Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pay it Forward

Im a quiet person, living on the edge of the crowd. Quiet, middle class, keep to myself type person.

Several months ago I was talking to S about being unhappy with where we are in our jobs, financially, physically, life in general. Feeling stagnant. 
I asked her what she wanted to do. Out of the blue, she said "run". She doesnt see her self as athletic. Never participated in sports, unless you count laughter.  

SO... I decided to pay it forward. "Before you can run you have to walk, lose some weight, train, practice. 

I found a 5K and told her that for her birthday, we were going to walk 3.1 miles. She was excited, and then hesitant. She was afraid of slowing me down, of being last, of not being able to finish.

She started Leslie Sansone walking DVD's.  I bought her  a pedometer and challenged her to 5000 steps a day, then 7500, and eventually 10000. I introduced her to My Fitness Pal. I enjoyed encouraging her!

September 27th, the day after her 41st birthday she walked her first 5K. I cried when she finished!!! My slowest 5K ever, but the proudest and best!!!!

Do you have a gift. Something that you can share? Pay it forward and reap the blessings!! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Where do I Start?

The last few weeks in a bullet post.

-Amber has moved from India to Nepal.
She says its colder and shes sick. She skyped with me for my birthday and she showed me the city behind her. Im struck by the dirtiness. It reminds me of an abandoned town, thats not abandoned.

- I had a birthday and found this beautiful note from Amber hidden in her church hymnal with her favorite song.

- Im back to walking/running and focusing on my weight. Its been to long since I focused on this journey!!! Im looking into two half marathons to get me motivated. And I have a plan!!! 

- Branden, my baby, is home for fall break from college. 

- Colby my middle, has informed us that he will be graduating from college this winter, a semester early and may be moving back home. The empty nest, doesnt stay empty for long. :) 

- Ive been following a blog that has a link up for the week. You list your goals for the week and review your goals from the week before. I think I want to start. Accountability!! 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Dash Linda Ellis

Its not about the beginning or end of your life. Its how you live the dash.
Our tombstones list our birth and our death. But the living, the part that counts in life, the part that others will remember is in the dash. That line between your  birth year and your death year.
How do you live your dash?