My Year To Thrive

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." ~Maya Angelou


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Breaking Your Own Heart

The very thing you’ve been the most afraid of
You’ve been doing it from the start, breaking your own heart. 

Breaking your own heart- Kelly Clarkson (Stronger) Good Sound Quality – YouTube

Considering yesterday I talked about letting fear hold me back, when I heard this song last night I wanted to share.  After all, what’s scarier than letting someone close enough to love you?  Besides being welling to let yourself love someone, of course.  I’m hoping someday soon I’ll be strong enough to let that happen again.

(lyrics behind the jump)

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Fear & Growing Up with a Bipolar Parent

"You can't get rid of your fears... but you can learn to live with them"  girl & monster sitting on the couch, girl asks, "More tea?"

9GAG – More tea, fear?

That about sums it up.  I have spent so much of my life letting fear cheat me out of things, bully me.  I’m tired of & I want live bolder.  I can’t actually be fearless, but I can put my foot up fear’s ass (to borrow from the ever delightful Red Foreman) & tell it to STFU.

Since I have fallen in love with running I have been thinking a lot about the fact I had wanted to join the track team in high school.  Specifically I wanted to do the hurdles.  I didn’t really know anything about track, but I had seen people jumping hurdles on the Olympics.  When no one was around, I would build up a make shift hurdle in the living room & jump over it.  Know why I never even tried out for the team?  Never even sought information on how to get involved?  I saw them running the bleachers & I was afraid to do that.  I knew running around on those bleachers would lead to me tripping & falling to my doom.  I was too clumsy to ever be able to run the bleachers.  Now I can look back & see what a stupid reason that was, partly lack of self-confidence & partly ignorance.  I always had this idea people were just naturally good at stuff.  If you didn’t start out good at it, you would never get it. Continue reading


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My Path to Contentment: From Addict to Awakened Ultrarunner << iRunFar

“It’s fairly easy to feel comfortable and want to keep that state all the time. To do great things, you need to step out of your comfort zone and be vulnerable.”
~Timothy Olson, “My Path to Contentment: From Addict to Awakened Ultrarunner”

Timothy Olson

My Path to Contentment: From Addict to Awakened Ultrarunner

First, I would like to thank Aaron at Achieve, Believe, Succeed for sharing this.  It’s an inspiring story of a man who was addicted to alcohol & drugs, even did some jail time, who was able to reclaim his life by running, among other things of course, & became an ultrarunner.  Hello.  That’s a lot of mileage.

Running has been amazing for me in so many ways, I hope to be able to look back someday from a life makes all this look like the “before”.  I don’t, however, hope I have to run 100 miles to do it…


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A Graceful Loving Yourself Quote from Cassie Parks | Loving Yourself University

"Loving yourself creates ease & grace in all things." ~Cassie Parks (image from article)

A Graceful Loving Yourself Quote from Cassie Parks | Loving Yourself University.

This quote is from Cassie Parks, Loving Yourself Lifestyle Coach, and founder of Loving Yourself University. In her own words …, Cassie talks about this quote and the loving yourself lesson.


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Flying Pig Apparel

We’ve all heard by now the relentless stream of advice to eat less and exercise more.  And as of 2008, about 35% of American women were classified as overweight or obese.  Yet walk into any mainstream store, and their “plus size” department is relegated to a tiny corner, as if there are so few of us that they don’t need to carry much of a selection.  Now try to find active wear for “plus sizes” in that same ordinary department store.  If you can even locate it, it’s often items that are completely unsuitable for actual exercise.  The attitude is clear: ‘Larger women will buy exercise clothes when pigs fly.’
Flying Pig Apparel, “Meet Flying Pig Apparel

The women behind Flying Pig Apparel

I have a thread on the Fit Fatties Forum about activity clothing/gear for the larger ladies.  Recently one of the lovely ladies pictured above dropped by to say she had been making how own workout clothes & with some friends was starting their own line of plus size athletic clothes for women, Flying Pig Apparel.

They are starting a small first line of colorful cotton tops & pants, & currently looking into some more technical fabrics, made in your size.  However big your butt might be, they’ve got you covered (literally).  Here is a bit about what separates them from what is already out there, from their Kickstarter page.

 We’re different in several important ways.  We have no upper size limit on our products.  Some of the money from Kickstarter will pay for the pattern drafting software and wide format printer so that we can offer our active wear in any size.  Our prices will be more affordable for the average customer, with retail prices in the $25-50 per item range.  And we’ll be making our garments right here in Oregon, not sending them out to a factory overseas.

Speaking of their Kickstarter.  You have just seven days left to help them meet their goal of $11K to fund their first run of 250 items.  They have a lot of goodies to offer their backers, & are currently at 62%.  Donate now!  Sadly, all I have atm are some Paypal funds which Kickstarter does not accept. sigh  (Plus, I already pledged this month to help my friend Nakia Reynoso get his new album out.)

Here is an awesome interview with the ladies of FPA at Live Once, Juicy.  Read it!

If you want to keep up with FPA, here is their blog, facebook page, Twitter, & once again their Kickstarter page.


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Today’s Changes to the Blog

Hurray!  Latest changes:

  • Updated the blog roll.  Lots of new links & the weight loss links removed.  I also changed up the categories a bit & updated some links.
  • Updated my Races page to include my own virtual 5K I did, & two races I have planned for next year.  Added a Carebear.
  • Finished the custom menu & submenu for the new theme.
  • Made several changes to the sidebars.
  • Changed the sharing buttons a little bit.

Now I need a new banner.  I have some ideas for what I want, but I’m still thinking.

Also, I’ve been more active on my Facebook page lately, so if you aren’t following me there yet you might want to check it out.

The font for this theme is quite small.  I wonder if I can change that?


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It’s not about having the skill to do s

It’s not about having the skill to do something. It’s about having the will, desire & commitment to be your best. -Robert Hernandez