Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Oh the Places You Can Go!

Hello Ladies-

I hope you are all doing terrific and making strides on your journey.

This is the time of the year when I begin to think of the end of the school year. It's also graduation for both high school and collegiate scholars.

I had a visit with a former student the other day. We were talking about his future plans and reflecting on our time together in 5th grade.

It reminded me of the Dr. Seuss book "Oh, the Places You'll Go". (He was a GENIUS!) A dear family friend gave me this for HS graduation. (Dan and Robin Smith) I still read it in my classroom!

Whether we are graduates of high school diplomas or collegiate degrees-or maybe, just maybe, runners on the street, we can all look forward to all the places we can go.

Last weekend, I competed in the Country Music Half Marathon. I was not prepared-I will admit that. But I wanted to experience something new. And I did!

This is a book that was most likely written for graduates or small children even. But don't let yourself think for even a second that we can't have dreams as adults. We can still find those mountains to climb.

The school district I teach in has a motto. "Believe and Achieve". I would like to correct that.

I can tell you after my experience last weekend completing my first half marathon-that it begins with the DREAM that you BELIEVE you can accomplish. And the icing on the cake is when you ACHIEVE it! So whether you are a 1 miler, 5k, 10K, Halfer, Full Marathoner-Keep going!



Hope to see you on the road-Who knows where we will go!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Move Forward!

Hello WOW girls. Isn't springtime beautiful? As dismal as the winter became spring is rewarding us with some beautiful scenary!

This is the time of year that we begin to creep out from our fuzzy blankets to find the pavement, and have the beckoning call of the road. Friends will call for a walk or run, and frankly, we always don't feel like it. Whether it be work or life, sometimes even the prodding of another can't get us going.

This is where I am-and I realize that I need to pick my own feet up. I need to do it-they can't always do it for me. Some days, I need to go on my solo run and destress from MAP testing, work, and being a busy mom. Other days, I greet my friends who invite me to join them. I have found I need my solo run to regroup right now-and when I am refocused, I will be back-it's been a hard year. But spring is a motivator.

No matter the circumstance-I know I need to go forward. I was watching a movie with my kids and saw a quote by a famous Missourian at the end that truly inspired me.

"Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, we keep opening up new doors and doing new things. . . And curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."

Walt Disney

So ladies-whether you are on a path with friends or going solo-KEEP MOVING FORWARD! BE CURIOUS- FIND A NEW ADVENTURE!

Although I haven't seen many of you in awhile-I cherish my running friends- I am excited and proud of all of your endeavors! Go Forward one foot at a time whether it is 1, 3, 6, 13.1, or 26.2!

I'll see you on the road soon!

Keep moving forward!