The Sweetness of 48 Hours

Posted on Wednesday October 26

I recently spent 48 hours with four of my favorite people on the planet ~

We all have these people in our lives.

People you have known for years (16 for this group). You travel together (Charleston, SC this time). You have “remember when” stories (since we met as Peace Corps Volunteers in Senegal, West Africa, we have a few darn good ones). You have outside differences. And inside jokes. You debate, dissect, and analyze the big stuff. You laugh hysterically about the little stuff.

When you are together, you feel good. You share. You learn. You are 100% you.

These are the friendships that feed our souls.

In 16 years, very little has changed.

Perhaps we are a bit cleaner, don’t often wear handmade clothes, and communicating via postcards in the mail has been replaced by text, email, facebook & twitter - but the love and respect continue to run deep.

Thank you Doug, Kelli, Peg & Ryan for making me 48 hours better of a person.

The Sweet Taste of Victory

Posted on Wednesday October 12

This past Sunday 14,000 people ran the streets of Denver for the Rock and Roll Marathon & Half Marathon.

We ran for 14,000 different reasons.

We ran for our health.

We ran to raise money for the health of others.

We ran for the runner’s high. And the runner’s low (that’s where the good stuff happens, right?).

We ran for each other – thank you tall man in the lime green leisure suit.

We ran for the crowds cheering us on.

We ran to see if we could do it. Or do it faster.

And we ran for the sweet taste of victory waiting at the finish line.

For this moment, this was our life. And it couldn’t have been sweeter.

The Sweet Spot Outside Our Comfort Zone

Posted on Thursday October 6

I love this quote that’s been going around Facebook ~

As a proponent of physically getting out of our comfort zone to try new adventures and challenge ourselves, this resonates with me. It’s all Just Do It, Carpe Diem, Run with the Big Dogs. Yes, I get this.

But the physical is just one piece of it. There’s the emotional comfort zone too. And lately the life at the end of my emotional comfort zone is feeling too real. Real Life real. No Thank You real.

Then I saw this list of questions shared by sweet Gretchen Seefried of Midchix & Madhens. Self awareness questions may not be as fun as repelling in Boulder Canyon perhaps, but equally significant. Essential really.

By pulling on the big girl panties and answering with honesty, I’m finding some much needed clarity. I can at least see there is a sweet spot outside my emotional comfort zone. Now I just need to do the work to get there.

Hopefully you have a chance to go for your sweet spots.  Whether it’s dancing like Michael Jackson or answering these questions, it’s your life. Make it sweet.

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