Sometimes you have to toot your own horn

At work the other day we had a meeting to talk about mid-year review. We discussed what’s worked, what hasn’t and what changes we want to make.

But before the meeting even started, my boss went around the room and said something positive he has noticed in each employee since the start of 2019. It was such a boost of confidence and really set the tone for the meeting.

I’m lucky to work for a place that encourages growth and goals.

He also said how great of a job, as a team, we had done over the last few years. He said sometimes we need to toot our own horn. 

It was like a lightbulb had gone off.

We should be damn proud of the work we do. Not only am I proud of what I do professionally, but I am proud of the work I am doing with running, in my marriage and with all my jobs.

So friends, don’t be afraid to toot your own horn. Be proud of the work you do. Don’t wait for someone else to recognize your work — RECOGNIZE WHAT YOU DO FOR YOUR SELF.

Thanks for coming to my TedTalk. Ha!

Other random tidbits from life lately.

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I just want to spend all my time outside

Does anyone else feel that way after a long winter? I love having so much daylight when I get home from work and I’ve been trying to spend as much time as possible outside. I’ve been reading, planting flowers, running and taking Murphy for 400 walks a day.

What’s your favorite way to spend time outside?

Look at this fun sidewalk chalk art on my run yesterday! I looped back around to snap a picture and I’m happy I did. So fun.

I also tried a new-to-me flavor of Nuun and it was pretty good! It’s been getting up in the 80s and I’m trying to increase my distance and speed on my runs, so I figured an extra boost wouldn’t hurt anything.

By now yall know I am obsessed with Murphy. But for real, isn’t he the cutest?! This is actually a live picture on my iPhone and it’s so cute because he starts off with my mouth closed and once he sees me with the phone he smiles. MY HEART. SO PRECIOUS.

Books on books on books

For Christmas, I hit the jackpot with books. I received so many great reads, many of which were on my wish list, but also a few that were not!

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Strong by Kara Goucher <– a great book to help with personal and running goals for the new year!

Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow. by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky
This Is Me: How to Love the Person You Are Today. by Chrissy Metz <– such a good read! I flew through it. She’s such a good storyteller.

#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso
A Beautiful Work in Progress by Mirna Valerio
Whiskey in a Teacup By Reese Witherspoon
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed <– I’ve seen the movie, but now I’m excited to read the book.

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Duel in the Sun (Alberto Salazar, Dick Beardsley, and America’s Greatest Marathon) by John Brant

Have you read any good books lately? Tell me in the comments below!

Goals for 2019

Day 1/365. I know everyone says this, but I can’t believe we are already in the new year! It’s so crazy that another year has come and gone, but I am so excited for what is to come!

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While I know change can happen on any day and that there is nothing magical about Jan. 1, it is still fun to think about past 365 days and revisit goals for the coming months. So with that being said, here are some of my goals for 2019:

Run more + include speed work into my routine
In 2017, I ran 350 miles. In 2018, I ran 530 miles (so crazy the numbers worked out like that — totally not planned). My goal is 800 miles for 2019, so who knows?! I want running to be something that I always love, not a chore, but who knows? It would be cool to run that much in the next year.

A sub-2 half marathon is also still on my bucket list, so I need to get faster in order to make that happen.

Take more fitness classes that excite me
In 2018, I took a hot yoga class that I loved! While I wasn’t able to go often, every time I went I left feeling invigorated and refreshed. I so desperately want to get back to that. We also have a Pure Barre studio in town that I want to try.
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Cook more at home, eat out less
It’s an easy trap to fall into — swinging by the drive-thru became a habit for me, and I need to break it. You save calories and money when cooking at home, so that’s a big goal for this year!
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Some of my goals never change. Daily I want to grow more in my faith, be around those I love and just be a happy person.

What are your goals for 2019?!

Charleston, SC — days two and three

Happy Friday! It’s a sunny day in Charleston (our first of the week!)

Even though today our last day in the city (we fly home tonight) I thought I would recap our two full days in Charleston.

