You probably have a list of daily goals and over half never get done. You also probably already know that you can talk yourself out of doing something longer than it might actually take to just do it. Every day that you are blessed enough to wake up, you get to make choices. Get out of your own way of deciding NOT do what needs to be done and just DO what needs to be done. You can do this. This isn’t a deep secret reserved for a select few. You deserve to make the choices that move you closer to your goals. There are plenty of things in life that are beyond your control. Therefore, the things that are in your control you better steer in the direction that you want to go as best as you can. Make it a habit to get out of your way and then you will be on the way to reaching your goals. ~trvw
Spring is morphing into summer and that’s fine by me. It’s nice to wake up race day and know shorts and a tank top will be enough. No need to haul gloves, ear coverage, and all that “just in case” gear that we typically carry year-round in the Ozarks. The Festival for Life 5K benefiting Relay for Life – Springfield, MO was a well done race that Team Run Like The Wind was proud to attend.
The course was laid out well even with the last minute reroute that they were forced to make due to a road closure. Friendly and knowledgeable race directors and volunteers always make a race experience great and that was present. It’s clear that ActNow Racing continues to care about the running community and event crews by the impeccable service they provide race after race. It’s a privilege to be part of events like the Festival of Life 5K and behalf of TRLTW, thank you for what you do for the Ozarks! ~trvw
As the running community continues to grow in the Ozarks, so does the number of races on the OMRR.org calendar. It’s nothing to see several events competing for runners’ registrations in a single weekend, when compared to a decade ago you could count the number of races in the area on one hand. That means it’s a fantastic time to be a runner but difficult, too, when we have to pick from our favorites because they end up on the same day. Last year Team Run Like The Wind was able to be at the Cox Medical Mile event but this year we checked out the Run To The Edge 5K that benefited the Child Advocacy Center in Springfield, MO.
This race was well supported with volunteers at every turn and measured out exactly at 3.1 miles per my Garmin. They had a festival of fun happening in downtown Springfield with the Over the Edge fundraiser where you could watch rappelling from the Sky Eleven building after the race. Hopefully this event will continue to grow and bring awareness and support for a worthy cause. It was great to have Team Run Like The Wind there and perhaps next year there will be an even larger representation of the running community. ~trvw
After reading another inspiring post by Seth Godin, Emotionally Attractive, hope had been delivered in a few short paragraphs. While physical characteristics are first to be impressed on people, the magnitude to which they are received is actually in our control. Our attitude really can convey pleasantries and help someone feel more at ease. When you make a positive impression on someone they will remember that, they will find you emotionally attractive and that probably ticks up your physical appeal at the same time – not the top priority but an added bonus. The best part is that when you’ve left a feeling of graciousness for someone else to experience, they will be better because of you. ~trvw
When you have a dream and the opportunity to go for it then it seems attainable. When your dreams seem vague or foggy it’s difficult to see opportunities that might lie ahead. This is when it is important to keep moving forward. It can be tempting to become stagnant. Thoughts of “why bother” might creep into your mind. Replace them with “I will figure this out” and keep trying things that you feel even a slight passion for. When you immerse yourself into various projects, eventually something will stick. Then you will have that craft to perfect. You will realize what you are built for in this world. Give the fog time to lift so you can see the bright sunshine. ~trvw
Bruno Mars shares a very positive perspective on figuring things out.
Tart cherries were not particularly on my radar until one day, several years ago, I read how they have pain reducing properties. Since then, they have become a staple to be tossed in with the rest of my salad. Knowing how food can react in our bodies is very beneficial. If you train hard and endure sore muscles from time-to-time, you might appreciate this list of 9 Home Remedies For Sore Muscles by Runtastic. Most of the suggestions are probably things you fuel up on already but knowing the ailment relief they provide can allow you to know when to use them to your benefit. Stay active and stay feeling great! ~trvw
A new day will begin and sometimes waking up can be rough. A list of things that have to be done might be spinning through your mind and you feel a day late and a dollar short. Take a deep breath and start taking action. The temptation to bury under the covers might tug at you but the sooner you start doing something the better you will feel. It might seem like you have no control over the day. Maybe people at work are telling you what needs to be done and how to do it. Perhaps the kids need help with homework that you can barely figure out and it’s making you feel stupid. It could be that you are having dinner alone again and you long for a meaningful relationship. Take action! Make a list and do something.
If that list is difficult here’s a start – do something for someone else. Take flowers to a friend, email someone to let them know you are thinking about them, hold the door open for people, just do something for someone else and be a blessing – because you are a blessing! When you take time to focus your attention on a few moments of happiness, even for someone else, it can renew your energy. Your problems might not disappear overnight, but for a moment you let someone else escape theirs and probably forgot about yours for a second, too! ~trvw
When an email came to my inbox about a chance to be part of a launch team for a book about kindness, it had my attention. This wasn’t something that I had been a part of before, but an opportunity to read a book than can change myself and others – for the better – as a result of kindness seemed worth a response. So far it has been easy to read and provides actionable suggestions at the end of each chapter. If you’re ready to up your kindness game, here’s a link to Your Next 24 Hours. It might be a refresher or something brand new for your eyes to see; either way, its timing couldn’t be better with the massive need for compassion in the world we are immersed in right now.
My plan is to update you as I read, as well as get some insight from other readers and share what they are learning from the book. Resources fill bookshelves and blogs about how to get ahead in life. If we succeed and have no one to share the glory with then what’s it all for? We only have today to make each moment as great as we possibly can for someone else. ~trvw
Hello! Hopefully you’re having a great week. If so, great! I hope it keeps getting better. If it’s lacking, I hope it only gets better from here. Either way, you’re doing wonderful. Life is tough but you’re tougher. While it’s tempting to scribble sentences of fluffy, sunshiney words, the truth is there are days, weeks, months, or even years, where it can feel like the world is a war zone. Hold your head high, put your shoulders back, stand tall and know you are a person deserving of happiness. You will be better with battle scars!
Most people want more from life. Many get an education, work hard, grow a family and hope happiness is the end result. Challenges arise every step of the way. College debt, long hours, and sick kids are just a few of the hurdles that pop up on the road to a blissful life. Of all of the life skills we are taught, some of the most important things are dismissed simply because the people who we expect to teach these lessons are trying to figure them out for themselves. Somehow it became expected that the grown-up had the answers to everything for everyone. They might have been playing it by ear because most adults, or the wiser elders that are honest, have candidly revealed that they don’t know the secret to having it all. Perhaps that’s because having it all is a different portrait for every individual. What makes my mosaic perfection might be a muddled mess to you and vice versa.
Whatever your ideal image of a great life is, there is the need to know the reality of perfection is better suited as simply a guideline that has permission to change. Be sincere with knowing that it is ok to own perfection on a difference scale than another person. Even more important, strive for progress, not perfection. ~trvw