Running Around

“Authenticity has less to do with what I look like and more to do with what I say and do.” –Sarah

A while back there was thing called “Real Me” running around the “blogosphere.”  I kept intending to participate, but never ended up having a camera after those real me moments. Until tonight…

See, the real me loves to run.  I haven’t always. Back when I played tennis like it was my job, I loathed running.  But then, tennis season ended and I love the feeling of a good workout…

So, on a whim, I picked up running. I hit the pavement searching for cute little neighborhoods and found myself loving the mixture of music, God time, and the feelings afterward (from i hurt to okay I did that!).   Give or take about three years, here I am still running.

Now, as for the picture…I took this little gem right after my 16.1k (or 10 mile) run–sometimes I wonder why I do this to myself…  My legs hurt. I did not smell pretty. I’m pretty sure I had salt on my face. I had just listened to Battlefield on repeat 22 times to remind me to get my armor on (yes…I counted while I ran and I wanted to get my $1.29 worth out of the song I bought in part just for this ridiculously long run and check out Ephesians 6).

I’ve got my cross and heart necklace around my neck (I’ve worn the cross since high school and June gave me the heart last year–yeah…I never take it off…literally).  I have a watch on my right hand (and no, I’m not left handed, I just like that hand better for watches).  I’m wearing flip flops because that’s how I roll even in negative temperatures.

I’m missing my big earrings and sunglasses, but  just imagine they’re there because they normally are.  Oh, and yes, I’m taking a cheesy self-portrait hand out smiling style picture because I like documenting things like this and yes I smile in them…iPhoto has plenty of these stored away.

So, there’s a little glimpse into the real me. I’ll try to share more as these moments pop up, but I’ve written more than enough me…tell me something about the “real you” because I so would love hearing from you!!! (and yes, I use multiple exclamation points or question marks to emphasize that I really do want to know..I do) 🙂

from “i hurt” to feeling beautiful

Here we are again. Another week. Another post. Let me just say, I feel like each week, I notice more, I am inspired by more, I find more joy, I am more optimistic. And that alone, I love!  Here are some of the experiences of joy this week…and don’t forget to tell me one of your own!!

359. capturing a moment

360. chasing sunshine and clouds

378. The moment when the skating pair finishes well and locks eyes

380. feeling beautiful after getting my hair done

395. the “i hurt” after a run because it means i did something

397. helping kindergartners make paper penguins

408. being called miss tiger 🙂

417. naps in the sunshine with the snow just outside

419. a walk with my beloved

424. a kiddo on each leg

430. making veggie lasagna from scratch

437. scheduling posts

439. skype dates with tara

449. cake batter with oatmeal cookie batter…yum, I love coldstone

456. looking at Africa pictures with grandma at “christmas”