Beware if you click on the video below at work… you may need access to a kleenex!
Video link: http://youtu.be/0PyA5d6Gb_8
(Or scroll below to watch the embedded video!)
I will encourage you to watch the video before reading… then I will make more sense.
I am beyond blessed to have the opportunity to train, coach, speak, volunteer, and pursue “the dream”. My main mission through all of that, as high as my personal athletic goals are, is to truly make a difference in the lives of others: to live their dreams, to be giddy with excitement as they race (Tina!), to cry with them through bad news (Kara and Sharon… tear…), to feel the excitement of starting a “plan” (Tom and Amy! And soon to be Lindsay and Stephanie!!), to nudge them to do the uncomfortable (Rael – you KNOW what I’m talking about!), to run stride by side through their challenges (Claire and Meg!), to develop a long-term runner/racer (Kieran, Sumner, Tristan and Belle!), and to reach up on my toes to give the BIGGEST hug after triumphs (Sub 3, Jen and Michelle!!! OTQ, Angela!). I aim to create something larger than myself – a community of individuals supporting each other and reaching higher than they would have thought possible. *Love*
I can’t even begin to describe how deep of a passion this is and how big of a change this is for me. I have always been this “go-go-go” person, seeking the highest/best in everything – summa cum laude, exclusive internships, MBA, promotions, big salaries, big 401ks… But now that I step back from all of that buzz and noise, I’ve experienced the best reward. Have I fallen off the deep end? Perhaps.There is no real financial “reward” for what I do now, but I am more fulfilled than I have ever, ever been… if I died tomorrow, I would die a happy gal :).
|Photo credits: blisshabits.com|
I often wonder why I was given this opportunity… Brooks and other sponsors have been so GIVING and supportive… and I am not THAT fast… but I honestly believe it was a gift to allow me to start doing what I was perhaps meant to do.
Please, take some time this week away from the holiday craziness to truly make a difference in someone’s life. Connect with them. Stop the craziness for just a minute or two to send a note to an old friend. Stop by to visit someone in the hospital, visit a new baby!, or drop by a house with a homemade gift basket *just because* 🙂
Love one another. Be a relentlessly positive light. Encourage. Run happy. Make a difference in the world.
PS – Perhaps comment to let me/others know what you’ve reached out to do? That would be fun!
Sorry about the annoying last 15 seconds :).