March 28, 2011

Mamavation Monday: Where Will Your Feet Take You?

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My Feet Photo

 

Yes, those are my feet (in need of a pedicure!). A friend of mine told me I should take a photo of my feet every year to see how they change. Sounded weird, but I did. It’s weird looking at your feet. Usually they’re covered up. Rarely seen. But without them my life would be so different. The 52 bones housed in these size 8 and 1/2s have supported me and taken me to some pretty great places.

On Sunday, my feet took me to dinner with my friend Paul Romero. Paul’s feet have taken him to the top of the world. Literally. Last year Paul was wingman to his 13 year old son, Jordan, as Jordan became the youngest person to summit Mount Everest. Catching up with Paul is definitely a highlight of my Year of Awesome.

So as I ponder where my feet will take me this year, I look back to where they have already taken me. I’ve been up the 385 world-famous Greenwich Steps in San Francisco. I’ve stood as the cold Pacific Ocean swept over them. They’ve taken me on trains, planes and automobiles. They’ve kept me firmly planted as I’ve been overcome with fear and anxiety. They’ve vaulted me in the air and I’ve jumped for joy. And they’ve been placed against CycleGuy’s warm legs. Because my feet are always cold. Always.

Where else will they take me this year? I’ve got a new Livestrong pedometer that CycleGuy got me so I can monitor how far my feet with take me. And on my list of places is Disney World, more San Francisco and the Bay Area, Seattle, San Diego, and maybe across the Atlantic. They will take me around the block as BabyGirl rides her bike or walks with me. My feet will lead me on my journey to make this MY life.

My feet will also support me as I stand on the scale and admit that the stress of the past several years has taken its toll on my hips (and thighs, and arms and …..). They will be massaged and pampered periodically as I thank them with a luxurious pedicure. And I can only hope my foot never ends up in my mouth!

These are my feet and they’ll take me place mundane and average, extraordinary and amazing. They will hurt and be sore as I take the 50,000 steps it will take to keep up with BabyGirl at Disney World, unless I’m wearing some super-cute Earth Footwear. They will be iced and lotioned. My feet will run and jump and vault me forward as I greet friends. These feet will cross a finish line. Where, I’m not sure yet. How, I’m not certain but it will probably be because they propel me on a bike. But what I do know is that I’m a winner. And so are you!

Where will your feet take you?

 

Mamavation is a social media campaign to provide support and encouragement to women ask they work toward a healthier lifestyle for themselves and their families. Please check out Bookieboo.com for more details.

Sara

{ 10 comments }

Erin @wildlifebio March 28, 2011 at 6:19 am

Great post! It is kind of cool thinking about our feet and giving them some respect for all they have done for us so far 🙂
Also, a neat idea to take pictures of our feet.
How cool to know someone that has climbed Mt. Everest!!! I am a huge Mt. Everest nerd and all the books I can get my hands about it. I love reading stories of the climbers.
Hope you and your feet have a great week!

Sara March 29, 2011 at 12:39 am

Thanks for stopping by, Erin. I was trying not to be a geek when I met Paul. My husband works with him and Jordan and have met them a number of times. Such down to earth and humble people.
~Sara

Laura @LoCiaravino March 28, 2011 at 6:57 am

What an awesome post! I never thought of all the things my feet have done and places they’ve gone. Totally gives me something to think about.
I hope you and your feet have a great week!

Heather @ Not a DIY Life March 28, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Great post!

My feet are usually bare so I see them all the time. I can’t stand socks unless my feet are cold, and we don’t wear shoes in our house so my cute little piggies are on display. When they get cold, I put them on my Hubby too tough! LOL

Sara March 29, 2011 at 12:41 am

Hi Heather! I don’t wear shoes in the house and I rarely wear close-toed shoes. But still I don’t pay my feet much attention. This prompt really made me think about them. And I could talk about my feet without mentioning putting my cold feet on my husband. Funny you do the same thing. 😉

~Sara

Andrea Kruse (@notimeMom) March 28, 2011 at 3:45 pm

That is a beautiful way to sum it all up. Yes, our feet take us places, our feet could tell their own stories. Mine experienced the bondage and pain of climbing shoes, and the numbness as I watched the sunrise from the top of Mt. Fuji with my husband.

That being said, I have UGLY monkey toes… Lol

Sara March 29, 2011 at 12:43 am

Wow, Andrea, Mt. Fuji! Mine haven’t been up anything as cool as that. To dream!

Thank you for visiting and sharing.

~ Sara

Mia March 28, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Let me know when you hit Seattle….I’ll meet you for some GOOD coffee 🙂

Also, I love your nail polish!

Katrina - @craftsbykatie March 28, 2011 at 5:50 pm

What a fantastic post! I’m actually going to bookmark this as a reminder to myself that my feet have carried me to do some pretty awesome things that I never thought I could do and you know, they’re going to continue carrying me as I do more of those things. Thank you for a great post!

Sara March 29, 2011 at 12:47 am

Thank you, Katrina, for your kind words. Our feet are amazing yet forgotten vehicles. I’m sure yours will continue to take you to amazing and wonderful places and allow you to stand tall when your shoulders feel like they’re going to buckle. Have a fabulous week!
~Sara

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