Waking up to something beautiful …

I have always loved getting my miles in and my workouts done before anyone wakes up. It has been my ME time for as long as I can remember. It’s not always easy, but one of the things that motivates me to get up and out there is knowing what I will see. Trust me, you don’t see a lot at first because IT IS SO DARK! But once dawn begins to break it’s a light show that never fails to take my breath away. This morning when I was out there I thought about how many mornings I’ve had the privilege to experience like this. At this point in my life, they are literally COUNTLESS. It’s funny, a much younger me could have never predicted how grateful I would feel this morning as I looked back across the years. Somehow a normal daily routine turned into something that would bless me far beyond my expectations. And all I kept thinking was, “WOW, what an incredible gift God has given me!”

Well, I hope you all have a day where you wake up to something beautiful!!!

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Itchy legs …

As a runner (and someone with allergies, HA!) I can tell you, without a doubt, when our California Summer has come to an end. It only happens once or twice on my early morning runs, but it’s a telltale sign that our weather is changing. And it happened to me this morning.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you get itchy legs!!!

A friend like mine…

This morning I had coffee and spent time with my close friend Patti. Except she lives in Minnesota and we were texting. But it’s all GOOD! It was early, the house was quiet and we had time for long drawn out texts about life. It was everything I needed. Patti is that honest, going to tell it like it is, type of friend. And I love it. AND HER. She is one of my biggest cheerleaders and will kick me in my tush when I need it. This is also the same woman who talked about me running my first marathon far before I ever ran my first half. She sees things in me, I never can. She has awakened thoughts in my head, I didn’t even know where there. And let me tell you, when this women believes in you, she makes sure that you do too. She is just awesome that way!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you have a friend like mine!!!

Be still …

Quiet mornings reveal little treasures! I have been a little obsessed with arrows for a while now. Correction … A LOT. And it only seems to be growing stronger! I’ve always identified with the quote:

“An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.” (Author unknown)

This quote couldn’t represent my life any better. I LOVE IT.

And the whole running thing is caught up in this too. Runners often describe running as “flying”. For me, I always imagined that like an arrow. I have always found this feeling of “soaring” to be one of the BEST things EVER. It’s honestly intoxicating. The freedom it fuels in my heart cannot be replicated. Again, arrows are AWESOME!

Then the knowledge of “The Lucky Few” Down Syndrome awareness tattoo came my way. Well, if I wasn’t infatuated with arrows before, I CERTAINLY was then! So much so, that after 30 years of trying to figure out a tattoo for myself, it all became CRYSTAL CLEAR! Anyway, my point is that arrows mean something to me.

This morning after getting Libs off to school, I had some unusual down time. I guess it wasn’t true “down time”. Does anyone even have THAT anymore?!?! I guess what I mean is that I TOOK the time to enjoy my coffee in the quiet and calm moments before I got Reese up for school. And in doing so, I realized something. My “to-go” cups, that I have been using all summer, we’re covered in a pattern of three “V”’s that matched my tattoo perfectly. HOW on earth did I not notice this before?!?!

Oh wait … I know … I was just too busy.

If you know me, you know that I love things like this. I truly believe that these are God/the Universe/Spiritual moments that give me grounding. They are things … NO … TREASURES that remind me of what is important. And they inevitably put a smile on my face and motivate me to look at the world differently. These moments are a GIFT! I just wish we all took the time to notice them.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you find the time to BE STILL!!!

Special …

Last night Sid, George and Libs (my three oldest children) took me to see Imagine Dragons at The Forum. It was incredible! I LOVE Imagine Dragons but it didn’t occur to me until last night how many songs of theirs I actually run to. HA! I guess their songs really speak to me. And they certainly got me up and dancing last night. The performance itself was absolutely phenomenal. The band really puts on quite a show visually and sends some beautiful and authentic messages throughout about acceptance, suicide, depression and mental health just to name a few. And if you thought Dan Reynolds’ voice is powerful when you hear it on your earbuds, JUST WAIT, until you hear it live. WHOA! I am no expert but I will tell you that this man can sing!

But what I loved most about last night, is who I got to share it with. My kids. They started planning this 50th birthday celebration for me a long time ago. The effort it took to pull it all off and to keep it a secret from me until my actual birthday took a village. They certainly surprised the heck out of me and made me feel loved. I know I say this a lot but I really do have the greatest kids in the world.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you feel special!!!

Beat …

I had a great day today! I got a ton of things done and I was somehow able to squeeze in yoga this morning, some much needed gardening in the afternoon and another workout with speedwork tonight. I’m not sure how, but it all seemed to flow together effortlessly. I love it when that happens! But holy moly, a day like this will take its toll at some point. And I am definitely at that point, HA!

Well, I hope you all had a day were you feel beat!!!