“Just do it”

I hear a lot of people say “I will do such in such when…I lose 10 lbs…I take this course…I perfect that skill…I have more time…my kids are older…I am healthier…I fit into this size…I quit that bad habit…” In fact, I used to be (and sometimes still am) one of those people. But here’s the thing I am learning…the “right” time seems like it never comes. Or the opportunity isn’t there when the timing is “perfect”.

I believe that when an opportunity presents itself, we have a choice…to pass it up because the time isn’t right, or to be courageous and go for it. Its only by taking a leap of faith that we will reach our goals, even if we are unaware that it is even a goal of ours.

For example, I had been thinking of maybe doing a marathon, sometime, and then I heard about Team 261 Fearless and the NYC marathon. I applied, with really no experience, just the willingness to train hard. I didn’t make the team, originally, but then, I got a call, and an offer to be a part of something big, something empowering and amazing. A once in a lifetime opportunity, to not only run a marathon, but to start it with Kathrine Switzer! And not just any marathon, one of the biggest marathons in the world! A bucket-list event and accomplishment.

Now my brain said “definitely not…you’re not…fast enough, slim enough, strong enough…you can’t do that much fundraising in such a short time…its not possible…its too risky…you will look like a fool…you will fail”. And yet, something inside me lit up, and made me smile and think…”but what if i did it…what if i could do it?” The thought stuck with me, and I knew that if I didnt give it a try that I would always wonder if I could have done it. I knew I would regret not doing it…even though I didn’t believe at first that I could run 42.2km. And then I convinced myself I could do it. I wanted it so badly, I could no longer imagine NOT doing it.

And so…I took a leap, and put faith in my wings. And with the training has come confidence. Now, in all honesty, I’m not completely fearless in the sense of lacking fear…but I am fearless in that I am courageous and empowered…afraid and doing it anyways. Going for what my heart desires, despite the difficult journey.

I believe this is the key to happiness in life. It’s not a lack of stress, but the balance of the right kind of stress. Test your limits, push your boundaries, and always grow. Life is about the journey, not the destination.

Be Fearless…Be Free.

Marathon Ambition

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Hello Friends!  I have been very busy this past month!  As many of you who follow me on facebook know, and some of you may not be aware, I am going to run in the New York City Marathon on November 5th, with Team 261 Fearless, lead by the one and only Kathrine Switzer!  I am beyond excited!  With a charity bib, comes fundraising, and good fundraising takes creativity.  I created the painting above to be the cover of a cookbook that I created to sell to raise money for 261 Fearless.  If you are, by chance, interested in a cookbook, please find me on facebook here, and send me a private message.  I will ship!

I must admit, I LOVE the way my desire for bright colours merges with my obsession with a Paynes Grey female body.  I wasn’t sure if it would work, but was pleasantly surprised by the outcome.  This image is also used as a poster for my 5K Fun Run Walk, Saturday October 28, 2017, for which you can register at my Eventbrite page.

Running is just as important to my mental and emotional well being as painting.  They actually have a lot in common, which is surprising!  Both act as a meditative activity for me…I get into the zone and tune everything else out.  Both are relaxing and rewarding.  Both running and painting make me feel confident, empowered, and ready to take on the next challenge.  Both make me get over perfectionism, and help to teach me to go with the flow, because there are so many uncontrollable factors involved.  They teach me patience and acceptance.  They allow me time to be with myself, and treat myself in a kind and compassionate way, granting me the much needed time to recharge, and recenter.

261 Fearless helps women feel the confidence from running through empowerment and fearlessness.  They create global networking environments and safe running groups for women to learn to run, in a safe and injury-free manner.

If you are interested in more information about 261 Fearless, and Kathrine Switzer, click on 261 Fearless.  🙂  If you would like to sponsor me in my journey to New York’s Marathon, please click on sponsor me.  Thank you so much for helping me to reach my goal!!!

One more favour…what do you see in this painting?  What stands out to you?  What does the woman represent?  I’m curious how this image is received and interpreted.  😉  Thank you!!!