Finding Balance in Passion (Part 1)

Passion, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is “intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction.”  If you know me, then you know how passionate I am.  My difficulty, however, is finding the balance in my many passions.

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#1: Running

I’ve been passionate about running ever since I observed my first marathon.  Afterstanding on the sidelines of the 2011 Lala Marathon in March 2011, I thought, “Why not me?” and the rest is history.  (Read more about my journey from couch potato to marathoner here.)

My involvement in the online world of running really took off in January 2016.  I had been blogging on and off  at runstrongrun.blogspot.com since 2008, but it was my discovery of the Instagram running community that really launched me into wanting to blog, Tweet, and post more about running.

I researched ways to become an ambassador, filled out applications, and started developing relationships with some pretty amazing runners and brands!  If you’re interested in becoming an ambassador, or influencer, I recommend checking out these brands / groups (I’m not currently involved in all of these, but was at some point.):

Being an ambassador does come at a certain cost.  There is expectation to frequently post on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and blog.  You also have to have engagment with the online community.  This engagement means “liking”, commenting, retweeting, replying, and repining other runners’ posts.  All of this takes time.

My husband will often say to me, “You’re always on your phone.”  What he doesn’t understand is that when I’m “on my phone”, I’m engaging with my running community, participating in Twitter chats, composing a blog post, etc.  Unlike my 12 and 15 year old children, I do not watch mind numbing YouTube videos nor play any pointless games on my phone.

So, how do I find balance between spending time with my family and my life as a running ambassador?  I’m still trying to figure this out.  Some things I’ve tried are I go on walks with my children and leave my phone at home, I go on dates with my husband and leave my phone in the car, we sit down and have dinner as a family most nights and the rule is no phones at the table.

How do YOU find balance between the “online world” and your friends/family?  Comment below, I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time,

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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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Wordless Wednesday #1

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*Although this is suppose to be a “Wordless Wednesday”, since it is my first, I thought I would include a short explanation.  I’ve been inspired by other bloggers’ Wordless Wednesdays (such as Ashley of theconfessionsofaworkingmum.com), so I thought I’d start my own.  Some week’s may include a quote, but since it’s in a picture, that still counts as wordless, right?!

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