My Dearest Family and Friends,
Oh what a difference a year makes! One year ago, I entered into 2017 as a divorced, single mom. This was a place that I never thought I would be and something I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. I didn’t know how I was going to make it from hour to hour, let alone day to day. I was in a dark place but tried so hard to put on a brave face for my kids! I needed help, support and love from those around me. It was hard to accept, but everyone rallied around me and showed me that I was worth it!
This past year has been a year of transformation for me. I lovingly called it the “.” It was the first time in a very long time that I focused on myself: mentally, physically, and emotionally. I took the time I needed to heal, to once again find myself. Much of my reflection time was spent running. The road didn’t care what I looked like. It didn’t care if I was upset or crying. It accepted me for me. I spent countless hours and miles on the road just running for me.
The first day I stepped out to run, I couldn’t even run a mile. I was humiliated and so very disappointed in myself. Instead of giving up, I decided to enter my very first race since high school: The Fort 4 Fitness Mini-Marathon. I spent many months training for this race and in turn healing myself. Not only did I finish the race but I completed it in 1:42:13 and placed in my age group. It was a feeling of tremendous accomplishment, but more than that, it was a milestone for me. I overcame what I thought was the impossible. I became me!
After finishing the “,” I have reflected on the support and love of so many people. I could not have made it through 2107 without each and every one of you. I cannot thank you enough! Today I can say that I smile a lot bigger, love a lot harder, and laugh a lot more. You made this possible!
Entering into 2018, I felt the need to set another goal. I wanted to set it not for myself, but for a purpose greater than myself. This year I follow the saying of “ I want to focus on doing things that are outside of my comfort zone. With this in mind, I have signed up for my first marathon. On October 7, 2018. I will be running in the Chicago Marathon for The Pat Tillman Foundation. I am grateful that I live in a country that has allowed me the freedom to discover myself. I am forever indebted to the men and women of our Armed Forces who fight for this freedom. I am also passionate about education and the development of future leaders. The Pat Tillman Foundation embraces all of this. Pat Tillman stated, “Somewhere inside, we hear a voice. It leads us in the direction of who we wish to become. But it is up to us whether or not to follow.” I choose to follow this voice!
I ask that you pray for my journey. Running the marathon is frightening, but raising the funds to support this amazing foundation is exhilarating. My goal is to raise $1500 to invest in the lives of others just as you have invested in my life. If you find it in your heart to donate to my journey, please click on the donate button. Again, thank you so much for your continued support and love!