Here we are- my favorite time of year!! The time when Gratitude is key and cheer starts to bubble over. What's not to love about that?? For the last 4 years I have run a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning and I absolutely love it!! I love being a part of so many peoples' day. Sharing in miles and sweat is so marvelous and let me tell you, the buzz of gratitude is so contagious!! My favorite part of the Turkey Trot is dedicating each mile to something that I am grateful for in my life. This year I will be running a 5k (3.1 miles) so here is my list of gratitude that I will be running for.
Mile 1: My Tribe: These are the people that really get me, encourage me to be who I TRULY am and who I hope to be. These are the people (both in real life and on the internet) that I have “met” and bonded with and have helped me grow into who I am. I will run this mile for all the beautiful souls I have in my tribe and how they inspire me daily!!
Mile 2: Self acceptance: Gosh, this is something that I struggled with all through my early and mid-twenties. I think most women have experienced some form or another of being too critical of themselves or not embracing how magical and special they are. I will run this mile for how cool it is to finally feel, not only at peace with who I am, but actually thinking I’m a pretty kick-ass gal. I love this quote from Louise Hay- “You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” Heck yes ladies, let’s all get in the business of loving ourselves!! Besides, you are the one that has to live with your choices, and when it’s just you alone in a room, will you be happy to be sitting with you?? (just some food for thought!!)
Mile 3: Real food: Real food plays such a large role in my happiness and my life. Not only does choosing real food nourish my body, it makes me happier, calmer, and more available to the people I love and gives me the energy I need to go after the things I am passionate about. When Ev and I started to grow food together everything changed. I am continuously in awe of Mother Nature and all that is provided to us. Having a real relationship with my food and the earth has made me realize what a magical thing life is and I truly believe that there is something much greater than just “surviving” this life. Choose to honor your body and life by choosing foods that really NOURISH you. I will run this mile in gratitude of the foods that nourish this life that I am so passionate about!
Mile 3.1: My man, best friend, partner, and #1 cheerleader. I am eternally grateful for his endless patience and acceptance. I like to think while driving of all the ways my life would be insanely different if he wasn’t in my life and it’s shocking to acknowledge it. After all, he is the one who told me to look into becoming a health coach! I will run the last .10th of a mile because without him, those first 3 miles would be totally different!
So what do you have to be grateful for this year? Nothing is too small to give thanks for. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments or email me directly. Spread the gratitude and spread joy with it!
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Happy Thanksgiving to you all.
Chase your dreams and eat some greens.