Declare #TheRunningWriter



I declare today will be a good day. A positive and productive day. I will look for the good things in the day.

I am thankful for today.

I believe our moods can be affected by what we choose to focus on. Choose to spend our energy on. What we surround ourselves with. Ultimately what we declare for the day.

It’s kind of like the body. When we’re eating nothing but potato chips and fast food burgers, our body reacts negatively, feels sluggish and blah. But when we eat properly and exercise, we usually have a different result. Because we made a choice. We declared healthy living.

Same with our attitudes and mood. I can fester in negativity and obsess about the “bad” in my life. Or I can declare something different. Something positive. And today, I do that.

I declare hope. Hope for today. I will focus on the positive things in my life. Surround myself with positive thinkers and doers.

What do you need to declare for today?

Game face #TheRunningWriter

Game face.


There’s a saying in AA that’s I’ve always found interesting. Fake it until you make it. It’s kind of interesting because you think, “Hey. Don’t fake stuff. You got to be real.”

But in this sense, sometimes life gets so hard you might fold, but you trust the program and you have to learn how to live life clean, so do what the program instructs, even if it’s not what you want to do. It gets you through that tough spell and you learn. You practice doing something a different way.

By doing that, you’ll get stronger. It won’t be so hard later or next time you face off with temptation.

I look at it as putting your game face on. You know you have a job to do, so you zero in on what you need to get things done.

I’ve had to do that lately as I work through this grief-thing. I’ve climbed a lot of hills and mountains while trail running, battled through obstacles in my writing world, but this grief thing—man, it’s like a thick, slushy tar that my feet are sticking in.

I feel slow and sluggish. Off my game. Some moments are fine, others it takes serious effort to get out of the house and face the day.

So yeah, I’ve had to put my game face on, look at the day like an event or race just to make it. But each day I do that, I am stronger. I bust through grief’s grip. I show it who’s boss and I take charge. And with each day I find more peace. I trust that things will get better.

Let’s do this!

Bruises #TheRunningWriter



When I was a kid, I climbed a tree in the dead of winter—Minnesota winter—in a full on snow mobile suit.

Yeah. Those thick, puffy ones that you can’t really move around in. Just picture A Christmas Story.

Anyway. I did ok getting up there, right up until a branch cracked.

I’ll never forget the sound of that thing snapping. And then the feel of me floating through the air. It was a long twelve feet down.

Despite the padding, the landing hurt. Oh my gosh did it hurt. I looked at my friend, Shannon, and asked, “Am I dead?”

I can laugh now, but man, I was scared back then. I couldn’t breathe and my ribs ended up being bruised pretty good.

I’ll never forget that feeling of not being able to breathe. The wind got knocked out of me and I didn’t realize what was going on.

Life can do that you, too. It can knock you pretty hard—to the point of stealing your breath until you think you’re going to die.

Cling to your friends, your faith, and your loved ones to get you through. You are not alone. No matter what you’re facing, you can make it. You might have some bruises and feel like you can’t breathe a bit, but stay strong. You’ll get through it.

Possibilities #TheRunningWriter



I get asked all the time how I come up with my stories. What’s your inspiration? How do you think up those crazy ideas?

They seriously just come to me. I could be anywhere, anytime, doing anything when an idea hits.

It’s like a phrase pops in my head. Or a passing thought flutters through my consciousness.

For example, I’m out running and a bunny zips across the path. First, it scares the crap out of me, but then a thought shoots through my mind. Maybe a vampire just crawled out of the ground and scared it.

Or a branch cracks nearby and an idea comes to mind that it cracked because a giant stepped on it as it was trying to sneak up on me.

The only downside of an active imagination is that I sometimes freak myself out on the trails.

But it makes me run faster….

Most of the ideas that pop into my head don’t turn into novels, but that’s okay. I think the biggest thing is that I’m open to ideas. I think that’s what allows the ideas to come.

No matter what aspect of life, I think that if we’re open to possibilities that’s a good thing. It might open the door to new job opportunities, fun adventures, or chances to meet new people. If your eyes are open, looking for interesting things, that can make your day pretty interesting.

So what possibilities are you going to see today?