I am feeling so grateful right now. Nine years ago my husband made me this website and told me he thought I’d be good at this “new thing” called blogging. Back then it was like a diary, a place where I chronicled my life as a tired “Running Mom.”
My blog has since evolved into something slightly different. I am now considered an “Influencer.” I never could have imagined that I could get paid to do two things I love, to run and to write (I’m not that great at either one) but it’s something I love so much that when I’m doing them, I forget about time.
Don’t ever believe someone who tells “you’re not good enough” listen to your heart, do what you get lost in, what makes your heart sail, work hard, and the rest will fall into place. You never know where your passion will take you. Right now it’s taking me to Chicago to a blogger event with NOW Foods and FitFluential. I could not be happier.
On another note, it’s time for another addition of If You Walk a Mile in my Shoes. I thought since I haven’t done a more intimate post in a very long time, it might be fun to jot down what has been happening and let those who are new readers find out a little bit of who I am. So let’s go…
If you walk a mile in my shoes, you might be a very content and happy person.
If you walk a mile in my shoes, you would be working on establishing stronger boundaries, as you need to learn to say “no” to activities that are not your priority right now.
If you walk a mile in my shoes, you would be running again after a lengthy time period off due to injury.
If you walk a mile in my shoes, you would be fighting a constant internal battle between being frustrated with my slow running pace and trying not to “compare my past to my present.”
If you walk a mile in my shoes, you would be scaling back on some social media because it seems to be another thing that sucks the life out of you.
If you walk a mile in my shoes, you would be utterly annoyed when people follow you, then you follow back (because you’re generous that way), and then they unfollow you on Instagram. Doing this week after week. WHY?! I end up blocking these people. It’s greedy and tacky. The end.
If you walk a mile in my shoes, your blog has changed and evolved. You would no longer put so much pressure on yourself to “do it all.” I’m comfortable being exactly who I am in this space.
If you walk a mile in my shoes, you would be so happy to spend time with your two amazing parents. They divorced when I was five, but I have a special relationship with both of them separately. Each relationship has evolved these past few years. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing, but we are in such a good place right now- it makes me so happy.
If you walk a mile in my shoes, you would have a child entering middle school. Please make it stop.
If you walk a mile in my shoes, you would be in a wonderful time your life. I feel so happy, relaxed with myself, grateful, and peaceful with who I am at this moment.
If you walk a mile in my shoes, you may be noticing that the pounds don’t come off as easy as they used too. Still grateful for my body and what it does for me, though. See the above mile.
If you walk a mile in my shoes, you would be really excited about saving money, being frugal, and prioritizing your life.
If you walked a mile in my shoes, you would have been at Jury Duty last week. UGH!
If you walk a mile in my shoes, you would be outside as much as you can to see all of the migratory birds coming through. Yep, bird nerd here!
If you walk a mile in my shoes, you would be geeking out over all of the wildflowers in bloom.
If you walk a mile in my shoes, you would be thrilled to be spending time with your kids and husband. Having three babies in diapers was, well, it kind of sucked. Having three toddlers, well, it was as they say, like trying to negotiate with drunks– all experiences I would do all over again, but having three young kids, is WONDERFUL. I want to savor this time, as I know they will be gone in a flash.
If you walk a mile in my shoes, you would have moments of overwhelming gratitude for your Mother and Father in Law for sharing their incredible son with me. They raised the kindest, hardest working man I know. Pure respect and admiration for them.
If you walk a mile in my shoes, you would be doing something non-stop. Not a moment to myself at this phase in my life. I’m grateful to work from home and be doing something I love though– no complaints here!
If you walked a mile in my shoes, your engineer husband would have given you a haircut this week. He really should get his cosmetology license.
If you walk a mile in my shoes, you would be pretty damn happy about life.
If you walk a mile in my shoes, you might end up running a slow but very happy marathon.
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