You’re here for a reason. #TheRunningWriter

You are alive and here for a reason. Sometimes you don’t feel like it. You may actually feel like a complete waste of space and totally inept.

But you’re not.

You may be floundering right now, trying to find your purpose, and that’s ok. It’s part of the process. Because if you think about it, if we’re handed everything on a silver platter, where’s the growth in that?

I beg you to hold on tight through the insecurities, through the tidal waves of doubt. You’ll find your way, my friend. And when you do, always remember what you went through. It’ll be a great testimony others will need to hear.

Battle scars #TheRunningWriter

I’m proud of my scars. Even the stupid ones I’ve gotten over the years.

They don’t define me, but they’ve played a part in developing me. Ask anyone who’s talked to me about some of mine, I’m honest about them. And, I’m happy to tell my story about them.

Because like TobyMac says in his song Scars we all have them:

It doesn’t matter who you are
This world gon’ leave some battle scars

This world is a tough place. It can shred you up sometimes. The scars might not be visible on your skin, but they are there. Every single person has them.

That’s a fact.

Remember that next time you feel like you’re the only person in the world dealing with something. You are not alone. It may feel like it, but that’s the shame talking. That’s the fear talking. Don’t be deceived.

You are NOT alone.

Say it out loud with me. I am not alone.

If you need to, put sticky notes up all over the place so you remember that.

Battle scars are a part of life. They don’t define you, but they help develop you. So go with it. Be proud of the scars.

Safe place #TheRunningWriter

I look forward to coming home. To just being here and relaxing. I can be myself, no questions asked.

I’m blessed to have that at my house, because I know not everyone does. And if you don’t, where is your safe place?

School? Church? Trails? Treehouse? A friend’s place? A coffee shop? Library?

Somewhere you feel safe. Relaxed. That place, wherever it is, can give you time to recharge from pressures experienced at school, work, home, and in life.

Because if you can find a place that helps recharge you, there’s nothing you can’t handle. There’s nothing you can’t do.

Stay strong, my friends.

Take a beat #TheRunningWriter

Whenever I’ve thought of the desert, I’ve always pictured super hot heat, cactus and dust.

Dry, dry, dry.

So when I moved the desert I was excited to check out this crazy climate. I’ve lived in the desert for 12 years now, and it feels like I’ve never seen so many rainbows before.

Yeah. Rainbows mean there is water in the air right? Here in the desert? What the heck?

Or maybe I’m just slowing down to take time to look around me. You know, see what’s going on around me.

Some people call this step-back time, “Take a beat.”

It’s kind of like taking a minute out of the business to see what’s around you. Take a breath. A break. Just stop and be.

I take a break from reality by trail running, but that’s still being super active. So part of my routine is to take a while in the mornings, no music, no TV, no one around, and I just sit. I do a little devotion, I do a little praying, and I write my little #TheRunningWriter deal.

It’s peaceful and quiet–unless the coyotes are yipping in the wash behind my house. LOL.

The point is, we all have to take a beat on a regular basis so we can hear through the noise. So we can sift through the busyness and activities that fill our days.

I need it to stay peaceful and not lose my way. It’s easy to take a wrong turn into unproductive stuff when I’m distracted.

So take a beat, my friends, you might unexpectedly see a rainbow.