Requiem for a Race, Revisited

About five months ago, I wrote a blog post, lamenting the runDisney race I didn’t get to run in. I had put a summer’s worth of training (and channeled all my anxieties about moving home and leaving LA behind into thoughts of the race), so I was devastated to let all that hard work go to waste.  But in April, I had my chance at redemption, the opportunity to accomplish the goal I set over a year ago.

On the morning of April 20th, I ran the Dark Side 5k as part of the Star Wars Half-Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World, successfully completing my first ever race.

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Casey’s Notable Books of 2017

I am a huge reader… I think everyone has figured that out by now. Since the year 2005, I have recorded every book I read in a given year into a notebook (I’ve only just recently put these lists into a Word document). I have no idea why I started to do that, but I’m really glad that I did. It helps me keep track of what I’ve read and allows me to offer up recommendations for friends and family looking for a vacation book suggestion (It also comes in handy in my job at Amazon Books).

Last year, I read 62 titles, one of my highest numbers since early high school (those were the days for recreational reading, am I right?) Since quite a few people have been interested in what I’ve been reading, especially the books I’ve given the gold star of approval, I’ve decided to give you my list of favorite books I read in 2017.

DISCLAIMER: Yes, I realize this post is coming about three months and a half months too late, but hey! Getting back into writing is hard, but luckily, there’s never a wrong time to talk about books. 🙂

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25 *BLEEPING* Terrifies Me

It is official. I, Casey Marie Brown, am 25 years old. I have lived a quarter of a century. Wow, the time flies, doesn’t it?!

Among the very heartfelt messages I received from friends and family on the big day, one stuck out to me. My best friend Emily said, “Don’t be scared of 25—I know it’s going to be a great one for you!” She didn’t just say this to be the supportive friend she is; she knew that this birthday was weighing heavily on me.

The truth is, for the last couple of months, the thought of turning 25 absolutely terrified me.

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Why I Stopped Writing (And Why I’m Starting Again)

It is February 12th. We’re nearly a month and a half into the new year. Some of us are still going strong with our resolutions. Some of us have tweaked or even given up on certain resolutions. As for me, I’m just starting.

Even though there are countless internet articles that argue for it, I forwent writing my resolutions down this year. I did that last year. I neatly printed my resolutions in the Moleskin notebook I always carry with me. I only had two: 1) Take a comedy writing class, and 2) Run the Marvel Superhero 10k at Disneyland. By the time I got out of my 60-plus-hour-a-week job, I had already planned to leave LA, so resolution #1 was a bust. As for resolution #2, moving home made it impossible to return for the race. So, Casey’s Resolutions for 2017 were a wash.

This year, I didn’t write their resolutions down. I didn’t want to feel pressure to complete anything by year end. The last couple of years have been filled with enough pressure for me. But I do have an idea of the things I want to do this year: Finish my upcoming 5k in under 30 minutes, Try to get to 100 books read in the year (a yearly goal I’ve had for a long time), Become better at keeping in touch/making plans with people (since I’m pretty terrible at it), Actively work towards happiness and relaxation.

Most of all, I want to get back into writing, particularly writing here on my blog.

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