Don’t Be Afraid to Give and Get Your Hands a Little Dirty.

We all want freedom.

From debt.

From mental bondage.

From excess weight.

From our jobs.

From fear.

But who is willing to actually fight and pay the price to have that freedom?

Not many.

Life itself is not free.

Do you think those who fought and died for us quaked at the thought of the impending death they faced? Probably. Most likely. But they fought anyway.
I think if more were willing to pay what it takes we’d see more results and freedom in this world.

Running has been my freedom. It has shown me what great things I am capable because I’ve worked hard for it. It seems to me that too many in America feel as though they are privileged and even deserving of handouts left and right.

“All you need is this pill to lose weight!!

Get free of debt quick with {insert latest scam here}!!

You deserve {insert product, scam here}!!

Find love at the click of a button!!

No payment needed to receive actual benefits!!”

NO. False claims. False promises. This thinking could not be more skewed and I feel as though coddling America is hurting America.

So this is my plea to you: Get up and move! Give more. Love bigger. Dig in deep. Buck up and just do it. Do it when you feel like it least. It takes WORK to see results.

But work is so hard. {insert whine here}

Work gives us purpose. Meaning. And the fruits of your labor are so, so sweet. I’ve experienced it myself. With marathoning, parenting, working. I could not agree with this quote more:

Don’t expect a handout. Expect to work hard and give more. You want success? Be prepared to get your hands dirty. But I can promise you it will be worth it. Your sweet success will end up so much greater.

How are you celebrating Memorial Day? Any special races and/or events your way? Do you shy away from getting your hands dirty or are you the type to dive right in?

blessed & beautiful running.


#WisdomWednesday: Pain With Purpose


 Anything worthwhile takes time, effort, some setbacks occasionally, and maybe even some pain. 

How do we endure pain? I’m not talking soley physical pain, I’m talking emotional or spiritual pain as well.  Pain of rejection, failures, ridicule, pain of pushing through challenges, or anything else that might cause you discomfort. 

No one enjoys it certainly. 

But by remembering that our pain has a purpose we can keep the strength to keep pressing on. 

John 16:21 
“A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time had come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.”

And the same principle applys to anything worthwhile. Often times the greatest pains, trials, or setbacks attack you right before your biggest breakthrough. 

So hold on! Grit your teeth, close your eyes, pray, and hunker down, do whatever it takes, and be ready for your time to come. 

Don’t despair. Remember, your pain has purpose. #PressOn 

And after all is said and done, you’ll be glad you DID.

It took me a YEAR to finally become a certified personal trainer because of a few road blocks. And I almost considered throwing in the towel, had my share of self doubts, and struggles. But I pressed on no matter the length of time it took. Because I ultimately knew it would be worth it. 

Was there a time you didn’t think you could press on any longer only to discover you could?

blessed and beautiful running.