Believe in yourself, have some guts & make it happen.

Isn’t she beautiful? My run last night, while a complete mental battle, was filled with beautiful scenes. I couldn’t help but notice all the fall flowers on porches, wildflowers along the road and this stunning sunflower.

Last night was my first run in quite some time that was quiet. I almost always have a running buddy, and for the few times lately I haven’t, I’ve brought music to accompany me. But this run was just me and my loud mind, for all five miles. It was intimidating, but also freeing.

Due to some unforeseen circumstances, I’ll be running my race solo a week from Sunday. Tonight’s run really let that scary truth sink in. Because I haven’t been running solo often, I learned my pacing is horrible, which of course made me nervous about pacing 13 miles by myself! Well, surrounded by a crowd of people running faster than me, anyway ;).

But with each pounding footstep, I told myself to keep going. Even though it was scary, even though it was hard, and even though I’m still unsure about my raceā€¦ I kept going.

Last night I learned a huge lesson in being brave and doing hard things, which seems to be the theme of my life lately. What makes it the most difficult, though, is that it’s almost completely a mental game. Friends, I know this is cliche, but you can do whatever you set your mind to do – you really can. Believe in yourself, have some guts and make it happen.

There are a lot of exciting things brewing in my life right now, both blog related dreams and other crazy dreams of mine, I can hardly focus on one thing at a time. But none of them would be happening if I didn’t allow myself to think big and then believe those dreams could become a reality. Friends, life is short. Do things you love to do, be around people who inspire you and chase your dreams, y’all. Even if it’s scary at first.

Take one step at a time.