When things are a disappointment, try not to be so discouraged. -Carol Burnett


I experienced a big disappointment yesterday. I wasn’t able to finish my 50k race. 

My first DNF (Did Not Finish). Knew it would happen sooner or later, that’s just how things go sometimes, but yeah, it stung. 

So now I get to practice the “try not to be so discouraged” part of things.

I’m sad, and that’s okay, but I’m also thankful I was able to be out there at all.

I’m blessed with the love and joy of running, the physical health (for the most part) to do it, and a great support network to help me do it. 

I’ll write a race report later, but for now, I’m a bit sad, but I’ll get back out there soon. 


Come what may, all bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance. ~Virgil


Even if you have to move at a snail’s pace, keep moving forward. You will get through whatever you’re facing. 

Stay strong.

Never give up. 

You can do this!


Success is due to our stretching to the challenges of life. Failure comes when we shrink from them. -John C. Maxwell


When I‘m trail running, I often stop and look at the trails behind me—usually, when I get to the top of a big hill.

I do that because I want to see what I’ve just conquered. Where I’ve come from. It helps to see that I just did something pretty hard and survived.

Sure, I might be sucking dust after a monster climb, but I made it. And I can make the next one. Even if I have to walk, I can do it, because I just did.

So, stop and take a look at where you’ve come from. What you’ve conquered. It might be a nice reminder that you ARE strong. You CAN do it. You WILL survive.


Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much. ~Blaise Pascal


I was grumpy (yep, it happens once in a while) and in a rush one day at the grocery store. I looked up from digging through my bag to find my credit card and the cashier smiled at me.

“You have pretty eyes,” she said. “How’s your day goin’?”

It kinda stopped me for a second, and then I smiled.

It was strange how that little gesture influenced my mood. I wasn’t so tense and in a hurry anymore. It was really cool. 

So…whose day are you going to change with a kind word or smile?