A change

Have you everlooked at the News app on iPads? I discovered it for the first time last week. Every day news stories are picked based off my interests and so far I’m really impressed! This past week an article was posted about a woman who found body confidence after running 21 half marathons. It was inspiring to read how her appreciation for her body grew, realizing its capability to tackle such a feat and carry her through race after race. I loved reading how her vocabulary choice changed throughout the article, chronicling her mindset transformation. 
For me, running did not begin as a positive outlet. I was driven by the fantasy of being untouchable, invincible, unhurtable. The need to feel safe, to feel free, to feel alive made me push the pace daily—and eventually, running and my running performance consumed my life and identity. One of the coolest things about my journey back to running last year was recognizing my own inner growth and renewed mindset for how I was designed. It was impowering to finish a run and feel satisfied. It felt good to use my muscles, pump my heart and exchange a larger volume of oxygen but no longer were my runs sending me down a spiral of self-condemnation, fear or discontent. As in all areas of my life, I am not a perfect runner. I am grateful for my body’s capabilities, yet am able to recognize that I am not defined by my performance or speed. I am not invincible, untouchable, unhurtable. I am strong. I am undefinable. I am safe in the arms of Jesus. So are you.

My transformation from a toxic combination of pride, pain, perfectionism, self hate and addiction is radical and only by the grace of God. I am continually blessed and amazed at how God is redeeming my story, redeeming my love for running. I have talent and two feet of which I am passionate about using to help others. Every day, millions of women and children begin a trek for daily water. Their journey is dangerous, they are vulnerable, unprotected. Through clean water however, we can take away this daily chore, and help them feel a bit safer. So I’m gonna run a marathon. And I would love your support! 200 people. Clean water. Let’s go!

http://www.teamworldvision.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=53475


Ps-here’s the link to the article I mentioned! “After 21 Half Marathons I FINALLY Loved My Body – Women’s Running” https://apple.news/AOysEx1zVMWOoJHhcRzmXGA

tired but persevering.

I’m tired. Honestly—I’m pretty bone dead tired. Life has been just a tad bit hectic the past 2 1/2months–travel, school, new opportunities, work, birthdays, grant programs, research presentations, base training for the marathon, Tough Mudders and CLINICALS. Fortunately, I have the luxury of being able to spend part of this upcoming week rejuvenating myself with friends, fun and catching up on sleep. Unfortunately, my opportune life is far from ordinary in comparison to existence world-wide. While I have the freedom to sleep in, stay up late, and wake up early with the majority of consequences of such falling on my shoulder–others must NOT sleep in, MUST stay up late, and MUST wake up early. The consequences of failing to do so possibly costing the lives of their loved ones.

Every day, typically before dawn, thousands of women and children begin a trek to the nearest source of clean water. Without the daily supply, family members succumb to dehydration, disease and death. From my fortunate viewpoint–I cannot begin to understand the physical, mental and emotional toil of the burden of this daily chore. I do however, commit my time, energy, physical and mental strength to helping end the clean water crisis and eliminate this dangerous daily task.

Team World Vision. Sustainable clean water projects. Community advancement. Lives saved. Will you consider investing in this cause? Will you help us make a difference? 50 dollars=1 individual provided with clean water for life. Let’s do this!

http://www.teamworldvision.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=53475