Running Budgets & Finding Positivity at Work

Well, well I do love shoe shopping particularly when I get a good deal…

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This year I started a new thing where I allow myself a $100 clothes/shoes shopping budget every month.

I’ve been really good about it so far, but I went over for March since I got the above shoes and headband plus a new dress and a new pair of (non-running) shorts.  When I got the dress and shorts I wasn’t thinking about my need for a new pair of running shoes…

I can’t decide if this means I need to subtract what I went over this month from April’s budget? Probably.

Okay, this part of the post is sort of off topic but I want to write it down. Lately I have noticed myself being a lot more negative. Not with regards to running or friends or Adam… just mainly at work.

We went through a stressful couple of weeks about a month ago, and although things have calmed down a great deal in my department I still find myself making Debbie Downer remarks all the time.

I’m actively noticing when I’m doing it and trying to stop — but it’s apparently really easy to get on a cycle where you just notice and say negative things all the time. In fact, I’ve noticed not only is it really easy to say negative things, but it’s easy to bond over negative stuff.

I don’t want my relationships with co-workers to be based on complaints or negativity though. I don’t want that for any relationships in my life, so I have to make improvements.


I think being conscious of the need for change is the first step towards acting differently. Now that I am aware I can choose to be more positive!

Speaking of positivity yesterday was the biggest sales day ever for Lilypad Candles! Soooo exciting! It was literally the biggest day I’ve ever had by several hundred dollars : ) I don’t know what was so special about yesterday, but I hope it happens again!


The thing that makes me happiest about my little candle shop is seeing people come back and order a second or third or fourth time. Knowing that they like my candles enough to order more is the coolest!

+1 for positivity!

Do you ever notice yourself being a Debbie Downer/Negative Nancy at work? How do you snap out of it (I definitely need help with this one!)…

Do you have a budget for your running/non-running wardrobe? 



  1. March 25, 2014 / 10:13 am

    $100/month, I think I have a budget of $100 a year lol. If it were me, I would subtract from April, but thats just me.

    Now to work, I could talk all day about organizations fostering negativity for any number of reasons but its not worth the breath. I too fall into the negativity well and find myself making negative remarks. But again, its just wasted breathe. Much like you, I tell myself to be happy, there are so many other things to be happy about to waste my time being negative about work. Great job, keep up the good work!

    Congrats on the candle sales, hope things continue to progress as they did on the Biggest Sale Day Ever!!

    • March 25, 2014 / 10:26 am

      Haha typical guy response about shopping budgets!

      It’s so true that being negative is a waste of time. I think we would all be a little happier if we went for a group run every lunch break 😀

      • March 25, 2014 / 12:42 pm

        Yeah yeah yeah, typical guy response lol

        I have actually been thinking of having a group run for a bunch of us at work. There are quite a few people that run and it would be a great way to stay active and build some positive moral. I may look into that more with your “lunch run” idea, sorry for stealing it lol

        • March 26, 2014 / 12:13 pm

          That’s awesome! Unfortunately, I am the only runner at my office so it would take A LOT of convincing!

  2. March 25, 2014 / 11:43 am

    It is so funny you talk of being a Negative Nancy at work today of all days because I just had a bitch fest with a co-worker this morning that lasted about 20 minutes haha. It is true… we do bond over negative! It is so easy! I mean, I think we talk positively too, but this week, a lot of people are negative due to the PSSAs, scheduling changes (DO NOT MESS W/ AN ELEM. SCHOOL TEACHER’S SCHEDULE OR THEY WILL FLIP!!!), and just the overall stress of proctoring the test. Combine that with a nasty parent email I got this morning and I was a total Negative Nellie.

    As for clothes/shoe budget, I have none. I actually haven’t gone shopping in several months. I have not had the urge. I have no clue why. And I don’t *need* anything because I always buy stuff at the end of the season on sale for the next year so it’s like I’m one step ahead of myself. If I do run Boston, I am getting a new pair of running shoes before then… so there goes $100 ha.

    • March 26, 2014 / 12:14 pm

      So smart to buy stuff at the end of the season for the next year! I set myself the monthly budget because I tend to go through phases where I buy nothing for a couple months and then I get the shopping bug and end up over spending in a very short period of time. I’m hoping this will help teach me moderation! 😉

  3. cheryl
    March 25, 2014 / 12:56 pm

    running budget…don’t really have one, but I should. I am to the point where I am supposed to be getting real “civilian” clothes, and end up buying running clothes! My youngest daughter comes home from school and tells me about her teacher’s beautiful dresses and says, “Mom, you should wear some dresses like her”. I just chuckle and say, “Sorry, honey, you didn’t get that kind of mom!”
    I am going to check out that Brooks sale…my favorite!

  4. March 25, 2014 / 3:13 pm

    It’s hard not to get sucked into negative talk at work if everyone is doing the same – hopefully by making a conscious effort you will be able to avoid it some.
    Running shoes are a necessity so I think going over a little for those is OK!!! (I’m the queen of justifying purchases!!)

    • March 26, 2014 / 12:17 pm

      Hahaha thank you! I love that you justify purchases because I totally do that too ALL the time 🙂 In fact, by the end of writing this post I had already justified the purchase in my head as completely necessary/unavoidable and therefore okay. I mean if I waited for next month I could have gotten an injury by wearing worn down shoes!

  5. March 25, 2014 / 8:53 pm

    I don’t really have a set budget, but how I treat myself always seems to be running stuff this past year lol I haven’t purchased a regular piece of clothing in months…I don’t mind shopping wal-mart for tops and exercise bras but I don’t skimp on shoes. I am newly addicted to Altra’s and I still love my Brooks Ghosts 🙂 Great news on the candle sells!

    • March 26, 2014 / 12:18 pm

      I am the same! I buy my tops and workout bras at Target, but I buy my shoes from Brooks and my bottoms from Under Armor (they make the best capris!)

  6. March 25, 2014 / 8:53 pm

    I don’t really have a set budget, but how I treat myself always seems to be running stuff this past year lol I haven’t purchased a regular piece of clothing in months…I don’t mind shopping wal-mart for tops and exercise bras but I don’t skimp on shoes. I am newly addicted to Altra’s and I still love my Brooks Ghosts 🙂 Great news on the candle sells!

  7. March 26, 2014 / 6:58 am

    I’ve tried very hard this year to be more positive. It’s true that teachers like to complain to each other a lot, but lately I’ve found it’s less about commiserating and more about tearing things to shreds. I’m so tired of all the negativity. It makes me not want to eat in the lunch room with my fellow teachers, because I don’t want to hear what they have to say! So yes, I totally get where you’re coming from!! I hope you’re able to see things more positively…maybe you need a little vacation!

    • March 26, 2014 / 12:21 pm

      I agree on the vacation! Adam and I are thinking about moving our May trip up to April just so we can get away from work and de-stress.