Yesterday morning, I rolled out of bed at the butt-crack of dawn (4:45 a.m) to head to the gym to get a workout in. Sometimes, all the stars align, and I'm able to think conscious thoughts before the world is up and moving. This was one of those days.
Due to residual soreness from the half marathon, I decided to take it easy and hop on an elliptical with my iPod and a magazine. I walked up to the magazine stand to see what kind of selection I would find.
I found People Magazine, US Weekly, In Touch, Men's Health, Glamour, Elle, Self, Whole Living, and Good Housekeeping. Slim pickin's if you ask me. I'd already read the Self and Whole Living on previous gym visits, and I surprised myself when I picked up Good Housekeeping as gym buddy for the morning.
I'm 29 people.
Good Housekeeping? Seriously? But I mean, nobody was looking. I had the gym all to myself. And guess what? I really enjoyed the read!
I guess that title always struck me as a magazine my mom should read, but instead she subscribed for years to Better Homes and Gardens. Maybe as a gift, I should have gotten her a subscription to GH. Mom could have used some good housekeeping skills at times.
So this led to a little chuckle with myself while on the elliptical. I had picked up a mid 30's-married-with kids magazine to read. And I enjoyed it. It made me feel... established...grown up...and aged.
I'm growing into this stage of life where I don't seem to care what other people might be thinking of me. 29 is more about comfort, warmth, and my husband than fall trends or latest styles. I'm not so concerned with what Jennifer Aniston was photographed doing or the latest interview with Hugh Jackman. Instead, I find myself researching new recipes, tasty treats, and organizing tips, latest workouts, Jillian Michaels, and whole foods. I just spent my personal fun money on workout clothes, and a worm composter. Laugh all you want. I'm completely happy with my purchase.
I wear tennis shoes with my business attire to walk to and from the bus stop. I slip heels on at work b/c gym shoes are not accepted. If my hair dries funny and morphs into the ultimate frumpyness, oh well. A ponytail will do. I do not care if I don't look my best at work every day. Sure, dressing for the part has a place, and I do my best, but I'm not going to stress over it like I may have 5 years ago. I choose shoes based on comfort, and then color.
I like who I am.
And Good Housekeeping gave me some really great tips on how to clean and organize my desk space.
So take that 29!
Oh, and an extra exciting tidbit that I'm giddy about: I received a subscription to Real Simple Magazine for my birthday and I cannot WAIT to get started reading it! YAY!
Do you subscribe to any magazines? Which ones?