I've added some ~ing to my life. Here's how you can too.

Zing.Believe it or not. This isn't a post about running. (Although I'm going to try really, REALLY hard to weave running into it if...at all possible.) This week, here in the grand ol' United States of America, we're celebrating our Independence from the Mother Country of England.

As someone who has an American pops and an English mom, I've always felt conflicted about this holiday.

(Side bar : When I was studying the American Revolution in 5th grade, I thought my parents were going to divorce. My mom always provided a different story, counter to what we were learning in the classroom. My parents are still married and that's perhaps when I developed a flair for being a bit dramatic.)

With flags and parades, strawberry shortcakes and fireworks consuming people's minds, I'm changing things up this week. And in lieu of running inspiration and yummy chickpea recipes, I'm sharing what's on my mind and what I'm up to.

Taking a page out of Meet Me at Mike's page, I'm sharing some of the ~ing in my life.

I hope you enjoy this AND feel compelled to share back. There's a way to do that at the bottom of the post.

Making : A herb garden Cooking : Black Bean Soup Drinking : USANA Nutrifree Protein Shake Reading: High Altitude by Mike Allsop Wanting: A paddleboard. Anyone selling one? Looking: Strong and fit. Playing: Spin the bottle (just kidding!) Wasting: Nothing. I compost. Sewing: Nothing as my sewing machine is stuck in the bottom of a closet, but wanting to make curtains. Wishing: I could hit pause on 2014. How is it already July? Enjoying: Gardening Waiting: For nothing. Going after it. Liking: Nuun Hydration Tablets Wondering: Where I will live next. Loving: Open windows in my home with the warm breeze blowing through. Hoping: That the summer of 2014 goes r e a l l y s l o w l y. Marvelling: That the USA survived the "Group of Death." Needing: More hugs Smelling: Sunscreen and that makes me happy. Wearing: Athleta clothes, like always. Sporty spice as much as possible Following: My intuition. Noticing: How not stressed I've been lately. Knowing: I'm exactly where I need to be, doing exactly what I'm supposed to be doing. Thinking: About ways to connect with half marathoners on the West Coast. Know any? Feeling: More alive and present than ever before. Bookmarking: Quotes 24/7. Opening: My eyes and looking up from my computer and iPhone. Giggling: As much as I can. Never enough. Feeling: Blessed.  Grateful. Peaceful. Abundant. (And wicked funny.)

If you're game, here's a blank list for you to share with me or others. Come share on my Facebook Wall.

Making : Cooking : Drinking : Reading: Wanting: Looking: Playing: Wasting: Sewing: Wishing: Enjoying: Waiting: Liking: Wondering: Loving:  Hoping: Marvelling: Needing: Smelling: Wearing: Following: Noticing: Knowing: Thinking: Feeling: Bookmarking: Opening: Giggling: Feeling:

xo Have a great 4th o' July.