Wednesday kicked off the first full day in the city and was filled with workshops, speakers and lots of masterminding. Our walk to the event was gorgeous. I am obsessed with the colored buildings and the pretty churches.

Our first event for the week was at the American Theater (the same place where Noah and Allie from The Notebook had their first date!) It’s such a unique venue and I love that I get to explore so many neat places thanks to my job.
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We’ve also been eating our way through Charleston. Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits and Glazed have been two of our go-to breakfast stops. The pimento cheese biscuit and the vegan chocolate ginger doughnuts were definitely my favorite.

Supper was at High Cotton (another place from the movie!) and I ate so much (#foodbaby). I definitely need to get back to the gym and eating healthy (and not so much) next week. 
I love the people I work with and I am so grateful to be surrounded by so many inspiring clients. These events always leave me excited to work on my personal and professional goals.

I am sad to be leaving such a fun city but I am excited to get back to my boys!

Windy weekend

Happy Monday, friends! Can you believe we are already at the end of October?

While I won’t be home to pass out candy on Halloween (which I am so bummed about) I did decide to somewhat celebrate by wearing orange and black on my runs this weekend.

This Columbia long sleeve is my new favorite. I snagged mine for $3 at Goodwill (and it’s a size too big) but you can buy it here.

I spent most of the day Saturday covering our regional cross country championships. It was so fun getting to see my former coaches and so many people who helped foster my love of running.

This weekend is state and I’m so excited to take pictures, write stories and watch all these amazing high school runners!

After covering the races all day I found some time for a run myself! This weekend was crazy busy and we even had a wind advisory (30mph winds!) but it was so sunny and too nice not to spend every day outside!

I am only working four days this week before my husband and I are off to Louisville/Lexington to cover football and cross country for the news outlet we work for. I am so excited for a short week and some extra time with Ryan!

Hope you all have a great week ahead!

Work. Run. Play.

While last week was ALL about work, I am making it a point to have some more fun and run more this week. While I know some weeks need to be all about work and deadlines, I knew after stretching myself too thin last week – something had to change.

I started off my week with a run on Sunday. It was gorgeous outside! A slight chill in the air, but so sunny! I ran a couple miles around my neighborhood and just enjoyed being outside.

Throughout the week I have enjoyed being outside more, relaxing on the couch with Murphy and just taking it easy. Last week I wrote six stories for my side gig and this week I wrote one. It was glorious.

I also hopped on the treadmill when I wanted, did some running and walking intervals and put no pressure to crank out some crazy workout/run.

If this season of your life is busy, don’t add extra stress by piling on workouts and long runs. Do what you can, when you can. Keep showing up. The work will pay off.

Why I never wear makeup

One of the most surprising things people find out about me is that I don’t wear makeup. When I say I never wear it…I mean I don’t even own any.

Growing up, my mother never wore makeup. We lived on a farm and worked outside in the elements or broke a sweat inside by cleaning, canning vegetables and playing with my little brother. I always thought she was beautiful and carefree — that’s who I wanted to be.

My skin is free, I never feel “unprepared” to leave the house and it saves me a lot of time when getting ready.

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This was never something I transitioned to — I have not worn makeup basically my whole life. I don’t think I ever got in trouble in middle school for sneaking out of the house with a face of makeup on and I know I didn’t wear any makeup to either of my proms.

While I might have insecurities about some parts of my body, my face is one thing I am not afraid to show the world. 

The last time I wore makeup was on my wedding day — and that was mainly to combat the harsh stage lighting and for our wedding pictures. Even then, I wore only a little foundation, some fake lashes (because I barely have any) and some neutral eyeshadow.

My husband loves that I don’t wear makeup. And my friends think it’s pretty cool.

I don’t hide my blemishes or acne. The world gets my tired and true face every time I step out the door.  

I encourage you to go makeup-free for a day or two.
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“I’ve worked hard to feel beautiful in my natural skin. Personally, I don’t ever want to depend on makeup to feel beautiful.” — Lupita Nyong’o