I saw this a week or two ago and it has really stuck with me.
For awhile, I let my commitment to everyone else way overshadow any commitment to myself. I used all of my time and energy to take care of everyone else and I did so gladly, as my family is my greatest joy and blessing. And yet I was so wrapped up in caring for everyone else that my own health, dreams, interests, talents, etc. were non-existent on my priority list for so long that I forgot they were even there.
First I committed to getting healthy, and then a few months later, I went on my first run. And somewhere during that first run, the spirit that is in me sparked.
I commented to Josh today that I felt like I had the ideal life. I am married to my best friend, soul mate, and true love. We have the very best kids in the universe. We live in a gorgeous place. I have the most wonderful parents, BFF, family, and friends. And I get to do this awesome thing that I love to do every day. I get to be an athlete - a runner - a marathoner. I have a fabulous support system, including an amazing coach that I trust and enjoy, to lead and guide me. I am sponsored by THE greatest running shoe company. I get to train hard, run high mileage, do challenging workouts, race, make progress, chase my dreams, push my own limits, and make the most of a God-given talent.
On top of that, I get to coach others. I truly love helping others go after their own hopes and dreams, and supporting and encouraging other runners. And I get to combine my passions of running and helping others (and my love for Ethiopia) by being involved with the Girls Gotta Run Foundation.
I get to live up to the spirit that is within me - a spirit that is joyful, driven, strong, faithful, loving, competitive, happy, honest, determined, optimistic, tough, loyal, fun, confident and brave. Wife, mom, daughter, friend, athlete.
has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't
know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can
accomplish! And what your potential is!"- Anne Frank
will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full
potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal
excellence." - Confusious