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Saturday, October 1, 2011

inspire one, inspire many

I've been thinking a lot lately about the different blogs I read and how I am so inspired by all of you in many different ways, each and every day.  To name a just a few (because the list goes on and on and on):

Dorothy has given me the courage to believe in myself and try new things.  Yesterday I ran a new personal distance record with the double stroller: 8 miles.  I'm not so sure I would have even tried that if it were not for her.  She has also inspired me to go after my goal of a BQ and to never give up until it is done (and once it is done, to set my sights on a new goal).  I am going to do it.

Earlier this week I read XLMIC's post about "don't tell me I can't" and thoughts of this have been tickling my brain all week.  If someone tells me I can't do something, you better believe I WILL.

I read G's post about believing in yourself on Wednesday and was reminded once again that if I don't believe in myself, I have no chance of accomplishing my dreams.

Erin is a constant source of inspiration to me.  This mom of 12 (!!) has set back-to-back marathon PRs (also BQs) in the past month and is getting ready to do it again in NYC this fall.  Amazing. 

Amanda is always inspiring me to get in touch with my creative energy and to look at things from a new perspective.  To let my light shine from the inside out. 

Tonia is inspiring me to be CONFIDENT - to fill my cup with "awesomesauce" and strut my stuff.  Especially for my children and in particular my 6 year old daughter.

I am so thankful for this community of runners who blog.  You all inspire me so much.  You inspire me to test my limits.  To see what I am made of.  To believe in myself.  And you inspire me to want to inspire others.  To pay it forward, so to speak.

It's like the trickle-down effect.  I'm inspired by you, so I go out there and do my thing.  Then the magic happens.  Within me but also all around me.  Because then people in my world - people who read my blog, who see me in the carpool line full of sweat and smiles, who pass me on the trail pushing my two boys, people who come to my Pilates classes, my friends ... these people may be inspired by me.  Because of what I'm doing, and because of you.  Because YOU inspire ME.

So think about that.  Put it out there and do your thing.  Stand up for what you believe in and show others that it can (and will) be done.

Inspire ONE, and you will inspire MANY. 

5 comments:

And you inspire me in so many ways Jessica! Thanks for this. One of the biggest reasons why I love reading blogs and writing one. Such a great community of inspiration!

How inspiring are YOU?!?! So much so. I appreciate all the support you have given me and you truly inspire me daily. You are such a sweet soul and so incredible. I, for one, am grateful for you. Thank you for this. There are a couple of those blogs I do not follow and will look to be as inspired by them as I am you! :) Have a beautiful weekend Jessica!

I second this post! You are totally inspiring too. So excited to run Richmond with you!

LOVE THIS!!!! Thanks for sharing new blogs to follow! There are some amazing women out there - including YOU!

Thanks so much for this post. It really touched my heart and made my day. I love the running community and the friendship and support we get from each other even though we live in different parts of the country. You are a big inspiration to me and many. :) Hugs!

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