Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Serendipity

Serendipity: is the effect by which one accidentally discovers something fortunate, especially while looking for something entirely unrelated.

As many of you know, my life has been quite chaotic lately. I'm a single mom during the week while my husband is working two hours north. I have had to rent out our house and get it ready for the tenants to move in. I recently discovered that finding a place to rent is not that easy and I made two trips to our new stomping grounds to secure a home for our family so we don't have to live out of our cars.

Through all of this, I am sad to leave a city I love, incredible friends and a newly formed running group (of said friends) . The idea of starting over socially is just as scary as anything else. Enter serendipity.

I was checking out a condo to possibly rent and met a woman who is an Ironman alum!! When I pulled up to the condo and saw a woman in a tech shirt, running shoes and shorts and a visor, I knew I was dealing with good people. She and I spent more time talking about running, biking and swimming than we did lease terms and square footage. We seem to run about the same pace (her half marathon PR is very similar to mine). When I asked her if she ran with a group, she said no. The gears started turning. She talked about a twenty mile run that goes from Yorba Linda (where we are moving) to the beach along the Santa Ana River. She has always wanted to do it, but didn't want to do it by herself. I practically jumped up and down and squealed, "I will! I will!" As a matter of fact, as I think back, I may have actually done that.

We have exchanged information and have tentatively planned to go on a run together. It may seem like a little thing, but after the last couple of weeks, meeting a potential running partner is HUGE.

I think my life is starting to fall into place. We are moving this weekend and then I can start on the next chapter of my life.

13 comments:

MCM Mama said...

Glad things are starting to fall into place for you guys. Hope the move goes smoothly.

Kristin said...

This must be a sign that life is going to be GREAT!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Good news!

NON SEQUITURS UNITE said...

So happy for you Lisa! You manifested this. We will miss you so dearly down here. You are an inspiration!

Irene said...

I can't think of anything more serendipitous!

Irish Cream said...

YES! That is good news indeed! Ha, I am having a similar experience right now with school--I was SO unsure of coming down here, but we're in just the third day of classes, and I almost can't keep myself from squealing with joy, I am loving it so much!!

I am so glad that life appears to be turning around for you as well. Having something like that to look forward to in your new town is HUGE. I am seriously so happy for you! :)

lindsay said...

very cool run-in! the 20-miler sounds pretty sweet too. hope all goes well in the move and related craziness!

Marathonman101108 said...

Lisa,
Somehow I lost track of you and your blog. BUT, as you see I've found you again! I'll have to go back and catch up on your move and everything else. Glad to read you've found a running buddy. Hope all is well, and continues to go well.

CAROL said...

Yeah! It was so nice meeting you and thanks for the kuddos on your blog! I look forward to running with you! Good luck in the move! Talk to you soon!
CAROL

jillwillrun said...

That's so cool! My husband has been entertaining the idea of looking for a different job and he said, "Maybe we'll leave Vegas." My first thought was, "Noooo.... I've got such good running friends here!" (I don't think we'll be leaving!) But finding someone you can connect with when moving to a new location is so exciting, and it's gotta be somewhat comforting too!

aron said...

YAY that is awesome!! so glad things are starting to fall into place :)

Aka Alice said...

Hope the move went well...I'm so glad that you're finding some running friends. You are such an awesome, friendly person. I just knew you would!

Terri said...

Oh Lisa, I am so happy for you. Really. I can (literally) only imagine the stress you've been dealing with on a daily basis.

That's awesome you met that lady.

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