running and living the life i love

There was a time in my life, not too long ago, when motherhood overwhelmed and consumed me.  My days were solely focused on my little people – everything in my world revolved around them and I can honestly say I did not find nor make time for myself.  As a result, I dealt with a lot of inner turmoil and felt lost, lonely and depressed.  I fell into a horrible pattern of negative thinking and was always seeing the glass as half empty.  I was not myself.

I realized something was missing from my life.  And as strange as it may sound, that something was ME.

And this is when I started running again.  Running was my way of making time for myself.  It became my solitude, a place I could go to really connect with what was in my heart and let go of the things that stressed me out.  Running helped me find myself again.  It stirred the pot, and awakened me to my passions and to my purpose.

I do not think it is a coincidence at all that when I started committing myself to running, I started to live a happier and more authentic life.  Running helped me realize what I wanted that life to look like.  It has given me the courage to follow my heart and take chances – to live passionately.  I had to trust that just because I am doing something for me, that doesn’t mean I am selfish or I can’t still do as much as I need to for my family.  In fact in many ways, I feel like it empowers me to do MORE for them.

A happier mom is a better mom in my experience.

Since I started running again, I have done things that I am sure I would not have done otherwise.  For one, I started my own company, Sugar Cone.  I call it my little business that could.  It is a creative outlet and something I am proud of and truly love with all of my heart.  I am happy when I am creating … drawing and painting and playing.  I feel alive and cannot help but smile from the inside out – it is good for my soul.  Who says a 36 year old woman can’t get messy with glitter and glue and paper and paint?!?

In addition to that, running made me realize that I wanted to pay it forward and help others find their own happiness and strength through caring for their bodies.  Especially mothers.  I became a running coach and a Pilates teacher so that I could do this – and I am so happy that I made this decision.  Every single time I teach a class or work with someone on their running goals, I am grateful and happy.  I am passionate about it and I think this is why I am good at it.

Running taught me this —  PASSION and doing things well go hand in hand.

My running buddy Chris is a successful accountant.  The other day on our long run I asked him if he was passionate about his work – does he LOVE accounting?  He said yes.  At first, this answer basically astounded me because I cannot imagine being passionate about that, but when I asked him why, he said because he is good at it.  This got me thinking…it suddenly made a lot of sense to me and I haven’t been able to get it off my mind.

We are passionate about the things we are good at and we are good at the things we are passionate about.

If you are passionate about something – make it a part of your life and begin planting the seeds NOW.  Knowing what you feel passionate about is a true blessing!  There are a lot of people in this world who have not yet discovered their passions, and many who never will.  And if you are talented or gifted at something – nurture it.  It could bring you great joy and satisfaction in your life if you let this talent grow.  Time is going to pass no matter what we choose to do with it!

10 thoughts on “running and living the life i love

  1. You know, I agree with you. I would add though that I have found a crazy amount of delight and satisfaction pursuing several things that I *love* but I honestly don't know if I'll ever be very good at. Triathlon is still pretty new to me… currently training for my first 70.3, and *loving* the process, but I have no idea if I'll actually ever be “good” at it. Same thing with art/photography~ *love* both of those, and they bring me a tremendous amount of satisfaction, but I don't know if anyone else will ever value what I do. That's ok though~ I'm seriously delighting in the daily process of improving and challenging myself.

  2. Oh I completely agree with you! I think being good at something has to be decided by us – its not about whether or not other people value what we do, it is about finding value in what we do and in the things we love and choose to fill our lives with. It is all relative in my opinion.
    I will be my best at something when I am passionate about it and I love doing it. It is not about comparing my skills or
    abilities to anyone else other than myself. I think your point is a very good and important one and I am do grateful you made it!

  3. This is so true, I completely agree. I go running to clear my mind, to be with myself and to leave the real life of all the things that I really need to do. I commit to take this time a few times a week and every time I return from one of my runs I feel like I have accomplished something, sometimes even bigger than the work that is waiting for me at home. I also feel like I sorted things out and sometimes it is during my runs that I find the solution to a problem that has been bugging me.
    Only now have I started to love running but I am eager to make even more out of it. I am becoming more passionate about this sport and about a lot of little things in my life that I discover on my runs, even. Thank you for this!

  4. Great post:) I'm getting my personal trainer certification for this reason exactly – its what I love, what I'm passionate about! Eventually I want to get certified as a running coach, I just need it offered neat me!
    I LOVE your business!! I checked out the website and will definitely be keeping it in mind for gifts in the future – so creative!!
    Have a great day:)

  5. Awesome post! I know exactly what you're talking about. I did the same thing when my girls were really young and running taught me that I'm worth so much more than I was giving myself credit for.

    Now I use it to fuel everything else I want to do and when I feel I can't do something I remind myself that if I can run a marathon I can do anything!

  6. Well Said Jess! I love reading your blog. You are GOOD at writing and being vulnerable with your readers. I feel like you are writing about me, and I would imagine that everyone who reads feels this same way. You have a way of making people feel special because you write from that big giant heart of yours. I wish we could have met, that we were running Hood to Coast together or something! Hope your day is filled with passion! big hug xoxo

  7. Beautiful blog! I loved reading this because I could just feel the passion in your words. I'm so hapoy that running has brought you so much and has enriched your life!

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