Reasons

What are your reasons for getting up in the morning with a smile on your face? What are your reasons for not giving up during the toughest times? What are your reasons for being you? Only you get to answer these questions, aIMG_5389nd that is a powerful thing.

I have three beautiful children. I have the love of a lifetime. I have family and friends, a close circle these days, and I can trust them to be there. I have a fulfilling career. And, I have a passion for writing, running, music, and veganism. I also have four, yes 4, wonderful dogs and two wooded acres in a community where I fit. All of this makes me smile each day, even on darker days.

I have not always appreciated my reasons to the extent I do now. There were times when things did not go as planned, and times when I made poor choices. I chose to find my way back, and I chose to leave behind what was not good. In this process of learn & burn, I found “the me” I was always meant to be. My reasons inspired me.

Here I am, uniquely me, following my passions. Before me is endless possibility and my reasons. Behind me is the regret and sadness I am not meant to carry forward. I write inspired. I wake happy. I stay healthy. Thank you, reasons. I love you.

On Running

I said I would never do it. I was a walker, a hiker. I liked an upbeat yet measured pace. I liked to make frequent stops and assess conditions around me. I am an asthmatic and allergic to Michigan. I couldn’t do it even if I wanted to do it. I would never run.

Life has a funny way of changing your mind. One, job loss. Two, declining health. Three, sadness. I liked wine too much, and I liked myself too little. I had a brief run-in with the C word. I woke up one morning and decided the only option I had was to run. I quit drinking, 100%, cold turkey. I went vegan. I bought my first running shoes, and I started to run.

I plan to share more of my journey to health, inside and out, here. I ran my first two 5Ks over the last several weeks, and I completed my second in 28 minutes. I have a simple outlook. It is never too late to be a new you.