When One Door Closes

When one door closes, another opens. As I was sitting in the San Francisco airport waiting for my connecting flight, I watched pilots and flight attendants walk past. This reminded me of the time in my early 20s when I flew to Texas to interview for a job as a Southwest flight attendant. I didn’t get the job. I didn’t even make it past the first round of interviews. I was disappointed. I really had envisioned my life as a flight attendant. (This was during my 1.5 year break from college.)

Today, all of the sudden, I had a revelation. If I had gotten that job as a Southwest flight attendant a decade ago, I probably would never have finished college. If I had never finished college, I would have never become a teacher. If I had never become a teacher, I would have never traveled to China, Honduras, and Mexico to live and teach abroad. If I had never traveled to Mexico, I may have never picked up running since I began running while living in Mexico. My life, therefore, would be radically different.

Clearly, in those early years of my 20s, God had different plans for my life. Jeremiah 29:11-13 states, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” NIV

This is hard for me. I am a strong, independent woman who likes to be in control. It’s not easy for me to give up control of my life. Today, however, I will choose to remember that sometimes the plans we make for yourselves are not God’s plan for our life.

I am appreciative for where I find myself now, a decade later. I am married to the love of my life, I have two fantastic “bonus” children, I am a 5th grade teacher, and I am a 15 time marathoner. I’m so glad God knows the desires of my heart and has great plans for my life.

Does your current life reflect the one you had envisioned for yourself 5, 10, or 15 years ago? Tell me about it. I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time,

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Thursday Thoughts

I’ve said it once I’ll say it again… Thursday is my favorite day of the week. Why? Well it’s because you’re excited about the weekend, but the weekend isn’t quite here yet. By the time the weekend starts you are sad because you know the weekend is coming to an end. What’s your favorite day of the week? 

Disclaimer: this blog is going to be filled with a lot of random thoughts. Not all of the thoughts will pertain to running. 

Can you believe that three weeks from today school starts?  I told that to a friend yesterday and her response was, “It seems like just yesterday summer vacation started!” As much as I love summer I’m actually very excited for the new school year! Out of my nine years of teaching, this will be my first time to be at a school for more than two years! 

Wow! I just counted and I’ve been on summer vacation for six weeks now. It doesn’t really feel like it’s been six weeks. But on the other hand it does. A lot has happened this summer. I ran a marathon in Utah, the daughter traveled  to Europe, and as a family we traveled to Napa, San Francisco, San Diego, and Palm Springs. In two days, the husband and I leave for another week long vacation! Yes, we are truly utilizing our summer vacation!


Do not be fooled however, because this summer has not been all sunshine and happiness. There’s been some trials and struggles but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Right? 

Through the struggles, I find myself being incredibly thankful for my husband, for my parents, and other friends and family members who have been so supportive. Truly I am blessed beyond measure. 

It doesn’t do any good to stay in the muck of struggles. Instead, you must move on and trust that God knows what he’s doing. How am I moving in and trusting God? Well, I’m finding projects to work on. Naturally, I am someone who doesn’t do well being still.  So I’ve worked on a few big projects this summer which included doing some curriculum work as a side job, organizing my pantry, organizing my closet and transitioning to flexible seating in my classroom. 


As you can see, these Thursday thoughts are quite unorganized partly due to the fact that I am writing them by speaking into my phone while out on a walk at 5:30 in the morning. Some of the best thoughts are done in the wee hours of the morning. My 4:50 AM partner is moving to the other side of the town, so I may be having some more solo wee hours of the mornings in my near future. 


Speaking of the future, what’s next for Run Strong Run? I have Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver on tap for October and the California International Marathon (CIM) in December. Use BIBRAVE15 to save $15 off of Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver half marathon and use code RUNSTRONG10 to save $10 off of CIM

Do you ever find yourself needing to clear your mind of random thoughts? What’s coming up on your schedule that you’re excited about? 

Until next time,

Rest

Rest as defined by Merriam-Webster is, “A state of motionlessness or inactivity.”  This is where I currently am and it’s difficult.  Ask anyone who has traveled / lived with me and they’ll tell you that I am “go, go, go” all the time!  Rest is normally not something I do.

Right now, however, I am listening to my body, listening to the doctors, and listening to my family as I am resting.  No, there’s no injury and no, I’m not ill.  I am resting and I am waiting.

Since the Utah Valley Marathon, I’ve kept myself busy with my cousin visiting from out of town and my family most recently traveling to Napa and San Francisco.

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This week, however, the house is quiet and I find myself alone with my thoughts for the first time since the Utah Valley Marathon and it’s… scary exhilarating different.

I must remember that this is just a season.  This too shall pass.  I will be back out on the road collecting miles in no time.  I must enjoy and appreciate every quiet moment.

What season do you currently find yourself in?  Are you also resting or are you working hard towards a goal?  Tell me about it!  I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time,

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May Mayhem 

First, let me preface this by saying that I pride myself in being a fairly optimistic person. I also pride myself in being someone filled with activities and keeping my time filled with productivity. There comes a time, however, that my life starts to become chaotic. To put it another way, filled with mayhem. Yes, a “violent or damaging disorder; chaos”. I was clued in to this chaos after waking up Monday morning in extreme pain.


When I woke up Sunday morning I felt like my neck was a little stiff but as the day progressed it got better. I had no idea that the next morning I would wake up in excruciating pain. At first I just tried to shake it off and figured it would get better. I donned my running clothes and headed outside for a run. I only got about 1/10 of a mile down the street when I realized that I was in too much pain to continue on. I thought maybe I would go for a walk instead, but even that proved to be painful.

When I got to work later in the morning, my coworkers encouraged me to perhaps call and make an appointment to see the chiropractor. Being my stubborn self and one who likes to avoid doctors, I decided to wait. I figured my pain would feel better the next morning. Sadly, that was not the case.


Fast forward to today, Thursday, and I finally went in to see the chiropractor. The verdict? A stiff neck and stress. Go figure.

Right now I am juggling:

  • a full time job teaching 5th graders
  • a husband, a teenager, and a pre-teen
  • training for marathon #15
  • a part time job grading state tests
  • a part time job as an influencer
  • helping to plan an event
  • the precipice of a BIG family change

I totally understand that I’ve brought a lot of this extra “stuff” on myself, but I enjoy “doing”. Rarely am I idle. You will never hear the words “I’m bored” come out of my mouth.  For the month of May, however, perhaps I’ve bit off a little too much. I keep telling myself that June will be better. Once school gets out and it’s summer break I’ll have more time to run, to blog, to clean the house.


Lesson learned here?…  Not every single moment of every single day must be filled.

Until next time,

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Hope is Greater than Fear

This last week my family and I, along with thousands of other Northern California families were evacuated due to potential flooding.  While evacuated, we had so many questions such as, “How long will we be evacuated for?” “Is school/work going to be cancelled for tomorrow, for the whole week?” “How likely is it that we’re going to lose our home and everything in it?” “Are we able to return home to grab some things we have forgotten?” “Are there looters in our neighborhoods breaking into homes?” etc.

Through facing these fears and more, I was reminded by Hope Point‘s pastor that, “Hope is greater than fear.”

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