Is somebody watching you?

My very first 5K race: Celebrate Freedom at Jim Miller Park Have you ever felt like someone was watching you? It may be more true than you think. About a year and a half ago a friend of mine, Kristin McLendon, ran a half marathon.  She started running to get in shape after giving birth to her son. I witnessed the entire transformation and was thrilled for her when she completed her goal, the half marathon. A seed was planted. I had absolutely no desire to run a half marathon, but I did have a desire to get [...]

The Fight Can Be Fun

Piedmont Park Did you have a good weekend? It was beautiful here in Atlanta. Did you get outside and enjoy the warm weather? Or did you take a trip for Father's Day? There was a lot going on in Atlanta not just for family fun, but also in the fight against sex trafficking in America. People often ask me, What can I possibly do to make a difference?" My husband and I spent Saturday morning in Piedmont Park running the Wellspring Living Run for One 5K. The weather was perfect for a morning run and the scenery was spectacular. There [...]

What does your route look like?

A photo from my run at Holden Beach, North Carolina. Have you been on vacation yet? I had the opportunity this past week to go to Holden Beach with both of my brothers and their families and my parents. Because we're spread out across the country, this was the first time in five years we've been together. It was fun to have some quality time with everyone. Since I haven't done much running since recovering from plantar faciitis and I have a 5K coming up, I knew it would be important to continue with my training. I stuck to the [...]

By |2014-06-09T07:29:07-04:00June 9th, 2014|Christ Follower, Women, Young Adult|0 Comments

Do you hear them?

Have you ever attended a running race? I've been to four as a spectator and two as a competitor. One of my favorite races to follow was my brother's Ironman race in Florida several years ago. The level of determination on the faces of the competitors was impressive. They swam 2 miles in the ocean, biked 113 miles and then ended the race by running a marathon. Any of those legs of the race on it's own is impressive, but to combine the three in one day is borderline insane. Our family traveled to various points along the race route [...]

By |2013-10-08T09:00:26-04:00October 8th, 2013|Christ Follower, Women, Young Adult|0 Comments

What are you listening to?

Do you talk to yourself? On a normal basis I don't; however, when I'm running, I find its the only way for me to make it through a run.  When I started running, it was more walking than running.  I couldn't run around the block without stopping.  With training, I was able to run my first 5K last weekend. My goal was to run the whole thing, which I did. I was pleasantly surprised by my time.  All of the training paid off for the big day. This week I've continued to run, but surprisingly, I've found it more difficult. [...]

By |2013-09-06T08:54:59-04:00September 6th, 2013|Christ Follower, Women, Young Adult|0 Comments

Help! Shots fired! Run!

Do you exercise? Run? I think I've established that I am not a runner.  In fact, my mantra has always been "I'll only run if someone's shooting at me." That was until my son had this great idea we could run this summer and train to run a 5K together when he came back from studying in Belgium.  We both knew he could have walked out the front door and run a 5K.  I was the one who would need the whole summer to train to run it. So, I did.  It's amazing what you'll do for your children. I've [...]

Take cover! It’s rough out there.

The Wet Rat Look (I'm starting a new trend.) Are you a runner? I think I've made it perfectly clear that I am NOT a runner; however, this summer I've been running to train for a 5K with my son who has been studying abroad all summer.  It has been a way to stay connected to him. I have forced myself to wake up early and run at least three days a week in preparation, rain or shine.  It's been easy to say rain or shine because it hasn't rained a single morning I was supposed to run... until [...]

By |2013-07-31T08:02:46-04:00July 31st, 2013|Christ Follower, Women, Young Adult|0 Comments

Give me patience, but hurry up!

How do you define patience? Wikipedia defines patience as, the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on annoyance/anger in a negative way; or exhibiting forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties. Very few people seem to exhibit patience anymore. We have evolved into an instant gratification world.  Instead of taking the time to prepare delicious  meals for our families, we rely on microwaves and drive-thru windows with no control over what is in the food we're feeding them. Instead of investing time and energy [...]

What do you see?

Are you a runner?  As I've said before, I am not.  It is nearly killing me trying to get to where I can run a 5K with my son without dying the moment I cross the finish line.  I've had to overcome some bizarre obstacles along the way, like developing strep in my ankle. It was impossible to run at all for three weeks after I'd only been running for three weeks.  I had to start all over again, but I refused to give up. This past week I was volunteering at a student summer camp, which meant I wasn't [...]

By |2013-07-08T07:39:53-04:00July 8th, 2013|Christ Follower, Women, Young Adult|0 Comments

Guess what I learned listening to my son’s music?

What kind of music do you listen to? I like contemporary Christian, country music, rock and roll, worship music, beach music, easy listening, and even some classical.  I would have to say, I am not a fan of rap music... well, that is until today. Much of the rap music out there today sings of the degradation and objectification of women.  In many cases the songs glorify pimping, drugs and violence. The survivors of human sex trafficking I know have shared how rap music was all their pimps played, much of it very violent in nature. This morning I grabbed [...]

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