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Scary

I have this thing: apparently I like to scare myself. I jump into things and then figure out the how. I ran track for 3 weeks in the 8th grade and then decided I hated running. When I signed up for my first running event, it was only because my friend said it was doable… Continue reading Scary

Faith and Personal Growth · Writing

Complicated Risk

BAM! The sudden crack of the window next to my computer sounded like the thud of an errant ball lobbed in the wrong direction and as soon as it did, I ducked, certain I was about to be covered in shards. When the raining glass never fell, I opened my blinds to figure out what the heck had… Continue reading Complicated Risk

Faith and Personal Growth

The Boat

It's ugly here right now. More often than not I feel like the father in Mark 9:24 "I do believe! Help me overcome my unbelief!" I go from being so sure, to being completely uncertain and shaken. I'm sort of, just...numb. There's so much hate. So much anger and rage. Just like there has always been,… Continue reading The Boat

Faith and Personal Growth · Health and Fitness

All the Feels

One day I decided to apply for a job and chase a dream. Scratch that. I procrastinated for 2 years because I was scared of failing. I stuck a toe in the water, but got my teeth kicked in. A year later, I carried around an application in my car for a week waiting. Waiting… Continue reading All the Feels

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Ten Minutes and a Whole Lot of Gratitude

There's a prompt each day for random topics to discuss, and one that comes up is a ten minute free-write. Whatever we want - just type for ten minutes. No editing, no evaluating. Just sit down, and type what comes to mind. Here are ten minutes in my mind... I'm tired. But the good kind… Continue reading Ten Minutes and a Whole Lot of Gratitude

Faith and Personal Growth · Health and Fitness

The Mental Weight Room

A while ago we were prompted to discuss confidence and describe the things at which we excel. It was a hard post to write in that describing fears and humility can sometimes come off as false, or at worst fishing for compliments. Barf. That's so not my intention.  I do wonder, though - do we ever… Continue reading The Mental Weight Room

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Getting Back in the Saddle

Do you ever have one of those moments? Those situations that seem somehow orchestrated? That you are simply being carried along by the situation? I've had a few of those, adopting our dogs definitely had that "preordained" vibe. Today was much the same. Last week, no one showed up to teach spin class. I am… Continue reading Getting Back in the Saddle

Faith and Personal Growth

Just Say Yes

How many times do we do things from a place of fear? "I don't want to go to that birthday party. I don't know anyone." "What if there is no one to talk to?" "What if I join that running club and everyone is faster than me?" "Let's just sit in the car in the… Continue reading Just Say Yes

Faith and Personal Growth · Health and Fitness

There Was a Time

We had some painters come today to finish up some odds and ends around the house. I had just started my workout, was sufficiently sweating like a beast, ahem, "glistening", and the thought crossed my mind to just stop the workout and sit down. I could always just "do it later". I mean really? Work out? In… Continue reading There Was a Time

Faith and Personal Growth · Health and Fitness

Fitness as a Vehicle

I love working out. Okay, maybe that's an over-statement. I love the way I feel after I workout. I love the way I can keep up with my kids, I like the strength, and the energy that being fit and pursuing fitness affords. I am clear-headed and more me when I run and workout consistently.… Continue reading Fitness as a Vehicle