentioned in my 'Greener Pastures' blog. In fact, I've just sent them a disc with my product pictures for their website after a phone call from their marketing director. I'm not sure what will come of this, but there is still plenty of potential. Of course, with warmer weather comes festival season where I made the majority of my sales last year. This year, I've been accepted into the Inman Park Festival - which is huge - as well as the Grant Park Festival where I grossed the most sales last year. I also plan to set up at the Fool's Gold Mountain Bike Race & Festival hosted by Namrita & Eddie O'Dea.
My heartache has eased up a bit as well, or at least it has a different source. After an emotional conversation somewhat initiated by the events in my previous blog, Peter and I decided that it's not impossible to imagine visiting one another every couple of months. Time goes by so quickly as an adult and I'd rather not throw away such a strong connection with someone because of geography and the perceived obstacles it creates. The way I see it, finding ways to remain connected to him and maybe/hopefully grow closer emotionally/geographically is exciting. Forgive the corniness of my analogy, but it's like a puzzle. The real adventure is in the process of putting it together, trying different pieces, the excitement of finding one that fits, all the while working towards becoming whole. I don't mean whole in a ridiculous "you complete me" kind of way (besides the fact that the movie this line comes from makes me want to lose my lunch), I mean that taking a chance, ignoring fear and actually allowing myself to be open emotionally, no matter the outcome, can only result in me becoming more whole as a person.