Posts tagged with "gratitude"

Happy First Day of Fall!!

Posted September 23, 2015 in Fall, goals, gratitude and 4 more


(a photo from the Sweet Success archives! Cabin trip at Platte River State Park in the fall of 2012)

Can you believe that fall has arrived??!? This year has just flown by.

Since it's the first day of fall, I wanted to take a moment to express some gratitude for summer. When spring turns to summer and summer turns to fall, we tend to just keep pushing forward. But it's nice to express a little gratitude for what the season brought to your life.

I also like to set goals for the new season. I like treating each new season just like I do the new year. It's a good time to reevaluate the goals you set earlier in the year and think about what you want your life to look like in the upcoming months.

Today I'm sharing my gratitude list for summer and my goals for fall...

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Using Positive Self-Talk to get Through Long Runs (or tough workouts)

Posted April 13, 2016 in running, half marathon training, run and 6 more


While training to build endurance and fueling my body for sustained energy have been important aspects of my half-marathon training, the thing that has truly pushed me through longer runs is positive self-talk.

There is a significant difference between runs when I'm saying to myself "You can't do this" and "You're not strong enough" and runs when I'm saying "You've got this" and "You're doing great."

To get through my long runs or even short runs that are a struggle, I use a combination of positive self-talk, mantras and visualization. 

Here's how you can use positive thoughts during your long runs or even during tough workouts...

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What I'm Doing to Prepare a Week Before My Half-Marathon

Posted April 25, 2016 in running, half-marathon training, Lincoln Half-Marathon and 9 more


My half-marathon is in less than a week!

I'll be running my 10th half-marathon on Sunday, and I'm nervous! Although I know what to expect on race day, I feel different going into this race.

During 2015, I ran two half-marathons and experienced major hamstring and hip pain and I developed plantar fasciitis. 

When I started training in January, I was coming off of a six month break from running. 

But I really wanted to give the half-marathon another try, so here I am! It's been quite the journey. I've had some new mental hurdles that I've had to overcome (ie. my slower pace and running alone) and I've had to keep an open mind about my training since I hired a running coach to guide me. 

Although my pace is still slower than it has been in the past, I've trained injury free! That was my one and only goal for this half-marathon. 

I honestly wouldn't have made it through training without my running coach - Amanda from Run to the Finish, the BF, my family, my chiropractor and the likes, comments and support from you!

To calm my nerves and make sure I'm feeling healthy and strong on race day, this is what I'm doing this week...

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How to be an activist and practice self-care

Posted February 3, 2017 in self-care, activism, politics and 4 more

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How has it only been two weeks since the inauguration? The amount of stress that I've carried has made it feel so much longer!

Just like you, I've been navigating how to keep up with political news while maintaining my own sanity. It's been a challenge and, I admit, the first week wasn't pretty. 

After the Women's March, I was feeling super hopeful and positive, then news came out about a Nebraska fraternity who had yelled absolutely horrific things at women during the march. I read the comments on the news story, and got so fired up by the awful comments. Then for some reason, I watched the documentary "The Hunting Ground," which sent me on a stress spiral. 

This was a major wake up call for me. I knew that I couldn't spend the next four years on this level. I want to be able to be involved and know what's happening in the world, but I'm not willing to sacrifice my own well-being. So I immediately began asking my online community what they had been doing to de-stress and implementing some self-care strategies.

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In Pursuit of Happiness

Posted April 26, 2017 in happiness, in pursuit of happiness, self-care and 5 more

Happiness isn't something that just happens to us. We must create our own happiness. 

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I always thought that once I was skinny I would be happy. Or once I graduated from college and got a real job I would be happy. Or once I got a better job I would be happy. Or when I got a boyfriend I would be happy. Or when I was finally out of debt I would be happy. 

Does this sound familiar? We often assume that there's something physical or tangible that will create a lifetime of happiness. Or when we reach a certain level of success, we'll be happy.

I'm not sure when I realized that grasping at things outside of myself would never make me happy, but that shift in my mindset changed everything.

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