I'm finally feeling like myself again. It's taken a shit-ton of work. Physical work. Mental work. Emotional work. Hours of therapy. Hours of running. Of listening and meditating on music that feeds my soul. Of advocating for myself and my physical health. Recently I've been reconnecting with the Elizabeth that's down deep inside, the girl … Continue reading I think mini backpacks are cool and I don’t care who knows it.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You're too tall. You'd better feign an interest in sports so people think you're living up to your height. You're too skinny and too tall. Your handwriting sucks. Erase and write your name again. And again. Be careful about showing too much of the silhouette of your body. Men will make noises at you when … Continue reading The Mean Girl in the Mirror
This question makes me think of the character Jean Valjean in my favorite musical of all time, Les Miserables. Prisoner 24601. That's how he was known for years and years. And I think up until his dying day, it's an identity forced on him that he carried to his grave. We all have identities that are … Continue reading Who Am I?
Today I just had a feeling that it was going to be a weird day, a sign. Usually when I experience this, I do in fact have a weird day. I waited for a call for school to be cancelled due to the impending Nor'easter bound for the East Coast. No call came. Some schools … Continue reading Signs
Running, specifically long distance running, has a way of stripping a person down to the inner grit and grime of who she is. The effects of using all the body's energy and breaking down muscle only to be rebuilt stronger don't discriminate between man, woman, young, old, affluent, poor, elite, not elite (read: me). Today's … Continue reading Grit and Grime
I should probably be lesson planning right now, but meh. It's Wednesday. It's rainy, windy and cool outside. I'm wearing a sweatshirt and not roasting. It's finally fall. And what better way to welcome fall than some running through the woods this weekend? The trees haven't really started changing yet, but it was a lovely … Continue reading NCR 20-Miler Recap
I haven't posted here about my running in a really long time. I've posted about running getting me through infertility, but I think this was the last real post about training. We (my husband and I) had signed up for the IMS Arizona Marathon because it was super cheap, and relatively close to where we … Continue reading Running update.
I lace up my shoes and head out the door. I have a drive a little ways to get there, but I get out of the car, stretch, set up my watch, and I start. There are hills, wind, and friendly faces. I start out with darkness, and then as I come around the final … Continue reading February 23 | Freedom
Preliminary Thoughts It's been a very long time since I really recognized Ash Wednesday by giving something up or taking on a new habit. Growing up, this was an integral part of the church calendar as I grew up in a United Methodist church. Now, I find myself in a new season of my own spirituality. … Continue reading Lent 2016
The journey of infertility, at least for me, is not a test for my body to do biologically what it's designed to do. I know that sounds counterintuitive. It's a test of faith, much like other journeys we all go through. I'm not making light of this journey. It's difficult. It's uncertain (especially if your diagnosis … Continue reading Hope never hurts.