A New Beginning

January 6, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Posted in Attitude, blogging, Change, Goals, Happiness | Leave a comment

It’s been nearly 3 years since I wrote in my blog, far too long.  Truthfully, my life was so chaotic that I found it difficult to write about anything.  But it’s the beginning of a new year and a beginning of a new book for me, the book of joy.  This year I am dedicating every cell of my being to finding joy.  That doesn’t mean finding wealth or finding herds of friends.  To me, finding joy means digging deep within my heart and seeking that missing piece that I’ve wasted so many years pursuing.  I’m realizing that I need to let down the curtains that have hidden my feelings and be vulnerable; I need to open up myself to God’s purpose for me.

This blog will continue to be about my training adventures but it will also include my endeavors toward finding joy.  That’s my most important goal in 2013…find joy and shine it brightly for all to see.

This song spoke to me, changed me, broke me.  Maybe it will speak to you.

Hands of Time

October 1, 2009 at 7:39 pm | Posted in 1, Happiness, running | Leave a comment

October 1st is here.  To me, October signifies vibrant colors, crisp autumn morning, pumpkins, first frosts, happy runs with good friends.  This year, October means so much more.  It means a time to heal.

At times, life can be challenging, emotionally draining.  Certainly, running and other physical activities do so much to help lift bruised spirits.  But sometimes long, challenging runs aren’t enough.  At these times, what works?  I’m still searching for the answer to that question, although I think I know of at least one thing that helps.

I’ve discoved that focusing my mind what gratitude tends to relieve stress and unpleasant feelings.  If I stop the negative, self-defeating thoughts and replace them with thankful ones I almost always feel better.  I also find that visualizing what I want for my life fills me with a sense of peace.

I think it’s true:   time does heal all.  Now, it’s my time to open up my heart and allow the love and healing to begin.

Reflections

November 9, 2008 at 6:27 am | Posted in Encouragement, friends, Happiness, health, running | Leave a comment

“True intelligence operates silently.  Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found.” – Eckhart Tolle, Stillness Speaks. p. 7.

Recent changes in my life have caused me to stop and quietly focus on what’s important.  Just thought that I’d share some of my realizations.

1.) Family should always be first. Is there anything more precious in this world than children?   My daughter, my son, and my mother are three of the most wonderful human beings I am priviledged to know.  I need to keep them number one in my life, no matter who else or what else enter.

2.) Joy is to be embraced. There will be times in my life (and in yours, too) when I’ll be on a mountain top.  But there will also be valleys filled with pain and sadness.  It’s okay to acknowledge hurt; in fact, it’s healthy.  But I must make that short-lived and move on to joy.  Joy comes from accepting what the universe gives me, from loving myself, from engaging in activites i love, from cherishing friends and family, from being present.  Embracing joy is the greatest gift I can give myself.

3.) My friends really and truly love me.  There are few things better than girlfriends.  I need to thank my dear sisters who have stood by my side recently and shown me so much love.  Thank you, Karin, Carolyn, Amy, Kathy, Molly, Lisa, Karen, Margaret, Ellen.  I love you all.

4.)  Running brings solace and releases endorphines that seem to make everything all right with the world if only for a few hours.  I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, I LOVE TO RUN!  When I run, I feel like I’m free.  It really doesn’t matter how fast I run, I just love the feeling of sweating and hearing my feet hit the pavement.  What a high!

5.) Cross training can be very satisfying and is very necessary. One of my goals for 2009 is to complete my first triathlon.  However, I need to swim and bike in order to due that.  I’m really enjoying spin class and I just recently bought new pedals for my bike and shoes so that I can clip in and ride more efficiently.  Tomorrow I’m signing up for swim lessons and then I’ll join a swim class.  It’s refreshing to add new sports to my routine.

6.) No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.  Every single person who enters my life is there to teach me something.  It may take years for me to really understand the lesson(s).  However, sometimes I know immediately what I am to learn. 

7.) Although it may be difficult, it is so good for the soul to send love and light to someone who has hurt us or is hurting.  The last thing I want is to be a bitter person who holds grudges.  Therefore, I will continue to send love and light to those who’ve injured me in some way.

8.) Become passionate about a cause.  If you’ve read my blog for a half a minute, you know that I’m passionate about running and yoga.  What you don’t know is my passion for young people.  Being a teacher is such a priviledge.  I sincerely love my students and pray that they will be happy, healthy, well-adjusted teenagers.

9.)  Have a goal.  Dream about it.  Envision yourself achieving it.  Work toward it.  Succeed!  Enough said.

10.) Clean your house. Clean your spiritual house, your soul, that is.  Take note of your fears, your insecurities, your hurt.  Acknowledge those things, see them, feel them.  Then, put them in a box and dump each box on the curb. 

Above all, love yourself!  Truly, you can’t love another until you love who you are.

steamtown-girls

A Few Quick Thoughts to Run With…

March 5, 2008 at 6:26 pm | Posted in Happiness, Reflection | 3 Comments

“No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.” – Zen Saying

“The harder you work, the luckier you get.” – Gary Player

“Bid me run and I will strive with things impossible.” – William Shakespeare

“The human body can do so much.  Then the heart and spirit must take over.” – Sohn Kee-Chung

“Ability is what you are capable of doing.  Motivation is what you do.  Attitude determines how well you do it.”  -Lou Holtz

“The will to win means nothing compared to the will to prepare.”– Juma Ikangaa

“What I am doing – nobody cares.  It’s just personal satisfaction.”– Kenny Moore

A Day to Remember

March 1, 2008 at 9:42 pm | Posted in Happiness, Leap Year, Memories | 1 Comment

Every four years, February has 29 days instead of its usual 28. An extra day is added to the calendar to, as I understand it, synchronise the seasons.  We call this Leap Year. 

Usually, I dread the additional February day, but this year was anything but dreadful.  Yes, the weather was cold, windy, and turned snowy and icy later in the evening.  But this blustery February 29 turned out to be a great day – a sweet memory that I’ll carry with me for a long, long time.

We won’t see another February 29 for another 4 years.  I can only hope that the next is as memorable as this day was for me!

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