I did it!

I did it! I just finished the couch to 5k session that I’d been dreading since the first day when I did a sneak peek of all the upcoming workouts. Today’s was the first straight run with no planned walking breaks. 20 min of straight running.

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I did it too! I didn’t stop, I didn’t die of exhaustion, I didn’t pass out. I did the run, my pace was good for me, and I definitely learned

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I DON’T run

Sprints maybe, but never a distance runner. Not that I haven’t tried and tried and tried. Tread mills, independently, with roommates who run…Bare foot, fancy shoes, in the water
… I’ve tried many methods. About 10 years ago I finally came to the conclusion that I’m just not made to run. Well, other than the short bursts after my kids or racing them to the door when it’s raining. I’ll have to stick with walking, biking, or an aerobics video.
I’ve been watching more and more of my friends and acquaintances on Facebook posting pictures of 5Ks they have participated in, and I’ve been invited to join them. I’d politely decline wishing I was made to be a runner but accepting I wasn’t and wait to see the pictures and hear the stories.
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The Taffy Pull

One of my favorite parts of organizing Glory Gals is watching God stretch people. This is especially true of the people I ask (thru his guidance) to be leaders and keynote speakers. Many are not in the business of speaking, and I love that God is directing me towards people just like the Gals attending. taffyI think it shows us all that everyone is special in God’s kingdom, and everyone has a voice to help his kingdom grow.

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Reflection on a Retreat

IMG_6672It’s a question I’m being asked quite a bit over the last two weeks – “how was the Glory Gals Retreat?”. My short answer – AMAZING

The longer answer…starts with WOW – I’ll start with a little disclaimer – I don’t feel the verbal (or written in this case) language has the proper tools to explain how incredible my heart feels having gone thru this process. So here’s my best go at it.

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What you need!

I was messaging with a dear friend of mine from high school. She is a teacher in one of those warmer southern states. She was telling me about a class she was teaching that allows kids who won’t be able to graduated because of being short credits to get their GED.
I was asking her how successful the class was in helping the students be successful in life. Since the test was recently changed and made more difficult she was unsure of how helpful it would be. We got into a discussion about how teaching teens, especially at risk teens, things like the definition of rubicund (which I learned means reddish skinned like with a rash) are not very helpful for them being successful in life. Sure they prepare that student to go on and be a nurse or a doctor, but is that necessary for someone preparing to get their GED? or even someone graduating with their traditional high school diploma? Trigonometry is great and all, but does that prepare most of our children to be successful and productive Americans? What about teaching some of the more practical skills like how to survive a panel interview, or how to effectively communicate with a boss.
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Positive and Glorious

zigI was perusing Facebook today while one of our syndicated programs played (Focus on the Family) and I found this graphic posted on Zig Zigler’s page on Facebook.
It stopped me in my scrolling tracks and I started thinking about how amazing God has been in my life these past few months. God has been providing so many wonderful things thru the Glory Gals Retreat I’m putting together (with an amazing crew of volunteers). Some of it has been hard and definitely challenging. There have been times Continue reading

Solitare

20140214-152037.jpgI’m playing a game of solitaire that starts off terrible. No moves to play before I turn any cards over, and it’s a good 1/2 dozen cards in before I’m of to a very slow start.
As a general rule I usually bale on these games when I’m playing my ‘I’m waiting for the electric mattress pad to warm up enough so I can go to sleep’ round and move on to another hand. Tonight though I stuck it out. I wanted to see if it would turn around.
I wonder if Gdo feels that way about us sometimes – we give up on the hand he’s felt us before we’ve spent enough time to see how awesome it will be in the end. Slow starts aren’t always a bad thing, they test our patients, but in the end the reward is that much more grand because we stuck with it. Will we always get the result we want? No. But we might if we give it a chance.