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INSPIRE. IMPACT.

Growing Up Mortal…

Just a little thought from a recent writing of mine: “…I would run, knowing at some level, that I would go home to a mother who couldn’t leave the house unassisted.  I would hear the world around me worry about work or love or money, while arriving home to find my mom with a smile on her face and gratitude…

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Home, Sweet, Motorhome.

I entered the non-profit world with my rose-colored glasses and Pollyanna attitude fixed neatly in place.  For the last five years I’ve been fighting to remain that young woman that believes miracles happen in a moment’s notice and that dreams really do come true. Life has a way of callousing a hopeful soul.  With wise mentorship and supportive loved ones…

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Baby It’s Cold Outside

With the 2014 Relay team announced, segment assignments in hand, and the training program in place most of the runners are at the beginning of a long and memorable journey.  But let’s not forget it’s December, so more than half the team has some interesting and chilly weather conditions to run through in order to be best prepared for the…

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Daunting Challenges

I was recently asked a question about overcoming challenges in an interview and thought I’d share my answer here in the blog. : ) Enjoy!   What do you do to prepare for a challenge so daunting, like MS Run the US? I focus on three tasks at a time.  I think life in general can be daunting if you…

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Joe.

Joe. Joe who? Joe.  He has had a vast and direct impact on MS Run the US and myself personally.  He was apart of the small group of individuals – the MoneyMutuals and Denise Sykes of the world; the Joes – that give me the rose-colored notion that people help people simply because it’s good.  Because it’s the right thing…

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Make It Real

I’ve run the finish of the MS Run the US – 2013 Relay before. I’ve run it thousands of times. The clarity of the experience is so vivid that I can feel the breeze rush across my face as my hands grip the adult disability stroller carrying my mom in front of me. I see the George Washington Bridge rise…

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In My Head

Being that it’s the final month of the inaugural MS Run the US 2013 Relay I know I should be blogging more, updating more, sharing more pictures, sharing more stories… I’m just not though, not as much as I would like.  I living day-to-day in my head while I help each of these Relay runners through a grueling running/fundraising task.…

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Are You Religious?

Are you religious? Ugh…I hate that question. My answer is 110% without a shadow of a doubt, no. No, I am not religious. That feels good to say. Religion is dirty. It’s judgmental and ridged. It makes me feel not-good-enough, like always. If I was religious, I’d never be able to get it right, or even get within a million…

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My Favorite Place

The Relay moves forward every day and with it, so do I.  It was a quick week up, through, and over the Rocky Mountains into Denver, CO and before I knew it I as entering the eastern Colorado view of the great open Plains (think Nebraska).  After such a scenic 9-days with Bill over the Rockies, I honestly and openly…

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Just. Love.

Who are you to judge? Just love. You run. You run because… You run to be connected, so you share. Just love. You run to be in solitude, so silence is your shadow. Just love. You run with music to lift you up. Just love. You run without music to be organic. Just love. You run to meet your goal.…

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