You can quote me on it. 

I love to read…blogs, books, magazines…give me all the words. I love it. This quote is something I need to be reminded of daily. 

It’s like He’s saying not only, “Hey, I made you,” but, “I am at the helm of this whole thing and every season I bring you through is only to polish you up and refine you even more. There is no time to ask why right now. Don’t ask why. There is only time to do. You don’t want to miss what is going on here.”

 That is from page 151 of If You Find This Letter by Hannah Brencher. It will make you ugly cry and feel like you’re wrapped inside a warm hug all at the same time. 

two weeks away!

Two weeks from right now, I’ll be finished with my first half-marathon experience. I can’t believe it’s almost here. I think I’m at the point in my training where I feel confident that I’ll finish, and I’m not worried about beating a certain time so I took it a little easy this week.

Monday – 5 miles

Tuesday – none

Wednesday – none

Thursday – 1.5 miles

Friday – none

Saturday – 12 miles

Sunday – Rest day

-If you sign up for the hard stuff, then

 

I heard this quote while listening to a podcast yesterday running. It’s a great reminder that the miles and the hours and the time spent on the treadmill are building up mental toughness and perseverance.

Here’s to spending the next two weeks logging the miles I need to and focusing on going to sunny Florida and turning 25! 😀

Weekly mileage: 18.5

Yearly mileage: 127.5

glittering eyes.

“& above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl

In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.

tolerance

November 7 – we can all come out from the rocks we were hiding under or the campaign offices we were working in. We can stop bickering at work over the bumper stickers on our cars. We can turn on the radio or television without listening to “I’m such and such and I approve this message.” We can finally stop agonizing over the future of Big Bird. Personally, I tried to stay out of the realm of politics as much as possible, I chose to stay under a rock. I’m not saying I voted uninformed, but I tried my best to keep my rants to myself and off the Internet. Judging from the amount of hate and harassment on Twitter and Facebook, I decided there was enough negativity without adding my two cents.

I fell asleep reading last night and woke up around midnight to turn off the lights in my apartment. I briefly checked my phone (as I always do when I wake up in the middle of the night…seriously I feel like my phone is a security blanket or pacifier sometimes) and saw the results of the election. Well not really the results, I saw the hatred and gloating that were caused by the results of the election. In my hazy, mid-slumber state, the only word I could think of was “tolerance”. Has our country forgotten the meaning of this word? We have Democrats who criticize Republicans for not being tolerant of others, but they aren’t being very tolerant of Republican beliefs. We have Republicans who don’t listen to anyone. We have religious groups who shun people when the foundation of the religion is love. We have families torn apart because of a difference of opinion. It’s heartbreaking. It’s as if we are so focused on picking sides and picking a leader that we forget that the heart and soul of our nation was founded on breaking away from a leader and the oppression that came with him. The Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

With that guiding my thoughts and my actions, I pray that our nation can overcome hatred and learn how to be a united nation. If we are so busy arguing amongst ourselves and refusing to work together, we are setting ourselves up to fail, to be disbanded, and to be destroyed. I sincerely hope the American dream does not morph into “What can I get out of my country?”, but rather it continue to be “This country is the land of the free, what can I do to help it?”

I know I have lofty dreams and thoughts about politics. I’m sure the generations before us argued just as badly as we do now (there just wasn’t information overload and no-filter-say-what-you-want Twitter), but I believe in America. I believe that united we will stand, and divided we will fall.

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” – Evelyn Beatrice Hall

Amen, Ms. Hall. Amen. I’m going to do my part, what about you?