Find the rays #TheRunningWriter

Find the rays

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Don’t you just love it when there are a few clouds out and the rays of sun break through them? It’s almost like a spotlight spilling over a specific part of the earth.

Lately, life’s been tough. Struggling with grief is real. It’s like a thick, dark cloud following me around. So I’ve got to look for the rays of sunlight as I process the grief. Otherwise the blahs can be a bit overwhelming.

My trails. I get to run my trails and see, first hand, the light pouring through the clouds. It gets my heart pumping. My legs burning.

My writing. I get to work on a wicked-awesome story with a wicked-awesome author. I’ve never done that before which leads to another adventure of plotting! I never plot out stories. I usually just write and write. But when you’re co-authoring….kinda need to plot. It’s been fun. Different, but fun.

Those are just two rays of the sun that keep me going. There are more, and if I keep looking for them, they break through the clouds.

What are your rays?

Sometimes you just gotta laugh #TheRunningWriter

Sometimes you just gotta laugh.

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Life can be serious and hard, so remember to sit back and have a good laugh once in a while.

You might know I love to trail run by following me on social media. When I was a newbie, I was still figuring out what all the different sounds were out there in nature.

I was on a new trail and a cicada suddenly went off near me and I screamed like a girl, thinking it was a rattle snake! Scared the crap out of my running buddy.

I’m a bit of a disaster in the kitchen. I was making a soup from Rachel Ray’s quick and easy recipes. It called for one adobe chipotle, but I thought it meant one can.

My sweet hubby about burned off his taste buds trying it.

Sometimes you just have to laugh at yourself. Don’t take life so seriously.

What have you done that’s made you laugh out loud at yourself?

Don’t focus on the don’t #TheRunningWriter

Don’t focus on the don’t.

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It’s easy to get caught up in focusing on what you don’t have. I’m guilty of that for sure.

What does focusing on the don’ts do to us, though?

I believe it can send us into comparison mode. Comparing ourselves to others, basing our worth on how we rate to others.

And that can get destructive.

We are our own people. We have our beliefs, our hobbies, our likes and dislikes. Own them, my friend. Don’t worry about what other people are doing. How many books other authors are selling. What other people are driving or wearing.

And so on.

You are special. You are loved. Stay strong, my friend.

Fear drives faith #TheRunningWriter

Fear drives faith

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There’s is an awesome song out there by Lecrae called I’ll Find You. I had it on my 50k or Bust playlist while I was training for my 50k race last March.

A phrase in that song really stuck out to me: Pain strengthens and fear drives faith.

Read that one more time: Pain strengthens and fear drives faith.

I can’t think of anything more true. I look back at the pain I’ve experienced, both physical pain and emotional, and I do believe it made me stronger.

Sure, it hurt while I was experiencing it, but when I was on the other side of it, I see how it helped me. Made me stronger.

But that second part about fear driving faith….So true. I think about how scared I was to send out my first manuscript to agents and publishers. I took a step out in faith that’s for sure.

When I’m scared of something I tend to pray more. Do you? Looking for strength. For calm through the stormy emotions fear can cause. I trust that I’ll get through whatever I’m facing. That I can learn and grow from it. Each step forward I take I take in faith.

As the song says, just fight a little longer, my friends, it’s all worth it in the end.