About Lynn Rush

New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author, chocolate addict & ultra runner. Rep'd by Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency

#TheRunningWriter QOTD

Find joy in the junk.

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Life throws a ton of junk our way, doesn’t it? Challenges we’d rather not face off with. Obstacles that make us cringe. Pain. Grief.

The list could go on and on. While you’re going through some of that junk, you might wonder if you’re going to drown. And you might wonder why everyone else has it so good or easy.

They may be struggling just as much as you, the only difference is that they are finding joy in their junk.

But how? When you’re squaring off with mountainous obstacles that appear never-ending…

It’s a choice. I know some people are cringing right now as they read that. Because choices like this seems easy, right? Of course people want joy instead of pain and suffering. Duh.

But how do you find joy when you’re about to fold beneath the weight of life?

That’s the magic question. I don’t have all the answers, all I can do is share what I’ve done. What I’ve learned.

The main thing for me is my faith. It’s a solid foundation. A peace that keeps me strong. But there’s more.

I celebrate the small things. I literately search out anything I can in the day that is positive. Almost like a challenge. Because if I don’t, I can easily fall into focusing on the bad, stressful stuff each and every day.

Eating right and exercising are two other things that really help me. I tend to lean toward eating comfort food and slothing on the couch when I’m struggling.

To get out there and move, get fresh air, strain your muscles a little can go far. It doesn’t have to be a marathon, either. You’d be amazed how a little exercise lightens the stress-load from your shoulders.

How do you find your joy in all the junk?

Get your name on my #Boston2018 Marathon shoe

Here’s the shoe we filled up during the ultra marathon (31-mile) funding-raising push last month. Isn’t that awesome?

Let’s fill the other one for the #Boston2018 marathon adventure!!

Monday April 16th, I get the honor of running the historic Boston Marathon in Mary Sue Seymour’s name. It’s been a privilege this past year to have taken on many adventures in her name.

Running up the side of Pikes Peak, running the Cave Creek Thriller 50k, and just last month running the Crown King Scramble 50k. You’ve all been with me the entire time, and I can’t thank you enough.

One last adventure. Help me get to the $3,000.00 goal. A donation of 25-cents per mile for the Boston Marathon (26.2 miles) will get your name on my shoe. That’s $6.50 and you’ll  be running that famous marathon with me!!

Here’s the link to donate: http://giftfunds.stjude.org/IRun4MarySue   Just click OTHER to input the amount you want to donate. Every penny helps!

Sincerely,

Lynn

#TheRunningWriter QOTD

Encouragement > worry.

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Worry is so heavy on the shoulders isn’t it? Tiring, too. Thoughts and worries constantly toiling around in our brain. Distracting us. Making us edgy.

It leads to us missing things people say. Not noticing the environment around us. Not being there 100% for our family.

How the heck do we turn off the worry?

I read an interesting Proverb today about how encouragement can combat the weight of worry. Encouragement is contagious, so when you lift others up, it eventually does the same to you.

Whether it’s a kind word or and act of kindness, the focus is off your issue. Your worry.

I also found that it sometimes helped me see that the issues I’m struggling with were not as huge as I was making them out to be, too.

Plus. I’m helping someone who might be struggling with something. So, it’s a win-win.

#TheRunningWriter QOTD

Break the cycle.

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Whenever I see or hear this phrase I picture a hamster running in one of those wheel things.

How does he stop going round and round in that thing? He gets going so fast, how does he stop? And dizziness….

We can get into a nasty wheel like that in life, too. You might come from a home where parents abused you in some fashion, or they were addicts of some sort.

Maybe your parents, and their parents before them, didn’t talk. Held everything in until they exploded, and it was an ugly explosion.

Or food issues. That’s a big one. Getting shamed because of overeating, being overweight. Or your family dealt with issues by eating, so you didn’t have any role model to develop coping skills.

Whatever wheel you were thrown on because of family issues, it’s a strong wheel. And valid. I’m not disregarding what you faced growing up. It formed a strong grip around your mind, heart and soul.

But you can break the cycle. You can crack through the negative ways your family showed you how to cope so the next generation doesn’t have to face that same spinning wheel.

But how? Something that seems engrained in your heart and mind, that’s tough to break.

How does the hamster get off that wheel? By slowing down first. When that nasty engrained response rears its ugly head in your life, stop. Think of it like a mental fire spreading on your skin, and what do you do if you’re on fire? Stop, drop and roll!

Get counseling. Get an accountability partner. Get a mentor.

Do whatever you have to do, because getting off that wheel will help you find peace. And that peace will ripple into other areas of your life: Relationships. Work. Health.

Break the cycle, my friends. You can do it!!!