Admit it. There are times when you feel blue. Even the happiest of people aren’t happy all the time. Some days we need a little pick me up. For some of us that’s enjoying a cup of coffee from Starbucks, for others it’s burying ourselves in a good book and escaping to another world and for others of us it means being in the company of friends who will lift our spirits.

I have many blue days. Don’t get me wrong – I have more AMAZING days than blue ones, but even just one sad day is too many for me.
For this reason I created a folder in my email account titled – When You Are Feeling Down


In this folder I put nice comments people leave on my blog. I get every single comment emailed to me when you leave them so I read EVERY single one of them. Some of them have truly touched my heart.
I put nice emails from my friends, family or from blog readers.

Sometimes I email myself.

Dorothy ~ You ARE worth it.

A couple of weeks back I talked about Molly Huddle and how a hat she had signed for me inspired me to push myself. [I have not raced a race since Columbus where I wasn’t wearing something she signed]

I received one of the nicest emails after the post. It instantly went into my When You Are Feeling Down folder.


I just read your Molly Huddle post and I am sitting here at work getting all choked up, trying not to cry!  It may sound kind of silly but I find so many of your posts so inspirational, just part of the reason I love love reading your blog, and very moving.  I especially liked this one because of your wonderful relationship with your mom and also because you were MY “Molly Huddle” yesterday.  I did my first attempt at a tempo run and every time I felt like “this is too hard” I thought of you, your goals, and how you’ve succeeded in reaching your goals (and continuing to tackle new ones).  Not by giving up, but by pushing through.  I pushed myself through and felt so proud afterward. So, thank you for being my inspiration – and I’m sure the inspiration of hundreds of other women out there.

You never know when your words may touch someone. Use them wisely.

So go, right now. Create a When You Are Feeling Down Folder. Email yourself – I am worth it, because you are.

To read the Molly Huddle post – CLICK HERE


  1. Cat@ Breakfast to Bed says:

    That is so true. You never know how you can say something that can change someone's whole day.

  2. I used this same practice when I worked at newspapers. Unfortunately, because of the nature of my beat assignment, usually I was sent hate mail.

    When I did receive compliment emails on articles, I would always save them in an email folder titled "Inspiration."

  3. Mile Posts by Dorothy Beal says:

    Holly – it's so sad that people feel the need to send mean mail! I have gotten terrible comments on this blog that have made me cry. I will never understand how people take the time to send out negativity. Love that your folder was titled INSPIRATION :)

  4. You are so incredible! You always seem to know exactly what to say and when to say it. You are so right! I hope you have a beautiful day.

  5. :-) xx

  6. Aww I totally needed this post, especially with how down I've been with my running lately. You are so inspirational my friend!! xoxo!

  7. I think it is absolutely amazing that you posted this today. I just looked at myself in the mirror and commented how awful I look today. After the morning I had I'm not going to win any "mother of the year awards". It is a day to just crawl back into bed and forget it. So thanks for posting inspiration!

  8. You are such an inspiritation lady. You give me peace that i can have a family and run too! thank you!

  9. Jennʻs Adventureʻs says:

    What a phenomenal idea — I am so going to do this!

  10. I love this – what a great reminder to not only remember nice things say to us but also to pay it forward and send a nice note to someone else!

  11. I'm going to create such a folder right now. When I was younger my dad would leave me "go get 'em, tiger!" type inspirational post-its at my spot at the breakfast table, and I would save them all and stick them to my dresser mirror and look at them all when I was upset about anything. I want to be able to take the "post its" messages with me wherever I go!

  12. What a wonderful idea! I post quotes around my bathroom mirror that make me smile. I get to decorate them and they serve as a good reminder in the morning of how blessed I am. You really are an amazing inspiration to so many!

  13. workout mommy says:

    such a great idea, thank you for sharing it! :)

  14. lovelovelovelovelove.

  15. Great post! I'm having one of those day too :( I'm a worrier by nature and am struggling with how I'm going to balance things once my baby arrives. How will I take care of a newborn and 2 toddlers and try to get back into shape? I know…..you've done it and so there's NO excuse! I fear that I put too much stock into my fitness level and not enough into my kids sometimes :( I feel very ashamed about this a lot. They are WAY more important, but I get very depressed if I'm not where I phyically want to be.

  16. Megan @ On The Road Again says:

    Great idea! I need to start doing this, especially when I'm having weeks like this one!

  17. GREAT idea Dorothy! I am going to create one of these too. Thanks for sharing!

  18. I would say "ditto" to the entire email from that fellow reader. You are such an amazing, beautiful, totally inspirational woman, runner and mommy! I would have to agree as well regarding the Molly Huddle comment. When I have a blue day, you are my go to inspiration. I know it probably sounds corny but it is true :)

  19. Thank you for this! Definitely needed this today! I need to remind myself that I am worth it, God loves me, and He sent His son for me! :)

  20. This is such a great idea! I do have to admit though, I don't ever really feel blue. I definitely get mad about certain things and of course, there are things that upset me, but I try not to dwell on it too long. Ever since I rekindled my love with running a few years ago it's put so many other things into perspective – and of course, it's lifted my mood considerably!

    And for all those haters who send you negative comments – think of the type of person they are outside of the blogosphere. People who are like that usually have more deep rooted issues and it's unfortunate that they have to pee on everyone's parade!

    Keep up the amazing work – I love reading your posts!

  21. LOVE! 😀

  22. Hey there! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new apple iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts! Carry on the fantastic work!

  23. Nice post, really adore your blog :)

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