Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. 

Live the life you have imagined.

~Henry David Thoreau

What does the life you imagine look like?  Where do you want to be in a year?  5 years?  10 years?

I’ve never really made lists other than the typical to do lists or the must lose X lbs as my New Years Resolution, but about a year ago I made a list of things that I wanted to accomplish in my life.  I knew most of them would not be ones I could cross off easily, but I wanted them on paper anyways. [here are a couple]

~ Go under 3:15 in the marathon
~ Become a race director
~ Really truly inspire someone

I’m constantly reminded that this is my one-go-round at this thing called life.  I’m reminded every time I see someone who is overweight and wants to lose it, I used to be that girl.  I’m reminded every time someone picks up and starts running for the very first time, I used to be that girl too.  I’m reminded when someone says to me “oh I’m not a fast runner like you,” I was that girl also. 

The first step in moving past the person you are now and growing is setting goals, imagining the life you want to have, and just go after it inch by inch, mile by mile.  Maybe your life is just perfect the way it is, kudos to you, but I’d like to argue that you still have room for growth.  Maybe your goals could be to be a nicer person, to not skip the last mile of your cool down on your track work out, and so on.  Maybe the person you are today is someone who you like but you think you could feel better inside, have more happy days and less sad ones.  Imagine your life.  Go after it.  Or maybe just maybe you are reading this and you feel beyond hope, you don’t even know where to begin or what changes to go after.  I say – just go – start.  Start with anything.  A walk around the block.  A smile when someone holds the door for you.  Little things will turn into big things and soon enough you might just find that the life you couldn’t imagine is easier to imagine.

Over a year ago I had the dream of starting a blog.  I loved running and loved talking about it.  I wondered though if there was anyone else who would be interested in what I had to say, who would care about whether I had a good run or a bad run, whether anyone could or would be inspired by a girl who couldn’t run a mile, let alone 10 feet with out wanting to stop when she started running, but now craved the feeling after 26.2 of those miles

And so began my journey of bearing my soul to those closest to me, and those who I’ve never met before.  It all began with a dream.  As I look back to my first entry – there are ZERO comments.  It’s okay.  I started this not only to share with you my journey and hopefully create a site that you can return to time and time again for inspiration, motivation, and information – but also to see myself grow as a runner, a student of life, a child of God, and a mother of two amazing children. 

As you go about your day today, think of this quote and set forth on your plan of living the life you imagined. 

Never let the odds keep you from doing
what you know in your heart you were meant to do.

~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


  1. Great post! I think there is always room for growth and I'm excited about learning more and doing more. You've inspired me to make a list of things I'd like to accomplish or improve on! I love both of the quotes that you posted.

  2. Great quote at the end. Sums it up nicely. :-)

  3. You are an inspiration…but I've already told you that. I guess you inspired me in more than one way though because I did start my blog a few months ago after years of just reading lots of others!

  4. That is great. Thanks for the thought. My blog had zero comments for about six months. But I did it to open myself, and put my thoughts on record so I didn't lose them.

  5. Liz Jones says:

    Thanks! That was exactly what I needed to hear. I just started my own blog yesterday, and have 1 follower, and it's a former student who would probably do/say anything to make me happy. I was feeling kind of down about it, but your entry today put it into perspective. I started my blog mostly for me so that I could keep myself motivated towards achieving my own goals, and finding followers will take time. And seeing what you've done is a year is really inspiring… not just the blog but also all the running. Thanks for the motivation. I look forward to reading your blog in the future!

  6. I can easily say that you inspire me! Thank you for sharing your heart and your runs!

  7. Great, motivational post! Thank you! I am like you were…just started running in the last 4 months and started my blog to talk about it. :)

  8. what a great and inspiring post!!

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