Blessed-The Gratitude Edition

Wow this summer has been a crazy whirlwind.  I have barely had a chance to sit down and relax and there are just so many amazing things going on that I need to take a moment to acknowledge a lot of them.

Yesterday it came across my radar that listed me as one of their 28 Great Running Coaches from the Great Lakes Area .  I was absolutely shocked to see this.  Thanks ekneewalker!

On top of that I recently noticed that I have reached the 1,000 follower point on this blog.  Holy smokes!  I started this blog back in December as a way to help and encourage runners of all levels to get started and keep it going.  I have made so many great friends thanks to this special place and I have learned an awful lot in the past few months.  I never imagined that it would take off like it has.

I also was recently nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger award by Amy at Fitness Meets Frosting and Kathryn St. John-Shin at her blog.  Thank you both.  I haven’t forgotten.  I have been without a decent internet connection for the past few weeks and admittedly I need to figure out 7 things you guys don’t know about me.  Apparently I am a pretty open book!


Last week when I was up in Michigan I got roped into a Facebook challenge.  I normally don’t do these and usually would just ignore them but this was a really great one and I was honored with the challenge by a truly inspiring member of our MDA Team Momentum.  So I took the bait and joined in on the gratitude challenge.  Since I am in the spirit of talking about everything I am so grateful for today I wanted to share what I posted on Facebook.  The idea of the challenge is to post three things you are grateful for each day for five days.  I actually had a hard time finding 15 things; not because I don’t have 15 things to be grateful for but instead because I had a hard time narrowing it down.

1. My husband.  We have been married for almost a year (next week!) and it has been the best year of my life.  We have had some really awesome and some very difficult times this year.  But we stuck together as we always have and had an amazing time.  He is my best friend and biggest supporter.  When I decided to start a blog his eyes about popped out of his head in surprise, but he has been my #1 supporter and editor-in-chief.

2.  I am so grateful for my hometown of Kalkaska, MI.  You probably have never heard of it because it is pretty tiny.  But it is a perfect place to grow up.  I got to ride my bike everywhere, climb trees, hunt and fish, and have a pretty ideal childhood.  I knew every single person in my graduating class and I am proud to say that I still keep in touch with a great many of them.

3.  I am truly lucky to work with children.  They make me laugh, take me by surprise on a daily basis and keep me young at heart.  Not many people get to go to work most days and “play.”

I have the best job ever!

I have the best job ever!

4.  Life wouldn’t be as special as it is for me today if it didn’t work out differently from what I had originally planned.  After I graduated from college I passed up a scholarship to go to law school and instead kept teaching skating and sports classes because I had a “feeling.” I wouldn’t be living the awesome life I am now had I stuck to what I thought I had to do.  Can you imagine how dull this blog would be if it was about legal advice instead of how to properly lube your thighs to keep them from chafing during your marathon?!

5, 6, 7: Family.  I am so blessed to have such supportive parents.  They are always helping us out, including doing ridiculous manual labor every time we visit our lake house.  On top of that I couldn’t be luckier to have a husband with such a wonderful family.  They have all welcomed me with open arms into their family and I have always felt like a part of them.  But wait, it gets better!  I have four nieces and nephews who make life so special.  What a trio!

8.  This year took an incredible turn for the best when I got the opportunity to work with MDA Team Momentum.  I have had the chance to work with so many athletes this summer as they train for various full and half marathons.  This charity holds a very special place in my heart.

Team Momentum

9.  I am so in love with Chicago.  This city is absolutely beautiful and has so much to offer.  I love the people, the food, and the places.  If only we could do something about the winter……

10.  Running.  It has given me so much confidence and patience with myself.  Everyday is a new adventure.  I can’t wait to see where it continues to take me.

11. Food.  One thing I love is food.  I can eat the heck out of just about anything, especially dessert.  I avoid pizza because I consume embarrassing amounts when I get near it.  And with running….well the two are a match made in heaven.  #rungry

12.  Friends.  What can I say?  I am a super lucky girl.  I have great friends (especially girl friends) spread across the country; east coast, west coast, and all over the Midwest.  Wherever I go, I think I am covered.

13.  Faith.  This year has been a true testament to the power faith can have.  Whenever I am uncertain of where I am going or what will happen, it has kept me moving forward knowing that I can lean on my faith.

14.  Skating.  There was a time when my life was focused only on skating.  I couldn’t fathom a time when it wouldn’t be a part of me.  Today I am not on the ice like I used to be but it shaped who I am, took me to some incredible places, and I got to meet some very special people.  For some reason though it seems that I will never come to a point in my life where changing clothes in the bathroom of an ice rink isn’t out of the norm.  In fact, I did it about 10 times in the past two weeks in two separate states!

15.  I couldn’t forget about this blog and my readers.  All of you have at some point posted a thoughtful comment or sent a compliment my way that has made me smile or burst out laughing.  You have filled my world with new knowledge and had me cracking up with your silly antics.  Thank you!

Let’s keep the gratitude going and pass it along.