I’ve Got Goals!

This year hasn’t exactly started off as planned –my mother passed away on the 12th after spending a couple of weeks in the hospital and then hospice. I am determined though, to stick to the goals I have set for myself, to live the life I desire because I know it does not last forever, or even as long as we think it should. So I want to share those goals and have a place that I can come back to in the future to see how far I’ve come.

1. Publish a book of poetry

I have been working on a poetry book for a few years now but it didn’t feel right until last year. I took an online writing course with the brilliantly talented Megan Falley and my eyes were so wide open afterwards. The class helped me find my “page voice”, which I think I just made up. By “page voice” I mean the way my writing speaks on page. I have never been stronger in my writing than I am today because I figured out how to delve deeper into words than I have in the past. I have hope that this is only the beginning and that I’ll keep improving in time.

That being said, I am almost done with the book. I think I’ve got about five or six more poems until it feels complete. I am so excited to share these poems with the world. It has been a really amazing experience to sit down, write, and come out at the end of it with something I just HAVE to read over and over again because it’s that good (shocking!). If you’d like a sneak peak of what to expect in the book you can check out Reasons Why Loving You Was More Entertaining than Watching Prime Time Television and My Favorite Photograph of Us published by Germ Magazine.

2. Compete Nationally

Last year I competed at the Women Of the World Poetry Slam (WOWPS) and the Individual World Poetry Slam (IWPS) for the first time. These were both such amazing experiences and I am so grateful to have been a part of them. This year I would love to go back to both and am on the right track so far since I’ll be competing in Albuquerque, NM for WOWPS in March! If you’d like to help me get there you can support me by purchasing my album In the Making!

3. Go on Tour

I want to travel. I want to go to as many open mic nights and poetry slams that I can. I want to share my poetry and meet people as passionate about writing as I am. My goal is to just go. I think the best way for a poet to be known is to be present. The details are a work in progress but I will make this happen. For booking information you can email talichaj@gmail.com

There are also a lot of smaller goals that I have and maybe I’ll share them in a later post. For now though, this is the game plan. I am doing these things on my own so if anyone has any advice or wants to help out in any way, thank you in advance. You can contact me via email or on any of my social networking sites.

To everyone who has a dream; do it, live it, don’t let it go to waste.

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December Challenge!

Okay guys, I am bringing to you my December Challenge that I will be participating in and I hope that you will all do your own or join me in mine. There are 31 days in December and I plan on planking EVERY SINGLE ONE of them. This is not about starting the new year off right, it’s about ending this one the healthy way. I will post a video EVERY SINGLE DAY for the month of December of me planking to hold myself accountable and I’d love to see what you guys are doing too! (Find the videos starting 12/01/12  here)

What do you want to challenge your body with before the year is over?



For those of you who think you cannot endure your fitness goals…

You can.

I am so very excited to say that I have finally reached fitness goal number one of running for 3 miles non-stop! Pace was a bit slow still at 13 mins 14 secs per mile but I’m still happy!

Seriously though, in mid-August when I first began I never would have thought that I would actually make it this far. But I put in the work, kept at it, exceeded my own expectations and completed goals. In the beginning I couldn’t even do a quarter mile without walking somewhere in the middle and now I’m doing 3 whole miles with no walking or slowing down. It’s amazing what our bodies can do when we push them isn’t it? I’m still about three pounds away from where I wanted to be at the end of this month but I couldn’t care less. I’m so proud of my body for building up strength and endurance and even prouder of the mindset I have gained which is allowing me to not give up on these goals.

If I can do it, so can you. Set a goal. Give yourself time. And pace yourself. Don’t give up on yourself. That’s all it takes. I hope you are all out there making awesome progress! I will do a full stats update tomorrow for you guys…maybe I’ll even include a progress picture…maybe 🙂

What are your fitness/weight loss goals?

Who just ran 2.5 miles for the first time?









I’m so excited! As you know (if you pay any attention to me) I increase my run distance by a quarter mile each week. This week I was supposed to go 2.25 miles but once I hit that I thought “what the heck, just keep going” and so I did! The park I run at has a running/biking trail that is 1.25 miles all the way around. When I saw how close I was to going around twice I just couldn’t stop!

The beginning of this run was abysmal! My legs just felt so heavy my mind set was not right so I spent the first half mile miserable. Some where after that though I started to tell myself “keep pushing” “you CAN do this!” And I found my groove. Besides tired legs after the 2 mile mark the run overall was great. I feel awesome, I feel pleased and more than anything I am just impressed with my endurance growth.

I hope you are all having a wonderful workout day! Keep up the good work and please continue to keep pushing!

Tell me, what can you do now that you weren’t able to accomplish when you first began your journey?

Rain and Sweat

Hello lovelies!

I hope everyone is having a great start to this new month! I know I am. I woke up a little later than planned (okay a lot later lol) so by the time I got up it was already raining 😦 But I didn’t let that stop me from doing my run! And I’m so glad I didn’t because today I ran 2.0 miles straight through, no breaks, no talking myself out of it! It took me 24 mins and 46 secs with an average pace of 12 mins 21 secs which wasn’t the best time BUT it is the first time I ever did that distance so I am proud! I have surprised myself so much with how dedicated I have been to getting fit. Normally I would have taken one look outside and decided to just call it a rest day. But since I’ve started changing my lifestyle it gets a little harder to pass up opportunities to workout. So there I was today at the park, all alone not a soul in sight, running. Feels so good to have gone that far, I can’t wait to go even further 🙂

A little inspiration!

Saw this on Tumblr today. I LOVE it!